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The Left is ‘On The Ropes’


Once they abandoned Bernie Sanders, they threw-in with Hillary. But she was and is so weighted down with her own lies and scandals and over-exposure by the MSM that it was just too much to keep the “Progressive” boat floating.

In the US Congress my local democrat Congressman, Tim Ryan, recognized that the stunning loss(es) in November’s election meant that his democrat party and its leadership were completely out of touch with the American people, especially the middle class/working class, who for generations have been the ones footing the heavy bills for all the democrat social programs and higher taxes. But Ryan only was able to get 1/3 of his party’s votes in the House, and they re-elected Nancy Pelosi into their leadership seat. Completely unphased by Hillary Clinton’s loss, and the wins for the GOP one the nation’s individual states’ down ballots, But Nancy believes the democrat party doesn’t need a remodeling or revising of their politics, policies, or even their message to the American people.

Selina Zito: Dancing with insanity

One-hundred and thirty-four House Democrats collectively lost their minds last week.

That is how many of Nancy Pelosi’s colleagues it took to vote her back into power despite having lost her third consecutive chance at winning back the majority from the Republicans.

Her win over Youngstown Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan for Minority Leader proved two-thirds of those House Democrats have more interest in someone who is a deep-pocket fundraiser than someone who perhaps could have made the party more competitive in swing districts or more cohesive in their message to the voters.

Or perhaps both.

Their decision was arrogant, tone deaf and a smack in the face to the voters who once proudly supported this party and were waiting to see if someone would lead them back out of the progressive wilderness.

Kevin Lawson, 22, is one young Democrat who would have preferred Ryan over Pelosi, “We need a message that resonates not only with young people, but a much broader swath of the country,” he said. “Ryan talked about the economy in his local race, but the overall message from the party was flat and uninspiring.”

Lawson, a senior at Youngstown State University located in the district Ryan represents, says it’s not going to get any easier in the 2018 midterms, when the party needs to win 24 seats to regain the majority in the House.

For whatever reason, Ryan’s argument going forward to win those kinds of numbers through solid recruiting and a sound economic message landed on deaf ears within his caucus.

Democrats fell wildly short of expectations once again this year largely because they had not formed a unified message around the economy and the public’s distaste with the costs and burdens of Obamacare, said Lawson, “And they also underestimated the impact Donald Trump would have in some of their competitive districts.”

Democrats don’t just have a House problem either. Their woes down ballot, where a vibrant, robust bench is typically built, are crushing.

In fact, Democratic control in state legislative bodies is in its weakest spot since the Civil War; Republicans now hold control of a record 68 percent of the 98 state legislative chambers in the nation. In total they hold 4,100 of the 7,383 seats, more than they have held since 1920.

So why after such a gloomy Election Day for their party aren’t Democrats properly agonizing over how to reconnect with the working-class voters who abandoned them instead of supporting the same leadership who has not been able to win them back since 2010?


The House Democrats danced with insanity last week when they repeated the same mistake over again for the third time by keeping the same leadership intact to represent their future. Perhaps they thought that with a Republican in the White House they could play off their power vacuum with the same person who led them out of the wilderness in 2006 and pull off an upset win again in 2018.

Or perhaps they still believe that the same message and policies that got them thrown out of power by 2010 might find favor again; while it is too soon to speculate, it is hard for blue-collar Democrats to find a way back to the party if the reason they left still holds the power.

If Rep. Tim Ryan is really serious in his message I firmly believe he needs to declare himself an “Independent” until the democrat party comes to its senses. Perhaps some of those that voted for him as leader just might follow him.

Even over in the U.S. Senate the democrats are still just not getting it:

As an era closes, Barbara Boxer defends politics as a ‘noble’ profession

Reid predicts death of filibuster: In a POLITICO interview, the departing Democratic leader blamed his party’s 2016 debacle on Jim Comey and said no big changes are needed.

Classic: Senate Dems want to find out what’s in it before voting against Trump’s Obamacare replacement

Michael Barone says it’s not just the U.S.: The collapse of the political left

It’s been a tough decade for the political left. Eight years ago a Time magazine cover portrayed Barack Obama as Franklin Roosevelt, complete with cigarette and holder and a cover line proclaiming “The New New Deal.” A Newsweek cover announced “We Are All Socialists Now.”

Now the cover story is different. Time has just announced, inevitably though a bit begrudgingly, that its Person of the Year for 2016 is Donald Trump. No mention of New Deals or socialism.

It’s not surprising that newsmagazine editors expected a move to the left. The history they’d been taught by New Deal admirers, influenced by the doctrines of Karl Marx, was that economic distress moves voters to demand a larger and more active government.

