Last night, the twitterverse was momentarily overrun with #WhyRepublicansNeedToGo, a hashtag that was intended to solicit negative tweets about Republicans. And that it did, but not in a sufficient number to push it into the Twitter "trends." That required some help from the other side of the political spectrum, from people using the hashtag to mock the left (and from people on neither side mocking all, to be fair). A sample:
@ItsTheGrumpyCat #WhyRepublicansNeedToGo Whoever created this ignorant hashtag is on food stamps.
End of the Republic
@PointlessPol #WhyRepublicansNeedToGo because they stand in the way of Obama killing Americans on our soil. Who are they to question his power?
Future First Lady
@Future1stLady1 #WhyRepublicansNeedToGo Democrats.. Why would you say such a thing? You need us around to provide for you.
@ComperRyan #WhyRepublicansNeedToGo so chairman Obama can trample the constitution unimpeded
@robeiae #WhyRepublicansNeedToGo to the bathroom so often? They keep drinking water during speeches...
@robeiae #WhyRepublicansNeedToGo Because they're getting in the way of a socialist utopia.
@robeiae #WhyRepublicansNeedToGo Allah said so.
And today, in and around pundit town, there's a noticeable scarcity of anti-Republican and anti-conservative screeds on new issues. At MotherJones, there's a story about how climate change is responsible for violence in Syria. Salon is publicly taking Jon Stewart to task for his "cowardice," while the much-vaunted MaddowBlog is busy implying that Rand Paul is some sort of Nazi, even as it kinda, sorta applauds his filibuster.
The White House, meanwhile, is noticeably quiet as it licks its wounds from the post-sequester fallout, after getting called on a series of lies in this regard. The lack of total economic collapse is obviously something it was not prepared to deal with.
And this all indicates a serious flaw in the leftist playbook: it's lost without a bogey-man. There has to be a villain to direct anger towards, to use in summoning the outrage train. Right now, the best candidate for such vilification is Eric Holder, but he's one of the "good guys," so that won't work. What to do, what to do...