Quote of the day—Ezra Klein

This is what House Democratic leadership fears: that Ocasio-Cortez and the Squad, through their dominance of social media and their centrality on conservative media, will become the faces of the House Democratic majority.

Trump took a fight House Democrats were having with each other and turned it into a fight they are now having with him. In doing, he rallied House Democrats around the Squad, and made himself the Squad’s chief opponent. “The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four ‘progressives,’ but now they are forced to embrace them,” Trump tweeted. “That means they are endorsing Socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats!”

Ezra Klein
July 16, 2019
Trump vs. “the Squad”–Trump reunited the Democrats to further his narrative.
[“The Squad” is the far left wing of the Democrats and their politics will be unacceptable in the vast majority of U.S. political jurisdictions. Speaker Pelosi knows this. She has data, from the quoted article, which says:

…the weird poll that Democratic officials apparently leaked to Axios to emphasize the damage Ocasio-Cortez was supposedly doing to the party. The poll was of non-college educated white men, and the post-publication controversy has swirled around whether it’s appropriate to call this group, which went heavily for Trump, “swing voters.”

But more telling was the framing of the poll by whoever leaked it. The Axios headline read “AOC defining Dems in swing states,” even though the results didn’t include any data to that effect. What the poll did show was that 74 percent of the respondents knew of Ocasio-Cortez, and 53 percent knew of Omar. How many other House Democrats have that kind of name recognition?

“If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the [House] majority at risk,” an anonymous “top Democrat” told Axios. “[S]he’s getting all the news and defining everyone else’s races.”

Trump apparently saw this and made three tweets (and here and here):

So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……

….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….

….it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!

The Democrats went berserk saying this was racist. Trump’s racist tirades against “the Squad,” explained:

Trump is just castigating them as foreign because he says racist stuff.”

I find it telling that the tweets have to be explained as racists rather than demonstrate the racism directly. Ordinary people can clearly see they aren’t racist. The political left is like a paranoid person who imagine they see “people out to get them” everywhere. Healthy people don’t see the imaginary threats but that doesn’t reassure the paranoid. To the paranoid, as is the case with the political left, they interpret the fact that only they can see the “threat” as proof of their special powers.

With these three tweets President Trump bonded, essentially, all Democrats with “The Squad”. This bonding is a political albatross.

President Trump confirms:

Congresswomen, who I truly believe, based on their actions, hate our Country. Get a list of the HORRIBLE things they have said. Omar is polling at 8%, Cortez at 21%. Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party. See you in 2020!

Tim Pool describes it as 4-D Chess:

Via email from Chet who also asks, in a somewhat different context:

Would it be possible to do this for the first and second amendments? For example coming up with really, really outrageous positions that would distract the opponents of the bill of rights?

I’m of the opinion that:

The vast population of this earth, and indeed nations themselves, may readily be divided into three groups. There are the few who make things happen, the many more who watch things happen, and the overwhelming majority who have no notion of what happens.

On a good day I watch things happen. To accomplish the analog to President Trump’s manipulation of the Democrats but in defense of the First and Second Amendment is beyond my capacity. Suggestions?—Joe]

7 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Ezra Klein

  1. Perhaps the Democratic Party has already set sail to its demise taking with them the opponents of first and second amendments.

    “What a cargo of wickedness is borne by the garbage barge called the Democratic Party as it chugs out to sea toward a sickening, slightly radioactive orange sunset for what is looking like its final voyage.”

    https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/final-voyage/

  2. And we need to keep in mind that other moves are being placed in this game of 4D chess.

    PELOSI WON’T ACCEPT LATEST WHITE HOUSE DEBT CEILING OFFER

    Or to put it another way: The four horsewomen of the apocalypse are considering adding another tugboat to power the Democratic Party on its final voyage.

    Where is the popcorn?

    • A standard bit of propaganda about the debt limit is that it must be raised (every time it is near) because “otherwise the USA would default on its debts”.
      This of course is nonsense. The treasury takes in way more taxes than are needed to make the debt payments. And it must do so, the Constitution requires it explicitly.
      What is compromised by an inability to take on new debt, which is all the debt ceiling does, is deficit spending. Something on the order of 5% of spending would be blocked — that’s the deficit. It’s something politicians could easily accomplish but don’t want to.

  3. I do not think it is a direct linking, but certainly an associative one; once people in general – and by this I mean a cross section of “those who watch thngs happen and those who wonder what happened,” with substantially greater participation among the watchers – begin to associate Democrats with non-American government, e.g., socialism and communism, they may begin to wonder what other facets of non-American civil society may be affected negatively. This, if we’re lucky, will lead to thoughts about freedom and liberty, and, for a treasured few, lead to those mechanisms employable for defense of freedoms and liberties.

    The trick, for us, will be to recognize those treasured few and provide as much support as possible to them. So, take people to the range, offer thoughtful and gentle suggestions and commentary, etc. The value will come not in us convincing them but providing the foundation for them to convince themselves. Self enlightenment, I believe it’s called, and as they’re enlightened they’ll hopefully become ambassadors for freedoms of all kind, which while not specifically focused on 2A, more freedom of all kinds is a net gain.

  4. RE: The 1st and 2nd Amendments: It’s really about describing the effects of infringing on the BoR, and then saddling the Dems with those effects that they knew or should have known would happen (because warnings abound at every step), and then making them prove that wasn’t the intent all along.

    One example: The 2nd Amendment guarantees the militia’s (a.k.a. the People’s) ability to maintain “the security of a free State,” and per state law essentially doesn’t exist in California. Last I checked, having strangled their shooting culture with laws and rules, their military assets aren’t particularly top-notch, and on top of that, the entire state is a “sanctuary” state, meaning ICE and CBP agents have a very hard time carrying out their sworn duties.

    In effect, California is wholly incapable of repelling a foreign invasion of any sizable force, and has been made so intentionally by Democrat politicians.

    Thus, by scaling back military expenditures, AND by hamstringing the efforts of ICE and CBP, AND FINALLY by denying “the People” a right deemed “necessary to the security of a free State,” the Dems are essentially ceding California to Russia and/or Mexico (and/or whoever feels like invading, whether by sea or by the open southern border).

    And the Dems have the monumental task of proving me wrong. I won’t hold my breath. 😉

  5. Tactically, I would have preferred the antifa attack against ICE in Tacoma to have been front and center for a few news cycles.

    Trump’s tweets swept that whole incident away.

  6. The old saying, “My enemy’s enemy is my friend” has a major exception for Nancy Pelosi: Her enemy (The Jihad Squad)’s enemy (Trump) can’t be her friend because — Trump! The Leftists consider him such an oaf, how is it that he just bounces around the public stage, so oafishly, and without apparent rhyme or reason, and yet he keeps getting the better of them. It seems like the stories of the old Oriental Martial Arts Masters, who are moving so slowly they couldn’t possibly get you first, but then you wake up face down on the ground with a mouthful of grass.

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