From:,  by Steven Hayward,  on Mar 3, 2017


How do you categorize yourself?

There’s an old story, likely apocryphal, of the Russian visitor to the U.S. Senate shortly after the Soviet Union imploded in the early 1990s who asked a Republican staff member to explain America’s two-party system. The answer:

“It’s very simple. In America we have the Evil Party and the Stupid Party. Sometimes these two parties get together and do something really evil and stupid. That’s called bipartisanship.”

True enough. And ever since John Stuart Mill attached the Stupid Party label to the Tories in England, Republicans have been the Stupid Party here. But I wonder whether the Democrats haven’t taken the crown away from Republicans.

Conservatives are grateful, and pleasantly reassured, that Donald Trump, the least ideological president in modern times, has assembled a cabinet and senior staff that is in most regards to the right of Ronald Reagan’s cabinet, and is pursuing an unapologetic conservative policy agenda (with a couple of significant caveats on entitlement reform and the budget deficit overall). And I credit John’s theory that the left’s hysterical reaction to Trump drove him firmly to the right.

Here’s to hoping the blind rage of the Democrats keep them at full boil, and thereby keep Trump allied with conservatives. Here’s to hoping Democratic women continue recalling the Democrats’ Klan-friendly days by dressing up as Nurse Ratched. Here’s to hoping the media and the left’s leading “thinkers” continue screaming that Trump is a fascist. (At very worst, he might be Juan Peron, but that’s too recondite a comparison for today’s liberals, and besides, they did try to give us President Evita after all). Here’s to hoping Meryl Streep and Hollywood continue alienating millions of NFL and WWF fans. Here’s to hoping the campus left continues beclowning itself and making it easier for Republican legislatures to cut university funding. Above all, here’s to hoping the agitated left continues hammering Sen. Chuck Schumer for even thinking about saying something nice about President Trump, let alone considering any deals with him.

Schumer is a very smart man, and probably knows he could cut some great deals with our Deal-Maker-in-Chief. A trillion-dollar infrastructure plan that congressional Republicans are lukewarm about at best? Catnip for Democrats—if only their base will let them deal.

Kim Strassel observes this morning in the Wall Street Journal:

Democrats have been so eager to paint Mr. Trump as a right-wing lunatic that they’ve actually started to believe it—at their peril. The reality is that Mr. Trump is one of the least ideological Republican leaders in modern history. He wasn’t even a member of the GOP until recently. And while he clearly intends to uphold his campaign promises, he’s a negotiator who is always up for a deal. This is a man the Democratic Party can work with, if it chooses.

The Democratic temptation will be to continue to resist and obstruct. The party will tell itself that this strategy worked against Mr. Bush, that it worked for the Tea Party against Mr. Obama, that Mr. Trump will surely grow more unpopular.

Then again, the Trump phenomenon is rooted in voters’ growing disgust with politics as usual. Although Mr. Trump’s personal approval ratings are far from stellar, the latest poll from this newspaper and NBC shows that voters appreciate the president’s directness,  his decisiveness, and his intention to get things done. The poll also shows a growing sense of optimism and a sharp turn against the Democrats. Obstruction would be taking a big chance in these times.

Trump has been lucky with his opponents from the beginning, from Low-Energy Jeb to Lyin’ Ted. He really ought to let fly with “Demented Democrats,” and sit back and watch the fun. It’s almost like they’re trying to become a Fake Political Party.


For my money, Mr. Hayward nailed it.

His observation that the democrats (the “evil” party) are doing their best to wrest the “stupid party” label from the Republican Party looks to be accurate. Oh, the Republican Party is still as stupid as ever, it’s just that the actions of the democrats since Donald Trump’s election, have pegged the stupidity meter at “Full Dumbass” and put the poor inept Republicans to shame.

If the democrats maintain their resist and obstruct strategy, they’ll be likely to lose even more congressional seats in 2018. 

I’ll take great pleasure in watching the party “leadership” (like Schumer and Pelosi) drive the party into full self-destruct mode. They’ve worked hard for it and they deserve it.



Categories: Political


5 replies

  1. Great description of America’s two-party system! That really does sum things up accurately.

    I’m not sure about the wisdom of the “Demented Democrats” suggestion. The derogatory labeling may have worked on Trump’s individual opponents, but if he starts including the citizens he hopes to win over in his blanket derision, he might just end up unifying the opposition. Speaking for myself, I think I would be very unlikely to warm to any candidate who talked about “Repulsive Republicans” or anything along those lines, for instance. BUT, I think it would be a great strategy if Trump could find a way to apply one of his derogatory labels to just the Democrat leadership and political machine.


  2. The dems are definitely out-doing the Rs in the stupidity department, but every time they throw a fit about something, it creates another delay. Plus the longer they behave this way, the more their voters soak it up. That prolongs all the discord, the arguments and protests, which makes for more distractions.

    As the saying goes, it’s hard to remember you’re there to drain the swamp when you’re up to your butt in alligators. Trump and his admin will have to stay super-focused on their goals if they want to accomplish anything.


    • True dat, Kathy. Trump has an opportunity to put the dems away if he’ll just stay the course and not allow himself to revert to the campaign version of himself. He needs to stay presidential and remain fixated on doing what he said he’d do – if he does that, it will magnify the difference between someone actually leading and the Obama administration’s last eight years of ignoring the voters.


  3. What I don’t get about the Dems is the Now. They don’t think about the future. They are all old but all they want is power now, they don’t care what happens to them in ten years as long as they can get power each time a election comes around and they hope that it keeps on going but it’s going to backlash on them and I think it’s happening now


    • You’re spot on, bescher. In fact, I had that thought as I was writing my commentary, but it apparently drifted away into the ether (like so many other thoughts in this OLD head). They really are short-sighted, especially now that Trump is occupying all of their thoughts – nothing else seems to matter except to crucify him at all costs. I expect that they believe that they can damage him to the extent that he’s forced to resign or he can be impeached – for my money, that’s an EXTREMELY long shot and if that’s all they’ve got (and it is), they’ll be crying again in 2018 when the Republicans pick up a few more congressional seats and Trump’s approval ratings continue to rise.

      I hope I’m not reading the American populace wrong, but I think that the majority are fed up with the antics of the democrats, especially the outright lies, personal attacks, and absolute refusal to work with Trump for the betterment of the country. The people have also had it with the media and no longer believe, without question, what they report. In summary, both of those things spell bad days ahead for the dems.


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