If you’d asked me even six months ago, I would have told you that the Republicans were the party of shooting themselves in the foot. That, when given the power to deliver on key promises made to their constituents such as balancing the budget or reducing waste of taxpayer money, the GOP too often devolves into power struggles, indecision, conflicts of interest and, sometimes, corruption.
But as we move into the final days before the 2018 midterm elections, the Democratic Party is giving Republican tone-deafness and incompetence a very public run for the money — and then some.
Some leading Democrats haven’t seemed to figure out that the harder they’ve worked to expose, silence, scream at, attack and bully those with whom they disagree, the more they’ve invigorated the other side.
Radical “Antifa” protests covered on cable TV news only serve to energize the Republican base.
Viral videos of leftists attacking Republican politicians in public places only motivate formerly apathetic conservatives.
Efforts to silence certain views on social media only inspire impassioned defenses of free speech.
And #MeToo accusations-gone-wild transform a largely sympathetic populace into eye-rolling skeptics.
Suddenly, a Republican constituency that had grown disgusted by the disappointing do-nothingness of their own party, is confronted by in-your-face visuals of what life in America could be like if they don’t vote.
Even some liberals have been so turned off by radical elements that it has prompted a movement to leave the Democratic Party, called #walkaway.
Here are 10 big-ticket causes that have put Democrats largely on the wrong side of most Americans ahead of the midterm elections:
- Support of sanctuary cities. Most Americans, even Hispanics, oppose sanctuary cities.
- Blaming “racism” for everything. Overuse of the term makes it lose its meaning. If everyone is racist, then nobody is.
- Silencing certain views. Many people who aren’t particularly political understand the dangers of censorship and will step up to oppose it.
- Opposing border enforcement. About 80 percent of Americans support secure borders. They also oppose “open borders” and want a border wall.
- Backing those who kneel for the American flag. A majority of Americans say it’s “never appropriate to kneel for the flag” or to kneel for the National Anthem. Eight in 10 say it’s “never appropriate to burn an American flag.”
- Impeaching President Trump. First, it was for Russia. Now, it’s over taxes. But most Americans oppose impeaching Trump. (It’s not even close.)
- Abolishing ICE. Even most Democrats oppose doing away with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
- Chasing Republicans out of restaurants. The imagery transforms people such as GOP senators Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas into sympathetic figures under assault from unreasonable mobs.
- The Kavanaugh chaos. The fight over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh highlighted multiple tactics that many find objectionable: the weaponization of #MeToo, mob behavior, a guilty-until-proven-innocent mentality. It also gave Republicans the opportunity to fight back strongly (for once) and win, in a way for which their constituents had long thirsted.
- Illegal immigration caravan. Whoever may have thought that a “caravan” of people from Central America overrunning the Mexican border, on their way to demand entry to the United States, would be anything other than a motivator for the majority of Americans who support border enforcement — that person fails to understand all of the above.
Democrats advocating for radical and unpopular positions remind me of that disoriented football player that doesn’t realize it, but he’s running the wrong way down the field. As he imagines himself breaking loose from final tackles, he hears the crowd’s screams and roars, picturing himself a hero as he dashes the final yards across the goal line, ball in hand, arms raised.
Only when it’s too late does he realize that those weren’t cheers of encouragement but pleadings to please, stop, get your bearings and realize what you’re doing. You just scored for the opposing team.
Like the opposing team, Republicans don’t even have to be good. They’re just lucky.
Sharyl summarizes it quite accurately again. Every one of those items have been topics of conversation in social media and there are plenty of people talking about how insane the Ds are getting. We knew when LieAnne Feinstein first announced she had a letter, that things were going to get rough, but I don’t think anyone was prepared for the public lynching Kavanaugh received before we’d heard a peep out of him. But what a surprise when he didn’t roll over and play dead based on extremely flimsy evidence.
But then to top it with a mass mailing of fake pipe bombs is really ‘out there’ even for Dems. According to former Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) officer Tom Sauer ‘it’s extremely likely that the packages were meant to be intercepted and cause political damage, as opposed to actual attempts to harm targets.’
With still a week-plus until election day, it makes you wonder what’s next. Grab a seat and some popcorn folks, because you know they’re not done yet.