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I try to remain above schadenfreude; like its lesser cousin, gloating, there is something more than just undignified about it. But when Trump claimed yet another “win” last night and as the cameras swept the room and past a slumped Schiff and scowling Nadler, I had to resist a reflexive smile.
There was something pathetic about them, as well as their fellow glum Democrats, as they followed the lead of their mistress Pelosi in their resistance to any Trumpeting. Pelosi’s post-SOTU, petulant, destruction of the speech was the best she could muster, an empty gesture made for television and an unintended admission that her party has no answer for Trump. Like the failed Russia hoax and the impeachment fiasco, the Pelosi led Democrats got nothing.
Amid much good news, much, if not most of it, good for traditional Democrat constituencies, why were the Pelosi loyalists so sullen? In part, because they’ve taken some big losses recently. They thought that they could use last-minute theatrics to take out Kavanaugh. He’s now on the SCOTUS. Their Russia collusion joint venture with the deep state fell flat. The follow-on Ukraine impeachment strategy backfired. The Durham investigation may well expose them further. And, recent results and showings in Iowa do not bode well for their party’s November prospects, neither at the top nor down the ticket.
But the bigger news is just how quickly the policies of Trump and his administration have boosted the US economy and our prospects. No doubt there has been a renaissance; we are born-again, US-centric, limited-governance constitutionalists, and this has given us an unprecedented economic recovery and confidence. A Democrat coalition that relies upon the monopolization of the votes of disgruntled minorities loses if these groups thrive, and worse, if they can attribute their success to traditional Republican policy.
This is the reason why the Left’s demonization of Republicans (fascists!) has become more childish and shrill, and why the disgruntled minorities associated with the Left have become more splintered and outlandish in their rhetoric and action. I find it interesting that the alternative view being pushed by the left-dominant Democrats has morphed into outright socialism – tax policy that is essentially confiscation, free college, Medicare for all, etc. Then there are the other radical policies – the New Green deal and open borders.
If you dive deeper into these new socialist circles you find people opposed to both the first and second amendments. In fact, some have even espoused totalitarian ideas like re-education and work camps for those who oppose them. This is not hyperbole. The new Left has obviously jettisoned the Constitution, for them a document that stands in the way of their desire for total power. Obama first espoused this abandonment 12 years ago. Today’s socialists were listening.
I would like to believe that these are the last gasps of a party about to be throttled by reality. Who could believe that an unaccomplished college-town socialist city council member could rise to the lead in a Democrat party presidential race? The push for socialism, open borders, and the New Green deal can’t represent a crossroads. Moving left, away from sovereignty and into the embrace of radical environmentalism, represents a false choice. Our recent history shows that socialism is incompatible with a constitutional republic founded on limited governance and individual liberty. And these principles, re-established with this Trumpian renaissance, are proving once again to be a potent and prudent organizing doctrine. We know where the Left leads and it is devastating.
James Carville is right. The success of Trump’s policies will pull votes from traditional Democrat constituencies. Any reflexive Democrat lurch to the left will further alienate traditional Democrats. If the Democrats are going to avoid a complete bloodbath in November, they have to abandon these wild socialist takeovers and get back to traditional Democrat retail politics. Bernie, AOC, and the squad stand in the way of Carville’s remonstration. I’ll never count the Democrats out, but I think Carville’s complaint may be too little and too late.
Darn. I feel another one of those smiles coming on.