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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Democrats will refuse to accept defeat? What else is new?

Shadi Hamid of The Atlantic penned, "The Democrats May Not Be Able to Concede," when they lose in November. They didn't concede in 2016, so why would I expect them to accept defeat this year?

They rioted in the streets, falsely accused President Donald John Trump of being a puppet of a foreign power, wasted two years on a witch hunt, and impeached him for asking Ukraine to investigate criminal activity by Hunter Biden.

Newsweek listed Hillary's Top 16 excuses because everyone knows her historic collapse on Election Day was totally not her fault.

Oh, the riots will be more intense this time, but without an election to distract him, President Trump can deal with the insurrections in Democrat controlled areas.

I have for 4 years said that the refusal of Democrats to accept their defeat, admit their mistakes, and make changes in their tactics will cost them this election. They need to win over Trump supporters to win, and haven't.

Instead, they have been poll-arized. They stare at that 46% of the popular vote Donald Trump received and convince themselves that he cannot expand that base. Therefore they will win because the remaining 54% is theirs.

I can argue the numbers. She got only 48% of the vote, and that was padded by California's Senate runoff between two Democrats.

But why bother? You cannot convince someone who knows it all that he is wrong.

Hamdi struggled to get Democrats to realize the futility of not accepting defeat again, especially if he does not have a plurality of the popular vote.

Hamdi wrote, "A loss by Joe Biden under these circumstances is the worst case not because Trump will destroy America (he can’t), but because it is the outcome most likely to undermine faith in democracy, resulting in more of the social unrest and street battles that cities including Portland, Oregon, and Seattle have seen in recent months. For this reason, strictly law-and-order Republicans who have responded in dismay to scenes of rioting and looting have an interest in Biden winning — even if they could never bring themselves to vote for him.

"In presidential elections, once is a fluke; twice is a pattern. I struggle to imagine how, beyond utter shock, millions of Democrats will process a Trump victory. A loss for Biden, after having been the clear favorite all summer, would provoke mass disillusion with electoral politics as a means of change — at a time when disillusion is already dangerously high. If Democrats can’t beat a candidate as unpopular as Trump during a devastating pandemic and a massive economic contraction, then are they even capable of winning presidential elections anymore? Democracy, after all, is supposed to self-correct after mistakes, particularly mistakes as egregious as electing Donald Trump — whose unfitness for the nation’s highest office makes itself apparent with almost every passing day."

A landslide victory would make things easier because it would rob Democrats of their argument that his win is unfair.

But I would argue that we should not allow Democrats off the hook as easily this time. A redo of 2016 would force a suicidal political party hellbent on destroying the nation to pull the trigger.

I never claimed to be a nice guy.

Hamdi wrote, "If Trump manages to win, recent polling data indicate, he will likely do so despite losing the popular vote. That will fuel disillusion not just with the election outcome but with the electoral system. The popular-vote numbers will be used to argue that Trump won without winning — again. In theory, this could be a good thing, if it birthed a mass movement to change the way Americans choose their presidents. In practice, though, Republicans, after prevailing only in the Electoral College for the third time in six elections, will vehemently oppose any attempt to abolish it, further driving despair among Democrats that change can come about through normal politics."

The change would require a constitutional amendment, meaning 38 states would voluntarily surrender the protection the Electoral College provides them.

I don't see any of the 30 states that President Trump voting to do that.

Hamdi ranted the laundry list of things Democrats falsely accuse Republicans of doing. You have to consider his audience. Fools.

But then he wrote, "Republicans wouldn’t have been able to do these things if they hadn’t won enough statewide and local offices in the first place. They have put themselves in a position to enact their favored redistricting and election procedures by finding candidates and pursuing policies that made them competitive in formerly Democratic states, demanding a level of party discipline that Democrats can seldom muster, and getting their supporters to turn out for down-ballot races.

