They’re in full existential crisis mode, and the popcorn is fresh.
I’ve argued before that Donald Trump would destroy both the Republicans and the Democrats, and yes, it appears my argument has merit. He has poisoned the well for Republicans who traded their conservative principles (those who had them to begin with) for a leader obsessed with himself, his press, and “winning.”
He has done his best to marginalize those who stand for conservative principles (the House Freedom Caucus, for instance). Yet, Trump, in governing, has done more to advance the actual implementation of smaller government than any president in the last 50 years. And the GOP, though damaged, is still winning in places where it should be winning. (OK, barely.)
The Democrats wanted quick revenge, because it’s good for fundraising. They’ve exhausted outrage, and they’re about to exhaust criminal intent.
So now they’ve turned again Nancy Pelosi.
The Republicans have one brand and one brand only: Democrats suck. The articles of their electoral faith begin and end with, how best can they piss off the liberals who rent space in their heads, and how do they convince the rubes that pissing off the liberals is an actual policy prescription to stave off the economic and cultural forces that are keeping the rubes up at night?
Yeah. But it helps that the Republican brand is actually true. Democrats do suck, at least the ones in office.
Which brings us back to Nancy Pelosi. Most of the voices calling for her to go are coming from younger Democrats, a lot of them allied with the Berniecrat wing of the party. (Ironically, the Republicans ran ads tying Jon Ossoff to Sanders, that socialist menace. Plus ca change…) I am charmed to my bones by the faith these young folks have that Pelosi’s replacement would be someone dedicated to single-payer healthcare, the $15 minimum wage, and hanging banksters from lamp posts. More than likely, it would be someone like, say, Tim Ryan from Ohio, who talks the salt-o’-the-earth talk about economic anxiety, but who flipped on abortion in 2015, when it became convenient to do so, and who won an NRA endorsement in his first campaign. This development would not be to their liking.
Again, they’re focused on politician here, who have voting records and flip-flips and ideas for change that never materialize because they have to get elected. At least Ossoff (whom Jonah Goldberg called a “hipster dufus,” which, surprisingly to me, is an actual thing) has the benefit of being from nowhere and having done nothing, a trait he learned from Barack Obama.
It seems that the next round of Democrats, après Pelosi, would emerge from the same primordial liberal ooze. But someone’s got to be the last dinosaur, so to speak. And watching Democrats cry over compromise and defeat of their principles makes me positively giddy.
If you’re proposing to replace Pelosi, prepare for the inevitable result. The pressure on the replacement—from Republicans, certainly, but also from the elite political media—to work “on a bipartisan basis” with the zombie-eyed granny starver and his band of cutthroats, or to find “common ground” with the folks down at Camp Runamuck, is going to be well-nigh overwhelming. And that’s not even to mention the both-siderist frenzy that will erupt during the fight to elect a new leader. Dems In Disarray is a Beltway classic. This would be its loudest revival performance in years. And, in any case, if you’re demanding that Pelosi be dumped because of her usefulness as a Republican cartoon, aren’t you already pretty much admitting defeat?
Republicans and Democrats are both on the edge of doom. Maybe Democrats need their own Donald Trump to come in and pee in everyone’s Cheerios. Problem is, there’s only one Donald Trump, and we’ve all got to live with him.
Pass the popcorn.