Monday, October 31, 2022

Please, Please, Please Indict Trump

Please, Please, Please Indict Trump

Kurt Schlichter 

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Townhall.com.

I don’t want them to indict Donald Trump, because it would be a disgraceful injustice that makes a mockery of all the norms and rules that our institutions claim to represent. But I also want them to indict Donald Trump, because it would be a disgraceful injustice that makes a mockery of all the norms and rules that our institutions claim to represent. So, I am kind of torn. This disgusting abuse of the so-called justice system is a travesty and a cancer on our country, but I would sure love to see them reap the whirlwind that would ensue from them giving Donald Trump the Brer Rabbit treatment. It goes without saying that indicting Donald Trump is a joke if you are looking at it in some sort of legal context, but only a na├»ve clown or unbased Republican sap would ever do that. As a matter of law in the way one would normally understand it, it is a grotesque farce. Nothing Trump did, nothing they even accuse him of doing, is anything like a crime. Nothing Trump did, nothing they even accuse him of doing, is anything like comparable to anything his Democrat predecessors have done and are still doing. 

And nothing Trump did, nothing they even accuse him of doing, is anything like something that should, in any non-banana republic country, justify his likely opponent in the next presidential election trying to toss him in jail even as the current president’s approval rating drops like Toobin’s pants during a Zoom call.

But this not about law. This is not about equal justice. This is certainly not about maintaining most basic norms that once separated us from tinpot dictatorships. No, this is about power. Specifically, it is about the ruling elite and its garbage party, the Democrats, clinging to power even as the midterm election in a couple weeks threatens to utterly destroy them in the legislative branch and out in the states.

They cannot keep power legitimately, or even semi-legitimately, so they now stand ready to try to keep it plainly and openly illegitimately. And I kind of hope the Democrats go for it. Indict him. Please.

Why? Do I hate Donald Trump? No. Do I want him out of the way for other candidates? No, I want a primary, and anyway indicting him would only make it more likely that he would run. Do I want to see this blow up in their smug faces like every other fascist flex they have tried in order to take him out? Maybe a little.

But I really want them to indict Donald Trump on these manifestly bullSchiff trumped-up charges precisely because they are such manifest bullSchiff and because it would mean that the total corruption of the federal justice system can no longer be denied, excused, or explained away as an aberration or fluke. I want Trump to serve as what he has so effectively served as since he came down that elevator in June 2015 – a spotlight that illuminates what total trash our ruling class has become.

There are, among our party, still a few invertebrates who refuse to accept that everything the institutions do is a lie and a scam designed to perpetuate ruling class power. They want to believe, they yearn to believe, they will themselves to believe that the DOJ and the FBI and all the rest are packed to the gills with good apples, though we rarely ever see them. Abortion fanatics bomb pro-life clinics just as BLM scumbags looted, burned, and attacked people, and nothing. But pro-life prayers get SWATed and people walking through our Capitol protesting get locked up until dragged in front of the DC kangaroo courts. But the softcons console themselves that these are minor aberrations, that the system is not terminally corrupt and therefore drastic measures are not called for. No, they can just go along and get along and tell themselves the comforting lie that our federal law enforcement apparatus is not the personal Stasi for the ruling caste.

I want Trump indicted because then our own Republican politicians cannot hide. They will have a choice, to stand with us on the side of the Constitution or on the side of its enemies. Being indicted on legally ridiculous charges will be Trump’s greatest and most important act of clarification. Trump has always been the Great Clarifier – it is he whose stubborn refusal to comply forced the ruling elite to drop its benign mask and fully embrace the fascist id that was always there lurking under the smiling nanny-state mask. 

To be sure, some Republicans will fail the test. Trash like Miracle Whip Mitt will certainly side with the enemy – whenever any of the “classy gentlemen” like him or Bush have to choose between their Bushwood Country Club pals and we people who had their backs while the left was filleting them, they will always choose the Judge Smails set over us.

But others will come around, with the scales falling from their eyes as the harsh truth becomes undeniable. 

Our institutions are corrupt, terminally, and the only way to save this village is to burn it to the grounds.

Disband the FBI.

Defund the DOJ.

Impeach Merrick Garland.

