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Hey Democrats.....It's the Contempt

The most recent issue of Time Magazine has an article by Caitlin Flanagan, a traditional, stay-at-home mom that should be read along side Brad Carson's piece on illegal immigration that I wrote about earlier today. The piece is more evidence as to why the Democratic party lost their majority to the Republicans.

I am a 44-year-old woman who grew up in Berkeley who has never once voted for a Republican....But despite all that, there is apparently no room for me in the Democratic Party. In fact, I have spent much of the past week on a forced march to the G.O.P. And the bayonet at my back isn't in the hands of the Republicans; the Democrats are the bullyboys. Such lions of the left as Barbara Ehrenreich, the writers at Salon and much of the Upper West Side of Manhattan have made it abundantly clear to me that I ought to start packing my bags. I'm not leaving, but sometimes I wonder: When did I sign up to be the beaten wife of the Democratic Party?

Here's why they're after me: I have made a lifestyle choice that they can't stand, and I'm not cowering in the closet because of it. I'm out, and I'm proud. I am a happy member of an exceedingly "traditional" family. I'm in charge of the house and the kids, my husband is in charge of the finances and the car maintenance, and we all go to church every Sunday......

The Democrats made a huge tactical error a few decades ago. In the middle of doing the great work of the '60s--civil rights, women's liberation, gay inclusion--we decided to stigmatize the white male. The union dues--paying, churchgoing, beer-drinking family man got nothing but ridicule and venom from us. So he dumped us. And he took the wife and kids with him.

And now here we are, living in a country with a political and economic agenda we deplore, losing election after election and wondering why.

It's the contempt, stupid.

Contempt. That is exactly the right word. If there is one line that might make it impossible for Hillary Clinton to be elected President it is this gem, "You know, I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas." And the written words don't do justice in portraying the contempt in Hillary's voice for "traditional" women who happened to have made a choice to stay at home and raise a family.

As long as the Democratic party continues to embrace interest groups on the far left that negatively portray America, stigmatize white middle class men and display contempt for "traditional" women Democrats are going to be constantly fighting an uphill battle. And the Internet has made this situation worse for Democrats as it has given voice to the loud horde on the left extreme, distorting the reality of where the voting public lies.

There are more voters like Caitlin Flanagan than there are like Markos Moulitsas across the country (and in must-win states like Ohio) but in this new internet world Democratic politicians and strategists are warped by the verbosity of the Deaniacs and Move.on.org crowd. Unless Democrats figure out that the internet left might not be where most of the voters are, they are going to wake up November 5, 2008 and wonder how they lost another presidential election.