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  Posted 09 March 2019 - 04:31 AM

The Democratic Crackup

The Wall Street Jouirmal
Kimberley A. Strassel
March 07, 2019


Americans love a good political brawl, and that’s terrible news for Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Her Democratic Party has commenced a full throw-down—with itself.

Few things have benefited Democrats more in the past few years than the Donald Trump show. The president likes to be the center of attention, and the media likes nothing more than to oblige him. This dynamic helped make the 2018 election a referendum on the man himself rather than his policies, and that made Mrs. Pelosi speaker of the House.

Democrats envisioned the same dynamic helping them win the White House in 2020. Mrs. Pelosi has been to that rodeo before, after the 2006 election, when she was first elected speaker. She mobilized her committee chairmen to launch focused investigations to keep the spotlight on George W. Bush’s Iraq war, energy policy, detainee treatment, etc. She corralled a diverse caucus to pass a modest agenda, “Six in ’06,” that showed Democrats could get things done but didn’t put them in the limelight, much less make them look crazy. This paved the way to the election of Barack Obama in 2008, and Democrats figured Mr. Trump would make a repeat even easier.

Instead, Mrs. Pelosi this week accomplished the remarkable feat of sidelining Mr. Trump and owning most of the unpleasant headlines herself. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler explained that his sprawling Trump investigation was primarily designed to convince voters that Democrats were “not just trying to steal the last—to reverse the results of the last election.” This required his colleagues to deny furiously that the party has already decided on impeachment.

Then there was the crackup between House party elders who wanted Democrats to condemn the anti-Semitism of Rep. Ilhan Omar, and woke freshmen who wanted to turn smears against Jews into a fuzzy discussion of hurt feelings. Members battled for days, only for Mrs. Pelosi on Thursday to roll over to the progressive left’s demand that any resolution condemn “hate” in general and not anti-Semitism specifically. Even CNN described all this as “chaos.”

These are not the only incidents. They follow a high-profile moment in which moderate Democrats bucked their party to vote with Republicans on gun control, as well as furious backlash to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s threat last week to put those Democrats on a “list” for a primary challenge if they don’t get with her program. And of course radical-left House members for weeks have overshadowed the Pelosi agenda with their own proposals for a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, giant tax hikes and more.

It’s tempting to write these moments off as growing pains or the type of backbencher grandstanding that debilitated John Boehner’s speakership. But that ignores how huge and fundamental the fissures are becoming in the Democratic Party. This isn’t a tea-party moment, which was fueled by conservatives who felt their Republican members weren’t living up to principles that most in the party share. The Democratic Party is moving in two different directions.

Ideologically, how do you mesh a party whose members variously embrace and reject capitalism?


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 05:29 AM

At least those of us on the Right recognize the country's not perfect, but compared to the rest of the world, we're doing pretty good. The Left? If they had their way, Venezuela would look like paradise by comparison. Democrat voters? We need to start testing people's allegiance to this country before they're allowed to vote...

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 01:34 PM

223 days until the next election. So far, we see the left eating itself, and the right maintaining a low profile, other than Trump himself.

This will be a very curious election.

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