So, indict Donald Trump, you fascist clowns. Heighten the contradictions. Force the issue. Throw us in that briar patch.

https://townhall.com/columnists/print/2614944

THE DAILY CHART: AMERICANS TO NEWS MEDIA—YOU SUCK

THE DAILY CHART: AMERICANS TO NEWS MEDIA—YOU SUCK

BY STEVEN HAYWARD

If the mainstream media had any self-awareness or integrity at all, the latest Gallup findings on trust in the news media would prompt intensive soul-searching. As Gallup puts it, trust in the media is at a “record low.” Here’s the headline chart:

Note that the largest plurality of trust in the media is “none at all.” From low single digits back in the 1970s to 38 percent today. Nice job media. I’m sure CNN, the NY Times, and the rest will blame it on Fox News.

One more level of refinement: Democrats like the media. Why would that be? Only the media won’t be able to figure it out.

How Do You Successfully Lie To 300 Million People

How Do You Successfully Lie To 300 Million People

John Nantz |

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Townhall.com.

 

Joe Biden is a pathological liar. That’s easy to prove. Just about every public statement that he’s made is an outright lie. His claims about his law school career and standing were false. He claimed to have marched during the civil rights movement — a lie. He’s lied repeatedly, boldly about Hunter’s corrupt business dealings, and his intimate relationship to them. He’s spent 47 years stacking lie upon lie, building a colossal monument to his depravity and to the public’s gullibility. 

Biden lied about COVID, the efficacy of the “vaccine,” the necessity of lockdowns, and the utility of masks. He’s lying about the border crisis, and how it will deform our Republic. He and his administration are lying about inflation — a trip to the grocery store or gas pump will prove that lie. He and his stooges continue to lie about January 6th, in particular about three police officers who were killed that day — a tragedy that never actually occurred. 

Recently, he lied about how his son Beau died, claiming he was killed in Iraq when, in fact, he died of brain cancer at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in 2009. You may be tempted to give Biden a pass on that bizarre statement, but Biden is speaking out of the dark and twisted lair that is his soul — a lifetime of lies is now manifesting itself through his dementia. 

Biden lies as a matter of course. We all know it, and far too many of us ignore it. 

One of my favorite lines from NYT best selling author Andy Andrews is, have you ever noticed when you lie to them [politicians] it’s a crime, but when they lie to us it’s just politics? You can find this profound statement in Andy’s book, How Do You Kill 11 Million People? It’s an obvious statement, but have you really thought about it? Isn’t it patently totalitarian to prosecute citizens for an immoral act politicians commit practically as often as they breathe? Why don’t we modify Andy’s question and ask:

How do you successfully lie to 300 million people?

The consequence of allowing our politicians to lie to us is dire. Most of the time, it seems innocuous. We sometimes tell what we like to call “little white lies” in an effort to spare someone’s feelings or to just get along. But lies, even the small ones, corrupt. It’s like saltwater dripping on a bar of iron, causing oxidation, a loosening of molecular bonds — a process invisible to the eye but insidious, relentless, and resulting in the destruction of what was once whole and strong. 

Lies act as a corrosive to societal relationships from the most basic between a husband and wife, to the civil society at large. Should you choose to consult God on the matter, He takes a rather dim view of the lie:

“These six things doth the LORD hate:…A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” — Proverbs 6: 16, 19 

For a generation indoctrinated to believe that God is just love, it may be jarring to learn that He does hate. God is love, but He is also holy. In fact, one cannot exist without the other and truth is the soil from which love draws its vitality, it “rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.” — I Corinthians 13:6

This has been obvious to the best minds as well, “The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects.” — Leonardo da Vinci 

Joe Biden, and people like him are, at their core, very small people. They are the progeny of history’s dull demagogues who sought to enslave people throughout all time. Their chief weapon is the lie, since their minds are impotent to compete successfully in the robust marketplace of ideas. They are the slovenly, backward, and despicable spawn of their infernal father whom God hates and who superior minds deplore. Why would a sane people grant such people access to the levers of state power? 

As a famous and successful liar once said, “How fortunate for leaders that men do not think. Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually people will believe it.” It’s as easy as calling a piece of legislation the “Inflation Reduction Act.” This piece of legislation, demonstrably, will not positively impact inflation as promised. It will make it worse by channeling vast amounts of newly created money into pork barrel troughs. Liars love to play semantic games. Using the title “Inflation Reduction Act” is a big lie, it’s simple, and politicians have been regurgitating it ceaselessly. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, it’s as if they’ve taken a page out of Hitler’s playbook and used his quote above as their strategy. 

How do you successfully lie to 300 million people? Make the lie big, make it simple, and keep repeating it. 

