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Monday, May 14, 2018

Election Day 2016, the Democratic "Groundhog's Day"

As I read Maureen Dowd's melancholic riff on the world on Sunday, I understood her pain and mistrust. Everything she believed in and took for granted has fallen apart. For nearly two years, she has fought this feeling. Now the feeling overwhelms her.

The good news is she is in the fourth stage of grief.

The bad news is that she is grieving over a political loss by a person who would climb over Dowd's face in cleats to get one dollar more.

Dowd blames the world for her inability to accept and move on from November 8, 2016. Election Day 2016 has become her "Groundhog's Day" movie.

She began her column with denial, "Once I would have rolled my eyes at a 'Homeland' season in which the Russians deftly maneuvered to control whether a Democratic woman, an increasingly paranoid former junior senator from New York, would occupy the Oval Office."

Like an old lady in tennis shoes, she blames November 8, 2016, on a crazy (and disproven) conspiracy theory.

But Dowd plods on, "Last year, I shook my head at the 'Billions' plotline showing a top New York law enforcement official fighting corruption by day and engaging in sadomasochism by night. There was a time I would have considered it off the wall if Kanye West said he shared dragon energy with Donald Trump.

"Now I don’t blink. Everything is plausible."

So it went. Depressing. The world has gone mad. Not Maureen Dowd. Not Miss Havisham. Not Norma Desmond. Not Blanche DuBois.

She ended her column, "Finally, we learned from 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' on Tuesday that Woody Harrelson and Mike Pence were pals in college.

"Now, that’s implausible."

Why wouldn't it be? They went to college when Reagan was president, and politics was just a friendly disagreement. In the last 20 years, politics have become a bloodsport.

Liberals are now on the losing end. They have been since the 2010 House elections pulled the plug on their efforts to fundamentally transform the United States into a banana republic.

They told us Trump would not be nominated. They were wrong. I wrote a book about it.

They told us Trump would not be elected. They were wrong. I wrote a book about it.

They told us a year's worth of lies about Trump. I wrote a book about that, too.

The time has come for liberals to accept Trump's election, and move on.

President Trump's success as president -- tax cuts, a burgeoning economy, de-nuking North Korea, dispatching the Islamic State, and now renegotiating the Iran deal -- surprised liberals as much as his nomination and election did.

The public no longer believes liberals. CNN's ratings cratered by more than 20%.

Late-night host and crybaby Jimmy Kimmel has discovered the audience is bored by his anti-Trump tirades.

"I think people have had an ass-full of Donald Trump, and I feel like the upfront is a time to look within and make fun of ourselves," he said.

The joke is on him. He foolishly bet against The Donald.

Another Deadline Hollywood story said, "SNL Cold Open Tries To Avoid Politics To Celebrate Mother’s Day."

It's difficult to keep an audience by mocking a president who is delivering peace and prosperity to the world.

Democrats now realize they will pay the price for their self-indulgence.

"After months of confidence that public discontent with President Trump would lift Democrats back to power in Congress, some party leaders are fretting that their advantages in this year’s midterms are eroding amid a shifting political landscape," the Washington Post reported.

"Driving their concerns are Trump’s approval rating, which has ticked upward in recent weeks, and high Republican turnout in some recent primaries, suggesting the GOP base remains energized. What’s more, Republicans stand to benefit politically from a thriving economy and are choosing formidable candidates to take on vulnerable Democratic senators."

Actions have consequences. You must offer something more than tearing down the man who beat you like a drum in 2016.

If liberals are depressed, Republicans are buoyed.

"House Speaker Paul Ryan said Saturday he thinks President Donald Trump will be an asset to GOP candidates this fall in states like Wisconsin that he narrowly won, even as he warned fellow Republicans that a blue wave could wipe out advancements made during his presidency," the Associated Press reported.

By never accepting Trump as president, by mocking his every move, and by never giving an inch, liberals lowered the public's expectations for him.

Which makes Trump's triumphs greater and excuses his missteps (should he ever make some).

I am willing to bet most liberals now wish they had never heard the words "Russian dossier."

Which leads me to our favorite Democrat, Willie Brown. He was the longest-serving Speaker of the California State Assembly, and later the 41st mayor of San Francisco.

At 84, he still dispenses wisdom weekly in the San Francisco Chronicle.

This week, he wrote, "It’s time for the Democrats to stop bashing President Trump.

"It’s not going to be easy, given his policies and personality. It might even mean checking into a 12-step program. But setting a winning agenda is like maneuvering an aircraft carrier. It takes time to change course. And if they want to be on target for the November midterm elections, the Democrats need to start changing course now.

"Like it or not, a significant number of Americans are actually happy these days. They are making money. They feel safe, and they agree with with the president’s protectionist trade policies, his call for more American jobs, even his immigration stance.

