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Friday, February 08, 2019

How Trump defeated Medicare-for-all

Tuesday night, President Donald John Trump made it clear that he is where Ronald Magnus was at the same point in his presidency.

Donaldus Perfectus had Democrat congresswomen cheering his speech.

And then he told them don't sit down.

And they didn't!

No one did visuals better than President Ronald Reagan, but never could he pull that off. They helped by wearing white and self-identifying as President Trump's opposition.

This is another plot twist in the "Perils of Pauline" coverage of Donald Trump —  the media always has him one step away from disaster. He lost the first debate! He lost Iowa! He lost Wisconsin! Billy Bush tape! Emoluments clause! Russia, Russia, Russia!

In 1983, the economy was nowhere it is now. Reagan had taken a drubbing in the midterms. The polls had his approval under 50 percent.

But he had the Senate, had survived being shot in an assassination attempt, and had the wind at his back as his economic policies took hold.

True, a bevy of notable Democrats scurried for the nomination. Leading the charge was Gary Hart, a handsome senator from Colorado who had a Kennedyesque charm. Jesse Jackson and John Glenn achieved celebrity outside of politics. This was a formidable group.

But as the inevitability of a second term for Reagan became clear, Democrats settled on their previous vice presidential nominee as Fritz Mondale took one for the team.

Democrats cannot do that again. Their 2016 vice presidential nominee, Tim Kaine, is insane. He was an unfit Virginia Democrat office holder before being unfit for elected office was cool.

Which brings us to Joe Biden. He'd be willing to take one for the team. He is the candidate most likely to lose without tarnishing the party's brand — if President Trump's re-election continues to look inevitable.

It is of course too early.

But as the 2020 presidential election begins, Democrats threaten to have as many candidates as the Browns have had quarterbacks without a Baker Mayfield in the bunch.

Josh Kraushaar of National Journal, a lefty, framed the issue as Democrats seeking a centrist candidate as an alternative to the Medicare-for-All crowd. (Whatever happened to Obamacare? I thought that cured America's health care complaints.)

He wrote, "By virtue of their compelling biographies, Harris and Booker could easily run to the middle and win over both nonwhite liberals and the majority of Democratic moderates who aren’t blue-collar whites. It’s a broad, potent constituency. Instead, by pandering to the activist Left, they’re creating an opening for someone like Biden or Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota to run a more mainstream campaign — and make a popular pitch for electability.

"The Democratic march leftward is reminiscent of the nihilistic tea-party lurch after Barack Obama’s election. The grassroots energy helped Republicans win back the House but hobbled the GOP’s attempts at a united front against Obama in his 2012 reelection. Democrats are now worried they are facing a similarly destructive dynamic — and their leading presidential candidates are all too eagerly following suit."

Ah yes, the Tea Party. I remember how Republicans revolted at the thought of doing what they said they would do, just as Democrats now balk at doing what they said they would.

Kraushaar's column does not refer to Tuesday night's Trump Rally in the House chambers. But his is a good assessment of where Democrats are after President Trump said, "We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom — and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair.

"Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country."

Two days later, Nancy Pelosi swept the Green New Deal Plan into the dustbin of history.

Socialism isn't dead, of course, but capitalism just kicked its rear with 4% unemployment, 3% growth, and wages finally rising faster than inflation.

I have told readers to hang on. They have. Guess what? You will have to hang on again later.

But for now, cheer like you are a Democrat congresswoman. USA! USA! USA!


  1. If the Lefties prevail, we get another George McGovern.

    If the Pelosicrats prevail, we get Gropin' Joe.

    Looking more like '72 every day.

    PS Remember, Pelosi Galore's influence ends at the Capitol steps. What happens in the primaries is another soap opera entirely.

  2. Do you believe in miracles? YES!!!

    Uncle Joe is sort of like alcohol: Cunning, baffling, powerful. Fortunately for the country, Mr. T doesn’t drink.

  3. YES!! Great characterization Don-
    ......Kraushaar's column does not refer to Tuesday night's Trump Rally in the House chambers...

    Looking forward to seeing if my ELP Mother-in-Law gets in to the Monday Rally. That w/b great. Have told her she needs to get an off-duy Fort Bliss 1st Armored crewman to Uber-her to the Rally...

  4. What are the Dems running on? For sure it won't be the Green New Deal. Main St America want's nothing to do with the Dem agenda, infantcide?? There is no there there...

    1. The Dems proved in 2018 that all they need is election fraud.

  5. “PDJT is the Rat Pack President without the booze!”


  6. If GOPe had adopted the "Tea Party" and worked to improve the quality of its candidates instead of colluding with its destruction, then Obama would not have served a second term.

    But then we would not have DJT and the possibility / probability of sinking the (not so) good ship GOPe during his second term.

    1. You, sir, are correct. The GOPe infiltrated the tea party with Manchurian candidates like Marco Rubio and Bob Corker - all supported by McConnell.