Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is now the Resident Grown-Up in Washington DC. Ryan is an ideologue, but a somewhat prudent one. He has weathered plenty of political storms. There is a rumor that House Republicans are planning a coup against the speaker, and that would make sense: Republicans love to talk about fiscal prudence so long as the President is a Democrat (Ryan is quite the fiscal prude) but the instant one of their own takes over the White House they start spending money as fast as they can.
Ryan and Trump have already clashed; Ryan was slow to endorse Trump and has been quick to scold.
We are going to see just how coherent a politician Paul Ryan really is. He has handled adversity, can he handle success? The Democrats could not resist the urge to overreach the last time they had full control of the Government, can Paul Ryan and the Republicans resist? Can he counter Trump’s worst impulses? Can he recognize and control his own?
There are “mostly peaceful” demonstrations in a lot of cities against Trump, which doubtlessly reminds reluctant Trump supporters of why they voted for Trump in the first place.
The hard left is immature, narrow minded, emotionally incontinent, addicted to outrage, and their black, black hearts are full of hate. They are basically everything they accuse Trump voters of being. (Curious how the flaws you most despise in others are ones you have yourself… nothing irritates me like smug, arrogant people.) Rather than reflect on their sinful state and the causes of the disastrous elections the hard left is doubling down on everything that makes them so vile.
I think of the lawmakers, the consultants, the operatives, and—yes—the center-left media, and how everything said over the past few years leading up to this night was bullshit.
The midterm losses? That was just a bad cycle, structurally speaking; presidential demographics would make up for it. The party establishment made a grievous mistake rallying around Hillary Clinton. It wasn’t just a lack of recent political seasoning. She was a bad candidate, with no message beyond heckling the opposite sideline. She was a total misfit for both the politics of 2016 and the energy of the Democratic Party as currently constituted. She could not escape her baggage, and she must own that failure herself.
Theoretically smart people in the Democratic Party should have known that. And yet they worked giddily to clear the field for her.
After 2008 the Democrats were convinced they would never lose the White House again. They knew Congress and the states would be hard to control so they figured the way to properly govern the nation would be to push for the constant expansion of executive power – recall Obama’s famous boast about his pen and phone – and basically dare Congress to stop him.
The usual check on expanding executive power, the fear that the other party will some day win the White House and use those powers on you, didn’t apply because the Democrats had an unbeatable coalition of the filthy rich, millennial morons, the media, government employees, blacks and Hispanics, and the poor. Just a week ago Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was floating the idea of banning the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees because the Democrats were never going to need it! Bet he wishes he could take that threat back.
The Democrats were so confident they ran Hillary Clinton of all people.
Newell is much too pessimistic. Everything he says about the hollowed out, incoherent, self-deluding shell of the Democrats is equally applicable to the “theoretically smart” Republicans. A very similar article by Tucker Carlson about the failures of the Genius Republicans can be read here. Read both!
No one has any idea of what they are doing.