Last week, Newsweek's John Meacham sounded the alarm for the media/political Village, insisting that even if Barack Obama wins in a landslide over while being tarred and feathered as a socialist, America is still a country whose electorate is to the right of Ronald Reagan. Now, Village's favorite sycophant, Peggy Noonan, jumps in to the fray:
"He may be able to tamp down the insistence of the long-simmering left by the force of his own popularity, which will grow once he is president among grateful Democrats, and others. But if he goes left-if it comes to seem as if the attractive, dark-haired man has torn open his shirt to reveal a huge S, not for Superman but for Socialist, if he jumps toward reforms such as a speech-limiting new Fairness Doctrine, that won't yield success. It will yield trouble, and unneeded domestic arguments. We have enough needed ones."
The Village is in a freakout - the conservative pundits are really melting down like I've never seen. They sense a huge progressive mandate may be coming, and are trying - desperately trying - to get out enough propaganda to obscure that mandate. Get used to this kind of fact-free nonsense from the Village - it is only going to get more intense in the coming weeks and months if Obama wins. And it will be up to us to remind Obama and the Democrats exactly why they won (if they do win).