Their Democratic Republic

Bernie Sanders told CNN’s Jake Tapper the following on “State of the Union” last Sunday—

I hope that we will bring a strong bill to the floor of the Senate as soon as we can and let Mr. Manchin explain to the people of West Virginia why he doesn’t have the guts to stand up to the powerful special interests.

What Bernie misses is that the special interest group whose interest Joe Manchin is protecting is the voters of West Virginia—and that what he’s protecting is his constituents desire to keep their state’s sovereignty and its republican form of government as guaranteed by the Constitution. I’ll bet Joe Manchin is looking forward to explain to the people of West Virginia how he’s been standing up for their special interests.

 

Just a Thought

I’ve seen a lot of noise on the Interwebz from Democrat politicians and media types (but I repeat myself) claiming that they know what is better for the citizens of West Virginia than Joe Manchin. They should put their careers where their mouths are, move to West Virginia, and run against him in the next primary. He isn’t up for reelection until 2024, so there’s plenty of time for someone such as Ilhan Omar to work to build a following in the state.

Is This Why Democrats Hate Ron DeSantis?

The Babylon Bee has a story up headlined Bob Dole Switches To Democrat Party, and I have joked that my late father-in-law (who lived in Cook County, Illinois) never voted for a Democrat while he was alive. It’s a running gag that we elderly folks all become Democrat voters when we receive our death certificates.

If Florida’s declining Covid death rate is depriving the Democrats of so many new voters, it’s no wonder the Democrats hate Governor DeSantis.

The Second Buchanan Administration

I started off hoping that the Xiden Administration would only be like a third Obama term. Then, I hoped it would only be Carter Redux. Now, a second Buchanan administration is looking like a best case scenario.The Gentle Reader may remember that the Democrats were also engaged in the protection of slavery during the Buchanan Administration.

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.

Consequences of Overreach

I’ve been writing about the Democrats precarious situation caused by their underperformance in the 2020 elections. While they have nominal majorities in both houses of Congress, they don’t have a working majority because of the differing goals of various party factions. However, the inanely progressive wing has dug in their heels, overreaching, demanding more than the saner members of the party know is possible. Senators such as Manchin and Sinema understand they have to win elections in order to stay in office, and aren’t about to support legislation that will alienate their constituents. Nothing is getting done. Their agenda appears DOA. And lots of voters who lean Democrat are losing patience.

So we’re seeing an interesting struggle within the Inner Party, a struggle I suspect will lead the Democrats to disaster. Daniel Roman has a post over at AMAC about the Democrats disarray leading them to that disaster. He closes with these words—

… the real problem with this progressive clique of largely white, privileged, young college grads is not their views on specific policies, but their inability to listen or interact with anyone who is not part of their ideological in-group. That is on full display with the disputes that are currently tearing the Democratic Party apart, the left’s treatment of Sinema and Manchin, and the likely failure of Biden’s domestic agenda.

Read the whole thing.

The next year-and-a-half will be ugly.

History v. The Narrative

Legal Insurrection has a post up about one of the ways the Democrats are trying to rewrite history before the ink has dried on the scribblings of their few remaining print outlets.

Fresh off of their efforts to rewrite their history of supporting the Defund the Police movement, Democrats have moved on to trying to revise another aspect of their history: Their opposition to voter ID.

The Legal Insurrection piece quotes House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) and Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) as saying, “We are always for voter ID,” and “I have never been opposed to voter ID.” Of course, it doesn’t take much google-fu to find videos of them and other Democrats opposing voter ID requirements with claims that it’s the most destructive assault on voting rights since Jim Crow.

At the rate they’re flip-flopping, it’ll soon going to be hard to remember whether we’ve always been at war with EastAsia or not.

The Democrats and a Boutique Liberal Issue

Democrat politicians and pundits have been all-in on the position that requiring photo ID for voting is racist. The support their position is overwhelming in certain zip codes, but the vast majority of voters support photo ID for voting—even most black and other minority Democrats support voter ID (roughly 3:1).

