Monday, January 30, 2017

Democrats are Chained to Their Activist Base

Democratic activists are totally pissed off that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has voted for three of Trump's nominees.

But President Trump is pissed off that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is slow walking his nominees, with the confirmation rate way behind the confirmation of President Obama's nominees in 2009.

And the word is that the battle over President Trump's first Supreme Court will go nuclear, with Democrats filibustering until Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) changes the rules and eliminates the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees.

And of course left-wing activists have surged to the nation's airports to protest Trump's immigration executive order.

I'll bet that, in his heart, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) would be quite happy to deal with President Trump; that's what politicians are like in their heart of hearts. They happily do deals with each other to spend the taxpayers' money.

And that is what most Americans believe in their heart of hearts. If you put a group of Americans into a room to solve a political problem they will solve it by giving everyone a piece of the action.

But then we have the revolutionary tradition of the left. It believes in "resistance," in "direct action," in "peaceful protest." And all the other deceptive words in the left's lexicon. It thinks that the only way to bend the arc of history towards justice is through politics. And politics is civil war by other means. And that is the point of the leftist code words like protest and resistance. It is a show of force; it argues that, unless you concede to us, we will make the streets run with blood.

As I have written before, we had a left that thought that street action was going to transform America 50 years ago. Inspired by chaps like Herbert Marcuse, the left flooded the streets and rioted and rampaged.

But the result was not what the left expected. The American people hated the street action and elected Richard Nixon, twice. Then they elected Ronald Reagan, twice.

After losing three elections in a row the Democrats decided to nominate a man that presented himself as a centrist, a New Democrat. Bill Clinton got elected in 1992 and got reelected in 1996.

But after George W. Bush got elected by a hair Democrats restarted the activist machine. And, what with the failures of the Iraq War and the Crash of 2008, Democrat Barack Obama got elected with big majorities in Congress. And community organizer President Obama encouraged the activists to activize. (Daughter Malia recently attended a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline. Daddy's daughter.)

The question is whether the American people are going to react against the new wave of left-wing activism and resistance the way they did in the 1970s and 1980s.

The answer is: We Don't Know. That is why we have elections.

But we have a clue. After Obama comes President Trump. A Republican Senate. A Republican House. Tons of Republican governors. A lot of Republican state legislatures Somewhere in there I think that Americans are sending their leaders a message.

But we really don't know what the American people think. But we will get another clue in the 2018 midterms and again in the 2020 presidential elections. Until then, everything is fake news and poll-tested talking points.

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