Tag: Democrats

Quote of the Day: Democrats


At some point, Democrats became the party of small-town people who think they’re too big for their small towns. It is hard to say how it happened: Perhaps it is that Republicans’ primary appeal is to something small-towners take for granted (tradition), while Democrats’ is to something that small-towners are condemned for lacking (diversity). Both appeals can be effective, but it is only the latter that incites people to repudiate the culture in which they grew up. Perhaps it is that at universities – through which pass all small-town people aiming to climb to a higher social class – Democratic party affiliation is the sine qua non of being taken for a serious, non-hayseed human being.

For these people, liberalism is not a belief at all. No, it’s something more important: a badge of certain social aspirations. That is why the laments of the small-town leftists get voiced with such intemperance and desperation. As if those who voice them are fighting off the nagging thought: If the Republicans aren’t particularly evil, then maybe I’m not particularly special.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome a new Associated Press poll showing Americans can clearly see President Biden’s weak performance on the economy and his overall job performance. They also groan as the CEO of TikTok tries to dodge questions about whether the app is spying on users and TikTok’s connection to the Chinese Communist Party. Plus, they hammer the Democrats for glibly opposing the effort to crack down on TikTok after agreeing to ban it on government devices last year. Finally, they break down Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s strategy of cozying up to the right in advance of a likely 2024 re-election bid.

Join Jim and Greg as they enjoy watching Georgia Democrats squirm at the prospect of Stacey Abrams running for high office again soon. They also fume over reports that groups with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party are heavily involved in illegal marijuana production here in the U.S. Between weed and fentanyl, China’s agenda concerning our kids seems pretty clear. Finally, they condemn the comments of a Georgia state lawmaker who contends that people who didn’t finish high school are “not qualified” to make decisions about where their kids go to school.

Join Jim and Greg as they highlight the National Republican Congressional Committee ads against swing district House Democrats. This comes after 173 Dems opposed legislation seeking to overturn the Washington, D.C. City Council’s soft on crime policies. They also appreciate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis making it clear he does not support legislation requiring political bloggers to register with the state government and note how hysterical leftists in the media are getting about a possible DeSantis presidential candidacy. Finally, they push back at White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s attempts to suggest anything about fentanyl is at record lows at our southern border.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that a far left House Democrat is leaving in June to take a job in the private sector, leaving Dems with one less vote for five months. They also react to Vladimir Putin announcing that Russia is suspending participation in the most recent START agreement that Biden though was such a grand achievement in 2021. They also wonder what the U.S. is really ready to do if China gets more aggressive in aiding the Russian war effort. Finally, they roll their eyes as Don Lemon is allowed to return to CNN but will be required to undergo “formal training” after his comments about women being past their prime last week. In addition, they take a deeper look into the venomous, sometimes racist comments unleashed against Haley because she happens to be on the political right.

Manhattan Institute policy analyst Zach Goldberg joins Brian Anderson to discuss the growing prominence of college-educated whites in the Democratic Party, how this group increasingly sets the party’s agenda, and the implications of the changing Democratic coalition for the GOP.

Find the transcript of this conversation and more at City Journal.

Feinstein Informed She Won’t Seek Reelection


 height=Five-term Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was recently informed by officials that she will not seek a sixth term. According to an anonymous source familiar with the matter, when apprised of her intentions, the former chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee was eating an entrée of rice pudding prepared by her longtime personal chef and Chinese spy Li Wang.

According to reports, Feinstein did not take their decision for her to retire well, insisting that she had too much work left to do implementing the New Deal and helping farmers survive the Dust Bowl.

Feinstein, who turns 90 if she lives through the summer, has long been deemed too old to serve even by her fellow Democrats, the party which comprises the nine longest-tenured members of Congress in American history.

Join Jim and Greg as they anticipate a U.S. Senate run from GOP West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and whether that will change Sen. Joe Manchin’s plans for 2024. They also react to former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announcing he will not run for U.S. Senate next year. Then, they fume as water-starved California lets 95 percent of the recent deluge of rain flush out into the Pacific Ocean in order to save the delta smelt in a key part of the state. Finally, they shake their heads as Democrats go from declaring Georgia Jim Crow 2.0 to a leading candidate to host next year’s Democratic National Convention.

