Please Proceed, Senator

The bubble remains intact:


[Wisconsin Senator Ron] Johnson attributed Obama's win on the heels of those Republican gains in Wisconsin to an uninformed electorate who voted in this election but not in the Walker recall. 

"If you aren't properly informed, if you don't understand the problems facing this nation, you are that much more prone to falling prey to demagoguing solutions. And the problem with demagoguing solutions is they don't work," Johnson said. "I am concerned about people who don't fully understand the very ugly math we are facing in this country."

I was talking to a buddy last night about how some of the Republican responses to this victory seemed, I don't know...vaguely familiar.

Indeed, the despotic notion that your side loses because the people just aren't up to your level of intellectual sophistication has been a prominent excuse on the Left over the past couple of decades. But more than anything specific to the Left, "they are too ignorant to understand" is something we tell ourselves to avoid the hard truth of living in a democracy: Sometimes they just ain't into you.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.


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