Don’t Get Cocky, Kids

Politico has a post up about how Doug Jones’ win in Alabama has raised the Democrats’ hopes for the 2018 elections.

Strong turnout and low approval for Donald Trump have Democrats eyeing states where they haven’t been competitive in years.

But was the Alabama election really about Donald Trump? Of course, Trump Derangement Syndrome probably helped increase Democrat turnout, but Roy Moore has his own baggage. First, and this hasn’t been talked about so much in the national coverage, Moore had held state-wide office as a judge on the Alabama Supreme Court. His crackpot behavior as a judge is probably best described as lawless and provided reason enough for some voters to choose not to support him, suppressing Republican turnout.

And then there’s the whole pervalanche issue. Moore is an outlier among Republican. The last time I checked, the Dems will be defending more seats with a scarlet P next year. In some cases, Al Franken for instance, the seat may have been taken over by a woman who can more easily defend it. But allegations of sexual harassment are more commonly directed at Democrats. It’s mostly their problem. BTW, when Moore was chasing teenagers, he was a Democrat.

Finally, the Democrats are weakened by the populist rejection of the Deep State. “I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help” feels like “… and I’m here to run your life for you” to too many voters. To the extent that those voters perceive the Democrats as the party of the Deep State, they’re likely to vote from someone else, someone who promises real restructuring of the system rather than tinkering around the edges to make it “better.”

2018 will be here in 18 days. Fasten your seat belts.

Trump Obeys Constitution—Democrats Hardest Hit

The Constitution specifically forbids the spending of any money from the Treasury of the United States unless the expenditure is authorized by a law passed by Congress. Congress has never authorized any Obamacare subsides, and a federal court has ruled them unconstitutional. President Trump has ordered that no further unconstitutional payments be made. The whining by the Democrats in Congress and with media bylines is interesting to watch.

The President sure is unpredictable. Why, the next thing you know, the President might do something like start acting as if treaties have to be ratified by the Senate.

A Tubman Twenty

It’s been proposed that Andrew Jackson should be replaced on the $20 bill by Harriet Tubman. One mock up floating around the Interwebz emphasizes that she was a gun-toting Republican.While putting her on the Twenty was proposed by a Democrat administration, making the change would cause an interesting political imbalance in our currency. It would remove the only Democrat from the commonly circulating bills. Jefferson would still be on the Two, but $2 bills aren’t all that common. Washington (One), Hamilton (Ten), and Franklin (Hundred) were Federalists, and Lincoln (Five) and Grant (Fifty) were Republicans.

Works for me.

A Note on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

I had the role of Marc Antony in that play once upon a time. His speech that struck me most wasn’t the funeral oration. It was his soliloquy earlier in Act III. It begins:

O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers …

Antony goes on to predict

Domestic fury and fierce civil strife …

I truly hope that the extremist Democrats are less successful in stirring up resistance today than the extremist Democrats were in 1861.