Upon hearing of my still secret decision not to seek reelection, a non-political non-constituent friend exclaimed with incredulity, “Why would you quit now? You’re Party is peaking.”
Call it the contrarian in me, but I did not agree. In politics, success sows the seeds of failure. Think about it. You only need 50% plus one person to win election. Once you’re inaugurated, however, you need to start making decisions. Now, it’s a fair assumption that no living person – not even your own mother – will agree with your decisions 100% of the time. But politics is funny, a lot of people don’t forgive you once you make that one decision they don’t agree with (hopefully, this is not the case of your own mother). So, little by little, the electoral majority that brought you into office begins peeling away. Soon, you’ll have accrued enough disagreeable decisions that you become vulnerable to defeat.
So shall it be for today’s democrats. Oddly enough, though, given the way the rookie has been performing, it might happen sooner than even I expected.
N.B.: Soviet Democrat Logo from american elephants blog (they used the lower case, not me).