I'm always curious as to why Democrats constantly propose bizarre conspiracy theories to explain their failures. There's Hillary's classic "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy". John Kerry's recent accidentally-on-mic comment accusing ABC of doing the RNC's work. Bush and Cheney and Halliburton and Iraq and OIIILLLL. The CIA killed President Kennedy. The environmentalists are always blaming conspiracies for everything. And so forth and so on.
I think a large part of the problem is that many liberals are so convinced they're right that when their actions don't bring about the effects they imagined they can't figure out why. There must be some shadowy conspiracy secretly working against them! It can't possibly be that their beliefs and strategies are simply wrong and irrational.
Rush Limbaugh plays a tape of Progressive Media's newly-ex-CEO Mark Walsh speaking to a "diversity in talk radio" seminar that sheds some light onto the left's paranoia. Progressive Media is the parent company of the new liberal radio network, Air America (why did they pick a name they couldn't even get the domain for?).
WALSH: Yes, the number of stations he is on is staggering. Yes, the number of hours available per day for the right-wing to shove their vitriol and bile down the throats of unsuspecting listeners continues to grow, but let me suggest to you that entertainment that is successful will overtake this wave that we missed the timing on.The key to success it to stop making the same mistakes over and over again. Everyone makes mistakes, sometimes really bad ones, but if you're smart you'll learn from your mistakes and change your behavior.
RUSH: All right. First off, you all are unsuspecting. My vitriol and bile get forced down your throat every day and you don't know it's coming! You people turn in here as innocent waifs, you come in here clean as the wind driven snow and unsuspectingly get corrupted and poisoned by my vitriol and bile, and you have no idea when it's coming. They are stupid because they missed out on the timing of this wave. There was no wave. There was no timing. There was not a strategy. I'm not a political strategy. There was no big meeting, no grand design. Nobody put a finger to the pulse of the American people and said, "you know what's missing? Let's do this on the radio." This is not how this happened. They continue to illustrate they haven't the slightest idea how success happens, and that's, in all of the stories about this program or any other... Well, let me stick with mine. I'm not going to talk about anybody else. In all of the stories that I've seen in 15 1/2 years about this program, the concept of the singular achievement here is always omitted. How do we get to 600 stations, Mark? How do we get 20 million people a week? How does this happen?
Whenever movies draw great numbers at the box office or when television shows draw huge ratings, everybody talks about the talent and the achievement and the business success of all those involved in that. When it comes to talk radio, it's an accident. It's an accident resulting from your, the audience's, stupidity and the pied pipers Svengali conspiracy behind me to drive unsuspecting listeners crazy with vitriol and bile. Well, you have no idea what's coming.
So once again, if they're going to insult their potential audience and continue to do it, they have no prayer. They have no clue, and they have no hope because they don't even stop to look at this as a business or any other kind of achievement, that it's not just happenstance or fattish. It's ongoing and constantly building. Despite all the other conservative shows that are out there, we haven't cannibalized each other, we are getting bigger and bigger and bigger and they just can't figure it out. And because these are socialists in their thinking, I mean, everything gets to the people from the top down. So they think this has to have been forced on you. What they don't understand is you, the audience, get what you want, choose what you want, and therefore make those of us who are successful, successful. That's what they don't get.
The problem faced by the left, however, is that they don't want the type of success that emerges from a distributed, bottom-up economic and political system (capitalism, democracy). They want to be the elite rulers of a top-down power structure (socialism, oligarchy). Unfortunately for them, top-down just isn't as competitive as bottom-up, so they keep losing despite their expectations.
Some on the left eventually realize the hopelessness of their cause and switch sides, but by definition the left itself keeps plugging away. They reap occasional, intermediate successes when the right stumbles (as it will inevitably do), but the long term trend is clear.
There's no conspiracy, and there doesn't have to be -- the laws of physics and human nature undermine the left's position. They can paddle upstream as long as they like, but eventually they're going over the falls.