"The jobs growth reports, the North Korea summit and the steady economy are beating out the Stormy Daniels scandal and the Robert Mueller investigation in Middle America, hands down.

"So you are not going to win back the House by making it all about him."

But they will. They still haven't accepted Trump as their president. They still think they can remove him and install her without an election.

As I wrote on April 20, "My first and final prediction is Republicans will hold the House and the Senate in the midterms, and likely add to their lead in the latter. They may even have a rare net gain in both houses for the party in power."

We shall see if I am right or I am wrong.

But if I am right, it will be because Democrats refused to accept the results of the last election.


  1. Willie Brown gifted us with Kamala Harris. She got her start in politics as his extramarital booty call.

    1. That means she 'brown-nosed' her way up the ladder in lots of ways, not just one!

  2. I may not be typical, but there are probably many others who think the same way.

    I hate the Republican Party.

    But I would vote ten times for any Republican on the ballot if I could get away with it.

    What do you imagine I think of Democrats?

    1. Ron in Ohio Sez:
      LOVE IT! You may not be typical - But, You've got company here (And I'm suspecting many thousands more like us)

    2. No. You are typical.

      I think that's why the Republicans were losing the special elections in districts POTUS-Trump won overwhelmingly. The media told us it was because these 20%+ Trump districts hated Trump. Which means the opposite is true. The voters either love Trump or want to give him the benefit of the doubt. But we hate the party of Songbird John, Flakey Jeff, Sassy Ben, Paul RINO, and Light-in-the-Loafers Lindsay. Mitch McConnell, a more astute politician than the rest of the bunch, seems to have wisened up first. We hate the Republicans but will hold our nose and vote for them so as to not sabotage a president we (cautiously) trust.

      So, yes, this fall I will vote straight Republican, then take a long hot soapy shower to rinse the filth off of me.

    3. You nailed it, TPDoc. I'm so sick of voting for so-called "Republicans" who are staunch conservatives who believe in the Constitution until they're safely elected. Then they suddenly become "bipartisan gentlemen" who believe in "compromise," with their "honorable colleagues," i.e. rolling over for the Democrats.

      It happens with discouraging frequency!

      "There is no distinctly American criminal class- except Congress." --Mark Twain

  3. Jimmy K has discovered that his audience has shrunk from bus numbers to phone booth numbers.
    Pretty soon he'll be paying his mother to watch.

  4. “Now the feeling overwhelms her“

    And she underwhelms the rest of us.

    Thus Nature balances itself.

  5. Like an old lady in tennis shoes, she blames November 8, 2016, on a crazy (and disproven) conspiracy theory.

    Not so fast there Don, In all likely hood the Russians were involved, attempting to get HiLlARy elected because they had so much invested, but were thwarted by American Zeal in the form of hatred for The Clinton Crime Family.

  6. I would say, Mr. T is starting to pull away from his detractors like Secretariat pulled away from Sham at the Belmont. Final score: Big Red by 31 lengths and a track record that will never be broken.

    “He is running like an incredible machine!!!”

  7. Poor baby, the world disappoints her. Perhaps she should retire to some cloister to be safe from an ever changing world. As for Willie Brown's advice to his party, I agree with you, Don: it.ain't.gonna.happen. Bashing Trump is all they have, and were they to stop and move towards the political center instead of continuing to lurch to the far left, their most ardent supporters would abandon them. If the economy continues to hum along, the Norks negotiate seriously about denuclearization, and the DoJ IG's report finally reveals the true depth of the Deep State corruption, I wouldn't be surprised if the turnout of Dem voters in November is the lowest of any mid-term election in a long, long time.

  8. Love that Miss Havisham reference. Classic.

    zregime May 14, 2018 at 8:54 PM

    I would say, Mr. T is starting to pull away from his detractors like Secretariat pulled away from Sham at the Belmont.

    I remember that so well.

    And, yes, it is just like that.

  9. The hardcore Liberals will not stop attacking. They can’t help themselves. Instead, they will now attack Willie Brown.

  10. I'm waiting to see how the democrats are going to try and convince us that tax cuts are bad, are they going to go with the old "you gonna believe us, or your own lying eyes." Sure, for a large swath of America (the democrat base) the tax cuts didn't do a damn thing for because those folks aren't chipping in anything to begin with, so what are they supposed to get more "refundable" tax credits. Uh-huh. Here in Indiana, Donnelly is trying to frame it as the 1% got everything, and suddenly he's worried about the debt. It's adorable when democrats act like they care about the debt or how much money is being spent on anything.

  11. Wouldn't you think a big-time NYTimes veteran would have better things to do than watch the boob tube? Even I do.

  12. Wouldn't you think a big-time NYTimes veteran would have better things to do than watch the boob tube? Even I do.

  13. Since everyone on the left always lies, I wonder what they really mean when they say it's time to stop attacking Trump.