Friday, April 28, 2017

"The Democrats’ First 100 Days"

Via InstapunditDemocrats feel betrayed. The Electoral College betrayed them by making Trump president. Hillary Clinton betrayed them by running an uninspiring campaign. James Comey betrayed them by reopening the investigation into Clinton’s server 11 days before the election. Facebook betrayed them by circulating fake news. This sense of resentment isn’t so different than the sort Democrats attribute to Trump supporters: irritation at a loss of status, vexation at changed circumstances. The despondence of a liberal is alleviated when he sees throngs of protesters, hears Samantha Bee, scrolls through Louise Mensch’s tweets.

Makes him feel better. But his party is in tatters, reduced to 16 governors, 30 state legislative chambers, a historically low number of state legislative seats, 193 members of the House, 46 senators. The Democrats are leaderless, rudderless, held together only by opposition to Trump. The most popular figure on the left refuses to call himself a Democrat while sitting alongside the newly elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee. That chairman, dirty-talking Tom Perez, represents a professional, technocratic class that supports Wall Street and globalization as long as there is room for multiculturalism and social liberalism. That is a different strategy from both the 50-state approach of Howard Dean, Rahm Emanuel, and Schumer that brought Democrats control of Congress in 2006, and the anti-Wall Street, protectionist, single-payer left of Bernie Sanders. Perez fights with Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi over whether there is room for pro-lifers in the party—Perez thinks not. Pelosi enjoys the distinction of being an American political figure less popular than Donald Trump.

What is the Democratic agenda?

(Link to the whole thing)


Leland said...

What is the Democratic agenda?

Seize power for the sake of seizing power and punish those who would deny them such power. Or so seems the takeaway from Shattered.

Methadras said...

Fuck democrats and the leftists they rode in on.

ricpic said...

"The Democrats are leaderless, rudderless, held together only by their opposition to Trump."

Don't worry, Democrats, the Republicans will come to your rescue. Heck, they already are.

edutcher said...

What Leland said. And it's not the Republicans, it's the Whigs.

BTW There hasn't been any room in the Democrat party for anybody who opposes abortion in 40 years.

Perez is just dumb enough to be honest.

ndspinelli said...

Interesting piece. As ricpic alludes, I wouldn't get too fucking cocky. In this 2 party custerfuck, the party out of party just bides their time until the opposition pisses on their leg, or worse, shits the bed. I don't see any Hall of Fame pols w/ 'R' after their name. I don't even see any All-Stars, just journeymen more than happy to keep that Big Govt. churning.

edutcher said...

There's 3 parties.

R are the ones like Sessions.

W are the ones like Ryan.

ndspinelli said...

LOL! I actually hear Cliff Claven's buffoonish voice when I read Baghdad Ed's comments. Try it, you'll laugh as well.

AJ Lynch said...

Yet it seems like the Dems still have all the power? Funny how that works with our feckless Repubs.