Before you pull on the tail of the tiger, make sure you have a plan about how to deal with its teeth and claws.
With the conviction of Paul Manafort on 8 of 18 charges, all unrelated to his time working on the Donald Trump Presidential campaign or Russian ‘collusion’, and guilty plea copped by attorney / ‘fixer’ Michael Cohen, many Democrats as well as NeverTrump and Establishment Republicans think that the die has been cast for a massive Democrat wave in the 2018 midterms and the fall of the Donald Trump Presidency.
The left, from politicians through to the media propagandists, are running talking points based on impeachment, that Donald Trump is little more than an unindicted co-conspirator in the crimes of Manafort and Cohen, and that not only is his entire Presidency illegitimate, but so are all of actions of that Presidency including the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. Establishment Republicans like Oklahoma’s Tom Cole are starting to wax philosophically of when the GOP turned on Richard Nixon – and the possibility of doing the same to Donald Trump based on the fraudulent Robert Mueller investigations.
One can see the entire anti-Donald Trump cabal just waiting for when the ‘deplorables’ admit their mistakes, abandon Donald Trump, and quietly accept their role as proles to be led by their elitist betters as the nation is transformed into a ‘social justice nation’.
They still haven’t gotten it.
Salena Zito, one of the few journalists in 2015 and 2016 who stepped outside the echo chamber and travelled through the key battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, does get it. She demonstrates this in a column published in the August 23, 2018 New York Post…
In the aftermath of Tuesday’s news that both former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his lawyer Michael Cohen were found on the wrong side of the law in separate court cases, the question asked most frequently by the press, Democrats and “Never Trump” Republicans is, “Where do Trump voters go now?”
The answer is the same that it has always been since they first started asking it Nov. 9, 2016: With Trump.
This new conservative populist coalition is not the fluke the political class hoped it was. Donald Trump did not cause it, he is just the result of it, so no matter what he does, it continues. It is predicated on them, not him.
The coalition is a strike at not just tone deafness in both Congress and the White House but also high levels of incompetence, negligence and shoddy performance at agencies, as well as inept social services, a bloated and incompetent bureaucracy, endless wars and multinational agreements and treaties that don’t benefit average people.
These voters knew who Trump was going in, they knew he was a thrice-married, Playmate-dating, Howard Stern regular who had the morals of an alley cat. They were willing to look past all of that because of how institutions had failed their communities for three consecutive presidencies.
Right now, the value of Trump to the Trump voter is he is all that stands between them and handing the keys to Washington back over to the people inside Washington. That’s it. He’s their only option. You’ve got to pick the insiders or him.
So, the question becomes: Can the Democrats pick someone who is Trump? Someone who just says, “I don’t trust anybody in Washington either. They all suck. The Democrats sucks, the Republicans suck and Trump’s a crook.”
If they could pick a Trump for their side, then Trump could have a problem. But as it stands we only really only have two parties; the party of the governing elite and the party of Trump.
That is why they stick with him.
What’s also being missed is that the Trump voters haven’t just turned their backs on the Democrats, but in growing numbers, they are turning their backs on the establishment Republicans. They are doing this because to the average American sees that the establishment Republican Party is a party based on saying one thing in order to get elected and then not only do they not honor their campaign promises, but they are more concerned with being liked by their fellow elites than representing the people who elected them.
These Republicans think they won in 2016, not Donald Trump. That their agenda of progressivism-lite won as opposed to the key planks of the Donald Trump agenda: Immigration-Build the Wall, Drain the Swamp, Fiscal Responsibility, and Rebuild the Judiciary. The only plan of the Trump agenda they’ve fully embraced is the last one – but they defiantly expect that to be good enough as they tell us ‘the rest is really hard to do’ when they really mean ‘we don’t want to do any of that’.
Former Assistant US Attorney and columnist, Andrew C. McCarthy, saw this in Oct 2016, when he wrote an essay for PJ Media titled, ‘The Problem is Not the Presidential Candidates’.