So how does it affect you if your representatives are dishonest? Practically speaking, it results in less money in your wallet when law makers create an immoral tax code beyond the comprehension of any individual. It also creates an environment which results in the adoption of an unethical money system — the creation of fiat currency, easily manipulated and resulting in cycles of inflation, eroding your ability to afford even the essentials. Lying politicians also create suffering as we all witnessed during the COVID pandemic. 

Ultimately, allowing our political leaders to lie leads to atrocity — millions of Jews can attest to the horror of that reality. 

The corruption in American politics can be addressed and reversed. As part of Andy Andrews’ new Life Skills Project, you can participate directly in the solution. I’ve partnered with Andy in presenting a three week interactive Zoom seminar, during which truth is understood, discussed, and practically applied to effect change in our lives, communities, and nation. Join us here and discover what we can do in November and beyond. 

 https://townhall.com/columnists/johnnantz/2022/10/25/how-do-you-successfully-lie-to-300-million-people-n2614946

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Breaking Bad: For Democrats, the Races Are All Beginning to Break for Republicans

Breaking Bad: For Democrats, the Races Are All Beginning to Break for Republicans

Voters wait in line to cast their ballot on the Super Tuesday, at a voting center in Alhambra, Calif., Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

There comes a point in a midterm election where the polls show a definite break toward one side or the other. In the first midterm election for a new president, history has unerringly shown us that along about mid-October, momentum swings decisively toward the party out of power.

For Democrats, this is very bad news. It comes after six weeks of hope born of the belief that abortion would be a game changer as a tidal wave of angry younger women would inundate the polls on Election Day and save the Democrats from annihilation.

Sadly for them, it’s just not going to happen. First of all, there are a helluva lot more people angry at Joe Biden over inflation than at Republicans over abortion. But beyond that, abortion has never been a major issue for more than a small subset of voters. Once women realized that Biden’s policies were robbing their children of the future and making their lives miserable, they didn’t have far to go to know who to blame.

Related: Republican Challengers Starting to Surpass Incumbent Democrats in Governor Races

Republicans appear poised to recapture the House with a comfortable majority — at least 18–25 seats. It would be much larger but redistricting has removed many contested districts from the board. The new lines have made blue seats bluer and red seats redder. There just aren’t enough competitive seats to bring about much more than a 25-seat gain — 30 in a monster year for the GOP.

It’s the Senate where Republicans will shock and awe. And there is a growing number of signs that despite defending 21 of the 34 seats up for grabs in the 50-50 Senate, Republicans are in a great position to not only hold all of their at-risk seats but to steal at least 3 and possibly 5 seats from the Democrats.

Politico:

In Pennsylvania, Mehmet Oz has inched even closer to John Fetterman. Herschel Walker is neck-and-neck with Sen. Raphael Warnock in Georgia, and Blake Masters has narrowed Sen. Mark Kelly’s lead in Arizona. And Republican polling shows Adam Laxalt squeezing past Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada.

Mehmet Oz was down 8 points in August to Fetterman. Walker was consistently losing to Warnock in every poll for the last six months, Blake Masters was losing by 6 points to Kelly in early September, and Adam Laxalt has never led in his race against Catherine Cortez.

In red states, Republican candidates who were underperforming are surging ahead.

Meanwhile, Republicans stuck in stubbornly tied red states are beginning to show signs of building more durable advantages. Polls now show GOP candidates J.D. Vance and Ted Budd moving ahead of their Democratic opponents in Ohio and North Carolina, respectively.

The GOP’s momentum on the Senate battlefield is consistent with national polling showing an uptick for Republicans on the generic congressional ballot, as the party holds the edge when it comes to handling most of the issues at the center of the midterm campaign — especially the economy and inflation.

This is not a question of Republicans “coming home.” The GOP surge is due to Democratic defections and independent voters who are breaking heavily for Republicans.

“The economic concern is definitely worse, and I think that is probably part of what has corroded concern about abortion rights,” said Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, 34, a Democratic candidate for Congress in southern Washington State.

Democrats are finally going to start paying for their idiotic policies on crime as deep blue voters in Washington and Oregon are defecting in droves to the Republicans. Oregon is a similar story as Democrats may elect the first GOP governor in 40 years.

New York could elect its first GOP governor in 20 years. And from one end of the nation to the other, Republicans have unleashed a billion-dollar ad campaign reminding voters who is responsible for the story state of the economy.

With a little more than two weeks to go, Republican momentum is undeniable and unless there’s some sort of cataclysm, Democrats will be in their cups on election night.

