The Democrats Selling Something Nobody Wants

 

I downloaded this picture from whitehouse.gov. The file name is, I swear, hero-desktop.jpeg.

Michael Goodwin has a good article up in The New York Post in which he discusses the increasingly dangerous state of world affairs in response to weak American leadership.  He thinks the Democratic Party has real problems with its leadership — he views Biden and Harris as poor leaders, which is difficult to argue with. But he also discusses other problems of the Democratic Party concerning the upcoming midterm elections:

A crucial run-up to elections is the battle to set the terms of the debate. Poll after poll shows that inflation, the economy, crime and immigration are at the top of most voters’ lists.

This is bad news for Biden and his party because they have no answers for any of those problems, most of which they created or allowed to fester. And time is not on their side, with signs suggesting everything could get worse before Election Day.

In that case, their only hope is the shiny object theory of politics, which involves trying to distract voters’ attention from the core issues. And so at every level, Dems are campaigning on Donald Trump, Jan. 6, and abortion.

So polls show that American voters are concerned about inflation, the economy, crime, and immigration. All problems that were caused by Democrats. So Democrats intend to shift the focus of voters to Trump, Jan. 6, and abortion.

Since the problems that voters are concerned about are so obvious in everyday life, one would think that it would be difficult to shift the focus of 330 million people away from what is right in front of their faces.

That, of course, is where the news media comes in. And social media fact-checkers.  They’re good at this.

But golly — that would seem to be asking a lot. Somebody can’t afford electricity and groceries, and you’re going to talk to them about the evils of Donald Trump? Under whose leadership, of course, that person actually could afford his electricity and groceries.

Good luck, Democrats. You had better keep working on various techniques of voter fraud. Because you’re selling something that nobody wants. So nobody will buy it.

Unless there is a monopoly, of course…

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  1. RufusRJones Member
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    All Journalists Are Statists™

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  2. Henry Racette Moderator
    Henry Racette
    @HenryRacette

    Dr. Bastiat: So polls show that American voters are concerned about inflation, the economy, crime, and immigration.  All problems which were caused by Democrats.

    I think of this when I hear people complain that conservatives don’t have a positive plan, don’t have big policy initiatives, aren’t solving our problems.

    The problem we have to solve is unchecked radical transformation. The solution to that is to check radical transformation: to stop it, or at least slow it dramatically so we have time to look critically at it.

    The great gulf in America today is between the cultural vision of the left and the lived experience of the right, and it’s a product of runaway progressivism: they’ve sprinted far ahead, and are frustrated now by the chasm they’ve opened between them and us, and by our unwillingness to catch up with them.

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  3. Fritz Coolidge
    Fritz
    @Fritz

    Here in WA, all Democrats’ campaigns, from the Senate race to those for House seats, are focused on the sole issue of abortion 24/7, with wild claims that each opposing candidate is out to ban it. This in a state where abortion has been legal since well before Roe v Wade was decided, and the governor who is not up for re-election has even taken to criticizing Idaho’s more restrictive laws, and declares WA will be a sanctuary state for abortion seekers. And the media are all in behind it, and asking no questions about: Crime? Nope. Inflation? Nada. Invasion by hundreds of thousands of illegals? Nary a peep. It is quite something.

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  4. Django Member
    Django
    @Django

    A few days ago, I filled up: $7.07 a gallon for 91 at the Shell station. Driving away I had the radio set to news and traffic, KCBS in San Fran. They were blaming the oil companies and reporting that Newsom’s fools would be investigating “price gouging”. No mention of stupid, brain-dead Demo-rat energy policies. Just reflexive blaming of the oil companies. I’m surprised they didn’t mention Trump. 

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  5. Stina Member
    Stina
    @CM

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: So polls show that American voters are concerned about inflation, the economy, crime, and immigration. All problems which were caused by Democrats.

    I think of this when I hear people complain that conservatives don’t have a positive plan, don’t have big policy initiatives, aren’t solving our problems.

    The problem we have to solve is unchecked radical transformation. The solution to that is to check radical transformation: to stop it, or at least slow it dramatically so we have time to look critically at it.

    The great gulf in America today is between the cultural vision of the left and the lived experience of the right, and it’s a product of runaway progressivism: they’ve sprinted far ahead, and are frustrated now by the chasm they’ve opened between them and us, and by our unwillingness to catch up with them.

    8 years isn’t enough to fix it without going in with a clear vision and the GOP can’t communicate a vision, so all they do is spend some time in a hotel or a rest stop until a New Democrat takes the wheel again.

    We need to turn around and head home and no plan or road map for that is a huge issue. I wish you could see that. The reason they don’t have that plan is because they are ok with the destination or living in hotels or out of the car. Heck, they’d help the Dems put some money down for a luxury RV.

