Michelle Dion, writing in her blog, details the troubling circumstances Mexico is in:
As the time nears for the swearing in of Mexico’s new President, the PAN’s Felipe Calderon, the situation is not looking good. Earlier this month, the PRD’s Lopez Obrador had himself sworn in as President in an unofficial ceremony. Yesterday, a small fight broke out in the Congress (for the leftist version of events) when members of the PRD tried to take control of the dais and the PAN stepped in to stop them.
Felipe Calderon, member of the right-leaning PAN party, won Mexico’s presidential election on July 2, 2006 by a narrow majority, so narrow that a recount was conducted. López Obrador, member of the left-leaning PRD party, immediately started with accusations of irregularities in polling stations and demanded a national recount. Back and forth went the accusations until finally, after a targeted recount still showed Calderon the winner, on September 5, 2006 Calderón was unanimously declared President-elect by the Tribunal. The citizens of Mexico trust the Tribunal. They trust the Federal Electoral Institute.
So what does Obrador do? He certainly doesn’t admit defeat like a person with class would do, on the contrary, all of these rulings against him make his resolve stronger. He stages protests, he disrupts speeches, he tries to do everything he can to disrupt the transition of power. Lastly, and this is the one that might bring the most long term harm to Mexico’s Democracy, he has now staged a parallel government that will try to implement its own policies in defiance of Mexico’s long established government – all of this despite the fact that the majority of Mexican citizens have turned against him.
Why is it that lefties around the world, whether with Al Gore in 2000, Democrats in 2002 and 2004, or Obrador in Mexico – have a hard time accepting defeat? Contrast this to Republicans, who in the recent election lost both houses of congress in very close races. In fact, George Allen, the Republican Senator who lost in Virginia, was entitled to a recount under Virginia law but declined to do so, knowing that the recount would last until December, leaving the leadership of the senate in question. In fact, the only lasting contested race is one where a democrat contested her loss to a republican, again, following in the tradition of democrats before her.
So why this significant difference? Steven Den Beste, writing in the Chicago Boyz Blog, gives the best answer yet:
2000, Democrats: “We wuz robbed!”
2002, Democrats: “We wuz robbed again!”
2004, Democrats: “We wuz robbed yet again!”
2006, Republicans: “Bummer. Oh, well, we’ll do better next time.”
Note that right-wing pundits and bloggers don’t seem to be fixating on voter fraud, despite documented evidence that the Democrats have been doing that kind of thing? Note that Republican candidates who lost very narrowly gave in gracefully, without demanding recounts or resorting to the courts? Why the difference?
I think it’s the basic Democrat culture of entitlement showing through. Democrats were angry in 2000, 2002, and 2004 because they felt that they deserved to win. Republicans don’t feel that anyone deserves anything. They believe that all rewards have to be earned.
There’s another way of looking at this. In 2000, 2002, and 2004, Democrats explained their defeat by looking to see what the Republicans had done to inflict defeat on the Democrats. In 2006, the Republicans seem to be explaining their defeat by looking for all the ways they themselves loused up. The Democrats are showing their investment in the cult of the victim. They didn’t lose because of any fault or failure of their own; they lost because of the nefarious acts of villainous Republicans.
It’s another manifestation of their epistemological breakdown regarding the principle of cause-and-effect. The Democrats do not fundamentally believe that they are in control of their own fate — or ours. They were victims in 2000, 2002, and 2004. The only reason they weren’t victims in 2006 was that the nefarious Republicans didn’t successfully pull off their nefarious plots and plans this time. And in general Democrats demonstrate a broad belief that there’s no relationship between acts and results, cause and effect. What matters is motive, not behavior. If you do something with good intentions, the result will be good.
And never mind what road is paved with good intentions. They don’t believe in Hell, either.
The full post, with much more not quoted above, can be found here.
Update: France seems to exhibit the same phenomena, see here.
Update: Contrast President Bush vs President Clinton leaving office here.