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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 08 October 2018 - 11:21 PM

Democrats Die Again On The Wrong Hill

There seems to be no strategy other than Trump rage, and despite going nuclear on a man's life, they just can't win.

The American Conservative
By Peter Van Buren
October 8, 2018


While Democrats continue to refight the 2016 election, Republicans confirmed their second Supreme Court judge over the weekend. And the soiled Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process put Democratic strategy for the 2018 midterms in plain view. The question is: will what hasn’t worked to date do any better for the Dems a month from now?

This week’s FBI investigation was never going to turn up much beyond incomplete recollections. Apart from liberal Twitter, all of whom are apparently trauma memory experts (last week they were scholars of perjury law), most people in Normal America have a hard time conjuring up details from long ago. It’s even harder to remember things that never happened. The FBI ran six background investigations on Kavanaugh over a period of decades without uncovering any of what he’s been accused of. Democrats knew that unless the FBI miraculously turned up a blue dress with semen stains on it, the facts by themselves were never going to be enough.

The investigation, like Trump’s taxes and Russiagate, was really just a way to turn a scar into a scab to pick at, enough to carry the story into another week. Then, if no new smoking gun-let dropped into the media’s lap, they would claim the process itself was unfair—Putin stole the election, gerrymandering cheated the vote, the FBI wasn’t allowed to interview enough witnesses.

The real plan was always to force the confirmation into the template that Democrats think will win them the House, the same one they thought would deliver a landslide in 2016. And so Kavanaugh’s complex judicial record was discarded in favor of Clinton-esque, er, progressive, talking points: the election, um, sorry, the confirmation is all about respect for women, fighting misogyny, defeating privilege, too many White Men, Trump is evil, we can’t have an accused rapist in the White House, sorry, on the Supreme Court! Disqualification via demonization. The Kavanaugh hearings were an updated version of what was supposed to be the 2016 game-changer, the “pussy grabbing tape.” The Dems would give America another shot at having had it with the patriarchy.

It didn’t work. Despite endless bleating, the hearings were a “job interview” and the hashtags were not enough. Judicial temperament problems? The issue never came up in all of Kavanaugh’s long career. And anyway few courtroom situations call for a judge to be a senators’ punching bag; maybe a little righteous anger was called for? Some may even remember how Democratic voters abandoned presidential candidate Mike Dukakis when he was too dispassionate in his reaction to a question about someone assaulting his wife.

Things had devolved quickly from concerns over Roe v. Wade to an attempt to catch Kavanaugh out on yearbook nomenclature. Dems convinced themselves it was conclusive when Rachel Maddow labeled Kavanaugh a liar over what “Devil’s Triangle” really meant at a suburban Maryland boys’ school in 1982. They imagined people would believe that wrongly stating the drinking age in Maryland decades ago was perjury and not just a mistake. They thought people would care more if the pool of “victims” (i.e. anyone who saw Kavanaugh with a brewskie) increased exponentially. Most everything serious was lost in a cloud of stupid.


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Posted 09 October 2018 - 09:35 AM

…"It’s bad enough to pick the wrong hill to die on. Even worse to do it three times."

Wow, just wow!. Excellent article, thanks Liz.

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 09:40 AM

View Postarticle, on 08 October 2018 - 11:21 PM, said:

"It's bad enough to pick the wrong hill to die on. Even worse to do it three times."

I wish it would take and they'd quit coming back.

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 09:49 AM

View PostLiz, on 08 October 2018 - 11:21 PM, said:

There seems little to no Democratic plan to shift these trends other than Trump rage and the warm feelings of consensual hallucination embodied on social media, both of which failed again this week to affect a #RealWorld event.

Hats off to the author on quite a turn of phrase, there. :welldone:

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 03:54 PM

Proving yet again, that Dim tactics are only repeats, retreads, renames, and lie, lie again. I wouldn't be surprised if they tried to prop up dumpy old Hillary's corpse with a campaign slogan, oh I don't know, say "She tried and died once, she'll do it again and again" Merely illustrating absurdity with absurdity. In points of fact: what was once global warming was renamed climate change. We have climate change every damn year where I live, we call it four seasons. What was once a matter to be taken quite seriously is now the rallying cry of those inclined to false accusation and groundless allegation. What was once medically classified as perverted and abnormal sexual proclivities with concomitant mental illness is now a mainstream, must be embraced and celebrated, wholly untouchable subject billed as normal, natural, and nice. The more Dims change, the more they remain the same.

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 08:01 PM

That was an enjoyable read

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