There was some empirical evidence in that direction as well. The recession triggered by the financial crisis of 2007-08 was the deepest experienced by anyone not old enough to remember the 1930s. Barack Obama was elected with 53 percent of the popular vote—more than any candidate since the 1980s—and Democrats had won congressional elections with similar majorities in 2006 and 2008.

Things look different now, and not just because Donald Trump was elected president. It has been clear that most voters have been rejecting big government policies, and not just in the United States but in most democratic nations around the world.

Leftist politicians supposed that ordinary voters with modest incomes facing hard times would believe that regulation and redistribution would help them. Evidently most don’t.

The rejection was apparent in the 2010 and subsequent House elections; Republicans have now won House majorities in ten of the last 12 elections, leaving 2006 and 2008 as temporary aberrations. You didn’t hear Hillary Clinton campaign on the glories of Obamacare or the Iran nuclear deal, and her attack on “Trumped-up, trickle-down economics” didn’t strike any chords in the modest-income Midwest.

Republican success has been even greater in governor and state legislature elections, to the point that Democrats hold governorships and legislative control only in California, Hawaii, Delaware and Rhode Island. After eight years of the Obama presidency, Democrats hold fewer elective offices than at any time since the 1920s.

Things look similar abroad. Britain’s Conservatives, returned to government in 2010, are in a commanding position over a left-lurching Labour party. France’s Socialist president, with single-digit approval, declined to run for a second term. European social democratic parties have been hemorrhaging votes, and got walloped in Sunday’s Italian referendum. In Latin America and Asia, the left is declining or on the defensive.


And it’s not just the left/liberals/democrats watching the floor crumble away toward them.
The American people are done with establishment ‘politics as usual’. POETUS Donald Trump looks to be shaking the GOP into realizing they need to be bolder and to stop having their hand slapped away with all their weak ‘reaching across the aisle’…


GOP aims to grow majority in final Senate race, amid shades of Clinton-Trump fight

Republicans are looking to put a bow on this year’s election victories with a final Senate win this weekend in Louisiana.

The party took control of Washington last month, with Republican Donald Trump staging an upset White House victory and Democrats failing to retake the House or Senate. But the GOP hopes to widen its slim majority in the upper chamber in Louisiana on Saturday, when two finalists compete in a runoff for the open seat of retiring GOP Sen. David Vitter. 

A Republican win would give the party a 52-48 seat majority in the Senate next year.

The contest between GOP candidate John Kennedy, the state treasurer, and Democratic opponent Foster Campbell, a state Public Service commissioner, also has emerged as a final proxy battle between the Trump campaign and supporters of failed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

State Republicans announced Wednesday that Trump, now the president-elect, will visit Baton Rouge on Friday to lead a get-out-the-vote rally for Kennedy.

Kennedy leads Campbell by 14 percentage points in the runoff race, according to the most recent polling by Southern Media Opinion and Research.

They enter the runoff as the top two vote-getters in the Nov. 8 general election in which nobody in the 12-person field could surpass the 50 percent threshold to win.

The GOP in 2016 had incumbent senators in 24 races, which gave Democrats their best opportunity in years to retake control of the chamber. But the populist wave that swept Trump into the White House also helped fellow Republicans keep their House and Senate majorities.

A GOP win this weekend would be cause for a final, 2016 celebration for the party…


‘It’s About the Character of America’: Pelosi Keeps Leadership Post with Two-Thirds Support … But, you see, that is exactly the core of the left’s goal for the American people and America – to completely gut and change our character to their agenda and image, not the Founders’.

Glenn Reynolds @ Instapundit:

UPDATE: From the comments:

Back in 2009 when Nancy Pelosi and the proggies were ramming ObamaCare down our throats someone opined that they were acting like they’d never lose another election. Since then they’ve spent eight years weaponizing the federal government. Now they’ve handed all that power over to The Donald and the Republicans and they’re terrified that we’ll do to them what they wanted Hillary to do to us. They’re looking under their beds and in their closets, terrified they might find the monsters of their own creation. The monsters they thought they’d control.

But monsters, once created, are notoriously difficult to control. You’d think all those English Lit majors would have remembered that, and we should remember it too…

Democrats Send Their Regrets: Blowing up the filibuster, keeping Pelosi in charge—the list of mistakes is long.
The Democrats Double Down

Mook Attempts to Defend Clinton’s ‘Joyless Campaign’

Rural Democrats: Party Ignored Us, Suffered the Consequences

The Democratic Party enters the wilderness

This. Is. AWESOME! Super sad Valerie Jarrett: Trump’s victory felt like a punch to the stomach


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