I have been on vacation in Italy for the last ten days, and so have observed the Democratic Party’s crack-up from afar. This is perhaps a good perspective from which to view recent tumultuous events. Byron York thinks the Democrats are pursuing a strategy, not just venting:
From Washington State to Washington DC, Democrats across the country are stepping up what some call “The Resistance” to President Trump, moving across political, legal, bureaucratic, legislative, and civil disobedience fronts to frustrate the newly elected president’s agenda. *** Senate Democrats threw more sand in the gears of the confirmation machinery for Trump nominees. *** Across the country, in Washington State, Massachusetts, San Francisco, and elsewhere, Democratic state officials initiated or joined lawsuits to challenge Trump’s executive order. *** [A]s The Resistance organized itself and pushed on multiple fronts, a new supporter spoke up to encourage the protesters — former President Barack Obama, who managed to stay out of his successor’s affairs for all of 11 days. *** As all that was happening, Democrats took to the media to proclaim a “constitutional crisis” over Trump’s policies.
“We are here tonight because it is a constitutional crisis,” said Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren at a protest outside the Supreme Court Monday night.
“A constitutional crisis,” said Democratic Sen. Cory Booker as he joined demonstrators at Dulles Airport Saturday night.
“A constitutional crisis,” said Virginia Democratic Rep. Don Beyer when he arrived at Dulles Sunday.
There is, of course, no constitutional crisis. But the Democrats are going beyond the usual hyperbole. Shockingly, their just-defeated vice-presidential nominee, Tim Kaine, is urging the party’s faithful to make like Brownshirts:
[A]s protests against Trump’s executive order continued in spots around the country, the recent Democratic vice-presidential candidate urged Americans to “fight in the streets” over the new president’s policies. “What we’ve got to do is fight in Congress, fight in the courts, fight in the streets, fight online, fight at the ballot box,” Sen. Tim Kaine told MSNBC Tuesday.
I don’t believe any major American political figure has previously urged his followers to fight in the streets; not since the Civil War, certainly. Things may be about to get even more dangerous for Americans who dare to show their support for our duly-elected president, and for our democracy.
It probably is true that the Dems have a strategy. They certainly have message discipline, which is half-way to a strategy. But as President Trump fulfills one campaign pledge after another, surprising only the most cynical, the Democrats, to a person, are reacting like toddlers denied a second helping of ice cream. What they need is a good spanking.
At the polls, I mean. The Democratic Party has been in decline for a number of election cycles. The verdict on the Democrats’ strategy of synchronized hysteria will be rendered in November 2018. My guess is that after two years, most voters will have seen enough of the Democrats’ vileness. Watch for the Democrats to slide nearer to irrelevance in 22 months.