The Democratic Party is cheating. Voter fraud, intimidation by union thugs, "false front" "Tea Party" candidates to split the anti-Democrat vote, campaign cash from every Tom, Dick, Harry, and Abdul. A greater hive of scum and villainy you will never find. Fully Clintonized, drunk with power, they'll never give it up.
The Republican Party is fracturing. The establishment is clueless, drunk on power, and have learned nothing in the last 18 months:
This hasn't changed, and we hear multiple senior Republicans echoing Rush Limbaugh's warning that 2010 is their last chance:
We were standing outside the Continental Lounge in Rosslyn, Va., while the young Republican operative explained it to me.
“All they care about is getting their chairmanships back, and they don’t care how they get there,” said the operative. “They don’t want to spend any money, so they were looking for a self-funder.”
“They” are Republican senators, and what my friend was explaining was the otherwise inexplicable decision of the National Republican Senatorial Committee to endorse Charlie Crist in the Florida Senate race — 15 months before the primary!
MORE STILL: Reader James S. Taylor writes:The rot runs deep. So, when faced with a choice between the good of the country, or their existing perks, how will they choose? I think we all know the answer to that - they'll make like the Democrats and start wholesaling voter fraud, intimidation, and the lot.
I was a delegate to the Utah state Republican convention, one of those who voted to retire Bob Bennett. I’m willing to give Orrin Hatch six months or so to get with the program. Most of my friends aren’t, but then I’ve only been in Utah for ten years, so I don’t know him as well as they. I quit the Ohio Republican party, where I was a county committeeman, when they controlled the governor’s office and both houses, because the good of the state was not among their priorities. I was in a very small minority then. By 2012 people like me won’t be a minority any more.Probably not.
Mark Steyn has me worried, in a way that I had not been. It's not about collapsing demographics, it's about collapsing legitimacy:
This is really the last chance for the unloved Republicans. If the party establishment is sufficiently dimwitted to see November 2nd as the restoration of the 2004-2006 GOP, they will be setting up the conditions (as Rush has already argued) for a serious third-force challenge in 2012. That would be less convulsive than a remoter though still possible scenario: If the Democrats manage to hold onto power by openly funding spoiler candidates, they would be discrediting the entire electoral process, and setting up pre-revolutionary conditions. In other words, it would be very easy for both parties to confirm the suspicion of a very disenchanted electorate – that the system no longer allows for serious course correction.It's not just a plurality, it's a majority who think that the country is on the wrong track. It's not yet a majority, but it is a plurality that holds both parties in contempt. When that changes into a majority - about 9 months from now, given how things are looking, then the population of this country will get very ugly indeed.
And I don't see the Republicans wising up. Lord Acton said it well - power corrupts. Pournelle's Iron Law explains the inertia holding the Party in chains of venality:
Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representative who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent. The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.Think on what the candidates say when they're running, and think on who controls the Party, and tremble. The result, as they say, is over determined.
So both parties are lost to us, as is the media, and the Academy. The "Long March through the Institutions" has destroyed the institutions. Suspicious minds pin this on Soviet agit-prop, but intentional or not, the collapse is complete.
I've received many comments here from people objecting to my advice to vote them out, including the Republicans. Remember the Iron Law, and think on how to break the party to our will. If this election does not chastize the Republican establishment, then our future may hold Show Trials of corrupt Democratic and Republican apparachicks.
And I for one don't know whether I'd mind. I might mind what comes after.
So if the name on the list is an incumbent, vote for the other loser. Vote them out. All of them.
UPDATE 26 October 2010 11:22: It seems that electronic voting machines in Nevada default to a vote for Harry Reid:
LAS VEGAS -- Some voters in Boulder City said they are concerned about fraud at the electronic ballot box.
Voter Joyce Ferrara said when they went to vote for Republican Sharron Angle, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Harry Reid's name was already checked.Ferrara said she wasn't alone in her voting experience. She said her husband and several others voting at the same time all had the same thing happen.
"Something's not right," Ferrara said. "One person that's a fluke. Two, that's strange. But several within a five minute period of time -- that's wrong."
I'm sorry, the Registrar's "don't worry, no fraud here" noises have absolutely no credibility, since all the Legitimacy has evaporated already.