Have one for me, boys.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2022/10/23/breaking-bad-for-democrats-the-races-are-all-beginning-to-break-for-republicans-n1639322

Polling lessons from Rush

 

Polling lessons from Rush

One of the core strengths of the late, great, sorely missed, Rush Limbaugh was his ability and willingness to constantly reground his listeners concerning basic truths. We tend to forget basics in the heat of political battle, usually to the detriment of conservative causes and candidates.

An excellent current example of this has to do with polling. I cannot believe how many conservative pundits, radio/podcast hosts and writers react to polls early in the season with dismay or even panic. “Beto is within three points of Abbot!” “Fetterman up seven over Oz? How can that be?” The answer is: you’re right, it can't be. It isn't true. Please stop getting suckered in.

Every election cycle Rush would re-educate us on how to correctly look at polling. Up until the final four weeks before election day, the goal of mass-market pollsters is not to provide an accurate reflection of public opinion, it is to shape public opinion. They will tweak their selection criteria and questions to produce a result that maximizes liberal engagement and depresses conservatives. Most well-known national polling companies are joined at the hip with the leftist establishment and behave accordingly. Nobody should believe any poll conducted more than a month out. (The only possible exception to this are internal polls paid for by the campaigns themselves.)

But when we get close to election day, that behavior changes. Now the polls produced by the big polling outfits will help define their reputation for accuracy moving forward. No pollster wants to be known as “the one who got it wrong” and so they actually begin to reflect the public's actual position. Every cycle the result is the same: the polls swing toward Republicans as we get closer.

In recent weeks we have seen that realignment happening, right on schedule. We like to think that this represents that the public is moving in the “right” direction. It really means that the pollsters are moving in the direction of basic honesty, because their careers depend on it. The voters have been in the right place all along.

(This is not to ignore the deeper structural weaknesses of polling methodology in a woke digital age. The things we have heard recently from smarter pollsters about these challenges and how hard it is to find “shy” -- now “submerged” -- Trump voters are very real, and create an additional reason why conservative support is often underestimated. But that is a different dynamic at work.)

Rush's lesson holds as true today as it did eight or twenty years ago: do not pay attention to polls prior to the immediate run-up to election. But if you choose to, certainly don't play into the left's hands and use it as a reason for wailing and gnashing of teeth. That's what they want.

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/10/polling_lessons_from_rush.html

The LGBTQ Cult Continues to Push the Limits of Absurdity

The LGBTQ Cult Continues to Push the Limits of Absurdity

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Oh, how I long for the days when people knew who they were. Girls were girls and men were men … Didn’t need no welfare state … everybody pulled his weight. … Those really were the days, weren’t they?

I was a teenager in the 1990s. I can remember observing back then that it was starting to be “cool” to be gay or lesbian. It wasn’t common, but it was definitely happening. Heck, one of my favorite teachers at the time had an early iteration of those “Safe Spaces” stickers, informing gay and lesbian teens that they’d be “accepted” and “safe” in his classroom. Back then, it was really only applicable to a very small handful of students. Most of the time, there were just rumors that so-and-so was gay. And there were definitely no trans students.

There is no way anyone could have predicted what the movement would ultimately become. In fact, the LGBTQ movement has become a full-fledged cult, constantly shoving their sexuality and radical gender ideology in our faces, even worse than vegans ever preached the evils of eating meat and using animal-based products. When vegans pulled that stuff, we laughed and ate our steaks. No harm done.

Related: The Victimy Left Has a New Phrase to Describe Sane People: ‘Stochastic Terrorist’

But the LGBTQ cult has become so visible and dominating that the public vastly overestimates what percentage of the population they truly represent. According to a recent YouGov survey, Americans estimate that gays and lesbians represent 30% of the population when they are actually only 3%. And they estimate bisexuals represent 29% when they only represent 4% of the population. Americans also estimate that transgenders represent 21% of the population when in reality, they represent 0.6%.

The cult’s power and influence compel corporations to pander to them every June. As a kid, I was excited about the month of June because it was the beginning of summer vacation. Today, it’s the month when the logos and corporate branding we’re all familiar with suddenly become rainbow-colored, and LGBTQ propaganda floods email inboxes, television commercials, and pretty much everything else.

Sadly, the pandering doesn’t ever really stop. Have you noticed recently that the “pride flag” keeps getting updated to include some new gender/sexual orientation or something else that didn’t exist before? Well, this week, Microsoft unveiled its own updated pride flag “to represent 40 LGBTQIA+ communities.”

Did you even know there were 40 LGBTQIA+ communities? Or that LGBTQ is now LGBTQIA+? Can you even tell me what all those letters mean?

