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The Slow Motion Liberal Crackup

The GOP might be trying hard to lose in 2018, but the Democrats seem determined not to let them.

I believe it was the great Danish thinker Kierkegaard—or maybe it was Jesse Kelly, I can’t quite remember—who said, “All the Democrats have to do is not be insane, and they can’t do it.”

Example # 2,172: The Washington Post just ran an op-ed by Paul Waldman, formerly of Media Matters, that waxed philosophical about campaigning for office in the Age of Trump. The article itself is behind a paywall, but the Daily Caller has the highlights, in which Waldman has some advice for Democrats who think they can change the hearts and minds of Republican voters by actually, ya know, trying to persuade them: Don’t bother.

In the endless search for the magic key that Democrats can use to unlock the hearts of white people who vote Republican, the hot new candidate is “respect.” If only they cast off their snooty liberal elitism and show respect to people who voted for [President] Donald Trump, Democrats can win them over and take back Congress and the White House.

Because, apparently, only white people dislike it when they feel disrespected—or something. Waldman goes on:

The right has a gigantic media apparatus that is devoted to convincing people that liberals disrespect them, plus a political party whose leaders all understand that that idea is key to their political project and so join in the chorus at every opportunity.

Whew! It’s a good thing that the left doesn’t engage in tactics like that. Who knows what would happen if the liberals in the mainstream media, the public school system, the universities and Hollywood all tried to demonize conservatives as mean, nasty people not even worthy of civil discourse?

And that Democrat Party—a model of restraint. You’d never see them tar a Republican nominee as a dog-hating, gay bashing, war-on-women waging miscreant. Wait, is that grandma getting pushed off the side of a cliff by Paul Ryan?

[W]hite Republicans are not going to vote for you anyway, and their votes are no more valuable or virtuous than the votes of any other American.

Again with the whitey thing. Does that mean it’s okay for Democrats to try and reason with Republican voters of color? Or is Waldman merely trying to insulate himself from racial criticism by making sure his readers understand explicitly that it’s only white Republicans he finds deplorable?

The mind reels.

Meanwhile, Tom Steyer—a billionaire man of the people, if there ever was one—is at it again, this time in Iowa where the biggest piles of manure weren’t to be found at the local stockyard, but rather at the town hall he was hosting. There, a woman in the audience suggested that she couldn’t see a whiff of difference between Donald Trump and—insert record scratch—Der Führer?

Ah, that Nazi Chic. It never gets old, does it?

I do love how Steyer, instead of telling the lady that her comparison was just a tad overwrought, only manages a feeble, “Well, sure, but remember that Trump hasn’t gassed millions of people like Hitler did.” But then, upon hearing the boos from the audience afather pointing out this somewhat significant fact, he tosses in a quick rejoinder about how Congress needs to impeach Trump before he can get around to the actual genocide. You’re a real profile in courage, Tom.

And what’s with the whole Trump, like Hitler, could give a really good speech comparison? Didn’t we just come off a whole eight years of a president who didn’t know how to do anything but give a rousing speech? Does that mean Barack and Adolph are also kissin’ cousins? And what about Bill Clinton? He was so glib, it was said he could charm the pants off a billygoat. I don’t recall anyone comparing “Ah feel your pain” to “Sieg heil!” as a result.

If that’s what we can expect from the coming Blue Wave, the Democrats better hope it’s made out of Johnnie Walker—because they’ll be drowning their sorrows in it come November.

Whoever is dumbest last loses.

Two weeks ago it was the GOP. This week it is the Democrats. Given that we have about 6 months left, they will take turns being the dumbest until one party ends up without a chair when the music stops.

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The notion of Trump being a rousing speaker surprises me. Yes, apparently at one of his rallies he can whip up the sympathetic crowd with repetitive slogans... but, as you note, that's about the only thing his predecessor was skilled at. (Trump, to be sure, can do a quite capable and effective job when he sticks to a good script written by his staff.) As to the main point here, I can only hope that the Dems completely write off conservative and moderate "whites." The more other ethnic groups realize they share the concerns of their middle class "white" brothers and sisters, the more clearly they will see how the Democrat party is not their friend.

"Does that mean it’s okay for Democrats to try and reason with Republican voters of color?"

You mean, all five of them?

(Sorry, couldn't resist ... e.g. Trump's coalition was 92% non-Hispanic white as I recall)

"Or is Waldman merely trying to insulate himself from racial criticism by making sure his readers understand explicitly that it’s only white Republicans he finds deplorable?"

Since Waldman himself is white, hails (IIRC) from a conservative part of country, and is among the WHITE majority (55%) of Clinton's 2016 coalition, I think it is a safe bet that he indeed refers to Republican partisans.

The good news for Waldman is the GOP has managed to win even a plurality of the vote in a presidential election exactly one time out of seven since 1992. The electoral college, gerrymandering and various other things can save the GOP only so long. And the fact that desperate Republicans (Evangelicals in particular) have put all their eggs in the Donald J Trump basket does not exactly raise hopes that the party's future looks like Marco Rubio.

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Anyone notice that the most insane actions on the Left come from members of the 'Cult of Gaia'?

Al Gore... Tom Steyer... Etc... All environmentalist fanatics..

We're ALL proving Jer. 10:23.

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