Wednesday, February 8, 2017

So some on the left actually believe this how they win?

I have noticed a lot of self congratulations from the left over recent events. They seem to see the delay of the Trump cabinet picks, protests, celebrity rants, violent reactions, and the latest court attempts to block Trump's refugee and travel ban as signs that they are in fact now "winning" what they otherwise lost over the past several elections.

To be clear, Trump has opened with a flurry of executive orders and other bold acts, many pushing the conventional limits, some going well beyond those same limits. To be equally clear, Trump has pulled back on some of these actions, especially those that did go beyond conventional limits. But what he has pulled back on has been limited, and on the broader scale it certainly appears that a great deal of what he probably hoped to accomplish in this initial push, is already done.

In politics, like in business, you don't always get everything you ultimately pine for. You just hope you accomplish more than you don't. This means pushing into the areas of what you might wishfully desire, with the strategy that the compromise will give you what you actually need. The art of the deal. Read the book.

Ultimately Trump's cabinet will be confirmed. A year from now, nobody will remember that it took three weeks, rather than three days to get them confirmed. To the degree that the Democrats caused a delay, it will be rightfully seen by most as more obstruction than resistance. Does anyone really even remember the confirmation of Obama's cabinet? Do we even remember who the Education Secretary even was? Probably not.

Ultimately the protests will slow down, if not come to a complete halt. The left went from bragging about hundreds of thousands protesting after the inauguration, to bragging about a thousand who protested a couple weeks later at the Super Bowl. The much anticipated Lady Gaga anti-Trump rhetoric boiled down to some between the lines moments such as mashing This Land is my Land with God bless America under the guise of being patriotic. Of course most people probably didn't even realize the Woodie Guthrie folk song was actually written as a protest anthem. They probably thought she was actually being patriotic.

Lastly, the court cases over the refugee and travel ban is a lose lose for the left. If they lose the case in court, then it looks like the left was attempting to overstep it's opposition to Trump by misusing the courts. But even if the left prevails in court, then it will be seen by Trump supporters (and plenty of others) that their popular will is being taken away by a misuse of the courts. It will certainly work to reinforce the Trump demand that our Country has lost it's way, that politically correctness is still more important than national security, and that we need to reign in a court system that has become almost tyrannical in it's scope. Not to mention, he can play the martyr, by telling people that he is the first President in history to have such a travel ban declared unconstitutional, even though Reagan, Obama  and every President in between has used them without challenge.

Ultimately Politics is always about the next election. In the 2014 midterms, the GOP has a higher percentage of the vote total than Democrats did. There is little reason to believe that 2018 will be much different, especially given the way that the Democrats are working to "obstruct" those who were actually elected to run things. When the Democrats are defending twenty five Senate seats, ten of which are in red states that Trump won, I don't see how driving a larger partisan wedge between the two Parties is going to help them.


Loretta Russo said...

"Ultimately the protests will slow down, if not come to a complete halt"

I wouldn't bet on it.

The teachers union and whacked out teachers are gearing up.

They've lost their damn minds.

rrb said...

The teachers union and whacked out teachers are gearing up.

Upon DeVos’s confirmation, NEA president Lily Eskelsen GarcĂ­a warned that the resistance Trump and DeVos experienced during the confirmation process is “only the beginning.”

“Students, educators, parents, civil rights and special education advocates—along with millions of Americans—are speaking loud and clear: we are here to stay…we will protect public education,” Eskelsen Garcia said. “The level of energy is palpable. We are going to watch what Betsy DeVos does. And we are going to hold her accountable for the actions and decisions she makes on behalf of the more than 50 million students in our nation’s public schools.”

Loretta Russo said...

Yep, it's only the beginning.

Commonsense said...

The NEA by their own admission doesn't consider the education of children important to them.

Parents know this. Which is another reason why Trump won.

rrb said...

The NEA by their own admission doesn't consider the education of children important to them.

i first read this quote about ten years ago and it has stuck with me ever since:

"When school children start paying union dues, that 's when I'll start representing the interests of school children."

- Albert Shanker

Read more at:

Shanker was president of the United Federation of Teachers from 1964 to 1985 and president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) from 1974 to 1997.

KD, MO Right to Work State is Law said...

The teachers union and whacked out teachers are gearing up.

They've lost their damn minds. " Ette spot on

Your right they are just beginning to "Resist we MUCH".

KCPBS last night had a woman on that spoke to the issue that concerns her the most what are the .00004 of the student body that are TRANNIES going to go to the shitter?

Really , that is the issue not if little DICK or JANE can read.

KD said...

Lady Gaga performed this Socialist Classic:

This Land is my land this land is your land"

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?"

Land Ownership is a bedrock right that makes the USA unique, so not my land is not your land.

However, get a job, work, save and invest in your own land.

See how it blames Catholics for the needy not being feed.

KD, Trump Beats Dems again w/ Devos Win said...

Those of us that live in a competitive world know that when one fights another, their is only one winner.

Was the fight for Dems worth it against Devos?
Was the defeat at the hands of the Republicans hard to take or are the Socialist Dems getting used to it?

opie said...

More fake news our kansan contingent will have an orgasm over. LOL

The mother of a backpacker slain in an Australian hostel wrote an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, rejecting the decision to label her daughter's death as a terror attack.

Just make it up and see what sticks. Idiots.