"Republican manipulation is what the democratic process itself has produced, however unfair, and it can be undone only through that same process, however flawed. To some degree, this is just how the game is played, and Democrats need to play it better if they want to win the Electoral College. Having won the presidency twice in the recent past, Democrats are surely capable of prevailing via normal means, but promising voters a slightly improved version of the present may not necessarily be the best way to do it."

His is the language of losers. Republican manipulation? Let's talk about how Democrats controlled the 11 Confederate states for 130 years -- including 30 after passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Or let us not.

Let us look ahead.

Democrats tell themselves that President Trump is a lazy, stupid oaf.

And yet he keeps defeating them.

What does that make them?

I want President Trump to win, and I want Democrats to again not accept defeat because that will mean they will not learn their lesson and will lose again in 2024.

I want Democrats to wallow in their anger. I want them to wallow in their frustration. I want them to continue to act like sore losers because sore losers never learn how to play the game.


  1. “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.” I think the entire LibCommie Party really needs to go into a 12 Step program.

    1. That would mean they'd have to give up Drugs and Alcohol.
      Won't happen.

    2. You lost them at "me". The leftist externalizes the reasons for their problems.

  2. The Republicans need a viable opposition party. Competition forces everyone to get better.

    An overwhelming sweep is important now, but if the Democrats continue to radicalize, the national post-Trump GOP will adopt the "where else will they go?" philosophy which has hurt so many states and gave the GOP weak candidates in 2008 and 2012.

    Take Ohio (please). Taft, Kasich and now Dewine ignored and have even insulted their base. All have governed as near-Democrats. They think (despite Dem Ted Strickland's win in 2006) that the Dems are so weak that they can't mount a genuine challenge.

    If they're right and the Dems radicalize down to the local level, they'll continue to govern in a mediocre manner. If the Dems get some common sense, or if sensible New Deal, strong military Dems form their own party and push the radicals to the sidelines, the nation will be far better off. It probably won't happen.

    1. This. Another point is that having the Democrats be so far-left keeps the Overton Window moved too far beyond anything rational.

    2. If there is a Trump landslide (pray,pray), I expect the Dim partly to wither away. I think Trump would unload the Insurrection Act on their riots, fires, and lootings. Once the whip is cracked, almost all will run away and try to disappear, like the Weather Underground did.

      Without their "motor", it will probably still take 20 years to get the Dims down to zero, though.

      Competition is important for political health, though. So what I expect is that the remaining Never-Trumper Republicans (RINOs) will split off from the Trumpian Republicans.

      Then the Presidential elections will be between Mitt Romney and some real Republican, for several elections.

      Hopefully Romney will go the way of Harold Stassen, who ran for President 9 times between 1944 and 1992.

    3. Damn!! I love historical regurgitation. Stassen, already.

  3. "A loss for Biden, after having been the clear favorite all summer, would provoke mass disillusion with electoral politics as a means of change"

    The truth about the despicable pollsters!

  4. The Democrats are dead as a party, they just don't know it yet. There will be an opposition party, but it will include people who have rational thoughts. The day is coming when many people will never admit to being or voting Democrat.

    1. I thought that in 2016 too. Now I think the republican party is dead as well. There is one uniparty that is for perpetual war, endless spending and for a military coup if they could engineer one. Trump is our first 3rd party president, may he not be the last.

  5. The democrat party is not capable of change, or accepting defeat. If they try the army of cultists they have embedded in everything will rebel against them and destroy them from the inside (Seth Rich RIP). If you want to know to what level these cultists will sink, let me remind you of the progressive activist who pressed the nuclear warning button in Hawaii and faced exactly zero consequences for it. The same goes for facebook, twatter, google, etc. Remember the google engineer who was stupid enough to invoke science in a progressive career field? You cross them, they will shriek helplessly at the sky while they pull your fire alarm daily and smash all your stuff while they sell your company's phone list to whoever will pay them.