It appears that some Democrat pols are beginning to understand that opposition to voter ID isn’t playing well with independent voter or their own base outside of Twitter. Stacy Abrams, for example, wants us to believe that she’s never been against voter ID.

OTOH, the big money comes from those few zip codes, so it’s important to please those donors, but the votes … ah, there’s the rub. While the 2020 election may have been a pilot run for the use of technology to manage electoral outcomes, it clear that the Democrats’ system still has some bugs, and appeal to actual voters may still be necessary for some time to come.

OK, This Trips Over Godwin’s Law …

… but I believe the Battle of the Bulge is an apt historical analogy to some things happening now.

There’s a post over at the Federalist with polling data about the lack of support for teaching critical race theory in the Loudon and Fairfax County schools. The parents’ opposition to CRT in those counties is not unique; indeed, most parents in most jurisdictions oppose inflicting CRT on their children. So why are so many school districts in such a rush to add it to their curricula?

I believe that they’re doing it for the same reason that the Democrats in the House and Senate are trying to jam as much of their wish through as quickly as possible, even if they have to get rid of rules that that they normally value when they can use them to protect their own interests. Their present tactical situation is analogous to that faced by Field Marshal von Rundstedt in January, 1945.

The Democrats’ breakthrough in the 2020 presidential election achieved a level of surprise not unlike von Rundstedt’s breakthrough in the Ardennes. However, the Democrats’ failure to secure adequate victories in state and local elections and their razor thin margins in Congress have left them overextended and unsupported much like Army Group B found itself as the battle progressed.

Von Rundstedt’s attack disrupted the Allied advance, but he didn’t make it all the way to Antwerp. The Democrats’ winning the presidency is disrupting the economic and regulatory advances of the previous four years, but they are unlikely to make to 2023 in control of either house of the Congress.

Blue states are losing House seats. The Democrats aren’t going to control reapportionment. Many Leftists can see that the 2022 election will likely flip both the House and the Senate back to Republican control. The next two years may be the Left’s last chance to enact items from their wish lists, and they seem ready to offend enough voters to guarantee their defeat in 2022 to pass those laws and regulations.

Half-baked planning led to half-baked results at the polls. Inadequate legislative control led to desperation. Desperation is leading to overreach.

The next couple of years are likely to be very ugly.

UPDATE—A minor edit to spread the blame. (H/T, @SumEgroMonstro)

How Confident Are They?

During last year’s elections, the Democrats managed to get their guy into the White House, just barely flipped control of the Senate, and maintained a slim margin of control of the House. OTOH, they did not do well in state races, and they will not be in control of the reapportionment of House districts coming before the next election. Moreover, many states are reforming their election laws to improve election integrity. 2022 could be a challenging election year for the Democrats.

Looking at the Democrats’ legislative agenda, it appears that they are trying to ram as much of their wish list through as quickly as possible, regardless of the political cost. For example, their pending “infrastructure” bill spends a couple of trillion dollars with less than half going to actual infrastructure projects. The bulk of the bill simply directs government spending into the pockets of favored businesses and not-for-profits.

They’re proposing the biggest tax increase in almost 30 years to pay for their schemes. Now, Joe Xiden was in the Senate in the 1990s, and if his mental faculties were intact, he should remember that tax increases and gun control were what caused the Democrats to lose control of the House in the 1994 midterm elections. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi managed to keep their House seats in ’94, but they should remember that loss and what caused it. So why are they pushing legislation that’s likely to ensure a similar loss in 2022?

It could be that they don’t remember or that they discount the possibility of an electoral backlash because they believe America has changed. They thought that was the case when they rammed Obamacare through on a party line vote, and they lost the House in the next election, but they may think that this time will be different.

Perhaps, but I believe that Xiden (78), Pelosi (81), and Schumer (70) see this Congress as their last chance. They see handwriting on the electoral wall for 2022, and they want to get as much of their agenda passed while they still can.

