There’s been a lot of talk about how the Democrats are going to take back Congress in a “blue wave,” but I keep noting the many holes in that theory. For one thing, the main motivating force behind their voters’ passion seems to be that they hate-hate-hate Trump. But even party leaders such as Nancy Pelosi know that impeaching a President for no reason other than you’re mad that he beat you in the election is a loser, and they’re trying to downplay that possibility. Otherwise, the party’s platform so far consists of (to tally up a few things I’ve heard lately) taking away people’s guns; raising taxes back up; opening the borders to illegal immigrants and disbanding ICE; guaranteeing everyone a government job at a time of record low unemployment; and restoring the same brilliant foreign policy that gave us ISIS and a nuclear North Korea, two things Trump has managed to bring to heel just in his first year. Sound like a winning message to you?
With that for a platform, we’ve understandably seen another tactic arise: the “stealth Democrat.” The Party has recruited young, attractive, moderate military veterans who buck the party line by professing support for the Second Amendment and claiming they won’t vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. I’ve already explained the two big problems with that: First, they have to defeat the far-left “progressive” radicals in the primaries. Second, the minute they get to Washington, they’ll be told that if they want a decent committee assignment and a political career, they will get in line. And that line forms behind Nancy Pelosi, who just made it clear she expects to be Speaker again. So a vote for any House Democrat will be a vote to hand back the big gavel that she used to crush public opinion like a walnut by shoving Obamacare down our throats. Is anyone seriously eager to see another round of that?
All this may help to explain a new Reuters/Ipsos poll that shows Millennials are starting to desert the Democrats. Two-thirds still don’t like Trump, but that doesn’t mean they want to go back to the good old Democratic rule days of living in mom’s basement and using their college degrees to get jobs at Starbucks. Even some Millennials who voted for Hillary are now looking at supporting Republican Congressional candidates. And they’re about evenly split on which party handles the economy better. That should be a no-brainer, but it’s early yet, and the Republicans are up 12 points just since 2016.
One interesting detail of the poll: the group most likely to desert the Democratic Party is young white males. Gee, I wonder why those over-privileged sexist, racist, potential rapists who should apologize for their toxic masculinity and then shut up would think liberals don’t care about their interests?
Of course, it’s not just young white males who are being thrown under the bus by the Democrats these days. Hip-hop icon Kanye West is discovering that when a black man dares to voice a political opinion that isn’t approved by the DNC, the full weight of the Twitter sphere, Hollywood, late night “comedy” shows and other media enforcers of cultural group think will come down on him like a ton of manure. But bless him, he’s defying the critics anyway and defending his right to listen to any and all legitimate opinions.
One of the most shocking attacks came from a surprising source, who suggested that West – an incredibly successful, self-made millionaire – was “talking out of turn” when he voiced support for black conservative Candace Owens and gave some praise to President Trump. Frankly, that carries an ugly whiff of the old racist term, “getting uppity,” that was used to tell blacks that they were getting above their place in thinking they had a right to express themselves freely, as if the First Amendment only applied to the elite class.
That “talking out of turn” comment would seem shockingly racist under most circumstances. But what if it came from another prominent African-American? It did: Rep. Maxine Waters. That would explain the lack of self-awareness.
If you think I’m being harsh, consider what else she said about Kanye West: that he “sometimes needs some assistance in helping him to formulate some of his thoughts,” that maybe he doesn’t understand the impact that some of his comments about the President have on young people, and that “maybe he should think twice about politics and maybe not have so much to say."
Again: that’s MAXINE WATERS! See, no self-awareness at all.