The frantic efforts of the news media, some Democrats (Rep. Jackie Speier tweeted: “While the motive is still unknown we know where this kind of violence is sanctioned and modeled.”) and ranting bloggers and tweeters like this guy to try to link the certifiable lunatic who attacked Nancy Pelosi’s husband with a hammer to Republicans is just the beginning. Pop that metaphorical popcorn—between now and a week from Tuesday, this will get crazier by the day. Reality has set in. The piper must be paid, the chickens are coming home, the walls are closing in, the jig is up and there’s no way out. The vast majority of those active in the Axis of Unethical Conduct (“the resistance”/the Democratic Party/the mainstream media) are evidently going to thoroughly embarrass themselves and soil our political discourse by ensuring as much confusion, bitterness and division as their imagination, energy and ethics void will permit. It’s going to be ugly, perhaps historically ugly. In “1984” terms, those hungry rats are about to be let loose on these dunces and villains faces, and they will do or say anything, betray any individuals or principles, to avoid the horror. They are in the throes of Rationalization #31, The Troublesome Luxury or “Ethics is a luxury we can’t afford right now” nd #40. The Desperation Dodge or “I’ll do anything!”
One could argue that the final stage of the 2022 Mid-Term Elections Freak-Out began earlier this week, when Arizona Democratic nominee for governor Katie Hobbs’ tried to tie her opponent Kari Lake to a burglary of her campaign headquarters. CNN quickly treated the accusation as credible, as Lake, with the skills she has displayed the whole campaign, deftly explained why the narrative was unconscionable. Then they captured the burglar, and Hobbs refused to answer questions about her sliming of Lake. Also earlier this week, Trump-Deranged former conservative pundit Max Boot issued this hysterical piece for the Washington Post, arguing that if voters reject the Democrats, it’s the end of democracy.
But yesterday rang the bell for this endgame, because the pollsters stopped fooling around and admitted that Democrats were looking like losers across the board, including in all the toss-up Senate races. When the voters break to one party, only something cataclysmic can reverse the trend. There isn’t anything cataclysmic, so the Axis is trying to manufacture something. They will do and say anything. It will be the political equivalent of a scream, or maybe a mental breakdown.
How did they come to this point? That’s easy: it was delusion, arrogance, and hubris. Democrats had narrow margins in the Houses of Congress and a weak President with no personal constituency to speak of. Traditional politics would have demanded that this was time to compromise, work for reasonable liberal policies, and unite the nation, admittedly a tough road after the unethical way the Axis behaved during Donald Trump’s term. What they chose to do instead has been to ignore the sensibilities and instincts of the majority of the public and embrace a radical agenda that the Democrats of just 20 years ago would have avoided like it was Godzilla. And the key is: the policies didn’t work.
The Axis responded to failure by going into gaslighting mode, denying results, consequences and responsibility. After winning a Presidential election by weaponizing fear and hate, it spent two years promoting racial division, indoctrination in the schools, censorship, demonizing of dissent and opposition, and scaremongering, somehow thinking Americans would accept it.
They lost touch with their own country. They are about to be punished for that, and deserve to be. If the Axis were wise and ethical, it would now look to its own conduct, and resolve to change, It would face defeat with dignity, and accept the verdict of the voters and the nation. Instead, it is clear that they will do the opposite, and approach the elections cursing, biting, scratching, lying, accusing, spitting and screaming.
It starts today.
Pointers: Neil Penny, Steve Witherspoom