Daniel Greenfield writes a fantastic article today, Don't Give Up, a short excerpt is below but do read the full article. The takeaway for me is this: "Defeat is a teacher. How we behave in defeat shows what we are made of.
It shows whether we have what it takes to win. If we fail the tests of
defeat, then we shall never be worthy of victory."
The difference between victory and defeat often comes down to morale.
You've seen it in baseball games and wars. It's that faint sense of air
leaking out of the balloon. A weariness and malaise that kicks in when
one side decides it can't win and doesn't want to be here anymore.
November 2012 was not a defeat. It was a loss in a close election that
rattled the Democrats by showing just how much of the country had turned
on their savior. It was a rebuke to Obama's mismanagement of the
country and the economy over the last four years.
Or it would have been if the Republican Party had not reacted to its loss by screaming and wailing in despair after their hopes were ludicrously inflated by establishment posters. Followed by running around like a chicken without a head because we fell 400,000 votes short of winning key states. And this defeatist behavior has helped the media create the myth of a second-term mandate.
The country did not repudiate us. The majority of Americans did not pledge allegiance to some rotten post-American country. The majority stayed home. And that is damning, but it's also comforting because these are the people we have to win over. They don't believe in Obama, but they don't believe in us either. They don't believe in politics because it isn't relevant to their lives.
The more Republicans treat the election as a renunciation of everything that they stand for or a reason to give up on the country, the more Democrats posture as having won a tremendous ideological and cultural victory, instead of a limited strategic victory. Our reaction legitimizes theirs. (continue reading at Sultan Knish)