Spinning Tuesday’s defeat by claiming that the restoration of the Democrat Socialist Insane Left to power, as some on our side are now doing, is somehow…well, if not a victory exactly, at least kind of a good thing?
Sorry, guys, not seeing it here. Okay, I understand that keeping your chin up and trying to find the silver lining (if any) is generally a good and honorable thing. I get that, I really do. I even respect it; maintaining one’s dignity in the face of adversity and not whining like a little bitch—or a defeated Democrat Socialist—is also a good policy to follow, no matter what.
But let’s not kid ourselves here either: the loss of the House, along with seven governorships, is a serious blow. It’s going to cost the nation heavily, make no mistake. And gaining a couple or three in the Senate is pitiful compensation, although admittedly not nothing either.
The phrase I’m not seeing many of the sunny-side-up folks using is: lame duck. Like it or not, that’s what President Trump now is. He was always embattled, right from the very start. Now he’s hemmed in on all sides, in a seriously tough spot, way worse than before, with his room to maneuver greatly lessened. There will certainly be no second round of pump-priming tax cuts now; the gains made in restoring manufacturing and loosening the regulatory state’s stranglehold on the American economy can easily be undone by a House eager to cut off growth and prosperity. Yes, there are limits on the damage the Democrat Socialist House can do right enough. The Senate will have to go along with most of it, and there’s always the Presidential veto power too.
Trump better be prepared to use it, because he’s going to need to, and often—very likely more than any previous President ever has, in fact—if he wants to keep his nascent economic recovery humming and thrumming along.
Which, if there IS a bright side to this debacle, that’s it: Trump remains a cantankerous sort, a real fighter who relishes a down and dirty brawl, and excels at coming out on top even when facing truly daunting odds. For all the NeverTrumpTard harrumphing about his supposed lack of character, whatever hope remains is riding exclusively on that character now. He’s already showing his mettle, bless his heart. Example One: booting Jeff Sessions’ worthless ass. Example Two, even more delicious: booting Jim Acosta’s worthless ass, too.
The White House suspended press access for Jim Acosta on Wednesday after the CNN reporter had a tense exchange with President Trump during a press conference.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that the administration will “never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman” — referring to a tussle for the microphone between Acosta and a White House intern.
“This conduct is absolutely unacceptable,” Sanders said in a statement.
“The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it‘s an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration.”
Michael Goodwin has the right of it:
The conduct of a handful of so-called reporters during President Trump’s news conference was disgraceful beyond measure. This is not journalism, this is narcissism.
Actually, it’s a good bit worse than just narcissism, and it’s typical of a lot more than any “handful” of them too. I said long ago that Trump ought to toss the lot of the DC Enemedia out and simply refuse to grant them any access at all except under terms and conditions he sets, subject to revocation of even that should they put on another outrageous show of overt partisanship and disrespect like they did yesterday.
But it’s the reason behind their despicable conduct that’s the real problem here: they smell blood in the water after Tuesday’s disaster, just as Pelosi, Waters, Nadler, and the rest of the Leftard freak show do. If the Sunshine Boys on the nominal Right don’t know a defeat when they see one, the Democrat Socialist sharks surely do.
Hey, anybody remember when the Democrat Socialists were going to be taught a hard but vital lesson over the overturning of the fundamental principle of “innocent until proven guilty,” their contempt for decorum, responsible adult behavior, and the rule of law itself in the attempted lynching of Kavanaugh? Remember when that whole shitshow apparently “backfired” on them, and there would surely be a price paid for their despicable skullduggery, their brazen and intentional reduction of the Senate’s advise-and-consent function to a grotesque circus?
Guess not. But at least we know what we can expect to be standard procedure from now on, don’t we?
There’s another be-of-good-cheer argument being made here and there that I don’t quite get either, which basically goes like this: the Democrat Socialists won’t be able to help themselves and will overreach with unceasing investigations, subpoenas, and general harrassment of Trump. Simultaneously Waters, Pelosi, Schumer et al will be either unable or uninterested in restraining the lunacy of their foaming-at-the-mouth base, whose violence, confrontational sexual depravity, and overt hatred for this country, its mainstream citizens, and everything they and it represent will be exposed to Normals. The renewed push for eternal Democrat-Socialist wish-list items like open borders, gun control, tax hikes, and such, along with the rest of it, will combine to repel Real Americans. Thereby Trump’s re-election and the retaking of the House will be guaranteed.
To which I have to ask: normal Americans haven’t seen enough of that already? The Left was being subtle about it up until now? There was some way Normals could possibly have missed it, that they didn’t know? Maybe they pulled the lever for America’s version of the Raving Monster Loony Party by mistake or something? How much more of a demonstration can they possibly NEED?
Sorry guys, can’t see it. The American voter knew all of it full well, and enough of them went for the reprobates, grifters, liars, and freaks anyway to give them a win they in no way deserved—a meaningful win, not a trifling or insignificant one—one that’s going to have grave repercussions for this nation no matter how hard we try to plaster it over with smiley face stickers and feeble rationalization.
Comparisons with previous midterms, too, might be soothing to some. But that very idea is what frustrates me maybe more than anything: with Trump’s election and stunning success, it seemed that a long-overdue awakening had occurred among enough of us to solidify a new political reality for the longer term. The old paradigms had been overturned, a brand-new day had dawned at last. Finally, the monumental task of upending the malificent Deep State and repairing the destruction it had wrought could begin. With the Left’s maleficence fully exposed, there would be no turning back to the Old Order, no further need for indulgence of its deceits.
Alas, it seems plain now that those were hopeful assumptions on my part, at best premature if not outright baseless. I’m forced to reluctantly resume my longstanding previous position: that, a moment’s reprieve notwithstanding, what we’re engaged in here is still a rear-guard action, a fighting retreat, and not a bold, against-the-odds offensive. America That Was is still in the rearview, and looks further away than ever. Which isn’t to say that rear-guard actions aren’t worth the effort, or that there’s no honor in fighting them. No opportunity to unexpectedly whirl on the enemy and bloody his nose should be passed up; defiance of a hateful, contemptible foe is worthwhile for its own sake, the eventual outcome be damned. But we probably shouldn’t deceive ourselves into thinking it’s any more than it really is.
No, of course it ain’t the end of the world. We’re all fortunate enough to live in a country stable and prosperous enough that half of us can ignore politics entirely and get along just fine without engaging politically in any way. As they say, there’s a lot of ruin in a nation, and this one way more than the average.
Still, there’s no way around it: this past Tuesday, Americans had a chance to vote in favor of reinforcing and expanding a nascent national restoration. Too many of us chose to revert to decline and futility instead. And so now we get to put up with this shit again:
Sorry for the gloom and all, gang, but I just can’t find anything whatsoever to like about that.
Update! The solution, you ask? Ultimately, there ain’t but one: eliminating the Left’s iron grip on the American education system. As has been said here many times, all our problems begin there; the Left would never have been able to glom the power it has without the success of their Long March Through The Institutions. How the hell we’ll do it I’m sure I don’t know. But we’d better find a way, and fast.