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  6. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    Fritz (View Comment):

    Here in WA, all Democrats’ campaigns, from the Senate race to those for House seats, are focused on the sole issue of abortion 24/7, with wild claims that each opposing candidate is out to ban it. This in a state where abortion has been legal since well before Roe v Wade was decided, and the governor who is not up for re-election has even taken to criticizing Idaho’s more restrictive laws, and declares WA will be a sanctuary state for abortion seekers. And the media are all in behind it, and asking no questions about: Crime? Nope. Inflation? Nada. Invasion by hundreds of thousands of illegals? Nary a peep. It is quite something.

    Same thing in Minnesota. 

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  7. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    Django (View Comment):

    A few days ago, I filled up: $7.07 a gallon for 91 at the Shell station. Driving away I had the radio set to news and traffic, KCBS in San Fran. They were blaming the oil companies and reporting that Newsom’s fools would be investigating “price gouging”. No mention of stupid, brain-dead Demo-rat energy policies. Just reflexive blaming of the oil companies. I’m surprised they didn’t mention Trump.

    This is a really good interview of Doomberg on geopolitics and energy.

    https://omny.fm/shows/know-your-risk-radio-with-zach-abraham-chief-inves/doomberg

     

     

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  8. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    Stina (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: So polls show that American voters are concerned about inflation, the economy, crime, and immigration. All problems which were caused by Democrats.

    I think of this when I hear people complain that conservatives don’t have a positive plan, don’t have big policy initiatives, aren’t solving our problems.

    The problem we have to solve is unchecked radical transformation. The solution to that is to check radical transformation: to stop it, or at least slow it dramatically so we have time to look critically at it.

    The great gulf in America today is between the cultural vision of the left and the lived experience of the right, and it’s a product of runaway progressivism: they’ve sprinted far ahead, and are frustrated now by the chasm they’ve opened between them and us, and by our unwillingness to catch up with them.

    8 years isn’t enough to fix it without going in with a clear vision and the GOP can’t communicate a vision, so all they do is spend some time in a hotel or a rest stop until a New Democrat takes the wheel again.

    We need to turn around and head home and no plan or road map for that is a huge issue. I wish you could see that. The reason they don’t have that plan is because they are ok with the destination or living in hotels or out of the car. Heck, they’d help the Dems put some money down for a luxury RV.

    All of the institutions except for talk radio are captured by the Democrats. Then I came up with a new term: structural Neo Keynesianism. It’s really hard to overcome. 

    https://brownstone.org/articles/fiat-money-and-the-covid-regime-actually-existing-postmodernism/?utm_medium=onesignal&utm_source=push

     

     

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  9. Henry Racette Moderator
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    Stina (View Comment):
    I wish you could see that.

    Stina, I’m actually talking about something bigger than the beef many have with the Republican Party. I’m talking about the general argument that our nation has all sorts of big problems that need to be fixed, and that the right has no plan for that.

    The problems they trot out — racism, climate change, health care, student loan debt, the pandemic — either aren’t real or are the predictable products of leftist programs and interventions in functioning markets.

    do think that the Republicans should be better than they are about articulating this point. Unfortunately, too many Americans believe that these manufactured crises are real, and it’s probably politically dangerous to appear too blasé about them.

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  10. navyjag Coolidge
    navyjag
    @navyjag

    Or another 2,000 voter mail box mules. 

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  11. Chuck Thatcher
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    @Chuckles

    Django (View Comment):

    A few days ago, I filled up: $7.07 a gallon for 91 at the Shell station. Driving away I had the radio set to news and traffic, KCBS in San Fran. They were blaming the oil companies and reporting that Newsom’s fools would be investigating “price gouging”. No mention of stupid, brain-dead Demo-rat energy policies. Just reflexive blaming of the oil companies. I’m surprised they didn’t mention Trump.

    Yes.  Those evil oil companies, they all collude to fix prices. How interesting that some 83% 0f them – over here, at least – are independents, which account for about 9000  companies (according to IPAA) in the USA.  I see that the Financial Times  says that the big boys are all state owned : Guess which State is missing from this list?

    They are Saudi Aramco, Russia’s Gazprom, CNPC of China, NIOC of Iran, Venezuela’s PDVSA, Brazil’s Petrobras and Petronas of Malaysia. Overwhelmingly state-owned, they control almost one-third of the world’s oil and gas production and more than one-third of its total oil and gas reserves.

    What used to be known as the “Seven Sisters” produce less than 10% of the worlds oil & gas.

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  12. Chuck Thatcher
    Chuck
    @Chuckles

    Politicians don’t seem to lose many elections by overestimating the stupidity  of voters.

