Can Dems in the House Tone Down the ‘Crazy’? Not Bloody Likely.
It would have been a minor miracle if the Republicans had kept the House of Representatives in this election. Not just because historical trends show that in virtually every mid-term election, the president’s party suffers. Remember that two years after Barack Obama was elected president — redeeming America from its historic sins, for millions of deluded post-Christian suburbanites — his own party lost 63 seats, more than twice as many as Donald Trump’s GOP lost last night.
But even more because the GOP House did very little to promote the President’s agenda. This was a president who won the nomination, and likely the election, for his promise to gain control over U.S. borders. In an age when European nations are having to set up classes for recent immigrants to teach them how not to rape native citizens, this issue is suddenly central. But the GOP House led by Paul Ryan did exactly nothing to address it.
Nor did it cut funding for baby-parts retailer (and massive Democratic donor) Planned Parenthood. That was another of Trump’s big campaign promises.
Imagine if the Democratic House had spent Obama’s first two years stonewalling his keystone policies. It might have lost even more than 63 seats.
I think the Democrats will play the short game, like puppies released in a butcher shop.
It’s hopeful to see that the Republicans have gained ground in the Senate, and that the composition of the Senate is much more conservative than it was. In fact, we might have 51 solid pro-life voting senators, to welcome future court appointments by President Trump. I hope that this emboldens him to choose nominees more openly committed to pro-family, Constitutional jurisprudence than he felt comfortable choosing before.
Given Ted Cruz’s surprisingly narrow victory in Texas, I think that the Senator should think long and hard about accepting an appointment to SCOTUS. He’s eminently qualified, and would fit in better there than he does in the chummy Senate. Where he is widely (alas!) disliked.
The Democrats Might Take Their Lithium
The Democrats soon to take control of the House of Representatives could choose to play the long game. They could look to the fact that their best-funded, most left-wing candidates lost. (See Andrew Gillum and Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke.) Then choose to recast themselves.
They could pose as the party of “good governance,” against the alleged “extremist” ideology of Donald Trump, and the party which now tracks his views more closely than ever. The Democrats could adopt a more centrist position on immigration. Maybe one which doesn’t directly threaten to wreck the wages of blue collar Americans, and bankrupt state education and Medicaid budgets.
But then they’d be thumbing their noses at the people who poured $70 million into O’Rourke’s Senate campaign, and at George Soros and Tom Steyer, who funded Gillum. They’d be flouting the zest for revenge that animates most MSM editors, SNL writers, and Antifa activists. In other words, they’d be whizzing on the fire that gave them their recent, narrow victory. And that’s the kind of thing Republicans do, but Democrats don’t.
But They Won’t.
No, Democrats are not the party of impulse control. They’re the party of “Canoodle with Harvey Weinstein until he gets caught, then denounce the monster as if we’d never met him.” They’re the party of “You get to choose your biological sex depending on how you feel.” And of “Let’s all have a vegan barbecue to benefit Planned Parenthood.” In other words, they’re insane. No, really.
The Democrats have ceased to be a mainstream, patriotic party. Some of the candidates they slipped through by narrow margins might have talked a different game, to get elected. But they will quickly see that there is no future whatsoever for pragmatism or prudence in a party that has succumbed to a charismatic passion of a new, pagan religion.
So I think the Democrats will play the short game, like puppies released in a butcher shop. I think they will vote to impeach Donald Trump, based on anything or nothing. They will also move forward in impeaching Brett Kavanaugh, and perhaps several members of the cabinet. I fully expect them to cave to the demands of shrieking activists that they defund the agency ICE, cutting off our country’s power to remove dangerous criminals. I don’t think they can help it.
They haven’t just poured out the Kool Aid. They have drunk it, down to the dregs. So in the short run, I expect bad things for our country. I think that the House will withhold crucial funding for defense and other necessities. They won’t fund a wall. They will try to adopt something even closer than Obamacare already is to a single-payer, Cuban-style health plan. (By the way, when a Democrat says “Medicare for All,” what he really means is “Medicaid for YOU.”)
Get Ready for the Backlash
And that will backfire. Donald Trump showed the power of his message when he boosted, and probably saved, perhaps a dozen GOP candidates. Liberals vastly overestimate their success in demonizing him and his supporters. They will go on doing so. They will take this narrow victory as a vast sign of vindication. Then go on presenting Kathy Griffin, Alec Baldwin, and Chelsea Handler as the public face of America’s left.
If they do, Donald Trump will roar to a landslide win in 2020, and capture both houses of Congress securely.
Of course, they could suddenly discover the art of prudence and the practice of self-restraint. They could rebuke the angry mobs who have become the core constituency of Democratic activists, and move the party back to the vital center.
And I might grow sixteen inches and go play for the NBA.