By Dave Andrusko
Part of the telling headline in the New York Times today read “Donald Trump in Indiana as Democratic Ranks Crack.”
If you’ve been around as long as I have, you don’t make mountains out of molehills. But you also have to be careful not to make what may be mountains into molehills.
What do I mean?
If you watch (and then read about) President-elect Donald Trump’s visit to Indiana today as part of his “Thank You” tour, you quickly realize two things. First, it is very difficult to overstate how Mr. Trump can galvanize crowds. He is really good on the stump.
Second, the Establishment Media, which long ago dedicated itself to defeating Mr. Trump, has not skipped a beat: they are even more determined to write off any success he may have even before he is inaugurated in 50 days.
The “Democratic Ranks Crack” reference is not to the serious fractures in the House Democratic Caucus. Sure, Nancy Pelosi will be House Minority Leader again, but the final tally of 134 for Pelosi and 63 for Rep. Tim Ryan is proof positive there are major fissures.
Instead Jackie Calmes, Jonathan Martin, and Jennifer Steinhauer were alluded to two major developments. First
Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat of North Dakota, is paying a visit to Trump Tower on Friday, and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the incoming minority leader, is having heart palpitations.
“I appreciate the president-elect inviting me for a meeting. … Whatever job I do, I hope to work with the president-elect and all of my colleagues in Congress on both sides of the aisle to best support my state” [said Heitkamp].
To Democrats, that last line can mean two things, neither of them good. If she is in line for an administration job, her Senate seat would turn Republican. If not, she seems to be indicating she is a possible vote for the Trump agenda.
And no matter what, her seat is up in 2018 — in a state that went to Mr. Trump with 62 percent of the vote.
Second, pro-abortion Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Mn.), who is the frontrunner to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, has enough baggage to sink an ocean liner. While common knowledge, it is only now beginning to get attention from anti-Trump networks, in this case, CNN.
A very good day for President-elect Trump, a very bad day for Democrats.