Because progressives have a coordinated belief system and playbook, politically active readers may have come across this at the local level: The city or town has a very close election (in which, perhaps, the Democrat Left outspends its opposition by wide margins), with the progressives winning a majority of seats. After the election, they pick up the habit of declaring that their opposition “failed,” and that election results prove that the voters “rejected” them.
(Naturally, when votes go the other way, and the Left loses, the election was unfair, somehow, or the victors fooled the public, which is the current rhetoric of Tiverton’s progressives about the 0% budget that I submitted for the town last spring and that voters supported by nearly a two to one margin. Elected officials are literally screaming at public meetings that it was all my doing. But I digress.)
I’ve got a post up on Tiverton Fact Check addressing this tactic of the local Democrats and progressives. They’re declaring that my friends’ message didn’t “resonate” with voters even though the Democrat Left spent five times as much money and even though the results would have been reversed if we’d received less than 1% more of the total vote.
Overall, of course, elections are elections, and they won. But the prize is the privilege of representing one’s neighbors, not the ability to believe that very nearly half of voters just don’t count.