Monday, November 7, 2022

Kenosha, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Virginia Point the Way to Tomorrow's Midterm Elections

Kenosha, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Virginia Point the way in the midterm elections Democrats have a conundrum, caught between a rock and a hard place, Scylla and Charybdis. Into the valley of political death valiantly and vainly rode the stalwart 250 Democrats. Theirs not to reason why, but to vote the party line. Not the Spartan 300 or the 600 Light Brigade, but 250 Democrats, most of whom preach moderation and independence at home, but vote the hard party line in Washington, D.C. They have to tow the progressive line or be primaried out of office. Then they veer to the center during the general election. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an unknown waitress, bartender and failed entrepreneur, upset 10 term Joe Crowley, number four in the House Democratic leadership, in the 2018 mid-term elections. The left-wing, mostly far-left wing, of the Democratic Party effectively assumed power in D.C. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is scared of being primaried by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He gives the progressives everything they want. Even Joe Manchin caved. A hint of apostasy and be primaried out. Most professional politicians are paranoid about losing elections, usually the primary in a solid blue or red state. The general elections are a formality in these states. Perhaps not this year. Not in a wave election. San Francisco and Seattle may be the most progressive cities in America, but the residents are finally fed up with the crime, homeless, riots, and remote earning. San Francisco voters recalled three woke school board members in February 2022 with each of the three receiving an over 70% recall vote. The George Soros radical District Attorney Chesa Boudin was recalled in June. Seattle voters in November 2021 elected a law and order mayor and district attorney. Bruce Harrell defeated Lorenza Gonzalez, the radical City Council President who supported defunding the police. He won the mayor election by a 17% margin. Ann Davison, a Republican (Yes, a Republican), was elected city attorney defeating Nicole Thomsas-Kennedy who supported police and jail abolition. New York City elected former Police Captain Eric Adams as Mayor, but unfortunately elected a progressive district attorney. Who ever thought “Defund the Police” would be a winning issue? Kenosha was wracked by riots in 2020. Kenosha voters elected their first Republican County Chairman in history. It’s Law and Order, stupid. School board elections are turning conservative, tossing out woke board members and superintendents of education. It’s education, stupid, not DEI or critical race theory. Glenn Youngkin was elected Governor of Virginia in 2021, the first Republican to win statewide election in 12 years. Republicans also won back control of the state legislature. It’s education, stupid. I thought for years that the Supreme Court reversing Roe v. Wade would be a Godsend to the Democratic Party and pro-choice voters. It’s the inflation, stupid. The Democrats and media declaim the MGAGA January 6 insurrectionists. It’s the gas and diesel prices – wait for the home heating bill this winter, stupid. It's all about Trump It's about Biden, stupid The problem for the Democrats and America is not that Americans and the world know President Biden is non compos mentis. Nor is it that he is an insecure blowhard always self-aggrandizing his ego. Nor that he is a pathological liar. Nor even that he has tied himself to the Bernie Sanders political wing of the Democratic Party. He has always been a weathervane for the Democratic Party. The problem is the clique of his advisors who write his TOTUS and prepared remarks. They are zealot idealogues from the Obama Administration. President Obama was highly progressive, but understood political reality. They don’t. Probably a red wave in the House and Senate. Absent chicanery. Philadelphia was notorious for walking around money. California and Seattle for ballot harvesting. Professor Hugh Hewitt published a classic political Book: If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends on It (2004).