As you can imagine, the flag design is an awful rainbow-colored mess.

Linked in Microsoft’s tweet is a GitHub page listing all of the meaningless identities represented in this ugly flag.

“This flag combines 40 different flags from LGBTQIA+ communities around the world, including: Abrosexual, Aceflux, Agender, Ambiamorous, Androgynous, Aroace, Aroflux, Aromantic, Asexual, Bigender, Bisexual, Demifluid, Demigender, Demigirl, Demiromantic, Demisexual, Gay/MLM/Vinician, Genderfluid, Genderflux, Genderqueer, Gender questioning, Graysexual, Intersex, Lesbian, Maverique, Neutrois, Nonbinary, Omnisexual, Pangender, Pansexual, Polyamorous, Polysexual, Transgender, Trigender, Two Spirit, Progress Pride, Queer, Unlabeled.”

I’m legit afraid to look up what some of these mean. But what makes this flag even crazier is that Microsoft acknowledges that new “identities” are being created all the time and has called on the public to grow the flag’s design.

“With the addition of Aroace, Ambiamorous, Aroflux, Aceflux, Demiromantic, and Unlabeled flags, this Pride flag now represents 40 LGBTQIA+ communities in all — and our passion for expanding LGBTQIA+ visibility and representation doesn’t stop here,” Aleksey Federov, the “director of brand activation” at Microsoft, wrote in a post on Medium. “We hope you’ll continue building and evolving this flag yourself as a symbol of Pride that unites and grows beyond borders.”

How many new LGBTQetc identities will there be in a year? Two years? Five years? Ten? Honestly, the exact number doesn’t matter, because there will never be a universally accepted number, because the movement is not compatible with objective reality.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2022/10/23/the-lgbtq-cult-continues-to-push-the-limits-of-absurdity-n1639292

Saturday, October 29, 2022

CANCEL THIS

CANCEL THIS

BY SCOTT JOHNSON IN BIDEN ADMINISTRATIONCONSTITUTIONJOE BIDEN

President Biden premised his cancelation or forgiveness of student loans of up to $20,000 per person on “the financial harms of the pandemic.” However, a Wall Street Journal editorial duly noted that “the government had halted student loan payments since 2020, holding borrowers harmless. A month before he declared the pandemic ‘over,’ Biden extended that student loan pause through Dec. 31.”

Biden’s “plan,” as he calls it, is blatantly unconstitutional. It’s not unfair to say that everything about it is wrong. The only question is whether any party has legal standing to challenge it.

Indeed, Biden has altered the “plan” since the original announcement to exacerbate the standing issue for possible challengers. At last word, the estimated cost of the plan was $400 billion.

Thanks to an Eighth Circuit order on Friday, the “plan” is temporarily on hold while a panel of the court considers the standing issue raised in the lawsuit brought by six states in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The Wall Street Journal has a good editorial on the Eighth Circuit order.

Biden’s “plan” amounts to a sort of royal decree. Things aren’t supposed to work this way. Indeed, Biden himself seems to be confused about the source of his authority. I can’t find the source of the clip posted by RNC Research below and can’t add the context around it. Taking it at face value, this is big-time delusional.

Professor Turley takes it straight and comments on it below. He calls it “a bizarre boast,” which seems to me euphemistic. At the least, “a bizarre boast” is an understatement.

Biden traveled to Delaware State University to talk up his “plan” last week. The White House has posted the transcript here. He omitted any discussion of the legal issues underlying it. However, he made up for it in attitude:

I will never apologize for helping working- and middle-class Americans as they recover from the pandemic, especially not to the same Republicans officials who voted for a $2 trillion tax cut that mainly benefitted the wealthy Americans and the biggest corporations that wasn’t paid for and racked up our deficit.

I don’t want to hear it from MAGA Republicans — officials who had hundreds of thousands of dollars of debts, even millions of dollars in pandemic relief loans forgiven who now are attacking — attack me for helping working-class and middle-class Americans.

My team at the White House posted a vizio [sic] — a video of those folks online. You should check it out.

I will only add this quotable quote: “But despite what Republican officials say, we can afford student relief. That’s because the first two years of my administration — that’s because of the historic deficit reduction, the very deficit reduction the Republicans voted against.”

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/10/cancel-this-3.php

The Dem's last talking point

The Dem's last talking point

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The Democrats have tried everything they can think of to convince voters that the Republicans are too scary to vote for.

Obviously none of their messaging has worked.

