For years now, we’ve heard unceasingly from the left how the Republican Party has been taken over by the “extreme right-wing.” Of course, leftist politicians’ accomplices in the so-called mainstream media have been only too eager to challenge Republicans in the same manner. And there’s no doubt that Republicans, with few exceptions such as Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin, have allowed themselves to be on the defensive and in a virtual apologetic mode for the “ultra”-conservatives in their ranks.
The past week, however, has presented us with a watershed moment in which the Democrats, for the first time in decades, may be forced on the defensive based on these nine simple words from their Dear Leader: “You didn’t build this. Someone else made it happen.” With that fateful declaration, Barack Obama stripped the mask off the extreme left of his party, once and hopefully for all. And let’s face it—far more so than the Right has ever taken over the Republican Party, the Left over the last 40-plus years has had a stranglehold on the Democrats. Obama’s careless but brutally honest dismissal of capitalism and, by extension, a big part of American exceptionalism, is what could finally cause the collapse of the leftist Democrats’ hold on the American mainstream. Almost as important, it could be the catalyst for eventual big changes in the Democrat Party. It may also be the single most important sound bite in helping those fickle “independents” make up their minds this fall.
Make no mistake—as major a political error as this is, it doesn’t guarantee Mitt Romney anything. Still, there are encouraging signs that Romney has found a pitch that is in his wheelhouse and is hitting it out of the park. In his speeches last week, Romney sounded more animated—and therefore more “in touch” with his audience—than he’s ever been. Not only that, he’s using Obama’s words to draw the great contrast between the candidates, which is exactly what he needs to do.
In the meantime, there are cracks forming in the Democrats’ foundation, major media attempts to dismiss them notwithstanding. Just consider all the big-name Democrats who, even before this brazen, ill-informed condemnation of private enterprise from Obama, were sending their regrets about attending the Democrat convention in September. But they’re going to have to do a lot more than that.
Eventually, a few courageous Democrats who don’t buy the far-left ideology need to rise up, John McCain-like, and speak “truth to power” to their utterly misguided leadership. Sane people need to take back this once-proud party. What a glorious day that will be if and when it ever happens; not just for them but for the country.