We've all been inundated with "What Kerry did wrong" and "What the Democrats need to do" and "How Evil Puppetmaster Karl Rove Concocted his Nefarious Scheme to Establish a Permanent Facist Junta in Washington" articles until they're coming out of our ears. Most somewhat responsible and/or intelligent commentators moved quickly past the "Evangelical Christian Takeover of America" meme - which is both ridiculous and statistically false - and have pointed out that the Democrtas ran a lousy campaign with a lousy candidate which, in my experience, is the usual reason for losing a political campaign. Smart campaigns offering attractive candidates who have something to say often win. Moronic campaigns offering candidates you wouldn't want in your living room saying absolutely nothing at all of interest often lose. Most of the left though, as badly as they might want to, just can't get past the easy, convenient and remarkably arrogant "The American people are just too stupid and drunk with Snake-handling, talking-in-tongues and burning down black churches to understand our highly sophisticated brand of politics" theory. Which is fine with me. It's been years since they had a clue anyway. So much has been written and said by so many people that there's just not much to add. Except this: The first thing you learn in practical politics is to never let your opponent define you. Interestingly, George Bush lost his first try for political office, a Congressional race in Texas, when his opponent portrayed him as an Eastern Liberal. When the oppositon gets to tell everyone who you are, they are reliably unflattering. It ought to go without saying. Amazingly, the Left is busy working at defining Americans into two different groups: One group is people who hold down regular jobs, raise families, go to Church, want government to leave them alone and believe in the American dream. The other group is called Democrats. You can blame Karl Rove all you want, but the LEFT is drawing these lines, not him. He's just playing the cards. It's astonishing to me, and the left shows no inclination to try and change this paradigm. What they seem to want is for everyone to wake up one morning, sit bolt upright on bed, slap themselves on the forehead and say "Holy cow! I'm a stupid Bible-thumping know-nothing rube! What was I thinking?" I know the lefties main theme is that they're just smarter than the rest of us, but this is astonishingly stupid.