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Outsiders vs. Insiders: Why are Democrats trying to seize the stupid party label from the GOP?

It’s often said Republicans are the “stupid” party because their leaders and many elected members do self-defeating things that not only fail to advance their own political causes, it ends up benefitting the opposition Democrats.

Likewise Democrats are widely known as the “evil” party because…well, they’re “evil.” The minority party whose members almost universally champion abortion-on-demand and brazenly care more about the welfare of Dems abolish ICEpeople who aren’t even citizens of this country (than they do about Americans) is arguably “evil.” There’s no way to sugarcoat it, is there?

But there are recent signs Democrats are vying to adopt the “stupid party” label for themselves as well. Not only do Democrats seem proud of the “evil” designation, they’re doing things that just don’t make sense in the political realm. That’s the definition of stupid, right (just ask the GOP)?

Take Democrats’ advocacy for abolishing ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), more commonly referred to as the border patrol or simply, “immigration.” The federal agency charged with enforcing the nation’s laws at the border, all ports of entry and internally has taken a media beating over the family separation controversy (heavily misrepresented, but that’s another story).

Sensing an opportunity to score political points, opportunistic Democrats are now calling to ditch ICE, a proposal so bizarre and “out there” that it could easily be called “stupid.” Why? The public doesn’t agree (that ICE should disappear). Not even close.

David Bossie wrote at The Hill, “After Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory over liberal swamp creature Joe Crowley in the New York congressional primary on June 26, national Democrats like New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have gotten behind the ‘Abolish ICE’ movement, thus pulling back the curtain to expose liberals for what they truly want. Clearly they believe that the heroes at ICE are an impediment to their misguided dream of an open borders utopia.

“This untenable position that national Democrats are taking on immigration and border security flies in the face of public opinion. In fact, just last week long-time Clinton pollster Mark Penn released a study that found a whopping ‘84 percent of Americans favor turning undocumented immigrants over to federal agents.’ But do not expect the flailing Democratic Party to pay attention to startling numbers like this because their unhinged radical base surely is not.

“The truth is, it was not so long ago that President Clinton was advocating for the very measures on border security that are now espoused by President Trump. If you are wondering where the Democratic Party of that era is, it is gone and never coming back.”

Yes indeed. If you want a shock go back and listen to each of Clinton’s state of the union speeches and you won’t recognize much of what he said in today’s Democrat party. Granted lip-biting big bubba Bill was a master at triangulation and spoke out of both sides of his mouth to mask his big government liberal soul, but at least the pathologically lying, philandering former governor of Arkansas knew how to weave popular themes into his discourse.

Who knows, maybe Bill only favored stringent immigration enforcement back then because he knew it ticked off the big business establishment of the GOP, the ones who love cheap labor and resist further restrictions even today (Speaker Paul Ryan is definitely in their corner). You could fill volumes psychoanalyzing both Clintons (Chelsea too?). But the point is President Bubba understood what the people wanted and at least gave them lip service.

By contrast today’s Democrats don’t have a clue. As Bossie pointed out in his excellent piece ICE was established on a bipartisan basis (vote was 90-9) in 2003 as a response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the agency’s employees are responsible for keeping Americans safe. In other words, at lot more than the fortunes of crying illegal children would be at stake if Congress were to heed the calls of the unhinged and ditch ICE. Of course, it won’t happen – it’s all a big stage production to please the leftist base and gain glowing praise from the ridiculous news media.

But that doesn’t prevent Democrats from signaling the nearest news reporter to their side to say something stupid. Again, they’re desperately trying to wrest the “stupid party” label away from Republicans. Under Donald Trump the GOP has become a lot less “stupid” and is actually moving in a positive direction in many respects.

Democrats, on the other hand, seem on the verge of losing a stranglehold on one of their most loyal demographic constituencies. Tyler O’Neil reported at PJ Media, “[T]here are signs that Republicans may win the 2018 midterm elections as the anti-establishment underdog. How? By campaigning against the excessive Trump derangement syndrome across the media, Hollywood, and college campuses.

“This is the premise of the ‘Walk Away’ campaign. Brandon Straka, a gay man from Nebraska, identified himself as ‘The Unsilent Majority’ and launched a campaign urging people to reject the Left — for the same reasons he became a liberal.

“In the ‘Walk Away’ viral video, Straka denounced racism, misogyny, ‘tyrannical group think,’ junk science, ‘hate,’ and ‘a system which allows an ambitious, misinformed, and dogmatic mob to suppress free speech, create false narratives, and apathetically steamroll over the truth.’ He said he became a liberal for these reasons, and he ‘walked away’ for the very same reasons.”

In his article O’Neil provided polling evidence to back up his greater point that young white millennials are turning against Democrats in significant enough numbers to make a difference in November, with men having swung 21 percent (48-36 percent said they’d vote Democrat over Republicans in 2016 and 37-46 today). And, there’s evidence African-American voters are doing some “walking away” of their own in response to the excesses of Maxine Waters and crew.

