Tuesday, Jul. 18, 2017

James Carville and Democrats

July 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Democratic strategist James Carville has some industrial-strength partisan blinders (he wrote a book in 2009 about how the Democrats were going to rule America for the next 40 years; they lost the House one year later), but even he can’t polish up the donkey droppings facing the party in 2018. Carville is warning Democrats not to get their hopes up about taking back the Senate because it’s not very likely to happen, although he does say there’s a chance they could win the House back.

As long as we’re reviving the Ice Bucket Challenge to dump cold reality on delusional Democrats, I should also point out the fallacy in their theory about taking back the House. Hillary Clinton wants to hit the campaign trail again because, as she points out, there are over 20 districts up in 2018 that have Republican incumbents but where she beat Trump. She seems to think that means the voters there are turning leftward. No, that’s not what it means at all. It just means that a fair number of Republicans were so turned off by Trump or worried by the overwhelmingly negative ads and media coverage of him (he was an unknown quantity at the time, which scares some people) that they either didn’t vote or held their noses and voted for Hillary.


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That doesn’t mean that in 2018, they’ll eagerly rush to the polls to vote against Republican incumbents they know well and have already elected and, in some cases, reelected repeatedly. Also, I think you’re suffering from some pretty severe delusions if you think that having Hillary Clinton back on the campaign trail will inspire Republicans to turn out and vote any way other than straight Republican. No, I think the only way the Republicans will lose control in 2018 is if they keep failing to take the actions they promised the voters. In that case, Republicans won’t vote for Democrats, but they might decide there’s no point in voting at all and just stay home.

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Millennials love socialism

July 18, 2017 12:00 AM

This might be funny if it weren’t so chilling: a reporter from Campus Reform asked college students their opinion of socialism. Proving that they were paying attention in class when their professors were spouting leftist idiocy, they wax rhapsodic about how great socialism would be in America. It would spread the wealth and make things fairer. It’s just gotten a “bad rap.” But then comes the second question: What, exactly, is socialism?

Uh……….

Might I make a modest proposal that college students who think socialism is a great idea should be encouraged to take a field trip to Venezuela? One suggestion, though: they might want to take along their own food. And toilet paper. And a bulletproof vest, in case they have any interactions with representatives of the benevolent socialist government.

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ISIS not what they pretend to be

July 18, 2017 12:00 AM

There’s a new report based on interviews with women who volunteered to be ISIS wives but fled when they learned the reality. These women claim they somehow didn’t know about all the genocide (or, I assume, the televised beheadings and burning people alive, the destruction of antiquities, the rape of girls as young as nine, the use of children as suicide bombers, or any of the other things ISIS is known for). They thought ISIS was composed of “strong, devout men,” “pure Muslims” who wanted to “jihad for the sake of Allah.” Instead, they turned out to be “disgusting” and only wanted sex. They would pay up to $10,000 for virgin sex slaves bought over phone apps, then anger their wives by showering their sex slaves with expensive make-up and accessories.

It’s nice that these women finally recognized the error of their ways, and I’m very glad they were able to escape alive. But I would hope that any other women who might want to follow in their footsteps would read their stories first (yes, there’s more at the link.) Or at the very least, Google “ISIS” before packing your bags.

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Interesting analysis

July 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Interesting analysis of the trends in support or opposition to abortion over the past 20 or so years. Even though the nation as a whole is about equally divided on the issue, support for abortion among Democrats has risen to 71%. The party faithful have gone so far into the “pro-choice under all circumstances” tank that a moderate Democrat with views like those of the more pro-life Independents that Dems need to attract could never hope to win a Democratic nomination.

Democrats who wonder why they keep losing, and blame it on everything from sexism to Russia, might want to consider that maybe they’re becoming like the mock rock group, Spinal Tap: they aren’t losing their audience. Their appeal is just becoming “more selective.”

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