“If you are in the hip pocket of any political party, prepare to be sat on.” Gary North said it here, concerning the two wings of the Republican Party, the “mainstream” and the Tea Party. If a politician knows you are voting for him no matter what, he’ll ignore you right after his victory is secured. And when he sits on the seat you’ve won him, you will find yourself between his behind and the seat. And you will spend the whole mandate there. Until he gets off the chair for the next campaign.
The strategy, advises Gary North then, is to become a tack in the hip pocket – i.e. make sure a politician understands that you have the power to impose negative sanctions. And that power is defined properly as (quoting Gary North again):
Sufficient votes to deliberately keep your party’s candidate from winning in November if he waffles, and sufficient votes to elect his replacement two years later.
Without such power to impose negative sanctions, you will be sat on. Politicians will use you and then ignore you. No matter how vociferous you are. No matter how principled you are. No matter how much influence you believe you have.
Michael Moore just learned it this last week. He found out that after all the support he gave the Democrat Party and Obama particularly – over against Hillary Clinton – when Obama makes his decisions for action, Moore is certainly not on his desk as one of the factors in the decision-making. Moore realized where his place is: Between Obama’s behind and the President’s chair. The Tea Party, a genuine grass roots movement with large support and influence among conservatives, stands imposingly and threateningly as a Damoclean sword over the Republican politicians’ heads. Michael Moore, whose aspirations are to be the “grass roots” influence over the Democrat Party, found out his influence means nothing. Obama is just like Bush, a war-monger. And Moore made his career by criticizing Bush’s wars, and by supporting the Democrat Party. Which meant that Obama should have considered Moore’s opinion on the war.
But he didn’t. No one considers the opinion of what’s in their hip pocket. Unless it is a tack. But Moore is not a tack. He is a card to be used – flat (only figuratively, of course), easy to pull out, easy to be sat on. Moore can not impose negative sanctions the way the Tea Party can. He can’t punish unacceptable mainstream candidates by withdrawing millions of votes from them. He can’t present alternative candidates who can win. He can’t rally anyone for a moral or political cause; he can only visit a union rally after the fact and make union members cheer. Given the fact that unions are in the hip pocket of the Democrat Party too, the threat for the Democrats from the aroused sleeping fat man is nil.
Moore is mad. He thought he had Obama’s ear. He is finding out what many other “intellectuals” on the Left have found out before: Intellectuals are used and then abused by leftist politicians. Moore should be thankful he lives in the US where “abused” largely means “ignored.” Had he lived in Britain or anywhere in Europe, he would have been targeted for tax audits. And in the Soviet Union or China he would have been a possessor of a GULag inmate number by now. Intellectuals were the first to die or be ignored when a socialist politician came to power, anywhere around the world. They are a card in the leftist hip-pocket – and have always been. That’s why they were safe to ignore, and safe to be disposed of.
Obama won’t listen to Moore; he has a bigger fish to fry. He is discovering that the cards in his hip pocket are not enough to win the next elections (possibly not even the primaries). His advisers know that Obama has established his reputation as the weakest president ever. So, what is better for building a “strong man” reputation than get in a war that seems easy to win?
It is too late for Moore to become a tack. Not many will follow him. The political Left has never liked tacks – despite paying lip service to “democracy,” it has always been authoritarian and top-down in nature. Tacks are not appreciated in the Democrat Party. Unless Moore wants to join the Republican Party, his voice will remain amusingly impotent, as far as the official Democrat policy goes. And Moore will never support anything Republican – not as long as the Tea Party is gaining control there. So he is forced to remain a card in the hip-pocket.
This is the end of Moore as an influence on the American political life. And it is a good lesson to all leftists like him: Leftist Messiahs Lie. Keep trusting them, and you will keep spending terms between a behind and a chair. And you will only be let out to have some fresh air for the next campaign.