When the campaign season was ramping up things were already looking pretty bad for the Party. The economy was sputtering and Biden’s popularity was in the toilet, so they had very little to work with. So they pivoted away from talking about what their “accomplishments” were and what their future plans would be to a very simple, straightforward message: Republicans are very very scary.

Almost every single utterance from Democrats, and pretty much all their commercials have focused on abortion and Donald Trump. And all of them were about how extreme and dangerous a Republican victory would be.

The message attached to both is: be very very afraid of Republicans because they want to destroy Democracy and jail your daughters if they don’t give in to forced pregnancy. They also want to replace the Galactic Senate with Emperor Palpatine or something.

The problem? This messaging is not working because the economy, immigration, and crime are the only issues that really matter to people. None of these issues favors the Democrats because they screwed up the economy and opened up the jails while cutting police. The open border is an open sore as well.

That’s why the Democrats are trotting out one last Hail Mary of a message: Republicans are going to crash the economy. It is a tough sell for obvious reasons: the Democrats crashed the economy already and have been lying about how great things are going. Transitory, you know, these troubles. Sic transit gloria mundi.

But this is the only angle they can think of where they can pivot to the economic message AND build upon the failed messaging that “Republicans are really scary.”

President Biden has already been pushing this message, and now the commentariat is amplifying it. For instance Jen Rubin from the Washington Post–their supposedly “conservative” commentator–is faithfully parroting this talking point:

Yes, Jen Rubin is being sold to us as a conservative.

Voters who follow the news closely will likely find it hard to believe that so many fellow Americans would even consider casting ballots for election deniers and Republicans who betrayed democracy. But“low information” Americans are the ones who will decide the midterm elections. Therefore, President Biden and his fellow Democrats must think carefully about their closing argument to win over these people.

Rubin here is following the time tested strategy of winning votes by insulting the voters. This strategy works every time, and is almost as effective as scaring the bejeezus out of them. She trots out the old chestnuts about Republicans killing grandma after taking away her Medicare and Social Security, but as with President Biden and the top Democrats, she is now outright predicting that Republicans have a plan to kill off the economy out of, presumably, spite.

That’s a real threat: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has threatened to use the looming deadline to raise the debt limit next year as a means to cut off aid to Ukraine and to roll back Biden’s economic agenda. House Republicans are also eyeing the debt limit deadline as a way to make cuts to hugely popular programs, such as Social Security and Medicare. At the same time, they are seeking to extend President Donald Trump’s tax cuts.

This is more trickle-down economics designed to make the rich richer, which would balloon the national debt and worsen inflation. As such, Democrats should describe the election for what it is: a faceoff between supply-side economics and Biden’s promise to build the economy from “the bottom up and middle out.” This would contrast the two parties as one for the little guy and one for billionaires, which has worked in the past to elect Biden and before him, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

So yes, while protecting democracy is an essential issue for those who rightfully fear the GOP’s assault on democratic institutions and values, Democrats must win over late-deciding voters, too. And there is nothing like a reminder that the economy could get a lot worse as Republicans revert to cutting taxes for the rich and starving government to motivate Americans to vote Democratic. Biden needs to keep that drumbeat going through Election Day.

Look at that first sentence: it is an admission that “protecting democracy” has totally failed to move the needle. So Rubin et al are trying out this variation. Kinda pathetic, but what else do they have?

There is a huge problem with making arguments like this in the midst of an existing national funk: people know things are bad and getting worse, so sticking with the devil you know isn’t particularly attractive. Especially when that Devil keeps insisting that things are great and that despite your own experience the economy is humming along.

They’re desperate, so they are going with the lame assertion that Republicans are determined to destroy the American economy (just as they did under scary Donald Trump!). This is the talking point they are using as their closing argument. The word has gone out, and if you cruise Twitter you will see the bobblehead Biden supporters all repeating it, as do the surrogates on the trail.

I suspect that Democrats already know that they are toast, so this message is less about driving people to the polls or convincing swing voters for 2022. Instead they are setting up the loss so that the miserable 2023 and 2024 we are facing can be blamed on the Republicans.

This won’t work either, of course, because voters have already made up their minds about who caused the current mess, and without an unlikely rapid rebound of the economy and cessation of inflation, Biden will face the Jimmy Carter situation of losing big in the midterms and losing the presidency two years later.

But so far it is all they’ve got. And apparently they have chosen to ride this messaging all the way down to the 9th level of hell.

https://hotair.com/david-strom/2022/10/23/the-dems-last-talking-point-n505317