Everyone knows that Republicans and Democrats hold fundamentally different views of government.
For Republicans, government is a necessary inconvenience that should be limited to a few essential functions like national defense, public safety, highways and public schools. To Democrats, government is an essential service that should do all of the above, plus right every wrong, assist with every difficulty, and protect us from ourselves.
Our view of elections is consistent with our view of government. After an election, Republicans want to get on with life and forget about elections until the next even-numbered year. For Democrats (particularly the activist variety), government is life. Planning for the next election begins as soon as the election watch party hangover wears off.
It’s no wonder Democrats are winning. We all understand that an athlete or team that prepares year-round will win more often than its competitor that takes six months off.(more…)