The Inner Party’s Dilemma

Joe Xiden is a failed president, and his handling of the Afghanistan debacle is grounds for impeachment. Indeed, if he were a prime minister in a parliamentary democracy, he would have either resigned or have lost a vote of no-confidence by now.

But the United States isn’t a parliamentary democracy. We’re a federal republic with separate legislative and executive branches. Xiden can’t just be sent to the back benches while his party maintains its majority in the legislature. If Xiden is deposed, Kamala Harris will leave her role in the Senate to become President. That will leave the Senate split 50/50, giving the Republicans an effective veto on her nomination of the new VP. They can leave the post vacant, ending the Democrats’ ability to break ties. If Harris replaces Xiden, their legislative agenda is dead. That doesn’t mean that some of it won’t slip through, but the overreach used to push it through will not sit well with most voters.

The various Inner Party factions will spend the next weeks and months in damage control mode. There will be a lot of infighting, and the collateral damage to America may be severe. But I expect they will so weaken themselves that 2022 will not be a good year for the Left.

Stay tuned.

NY Politics

popcorn4bkAs we watch Andrew Cuomo’s career being directed to the memory hole, there’s more fun on the horizon. Cuomo killed a sufficient number of senior citizens to cause New York to lose a seat in Congress, and it’s beginning to look as if the state Inner Party will take the opportunity to eliminate AOC’s seat inanition to  gerrymandering as many Republicans as possible into races against a safe Democrats

Meanwhile, AOC is beginning to push the idea of her primarying Chuck Schumer. That offers the intriguing possibility of dragging two competing factions of the national Inner Party into that race.

Stay Tuned.

Significant Unrest

From time to time, I’ve published posts expressing my opinion that the first two years of the Xiden administration would be a disaster for the Democrats because they would engage in political excesses that would alarm the majority of Americans. The have razor-thin margins in Congress and an incompetent President, and they face a more closely balanced federal judiciary. A significant number of Democrat politicians see a real possibility of a Republican wave election in 2022, so they are in a rush to pass as much of their wish list as they can. This is leading to overreach by the Left at all levels of government. I’ve been expecting significant pushback from the Right.

What I didn’t specifically see was that the big pushback would be on what should be a local issue—school curricula—or that the pushback would also come from some people nominally on the Left.

Politico has a post up titled ‘People are scared’: Democrats lose ground on school equity plans. It opens with these words—

Elina Kaplan is the kind of suburban mom who made Joe Biden president.

An immigrant who came to the United States from the Soviet Union, she is a registered Democrat from San Mateo County, Calif. And she’s alarmed over her state’s new model ethnic studies curriculum, which cites critical race theory as a “key theoretical framework and pedagogy.”

Well, it shouldn’t be surprising that someone who escaped from the Marxist dystopia of the USSR would be troubled by a neomarxist form of racism being taught in her local schools.

“What I hear over and over again is that people who are against CRT in schools are just against talking about racism,” Kaplan said. “We believe strongly in teaching [against] racism, in confronting racism.”

Politico quotes Democrat operative Amanda Litman’s concerns for the effectiveness of this issue.

“The Republican Party historically has used this kind of panic effectively,” Litman said. “And they have managed to unite a few different components of anxiety — racial anxiety, anxiety about schools that came up through the pandemic and who’s managing schools, and this idea of cancel culture — in one.”

“It’s irrelevant what the facts are — it’s the way it makes people feel,” Litman concluded.

Of course, facts are irrelevant to CRT proponents. Marxism is about power. Facts which get in the way of ceasing and holding power must be dismissed as false narratives.

I grew up in the South during the ’50s and ’60s. I’ve watched America change. We aren’t perfect, but this county is one of the least racist on the planet.

American parents don’t want schools to tell their children that they are either oppressors or losers. We want our children and grandchildren taught the practical and intellectual skills that will equip them for productive and fulfilling lives as citizens.

Reaching into the schools to corrupt even math instruction with racist nonsense was a bridge too far. I doubt the Left will be able to save CRT. Too many people have been aroused for the pushback to end.

So how will this play out through the 2022 elections?

The avalanche has already begun. It is too late for the pebbles to vote.

—Kosh