The Frustration of Fauxcahontas

Fauxcahontas is ranting about the results of today’s abortion vote in the Senate. The bill went down 49-51. (But of course, wrong votes aren’t supposed to count in “Our Democracy.”}

Umm, that wasn’t the work of a minority. The larger group of votes were nays.

Also, Cocaine Mitch didn’t bother with a filibuster against a losing bill. Indeed, it was in the Republican’s interest to allow most of the Democrats to vote in favor of killing babies.

Overreach. Desperation. Panic. It’s going to be an interesting campaign season.

Better, But Still Not Good

The new Maryland congressional district gerrymander is better than the previous map, but it still isn’t very good.I live in Westminster, only about 13 miles from the Mason-Dixon line border with Pennsylvania. The old map had me living in District 8 which extended from the DC border. The new map makes District 8 a compact blob in the DC suburbs. I’m now in District 2, which extends into the Baltimore suburbs. It’s a predominantly Democrat district, but not an impossible win for the right Republican. District 6 is now competitive. District 1 remains a Republican stronghold. The rest are Democrat safe seats.

At least I’ll no longer be stuck with Jamie Raskin as my congresscritter.

Scorched Earth

As the Democrats have been failing in most of their overreach for the last year-and-a-half and as the effects of the Xiden Administration’s incompetence compound, it’s becoming more likely that the Republicans will take control of at least one of the houses of Congress in the next election. If that happens, I don’t expect the Democrats to take their L and leave quietly. In that case, the last two months of 2022 will be very, very ugly.

Maryland’s Gerrymander

The latest congressional redistricting map to come out of the Maryland legislature has been placed on hold by a state court. A group of voters has sued alleging the map which essentially eliminates the possibility of a Republican being elected violates various provisions of the state constitution. Ballotpedia reports that today

former Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Lynne Battaglia, acting on senior status, ruled that the state’s Congressional map was a partisan gerrymander and ordered the General Assembly to draft a new map. The Maryland Court of Appeals earlier postponed the state’s primary election from June 28 to July 19 in a March 15 order. The court also extended the filing deadline for all candidates from March 22 to April 15. The court said it had “received timely-filed petitions challenging the validity of the 2022 legislative districting plan enacted by the General Assembly”

Things are proceeding better than I have foreseen.

UPDATE—FWIW, Judge Battaglia is retired from the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. She was appointed by Gov. Glendening (D). Before serving on that court, she was the U. S. Attorney for Maryland appointed by Bill Clinton and Chief of Staff for Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

First Virginia, Now This

Shortly after Joe Xiden took office, I suggested that we were in for a couple of years of overreach by the Left—and that they would wind up going a bridge too far. It looks as if schools have been the flash point for a rebellion by normal people.

The rest of 2022 will be … um … interesting.

Political Science v. The Real Thing

I made a B in POLSCI101 55 years ago. One of things I learned in the course was Bismarck’s definition of politics: the art of the possible. Another thing I learned was that what is called “political science” has essentially no connection to or use for the scientific method. As Bismarck noted, politics is an art, and the study of it is no more a part of science than is the study of music or any other art.

That’s not to say that politicians don’t claim to be basing their action on science. Marxism, for instance, claims to be “scientific socialism.” The history of the 20th Century shows what happened every time the marxist hypothesis was tested against Reality.

“Scientific” Covidicism has had its test against Reality, and its Narrative hasn’t done well. Indeed, it’s done so poorly, that even the blue states are beginning to  return to the Real World.

The science hasn’t change. A bit of pseudoscience has failed, and  it’s an election year. The art of politics says that the way to survive an election is to stay on voters’ good side. And the voters have had enough of covid restrictions that didn’t work or were actually harmful.

Honk! Honk!

Political Smash and Grab

The Democrats have managed to build a majority. However, it’s a majority of voters who oppose the Build Back Better tax-and-spend scam.

I’ve been writing since the first of the year about the Democrats’ panic resulting from their unexpectedly poor performance in the down-ballot races in 2020. With their prospects for 2022 looking even worse, the Democrats have tried and mostly failed to get as much of their wishlist passed before they lose control of both houses of Congress, and the Xiden Administration has promulgated a series of lawless regulations. Fortunately, the courts still seem to be in the business of upholding our laws and the Constitution.

At the state and local level, the Democrats’ overreach over the past two years on a range of issues from Covid lockdowns to school curricula been met with popular resistance.

Economic reality is beginning to set in, and Margret Thatcher’s Corollary to the Law of Thermodynamics (The problem with socialism is that it always runs out of other people’s money.) is at work.

Things are about to get even uglier. I expect a flurry of activity from the Democrats to grab as much as they can before they lose what control they still have. 2022 is going to be weird.

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