Whether because of arrogance or desperation, we should expect the Democrats to act recklessly.

Is it 2023 yet?

Why #MeToo Instead of Manslaughter?

New York’s Senators Schumer and Gillibrand have announced that it’s time for Andrew Cuomo to resign. The reason they give is that a handful of the women who the governor may have sexually harassed have come forward with public complaints about his conduct. The Gentle Reader may wonder why the still intact lives a few people are of greater moral weight than thousands of the dead, but that’s not the question the senators are addressing.

Now that the Democrats have control of the White House and Congress, those with the top jobs are working to secure their positions and power bases—and to weaken and neutralize potential competitors. New York Democrats generally supported Cuomo’s handling of the Wuhan Virus Pandemic last year. They are vulnerable to being tagged as accessories or enablers to the granny killing. OTOH, if they can get Cuomo taken out for his personal behavior at times and places where they weren’t present, it may be possible for them to dodge any accountability for their Covid Collusion.

So Cuomo must go, and #MeToo serves the Inner Party’s interest.

Outliving Their Usefulness

Now that The Party is back in control of the White House and both houses of Congress, the members of the Inner Party who got the plum positions are working to secure their power. (“The object of power is power.“) Of course, this requires that certain individuals who were useful in removing Orange Man Bad from office need to be neutralized or eliminated lest they become competitors rather than allies.

Cuomo must go. #MeTooing him has the advantage of putting Outer Party members at the head of the mob, and allows him to be taken out without having to actually be held to account for the nursing home deaths that have not played well with the Proles.

Newsom must go. He has been too incautious in flaunting his Inner Party privileges.

Whitmer must go. She made a fool of herself while auditioning for the VP nomination last year. While there is beginning to be some legal pushback on her record of nursing home deaths, if’s likely that another scandal will be found for her as well.

There are others on the list. It will be interesting to see who gets taken down as the junta attempts to secure its hold on power.

It All Depends On What You Mean By “Equality”

The House has passed a legislative nightmare called the “Equality Act.” If it passes the Senate and becomes law, it would amend federal statutes to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and it explicitly will destroy religious freedom protections related to sexual and gender identity. The bill explicitly states: “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq.) shall not provide a claim concerning, or a defense to a claim under, a covered title, or provide a basis for challenging the application or enforcement of a covered title.”

Stephen Kruiser has suggested that the Equality Act is proof that the Democrats are clinically insane. OTOH, The Party may need the words “equal” and “equality” to have different meanings. Sometimes  two plus two equals four. But not always.

Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.

Elections Have Consequences

The election of 1856 put James Buchanan in the White House. He is generally viewed as one of the worst presidents in the nation’s history. Buchanan won the election by carrying every slave state except Maryland while the rest of the country split their votes between Republican John Fremont and Know-Nothing Millard Fillmore. Buchanan understood who elected him.

Buchanan intervened in the Supreme Court to gather majority support of the pro-slavery decision in the Dred Scott case. He supported the Southern attempt to bring Kansas into the Union as a slave state, angering both the Republicans and also many Northern Democrats. Finally, he failed to take action to stop Southern states from seceding during the last months of his administration.

That’s the sort of thing that happens when the Democrats win an election and come to believe that their grasp on the reins of power is so absolute they can act with impunity.

History doesn’t repeat itself in the sense of actual do-overs. Indeed, it does a very poor job of rhyming. But certain themes do reoccur, and one of them in impatient overreach by wannabe elitists.

The next couple of years may be quite ugly.

Hoax de l’Année

Last year, the Democrats wasted the Senate’s time with the Ukraine Phone Call Hoax after the previous multi-year Russia Collusion Hoax fell apart. This year, they’re peddling the Insurrection Incitement Hoax. Trump Derangement Syndrome has clearly overwhelmed what was left of the Democrats’ ability to reason rationally. As Lawrence Pearson notes over at BattleSwarm Blog

For a party that failed to flip a single statehouse chamber in November, Democrats are freebasing dangerous levels of their own bullshit in ratcheting up the rhetorical hysteria.