  6. Democrats. The Palestinians of American politics.

  7. Of course they will refuse to accept a loss. They've never accepted Trump won in 2016 in the first place. They are setting the stage for a marxist coup and a suspension of civil rights. That will trigger the civil war they've wanted a rematch on since 1865.

  8. 2 things happen after the election.

    First, it gets cold. Too cold to run around at night raising Hell.

    Second, school is back in session, especially after lockdowns have been ruled unconstitutional.

    And The Demos may have no choice to not accept Trump's re-election. He's even polling 30% among Jews.

    having been the clear favorite all summer

    Gropin' Joe? With whom? Nobody's ever liked him. He was appointed, not nominated.

    These people really do live in Fantasyland.

    1. That stuck out at me too the "having been the clear favorite all summer"?!? What does that even mean? By that yardstick Dewey, Dukakis & Hillary should have been selected president because they lead all of the summer time polls. Good grief, talk about deluded.

  9. You just have to question the sanity, if not the logic, of someone who thinks law-and-order Republicans have any vested interest in voting for Biden just because the Democrats threaten continued civil unrest if he doesn't win.

    Giving in to blackmail, retreating in the face of threatening bullies, is no way to achieve peace. That's when it's time to crush the bullies with everything you've got. Every adult knows this. Apparently Hamdi doesn't.

    1. Hamdi is a dissembler, who is trying to trick people. He wants to reward the group that failed in the peaceful transfer of power.

  10. The left projects. They talked about America being ungovernable after the Tea Party peaceful and neat protests. They riot now.

    The left talks about erasure if Republicans win. Follow the trend and plan accordingly.

  11. Hamdi and his media buddies will be the ones leading the calls about a fixed election and an illegitimate President. They will be the pot stirrers. Screw them.

  12. Talking about "republican discipline?" That must disappear once they reach congress when the rino and never trump wings appear.
    The dems don't have comparable groups so they can and do vote unanimously up or down.

  13. "I want them to continue to act like sore losers because sore losers never learn how to play the game."

    Continued rioting/anarchy in the streets, killing police and radicalizing black youth does not have any good consequences, in my opinion. The Democrat temper tantrum is coming too close to unraveling state governments, paralyzing the president's ability to act and creating real civil war. Plus an awful lot of small business owners will get hurt and police officers hurt/killed.

  14. The problem with Republicans (like me) is we didn't treat Dems like the plantation enforcers they are so clearly demonstrating themselves to be. NOW will we Republicans see Dems for what they are? And treat them accordingly?

  15. bill clinton popular vote was 43% and 49%

  16. If you look at the "Red Mirage" narrative the Democrats are now openly proclaiming, you can already see what's going to happen in November.

    On Election Day, Trump will win in a landslide. Biden will refuse to concede.

    In the weeks following Election Day, once the margins of victory are known, just enough "mailed in" ballots will magically appear to give Biden a "victory." Trump will call this out for the fraud it is, and refuse to concede.

    And from there? Things get very ugly, very fast. Between the legal manipulations, the military manipulations, and the paramilitary manipulations, I have no idea who will ultimately come out on top.

    The only thing I can say for sure is that the country will lose.

    1. Shack~~

      Thanks for the laugh.

      President Trump is going easily reach 270 Electoral College votes on the evening of November 3.

      The crooks can continue to count votes until 2024 and it won’t matter.

      Go vote IN PERSON! It will be over on election eve.

      Stop fear mongering.


    2. I like reading and sharing this guy’s threads when the irrational fear of democrat voter fraud rears it’s ugly head.
      Don says 37 states. I hope he’s wrong and it’s closer to 47.

  17. "I have for 4 years said that the refusal of Democrats to accept their defeat, admit their mistakes, and make changes in their tactics will cost them this election."
    I don't think it's too early to start wondering about the NEXT four years either.
    More of the same plus more of the same = too much more of the same.
    Will the Democrats deliver the White House to the Republican candidate in 2024? 2028? Beyond?

  18. Hamdi is a delusional, manipulative liar just like his cohorts.