According to Axios, the Democrats have decided to attempt to paint a leader from each branch of government as a villain who must be defeated in 2020. Trump is the biggest target, of course. But they are adding Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to the list.
The New York Times certainly did nothing to assist in this cause over the weekend. Another unsubstantiated allegation against Justice Kavanaugh made the rounds. Then the Times’ obvious and deceptive tactics in the presentation were immediately noted. This caused the Times to have to make a very embarrassing Editor’s Note. It turned out the “victim” had no recollection of the incident covered in the editorial that was published.
I also have to wonder what kind of mental derangement you would have to suffer from to think attacking Justice Kavanaugh is a great strategy. Especially when Ruth Bader Ginsberg has praised him for promoting women to clerkships at the Supreme Court. This tactic absolutely blew up in their faces before the midterms. Democrats had a healthy lead in voter enthusiasm that evaporated after the dog and pony show they engineered during the confirmation process. A rehash is a horrible strategy, but the in-kind donation is appreciated.
I guess they are going to paint McConnell as an obstructionist and Trump’s enabler. Interesting take if you lived through the tenure of Majority Leader Harry Reid. The only reason McConnell has been able to confirm so many judges is that Reid was Obama’s enabler using the nuclear option to lower the bar for confirmation to a simple majority.
In 2014, as Majority Leader, Reid had over 350 bills sitting on his desk. Former Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins actually posted the following statistics on her website:
The President is fond of referring to the House as the “Do-Nothing Congress.” But we have 352 reasons why it’s a “Do-Nothing Senate.
352 bills are sitting on Harry Reid’s desk, awaiting action.
98% of them passed with bipartisan support. Republicans and Democrats working together to pass legislation.
50% of the bills passed unanimously, with no opposition.
70% of the bills passed with 2/3rds support in the House.
And over 55 bills were introduced by Democrats.
Has McConnell held up bills passed by Nancy Pelosi’s House? Sure. There have been two that the Democrats have had a real tantrum over. One was an elections security bill that was full of poison pills that took the responsibility for elections away from the states. The other is the “common-sense gun control” bill that demands a gun registry. Neither of these bills would have passed under any Republican Senate nor would they have been signed by any Republican President.
Further, the last Congress with Reid as Leader, 296 bills were passed into law. In the two subsequent sessions under McConnell, 329 and 443 bills were passed to become law. The 116th Congress stands at 56 nine months in. Obstructionist? Not really seeing it. Except on Democrats far left pet issues.
Then, there is President Trump. I think the Democrats might be overly optimistic. After the debate on September 12th, I am not sure that the President seems quite that radical. Pete Buttigieg called half the country racist. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders doubled down on eliminating private health insurance for 150 million Americans. The Kamala Harris basically advocated torching the Constitution followed by a bizarre cackle. Joe Biden was Joe Biden, which seems like the least terrifying option.
That trainwreck followed a seven-hour climate change marathon where the potential nominees advocated taking straws, cars, airplanes, and hamburgers away. In addition to spending trillions of dollars and putting hundreds of thousands of people out of work.
Even Bill Maher called out the insanity of the party. On Thursday he went on Morning Joe and hammered the Democrats for moving too far left. He actually called the far left a cancer on progressivism.
It’s a rare day that I agree with Bill Maher. However, in this case, I think he’s spot on. He’s been issuing warnings to Democrats since Trump won in 2016 on political correctness and apology tours. Let’s hope the party continues not to listen.