To illustrate the emptiness by apologists for the Republican Congress, one need only ask what would happen if the roles were reversed. What if a Republican President tried to rein in entitlement spending? What if he unilaterally announced that, in an exercise of ‘prosecutorial discretion’, tax evasion laws would not be enforced to collect corporate taxes above 10% of income. What if his IRS targeted progressive activists and his Justice Department stonewalled congressional investigations- including one involving a case in which an inane law-enforcement tactic (e.g. gun-walking) got a federal agent killed?
We needn’t tarry long on this. A Democratic Congress would throw down the gauntlet and risk a government shutdown in order to force the President to back down. A Democratic Congress would not hesitate to impeach the IRS Commissioner and Attorney General; and it would relish impeaching the President himself – calculating that even if the Democrats lost, they would the President battered and impotent.
In 2014, American voters elected a Republican majority to lead Congress. This majority we elected was the largest Republican majority since the 1920’s. It was elected in 2014 with one purpose – to say ‘NO’ to the Obama fundamental transformation agenda.
What happened? Not a whole lot of ‘NO’ was spoken. Fiscal responsibility wasn’t restored. Planned Parenthood wasn’t defunded. The Iran nuclear deal wasn’t blocked. Obamacare wasn’t defunded. IRS abuses weren’t punished. There were no prices to be paid for the deaths of the US Ambassador to Libya and three others – or the lies brazenly told to hide the Administration’s craven actions. Nothing was done beyond kabuki theater, surrender, and excuses.
Andrew C. McCarthy also noted in his Oct. 17, 2016 piece:
“Democrats do not tell their supporters, ‘The President has veto power and Republican’s have the numbers to block us, so don’t expect us to accomplish anything.'”
Yet, that was exactly what the Establishment Republicans said to us – and they also said that if we, the voter, not only returned them to the Majority, and put a Republican in the White House, then they would be able to achieve all those broken promises.
What has the McConnell / Ryan Republican Congress really done? Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the US Supreme Court to replace the late Antonin Scalia. Brett Kavanaugh looks as if he will be confirmed to replace the recently retired Anthony Kennedy. The Senate has pushed through a record number of other judicial confirmations (even as a record number remain to be acted upon). But beyond that, what has been done towards the Donald Trump agenda?
Speaker Paul Ryan several weeks ago, openly boasted of not fulfilling the Donald Trump campaign agenda as he touted the Establishment Republican ‘Better Way’ agenda. That the legislative achievements of this GOP majority Congress were based on HIS agenda, not the one which got Donald Trump elected against all odds.
The 115th Congress, led by a GOP majority, hasn’t embraced fiscal responsibility. It didn’t repeal Obamacare. It hasn’t defunded Planned Parenthood. We still don’t have a ‘regular budget process’. It’s held hearings on abuses of the Obama Administration, but hasn’t taken one step of real action against any of those who committed those abuses. Not one referral to the US Attorney for DC. Not one arrest for perjury or contempt of Congress. Not one impeachment. What the 115th Congress chose to fight was the Republican in the White House – and they have fought him harder than they ever fought the 44th President, Barack Obama.
Instead, the Republican leaders of the 115th Congress told us that they couldn’t do what they promised because they didn’t have enough votes in the Senate. That the Senate rules wouldn’t allow them to act via a simple majority – except for the confirmation of Judges, because that was what the former Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid once did. That they couldn’t do more because the Democrats could and would obstruct the agenda. Yet, it was a Republican who was the deciding vote to block the repeal of Obamacare. It was Republicans that forced the President to choose between the biggest federal spending bill ever or a government shutdown.
Yet, these establishment Republicans want to be rewarded and returned to the majority this November. They promise us, again, that with more numbers things will be different. That they’ll fight the Democrats, this time. That they really are different than the Democrats, and if we don’t elect them to the majority a disaster will happen.
Through all of this, I think many of us are hearing only one thing – let’s keep the status quo as it is because it’s good for us. We know that it’s not that great for you – but tough. We’re more important because we’re the elite.
They’re framing this as a battle between the party of the ‘deplorables’ and the party of the governing elite. We’re not. We’re just reacting to their perfidy, avarice, and hubris. They think they can pull on the tiger’s tail and the teeth / claws will not react.
If anyone needs to learn a lesson, it’s them. They still don’t get it. They still haven’t listened or learned. They only hear what they want to hear – just as they see only what they want to see.
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