This Seems Pretty One-Sided

At the election draws near and folks become more … um … excited, tempers appear to be fraying and violence erupting. For example, The Washington Free Beacon reports that two candidates in Minnesota have been assaulted. State representative Sarah Anderson was punched in the arm after spotting a man destroying yard signs. She said the attack left her scared, and her attacker only desisted when she fled to her car and threw it in reverse. First-time candidate Shane Mekeland suffered a concussion after getting sucker punched while speaking with constituents at a restaurant. Anderson and Mekeland are Republicans.

Meanwhile, my podcasting partner Stacy McCain reports that a Democratic operative was arrested Tuesday after the female campaign manager for Nevada GOP gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt accused the operative of grabbing and yanking her arm and refusing to let go.

There appears to be a pattern here.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

One of the reasons that the Dread Deadbeat Protestor Kimberlin has failed at so many things is his slipshod inattention to detail. For example, when he recently updated his protectourelections dot org website, he neglected to go through the site and properly refresh some of the pages. Here’s what the top of the TAKE ACTION page looks like—

It wouldn’t have taken much though to delete the seven-year-old items from the page and put up one or two things related to the 2018 election, but TDPK left the old stuff and the years of dead air intact. Those years of inattention to the integrity of the election process appear to be a powerful demonstration Kimberlin’s lack of real concern  It sorta/kinda looks as if the whole POE effort is simply a way to draw attention to the DONATE buttons on the site.

Change my mind.

UPDATE—BTW,  Bernie Sander’s poorly crafted amendment referenced on the POE webpage sought to repeal a substantial portion of the First Amendment. Brett Kimberlin has never impressed me as a fan of the First Amendment, so his support for such an amendment doesn’t surprise me.

An Unintended Consequence?

Jemele Hill published a piece over at The Atlantic decrying the sympathy that black men are showing for Brett Kavanaugh.

On Tuesday night, I was in an auditorium with 100 black men in the city of Baltimore, when the subject pivoted to Brett Kavanaugh. I expected to hear frustration that the sexual-assault allegations against him had failed to derail his Supreme Court appointment. Instead, I encountered sympathy. One man stood up and asked, passionately, “What happened to due process?” He was met with a smattering of applause, and an array of head nods.

While she seems to remember enough of the plot of To Kill a Mockingbird to understand why black men have a certain edginess about false rape charges, she believes that they are “failing to see the bigger picture.” David French has a post up at NRO debunking Hill’s argument. He use facts. For example—

At Colgate University, for example, from 2013–2014 black students were 4.2 percent of the population, but “black male students were accused of 50 percent of the sexual violations reported to the university, and they made up 40 percent of the students formally adjudicated.” Across three academic years, “black students were accused of 25 percent of the sexual misconduct reported to the university, and made up 21 percent of the students referred for formal hearings.”

Off course, facts have offered no support to the Progressives in their attempt to derail the Kavanaugh nomination. Indeed, facts can get in the way of a “survivor” expressing her “truth.” French continues,

The bottom line is that opponents of Kavanaugh didn’t just want to stop Kavanaugh, they wanted to create a cultural moment that many black men are very wise to be wary of. “Believe survivors” is a slogan that resonates far beyond one single judicial confirmation. It’s the slogan of campus “justice” that all too often echoes the injustice of America’s racist past.

Perhaps a significant number of black men will take notice of the past month’s events. Perhaps their voting will be guided by their self interest.

White Progressivism’s Problem

The Kavanaugh brouhaha has shone a spotlight on the core problem of white progressives. Their politics are too leftwing for most whites but don’t address the concerns of non-whites. The Democrats weren’t able to prevent one of their senators from supporting the Kavanaugh nomination because he had to face mostly white Real World voters this November. Daniel McCathy writes over at Spectator|USA

The Democrats had only one defection in the Kavanaugh vote, as it happens, but it was enough to avoid what would otherwise have been a 49-49 tie: Joe Manchin, up for re-election this year in the reddest state with a Democratic senator. Liberals swore retribution — supporting Kavanaugh might just have cost him the vote of every single New Yorker subscriber in West Virginia.

McCarthy also notes the lack of minority faces among the protestors during the senate vote last Saturday.

The protests liberals whipped up against Kavanaugh this weekend, on the other hand, revealed too much about their own weakness. Washington, D.C. is a majority Democratic city with a black majority. But the Democratic voters out there yelling about Kavanaugh were as white as any country club gathering of Republicans. They looked like a line of Starbucks patrons — Caucasian, professional, largely millennial, with earth tones and earnest expressions aplenty. Men and women wore the same fashionable glasses and more or less the same clothes. It was a Pumpkin Spice Riot.

Where were the black Democrats? Where were the non-yuppies?

The answers to those questions on 7 November this year will go a long way to explaining the next couple of years.

UPDATE—Stephen Green writes that the Democrats are working to “lock down the Trigglypuff vote.” Heh.

Four Weeks to Go

There are some things about which I have a clear vision of the future, but the outcome of the November election isn’t one one of them. I have no idea of which party will wind up controlling either the Senate or the House of Representatives. If had to bet, I’d go with the Republicans hanging on in the Senate, but that’s almost an even money bet.

What I do foreseen is a rather nasty four weeks ahead. The Kavanaugh brouhaha has spun up both parties, and turnout will be critical. Donations are up on both sides.

What will be the Democrats’ end game? Will they triple down on the strategy they tried while opposing the Kavanaugh nomination? That brought out a crowd of protestors one observer described as looking like white millennial Starbucks customers. What effect would that stategy have on more traditional Democrats such as the minority (black and Hispanic) voters who helped defeat the gay marriage ballot initiative in California (Prop 8)?

What about the Republicans? Will they spend too much time celebrating and not enough time doing the hard work of getting their voters to the poles? After the Kavanaugh hearings, they wound up looking like the adults in the room. They’ve historically been tagged as the stupid party, but they look like the sane party for now. Will they find a way to blow that perception with undecided voters between now and the election?

Fasten your seat belts and stay tuned.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The Dread Deadbeat Private-Eye Kimberlin isn’t just a failure at lawfare. In fact, he fails at just about everything he tries. He’s been involved in trying to dig up dirt to support the Russia/Republican collusion false narrative for a couple of years, but if we can believe his russiadossier dot org website, his search hasn’t any any better luck than the official deep state investigation.Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.