A relatively new weblog, New Sisyphus has a great post up about how the democrats can never really lose an election:
We entered a new political age then, born of the horribly selfish acts of a sitting Vice President who would not and could not accept defeat. Count after count after count since those horrible days, even by liberal mouth-pieces like the New York Times, have verified that President Bush won Florida. Let us concede: the vote was close, Bush did not win the popular vote, Gore was favored by a majority of voters. However, in the end, under our precious Constitutional system, Bush won the 2000 election.
The Florida disaster inaugurated a new world where the Democratic challenger never really loses an election, even if he or she has. Since Florida, the Democratic Party has been completely unable to accept that it is losing in the battleground of ideas and has retreated to ever-more improbable conspiracy theories. And since they never lose, challenging any and all results is, of course, morally justified and right, since the whole world knows that Republicans never really “win” anything. Should “all the votes be counted,” the Party of the People would, naturally, prevail.
And so we have had to witness the much-commented-about public deterioration of what once was a reasonably intelligent Senator from Tennessee, as he turned into the Man Who Had the Presidency Stolen From Him. To Democratic Blacks, the Republicans “suppressed” the black vote through public intimidation. To Democratic academics, the Supreme Court “stole” the election. To Democratic “anti-globalization activists,” Republicans’ victories are invalid since they are the fruit of corporate contributions. Nowhere and at no time since Florida have the Democrats lost. Either they were robbed, or the people are stupid and didn’t understand them correctly, or they were the victims of a racist conspiracy.
And it makes great sense – look at the uproar even over this election. The rhetorical smoke billowing out of the mouths of Barbara Boxer and Cynthia McKinney is enough for me.