You don’t get high on your own supply because the moment you start deluding yourself, reality has a nasty way of smacking you upside the head.

Let them have their Impeachment 2: Electric Boogaloo. It won’t result in a conviction. It won’t affect Donald Trump’s standing with his supporters or his detractors. But it will delay the Senate from action on Joe Xiden’s initial legislative goals and confirmation of His Fraudulency’s nominees.

Enjoy the show.

UPDATE—Stupid is as stupid does.

Looking Out For Their Own Interests

When a political party achieves firm control of the levers of power, it’s not surprising that it will begin to take action that promotes the interests of the party’s supporters. For example, Donald Trump and Cocaine Mitch put a significant number of conservative judges on federal courts, including three Associate Justices at the Supreme Court.

Joe Xiden is doing the same for the his supporters. For example, he’s nominated William J. Burns to head the CIA. Currently, Mr Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a think tank that has reportedly accepted funds from sources with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

There’s nothing out of the ordinary here, just a return to the Old Normal.

Impeachment 2: Electric Boogaloo

Chief Justice Roberts will not be presiding over the new Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump. The Constitution requires that the Chief Justice preside at the impeachment trial of the President, thus it seems reasonable to assume the trial will not be an impeachment of a president as a matter of law.

BTW, Vice President Harris will not preside. Senator Leahey will preside in his capacity as President Pro Tempore. It’s beginning to look as if enough of the Senate has figured out that what the House has stirred up isn’t a valid impeachment a President, Vice President, or a civil officer of the United States to render the whole matter dead on arrival. The Democrats will probably make fools of themselves trying to revive the case, but the odds are overwhelmingly against a conviction. It all fits with their propensity for overreach.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

On Overreach

I suspect that the Democrats will have a brief but spectacular run at messing up the economy or getting us into some nasty foreign entanglement. In a burst of overreach not unlike the passing of Obamacare (“We have to pass the bill in order to find out what’s in it.”), they will quickly find themselves in a-bridge-too-far land. It’s inevitable because they simply cannot follow the wisdom in Oscar Wilde’s bon mot: “One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.” They cheat even when they don’t have to.

The next couple of years are going to be brutal. The following two won’t be much better.

1956 v. 2021

I have a friend who received his engineering degree from Tuskegee Institute. He’s occasionally told me stories of how his father made use of a shotgun to protect his family. My friend is also a veteran, and he says he’s noticed a significant tactical change in the thugs who support the Democrats—they’ve figured out that black is a better color than white to be wearing at night. But otherwise, he doesn’t see a whole lot of difference in their character.

I’m Confused

After ending a prayer with the word awomen [autocorrupt really fights me when I try to type that word], the Democrats imposed a new rule on the House of Representatives that eliminates the use of such “gendered” words as mother, father, brother, sister, aunt, or uncle.

So are they for celebrating the biological differences between the sexes, or are they insisting that we’re all the same and the differences are socially constructed?

Or will they also end prayers with words like atrannie?

2020 has turned 21 and is now drinking openly.

Losing Their Grip

Our Betters were surprised in 2016 when all those Deplorables voted the wrong way. They don’t seem to understand that it was their multiple failures to keep up their end of the American social contract that led to the 2016 revolt. While they may have executed a tactically successful counterstrike in 2020, I don’t believe they’ve put the strategic assets in place to properly regain and sustain their control.The analogy to the end of the Europeans’ control of their African and Asian colonies is useful, if inexact. The Europeans were tired after the war, and they were split by significant internal divisions. Their internal struggles made them less able to maintain control of their overseas possessions. I suspect that similar internal struggles on the Left will impede their elites attempts to restore their vision of normalcy. The turf wars between BLM and more mainstream democrats or between the Squad and the old guard in Congress (or the TERF war between the feminists and the LGBTQs) will sap the Left’s ability to enforce their will on increasingly rebellious Deplorables.

2021 is going to be interesting. And very, very ugly.