Join Jim & Greg as they discuss formal research into what we’ve known for years – that Russian social media memes made virtually no impact on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. They also react to reports that classified documents from President Biden’s days as vice president were discovered at his office at the University of Pennsylvania. And they pop some popcorn as Biden tries to pressure the Democrats to move Georgia up in the 2024 primary calendar, while New Hampshire and other states fight to stay at the front of the line.

This year brings an extra edition of the Martini Awards! Today, Jim and Greg offer up their choices for biggest political liabilities in both parties. Then they discuss the best non-political story of 2022 and their favorite personal stories of the year.

More year-end awards today!  Jim and Greg embark on the second half of their six-episode saga known as the 2022 Three Martini Lunch Awards. Today, they offer up their selections for the best political idea, worst political idea, and boldest political tactics for the year. Their selections range from the campaign trail to the halls of Congress to the biggest land war in Europe in more than 75 years.

Join Jim and Greg as they dissect the reversal of the Biden retirement narrative and now Democrats seem to be unifying behind an unpopular president in decline. It might be the GOP’s best chance to win, but it’s no guarantee. They also shake their heads as the Biden administration offers no response to the protests in China and Canada’s Justin Trudeau finds protests designed to change public policy to be “worrisome.” And they wade into the battle to lead the Republican National Committee, assessing the candidacies of current chairman Ronna McDaniel, New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell. And they bid farewell to one of the great actors from “Die Hard.”

Join Jim and Greg as they are stunned by the Iranian World Cup team refusing to sing their national anthem and the captain directly stating that the players support the protesters back home. Jim also lays into FIFA, which organizes the World Cup, for its pattern of corruption and coziness with authoritarian regimes like Qatar, Russia, and China. And they have plenty to say about how Democrats plan to help Donald Trump become the GOP nominee in 2024 because they think he will be easier to beat than Gov. DeSantis.

Join Jim and Greg as they breathe a dejected sigh of relief as NBC News projects the Republicans will take control of the House by a very slim margin. They also brace for the GOP leadership wars as some conservatives seem ready to move on from Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy. And they suffer a wave of fatigue as President Trump reportedly prepares to kick off the 2024 presidential campaign tomorrow – even as the midterm vote counting continues in several states.


The Devil You Know


I’ve always been fascinated about the reasons why people make certain choices in their lives, especially when they make terrible choices, when I think perfectly sensible and practical options are glaringly obvious. At least to me. For that reason, I’ve read dozens of explanations for why the Democrat voters made such bewildering choices in the mid-term elections. Some of the reasons of observers made sense; others made no sense (to me). Some of the writers blamed the Republicans for their poor promotions, candidate selections and naivete about how elections actually work; others were certain that fraud was at play, and the Democrats, once again, have taken us for a ride.

Some or all of these explanations may be true, at least to some degree, but I find them unsatisfactory given what I know about human nature. I think we are missing the elephants in the room—the Democrat voters—and I think we’d benefit from looking at what they were thinking, feeling and believing about their election choices. I’ve come to believe that most elections have little to do with reason and analysis, and more to do with the psyche of the Democrat voter. Let me tell you what I mean.

First, Democrats are extremely loyal to their party, whether they are legislators or voters (or both). Many of them are probably lifetime Democrats, and they believe in the Democrat party, even if they don’t understand or agree with everything they stand for. But they trust their hearts and their allegiances, and are extremely reluctant to reconsider their beliefs.

Analyzing the Midterm Mess


Some people hate Republicans. Others hate Democrats. But everybody hates polling firms.

No bones about it: the most recent midterm election is a profound disappointment to conservatives and independents hoping for a mandate for the governing class to move decisively away from the progressive base of the Democratic Party toward the center. But expectations are the enemy of happiness. It’s one thing to expect the sun to rise in the east, as it does for everyone every day; expecting pollsters to get elections right despite their execrable recent track record is something else entirely.

To reiterate: Republicans have reason to be disappointed in the just-passed election. But the pollsters have every right to respond as Otter did to Flounder in Animal House: “You ****ed up – you trusted us.”

Brace for the Red Wave (And Some Advice for the GOP)


I have long been certain, even in the wake of the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs, that the midterms were going to be a bloodbath for the Democratic Party. When some conservative (or so-called conservative) pundits began wringing their hands that Dobbs would surely spell electoral doom for Republicans, I held fast to my belief that — to quote James Carville — it’s ultimately the economy, stupid.

And the economic news is bleak, no matter how much the Biden White House tries to spin things.