By Dave Andrusko
Drats, I can’t find it now. Someone recently made the unassailable argument that because pro-abortion favorite Hillary Clinton lost by such a tiny margin, those in the party who are in denial could list any of a dozen reasons to “explain” why a prohibitive, overflowing-with-money-and-organization candidate could lose to pro-life Donald Trump, who had never run for public office. And by focusing on their favorite explanation, they could and would avoid making the necessary changes.
We’ve talked at great length why we thought Trump prevailed. At bottom this was a change election between the ultimate insider and the consummate outsider in which the former made a series of disastrous mistakes, symbolized by her stupendously stupid decision to smear half of Trump’s supporters as “deplorables.” It still, to this day, amazes me.
And because the media assured her on an hourly basis that she could/would/should win, a confident Clinton did not pour the time she should have into Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Those three breeches in the “Blue Wall” were fatal to her candidacy.
I mention this today because if you are a Democrat, you can either look reality in the face or you can conjure up excuses why Clinton lost and why Republicans not only control both Houses of Congress but also enjoy a massive advantage in the state legislatures and governorships.
My bet is on more and more evasion.
For single-issue voters such as you and me, Evasion #1 is the conscious decision to become an extension of the most militant wing of an already militant pro-abortion movement.
I grew up in a working class family whose political roots were Democratic extending back to Franklin Delano Roosevelt! Were my parents alive, they would not recognize today’s Democratic Party.
Not only does it walk arm-in-arm with the NARALs and the Planned Parenthoods and Emily Lists of this world, they have lost touch with working class people in the Heartland. The two are not unrelated, as I have explained to members of my extended family who so want to remain faithful to a party that is no longer faithful to them.
Here are some illustrations of what we’re talking about. A friend passed along some articles from Midwestern newspapers. They were an eye-opener.
One former elected official (a Democrat) talked about how Clinton spent literally no time in places like Missouri. Once upon a time there were tons of pro-life Democrats in Missouri. No longer.
This couldn’t-be-bothered attitude is representative of the bind the party finds itself in–but chooses to ignore. Reporter Ken Newton wrote
As Democrats settled into their new normal as a minority party in Congress, they fended off any perception of bi-coastal leanings and leadership attempts by new blood from the nation’s heartland.
The House Democrats picked as their leaders a 76-year-old and a 77-year-old, both of whom can smell salt water from their home districts.
National Democrats are woefully out of touch with anyone who is not part of their coalition–and happily so. It is impossible to miss (remember Clinton’s “deplorables” comments?) their utter contempt for Middle America that is as pro-life as New York and California are pro-abortion.
My friend also sent me a letter-to-the-editor that appeared in a Southeastern Missouri newspaper. The writer attributed Republican domination to three causes, starting with the Democrats’ full-throated cry for abortion on demand.
What can they do?
Therefore, Democrats can either convert, curse, or cope, because the Republicans aren’t going away anytime soon. They will soon be in charge locally, statewide, and nationally, and the next chance for change is years away.
One other piece of evidence–a story in POLITICO headlined:
Democrats fear another Trump trouncing: Leaderless and lacking a strategy, top party officials worry they’re not ready for Trump’s first 100 days.
Gabriel Debenedetti begins his story
As Donald Trump’s inauguration draws near, Democrats fear they remain woefully unprepared to fight the new president’s agenda.
The party loses its standard-bearer once President Barack Obama leaves office, and the Democratic National Committee won’t get a permanent chairman and staff until March, two months into the presidency. That Democratic power vacuum has raised concerns about the party’s ability to provide a united message — or even to stand up a centralized rapid response operation — for the incoming president’s first 100 days in office.
Thus it is no accident pro-abortion Democrats are busy fighting the last war–the election results of November 8–when their first order of business ought to be, and must be, getting their house in order.
These are joyous times for pro-life Republicans and grievous times for pro-abortion Democrats who, electorally, have sold their souls for a mess of pottage.