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  13. RufusRJones Member
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    Chuck (View Comment):

    Politicians don’t seem to lose many elections by overestimating the stupidity of voters.

    http://financialrepressionauthority.com/2017/07/26/the-roundtable-insight-george-bragues-on-how-the-financial-markets-are-influenced-by-politics/

     

    Government Is How We Steal From Each Other™

     

     

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  14. Ekosj Member
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    I’m seeing political adds from NJ and NY and Dems are focused exclusively on abortion.   And they are getting traction.

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  15. RufusRJones Member
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    Ekosj (View Comment):

    I’m seeing political adds from NJ and NY and Dems are focused exclusively on abortion. And they are getting traction.

    Distribute the Plan B pill widely. Drop the legal threats. 

    They are hysterical about abortion. 

    The money that circulates through planned parenthood is incredible and they have a ton of overhead related to abortion that they have to cover.

    Get creative.

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  16. navyjag Coolidge
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    Ekosj (View Comment):

    I’m seeing political adds from NJ and NY and Dems are focused exclusively on abortion. And they are getting traction.

    Assume both NY and NJ did what California did and pass legislation making abortion legal until the time of birth.  So they are exercised about what people in Texas, Oklahoma or S. Dakota want their abortion laws to be? Since Gov. French Laundry offering free vacations in California from gals in those states who can’t get an abortion cannot understand why this is an issue. 

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  17. RufusRJones Member
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    navyjag (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    I’m seeing political adds from NJ and NY and Dems are focused exclusively on abortion. And they are getting traction.

    Assume both NY and NJ did what California did and pass legislation making abortion legal until the time of birth. So they are exercised about what people in Texas, Oklahoma or S. Dakota want their abortion laws to be? Since Gov. French Laundry offering free vacations in California from gals in those states who can’t get an abortion cannot understand why this is an issue.

    They are hysterical and they aren’t thinking. That’s the way too many of them are.

    I’m seeing endless hysterical advertisements in Minnesota. They obviously can’t talk about policy in general, and we have a huge Democrat scandal here that is sucking in almost all of the Minnesota Democrat  power all at once, so they are doing this because it’s their best option.

    It’s called the feeding our future scandal if anybody’s interested. It features our most notorious sociological group, of course. lol The FBI says the floor for the scandal is $250 million.

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  18. navyjag Coolidge
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    @navyjag

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    navyjag (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    I’m seeing political adds from NJ and NY and Dems are focused exclusively on abortion. And they are getting traction.

    Assume both NY and NJ did what California did and pass legislation making abortion legal until the time of birth. So they are exercised about what people in Texas, Oklahoma or S. Dakota want their abortion laws to be? Since Gov. French Laundry offering free vacations in California from gals in those states who can’t get an abortion cannot understand why this is an issue.

    They are hysterical and they aren’t thinking. That’s the way too many of them are.

    I’m seeing endless hysterical advertisements in Minnesota. They obviously can’t talk about policy in general, and we have a huge Democrat scandal here that is sucking in almost all of the Minnesota Democrat power all at once, so they are doing this because it’s their best option.

    It’s called the feeding our future scandal if anybody’s interested. It features our most notorious sociological group, of course. lol The FBI says the floor for the scandal is $250 million.

    PowerLine all over this.  Just hope it has a result in the election.  Looks like the R Gov. nominee pretty salty. 

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  19. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patriot) Member
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    @ArizonaPatriot

    I did want a small part of what they’re selling.  I’m thankful that we got out of Afghanistan.  I wish that we’d leave the Ukraine situation alone.

    I think that I’m in a small minority in these views, in either party.

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  20. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Fritz (View Comment):

    Here in WA, all Democrats’ campaigns, from the Senate race to those for House seats, are focused on the sole issue of abortion 24/7, with wild claims that each opposing candidate is out to ban it. This in a state where abortion has been legal since well before Roe v Wade was decided, and the governor who is not up for re-election has even taken to criticizing Idaho’s more restrictive laws, and declares WA will be a sanctuary state for abortion seekers. And the media are all in behind it, and asking no questions about: Crime? Nope. Inflation? Nada. Invasion by hundreds of thousands of illegals? Nary a peep. It is quite something.

    Same thing in Minnesota.

    MSM in Indiana is not far behind.  

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  21. Eugene Kriegsmann Member
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    @EugeneKriegsmann

    The caption under the photo that shows its origin as hero-desktop.jpeg pretty much says it all. This administration has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous. They are completely delusional. Biden is the perfect avatar for the entire group. This is the blind leading the blind, the mentally handicapped reading to the mentally handicapped, and not a single competent adult to be found. If nothing else it is proof that the founders created a government that could survive almost anything.

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  22. Nathanael Ferguson Contributor
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I did want a small part of what they’re selling. I’m thankful that we got out of Afghanistan. I wish that we’d leave the Ukraine situation alone.