Newton’s third law of motion reads, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction,” which you’d think only applies in cases of solid objects in motion, but the principle is relevant in politics as well. Democrats’ blind arrogance often leads them to conclude their actions are having a positive effect on the electorate, swinging public opinion away from the heinous Donald Trump and back towards their compassionate, “welcoming” side of the ideological fence.

Not true. As the presence of the “Walk Away” movement indicates there’s a growing number of would-be liberals who’ve had it with Democrats making fools of themselves by shouting down Republicans in public places or calling for “pushback” against conservatives. Every media report showing nutcases picketing homes of Trump cabinet members is registering in the minds of people who are already wary of the left’s absurd campaigns.

Don’t believe it? How many “p-ssy” hats have you seen lately? How many follow-up demonstrations to the “March for Our Lives” (in March) were organized? Where’s David Hogg? Why isn’t CNN asking him what he thinks about the family separation issue? What are the snotty gun grabbing teens’ opinions concerning abolishing ICE?

Liberal causes die because there’s nothing but emotion propelling them. Once people recognize what they’re protesting doesn’t have much substance the feelings behind it fizzle too. Still Democrats continue on with their rhetorical bombs and outlandish accusations about Trump and Republicans. There are only so many times Democrats can get away with claiming ICE agents are jack-booted Nazi stormtroopers. Eventually the truth bubbles to the surface, and when it does, the sane portion of the public silently screams “Enough!”

Or, they “Walk Away.” It’s not hard to figure out why. There is such a thing as wrong and right and both sides can’t be correct.

Maybe O’Neil’s premise is accurate and the “blue wave” so many pundits forecasted for this November will dissipate before it crests. In its place a “red wave,” perhaps? Don’t dismiss it. Scott McKay wrote at The American Spectator, “[P]olls indicate the fundamentals of this fall’s midterms spell disaster for the Democrats regardless of what some of those generic ballot polls might say. They’re one reason to look out for a red wave, rather than a blue one.

“Another is the … Supreme Court nomination ... The Democrats’ behavior so far is bad enough, with a high-profile messaging campaign to date demanding that no Supreme Court appointment be made since this is an election year. Considering that Elena Kagan was nominated and confirmed to a Supreme Court seat just three months before the 2010 midterms, that argument has no leg to stand on. But what’s coming will be much worse...

“[T]he third reason a red wave could materialize is the country seems to be happy with the way things are going in America ... It’s a decent bet, though, that most of the tariffs and threats thereof will result in negotiations to produce lower tariffs among U.S. trade partners per Trump’s stated aims — if that should happen before November it’s unlikely there will be much of anything the middle-of-the-road voter will find as a reason to vote Democrat...”

That’s the point. McKay spells out the objective factors in the GOP’s favor but there are others as well. The most glaring reason why things are still amazingly unclear (in terms of how the election will turn out) is the public’s short attention span. Whatever the media talks about today isn’t likely to be on radar screens in the critical last few weeks before Election Day.

To illustrate, in 2012 Hurricane Sandy struck the tristate area just days prior to the presidential election. Governor Chris Christie then hosted Obama for a photo-op where the two exchanged their infamous “hug.” Exit polls showed late deciding voters credited the president for his “handling” of the hurricane aftermath and was a major consideration for choosing him – certainly enough of a swing to constitute Obama’s winning margin (there was even evidence the previous week that Romney was gaining momentum).

Moral of the story? Occupying the White House is a tremendous advantage for the party in charge. There are a million ways public opinion can be manipulated in the lead-up to an election. President Trump understands this (Obama did too, obviously) and you can bet he’ll be laying off the controversial tweets when the time comes and instead doing everything in his power to depict Democrats as the extremists that they are.

It won’t be difficult either. Democrats fall over themselves to say stupid things about the topic du jour – there’s no reason to believe they’ll suddenly get wise within the span of a few months.

Trump is about to get some pro-level help to shape his message, too. W. James Antle III wrote at The Washington Examiner, “[T]he announcement that former Fox News executive Bill Shine is joining the White House staff in a senior communications role — ‘Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communication’ is the lofty title, per the official statement — [is] interesting. Like his former network, Shine could present Trump’s message without watering it down but in a less amateurish fashion...

“The opportunity could be missed if Trump primarily tasks Shine with plugging leaks. There is also a possibility that Shine becomes the story himself, like short-lived former communications director Anthony Scaramucci but for very different reasons, and thus a distraction.

“During the campaign, it was often rumored that instead of the White House, what Trump really wanted was to join with Roger Ailes proteges in founding ‘Trump TV.’ Shine has a chance to help give him the best of both worlds.”

Luckily for conservatives and Republicans there’s a heck of a lot of substance behind Trump’s message. The president is definitely a talker -- but he’s also a doer. In his campaign Trump promised he would take a new approach to fixing government and leading the country and he’s doing it. All the hot air is coming from the Democrat side.

Democrats can’t help themselves in trying to seize the “stupid party” label from the GOP. If the minority party continues committing political hara-kiri by calling for the abolishment of ICE, they deserve everything they get. Republicans should simply stand by and watch the implosion.

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