Pelosi & Cordray Show Events Can Change the Coming Democratic Wave

Democrats worked hard to secure a narrative only to see Pelosi and Cordray scuttle their plans.

There is a coming Democratic wave. It is conventional wisdom grounded in fact. It is seen in Virginia, special elections in Georgia, and elsewhere. But we forget at our peril one of the base laws of politics and life: events change things.

Roy Moore was headed to defeat in Alabama according to polls because of scandal as Democrats captured the moral high ground on sexual assault -- ground they lost with Bill Clinton. Relentlessly, they pounded Republicans and Christians for standing with Roy Moore. Then along came Al Franken and John Conyers with Nancy Pelosi out dismissing the accusers and calling Conyers an icon. Democrats suddenly do not look like they have moral authority. They look like political opportunists.

Starting last week, Richard Cordray and Democrats seeded the press with stories that Donald Trump was going to make an illegal power grab and thrust the nation into a new constitutional crisis. "The law is clear," went the talking point. Cordray could exit the Consumer Financial Protection Board, name his replacement, and Donald Trump could not stop him. The very act of Trump trying to do so was an attack on law and order because, again, "the law is clear."

When the Department of Justice released an opinion saying Cordray had gotten it wrong, reporters dismissed the DOJ because it was Trump's DOJ and clearly partisan. The narrative was set and the story was ready to play out throughout today. Donald Trump and Mick Mulvaney were breaking the law and, if you did not know, the law was clear.

The the CFPB's own lawyer changed things. She, a Democrat appointee, declared the President had lawful and legitimate power to name Richard Cordray's replacement. What Democrats had told us all weekend was a clear law turns out not to be. It turns out that the CFPB is within the executive branch, the President is the Chief Executive, and so he has appointment powers, not Richard Cordray.

Suddenly, a media story set up to be an attack on a President abusing his power is a media story covering a train wreck. Reporters who intended to make partisan hits against the President now cannot because of the CFPB's own lawyer who clearly was not consulted.

Events change things. The clear moral high ground Democrats thought they possessed has crumbled under the weight of Nancy Pelosi and Richard Cordray's arrogance. And we are still a year from the supposed inevitable Democratic historic wave. The odds are still in its favor, but events really can and do change things.

Democrats do not deserve to be given the reins of power, but Republicans have shown they don't either because the GOP doesn't know what to do with them.

Democrats seem to be trying mightily to avoid winning a majority.

Unfortunately, the republicans seem determined to help the democrats regain control as they keep failing to keep their promises and attack the few who are trying to uphold them and who espouse conservative values.

An actual Republican legislative success would be a real event. Democrats try to fake events and get caught. Eric would put less weight on the Virginia governors race - a RINO establishment loss - If he didn't hate Trump so much and over estimate the value of political consultants. A Republican president who fights and the extinction of RINOs like Corker, Flake, McCain is a game changer on a strategic level. This article catches the tactical impact of two events but misses changes within the Republican party that can make it deliver on their promises.

@Redcloak, I think that you are overly optimistic, but I hope that you are right. I believe that the current Republican establishment leadership is attempting to destroy the party for its own benefit. The Democrats have no bench, so the Republicans need to destroy theirs, which is conservative in the main, in order to maintain the status quo. Or maybe I'm just projecting a couple of Michigan races onto the national stage.

I think we should be careful not to to attribute Trump's distaste for Corker, Flake and McCain to fighting RiNOs. Trump doesn't have a problem with these types of politicians. He has a problem with politicians who are critical of him. If John McCain showered Trump in praise, he would be all on board the McCain train. His dislike of them is because they are not loyal to and dislike him. It has nothing to do with their politics. That is evidenced by the number of establishment types that he has put into the White House, including Democrats like Cohn and his own children, and his endorsement of Luther Strange, over the conservative Mo Brooks, that would have actually pushed his agenda forward. Trump can be a useful ally when he shares a common opponent with conservatives, like with McCain and Corker, but he isn't going to lead the cleanup of the swamp or the GOP.

People seem to forget that in the first place the CFPB is totally unconstitutional and should not even be in existence. It is a DOC piggy bank and funds the likes of Planned Parent Hood and Hillary Clinton. It is and has always been a DOC money laundering facade along the model of the Clinton Foundation. It is not wonder the liberals are so up in arms about losing control of it. Surprise, surprise, surprise. Last, let us not forget that all opposing groups to the socialist/Communist/DOC have long been infiltrated by elected moles. The Tea Party was splintered into several groups under the same banner who confused and weakened the entire movement. The Rinos and old guard Grand Old Politburo members have fought tooth and nail for years to obstruct the election of conservatives or any candidates they deem they cannot control. In short, the GOP is no longer what it used to be or what it once stood for. Both parties are now big government. The difference is that the DOC wants to socialize at 100 mph and the GOP at 50 mph.

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