    I think that I’m in a small minority in these views, in either party.

    I think that a lot of people are glad to be out of Afghanistan but furious about how we got out. 

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  23. Red Herring Coolidge
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    Ekosj (View Comment):

    I’m seeing political adds from NJ and NY and Dems are focused exclusively on abortion. And they are getting traction.

    If that is all they care about, they will deserve what they get.

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  24. OmegaPaladin Moderator
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    Nathanael Ferguson (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I did want a small part of what they’re selling. I’m thankful that we got out of Afghanistan. I wish that we’d leave the Ukraine situation alone.

    I think that I’m in a small minority in these views, in either party.

    I think that a lot of people are glad to be out of Afghanistan but furious about how we got out.

    Yes.   You can withdraw in good order, destroying what we can’t take with us.  This is well know military doctrine.  It takes time, true, but a few extra months in Afghanistan would not have been worse that voluntarily running in terror, turning it into a rout.   We left people behind!  We gave the Taliban tons of loot! 

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  25. James Lileks Contributor
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    @jameslileks

    I downloaded this picture from whitehouse.gov. The file name is, I swear, hero-desktop.jpeg.

    Hah! But to be fair, in web design, the big image at the top is a “hero” image, or “hero header.”

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  26. James Lileks Contributor
    James Lileks
    @jameslileks

    Besides not caring, or knowing what to do, about the problems that bedevil the ordinary folk, they are also beholden to a super-awesome agenda of climate salvation, which requires that everything get worse so everything can be better. They are also beholden to a joyless, jargon-choked Rat King of intersectional grievance-mongering that believes itself to be the new institutional truth, and anyone who doesn’t buy it should be loaded on the tumbrel. For the cherry on the top, they’ve redefined gender, and you’d best nod along with that as well.

    I remember when the liberals had looser undergarments, and would wooooo! about sex drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, man, but now the “sex” part is drag queens twerking for toddlers, the “drugs” part is streets full of ketamine zombies, and the rock ‘n’ roll has been replaced by melody-free thump-and-bump monotone monologues about killing someone who slighted you. But they still see themselves as the noble idealistic vanguard who stopped the Wehrmacht at Stonewall, or something. 

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  27. Django Member
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    @Django

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Besides not caring, or knowing what to do, about the problems that bedevil the ordinary folk, they are also beholden to a super-awesome agenda of climate salvation, which requires that everything get worse so everything can be better. They are also beholden to a joyless, jargon-choked Rat King of intersectional grievance-mongering that believes itself to be the new institutional truth, and anyone who doesn’t buy it should be loaded on the tumbrel. For the cherry on the top, they’ve redefined gender, and you’d best nod along with that as well.

    I remember when the liberals had looser undergarments, and would wooooo! about sex drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, man, but now the “sex” part is drag queens twerking for toddlers, the “drugs” part is streets full of ketamine zombies, and the rock ‘n’ roll has been replaced by melody-free thump-and-bump monotone monologues about killing someone who slighted you. But they still see themselves as the noble idealistic vanguard who stopped the Wehrmacht at Stonewall, or something.

    You have a way with words, James. In this case, I agree completely. 

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  28. Morley Stevenson Member
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    @MorleyStevenson

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: So polls show that American voters are concerned about inflation, the economy, crime, and immigration. All problems which were caused by Democrats.

    I think of this when I hear people complain that conservatives don’t have a positive plan, don’t have big policy initiatives, aren’t solving our problems.

    The problem we have to solve is unchecked radical transformation. The solution to that is to check radical transformation: to stop it, or at least slow it dramatically so we have time to look critically at it.

    The great gulf in America today is between the cultural vision of the left and the lived experience of the right, and it’s a product of runaway progressivism: they’ve sprinted far ahead, and are frustrated now by the chasm they’ve opened between them and us, and by our unwillingness to catch up with them.

    I’m not sure I would attribute the distance between the two parties to progressive being far ahead.  So much of what they believe and are pushing for has been tried in the recent past and failed disastrously.  Sometimes being “ahead” really means being behind, or on a pointless side trip.

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  29. I Walton Member
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    @IWalton

    It’s not going to be Biden.  It will be someone who can read a decent speech, looks good and will be picked by the giant digital companies.    They can easily cheat by 15 to 20%.  They aren’t going away crying.   The secret is winning Congress.  If we can’t, 2024 will be an easy steal.   We’ll have to separate whole states and pieces of states.  We’ll know in less than two months if the US has a future.

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  30. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Dr. Bastiat: Because you’re selling something that nobody wants. So nobody will buy it.

    Which is why they are ramming it down our throats and other orifices.  When people refuse to see the “wisdom” of their policies, leftists have to resort to brute force . . .

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