Assuming that the Republican party survives this election cycle intact, I have a proposal for dealing with whatever cause du jour that the Democrats come up with in the future. It goes like this: just [expletive deleted]ing ignore it. Don’t even say ‘whatever.’ Don’t even roll the eyes. Just shrug it off and go do something else.
I mean, seriously: think about what’s going on right now with that Supreme Court nomination thing. We told the Democrats that Obama wasn’t going to get to replace Scalia. The Democrats started screaming. And we… ignored them, because we have real problems right now and what do we care if the Democrats are aggrieved over it? And as a result, the Democrats are still trying to push the same buttons of ours that they always push, only this time we legitimately don’t care. They were expecting movement by now. They haven’t gotten any.
Admittedly, we don’t care because we’re in the middle of an existential crisis. But if we happen to come through without exploding, I suggest that this strategy might pay dividends generally. Because it turns out that the Democrats have only a limited ability to force Republicans to do things that Republicans don’t want to do. Go figure…
Found here. Well, they had it, and they called it for Hillary Clinton right off the bat, and she crushed Bernie Sanders, and… they barely managed 368K voters. Which beat the adjusted target number of 235K that I suggested would be “fair,” but was still far below the 500K that they managed in 2008. Those guys are having a real enthusiasm problem.
Hillary Clinton should win it. Period. That’s the bright line. It doesn’t really matter if Bernie Sanders gets close; he’d need to win outright for it to matter in the larger meta-narrative.
So if Bernie Sanders does win, it’s big news. If he doesn’t, it’s not. Simple as that, really.
Don’t worry if you didn’t watch it: it was on PBS, so neither did anybody else. I only have even a vague idea what happened in it because apparently ten percent of my Twitter timeline apparently secretly hates themselves, and thus forced themselves to watch the blipping thing. This will probably give you a good idea of what they went through:
Kissinger. The Bernie Sanders campaign had its fast-response squad respond to stuff about Henry Kissinger. And to think we thought that the Democrats would have trouble connecting with young voters!
…much of the national media focuses on a fractured-party narrative for Republicans, who arguably are less divided [than Democrats] but appear to be so on the surface because they have more candidates — and because of the media’s obsession with Donald Trump, who has failed on numerous occasions to espouse traditional Republican tenets.
More candidates does not mean there are more factions of a party; it means there are (or were, until Iowa) 12 people who felt the call to run for president.
Basically, Salena Zito is pointing out one of the paradoxes of this campaign. The GOP seems to be more fractured than the Democrats, but in reality our candidates mostly know what the party is generally for, and are generally lined up for it (even Donald Trump knows the absolute basics* that he’s not allowed to transcend). The Democrats, on the other hand? …Well, they’ve got two candidates trying to outdo the each other when it comes to impressing maybe thirty percent of their party, and never mind the other seventy percent who just remember that nice Truman fellow and would prefer more like him, please. Our problems stop once we get a candidate. The Democrats’ problems will only have just begun.
*One thing: I don’t really believe that Donald Trump is a small-government sort or really pro-life or particularly pro-gun or hesitant to get involved in blatant social engineering. But I do think that the man genuinely loves the United States of America. And that he would not hesitate to [expletive deleted] up the [expletive deleted] of anybody who [expletive deleted] with us.
Found here. Short version: the Des Moines Register is wondering what happened at the Democratic Iowa caucus. I’m wondering how is it that the Democrats can’t put this story to bed.
Found here. Short version: Democrats are so bored with their own primary that they’re watching ours. Not that I’m sympathetic to their woes; the Democrats brought all of this upon themselves.
A lot of the discussion about the meaning of this Tweet will be about Trump – as Hot Air notes, it’s mixed news as best – but the real issue here is that there is a remarkable enthusiasm gap in Iowa when you compare 2008 to 2016: Continue reading Tweet of the Day, This Is Not Compatible With Democrats Winning Iowa edition.
Understand this, and you understand each party’s intent:
For the record? I prefer the Republican strategy. No reason to hide from the voters. They don’t bite.
The thing that people should look for – note: ‘people;’ I have no earthly reason to watch that debate, and have no intention to – is whether Bernie Sanders is ready to actually start going after Hillary Clinton and keep going after her. I do not expect that he will. I expect that Bernie Sanders doesn’t have the nerve to give Hillary Clinton the good, solid push needed to topple her from the top of the Democratic hill, and we’ll be given more proof of that tomorrow.
Mind you, I win either way.