“We’ve learned that we’re still living in a time and in a nation where the bar is set, right?”
“They tell you all you need to do is do these things and you’ll get to the bar — ”
“So you go about the business of doing those things — ”
“Yes — ”
“You start working hard and sacrificing, and you think you’re getting closer to the bar, you’re working and you’re struggling, you get right to that bar, you’re reaching out for the bar, and then what happens?”
“They raise the bar!”
“They raise the bar. Raise the bar. Shift it to the side. Keep it just out of reach.”
“And that’s just what’s been happening in this race.”
That was Michelle Obama in 2008, of course.
So now we're in 2010, right? And it is the Republicans poised to win big in this year's elections.
So assured is the GOP tsunami, it seems, that even the eminence grise of Hopenchange ’08 feels obliged to set the bar as high as he possibly can so that he’ll have some sort of “moral victory” to wheeze about on November 3.
Trying to reshape expectations for the midterm elections, David Plouffe said Thursday that the Republicans should be expected to make a full sweep of Congress – and key gubernatorial races – given the environmental advantages they have. Anything less, he said, should be seen as a disgrace.
“By their definition, success is winning back the House, winning back the Senate and winning every major governor’s race,” Plouffe, Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, said. “When you’ve got winds this strong in your favor, that’s the kind of election you need to have – or it should be considered a colossal failure.”
Seems David Plouffe has become the "they" in 2010.
So all that's left is to . . . well, to raise the bar, of course. Shift it to the side. Keep it just out of reach. I'll go with Ace's response:
David Piffle set us a standard of success. Fine, David: We accept. And we're going to get as close to your mark as possible.
If you want to declare victory lying bloody and toothless in an alley because you still have your shoes, fine.
It's the never-ending story: the Democrats become in the next election exactly what they decried in the last one.
Only, instead of belly-aching about "the bar", we'll just belly up to it. We own this bar.
Next round's on me.