The last column in this space seemed to hit a nerve with friends and foes alike, which is to say I found a firm handle on the obvious.
Joe Biden does not get to be a scapegoat for an entire political movement that co-opted him into its service while fraudulently foisting him on the public as a “moderate.”
And now that this catastrophic bait-and-switch experiment is bearing its toxic fruit and the country is reeling, the necessity of pulling out the malefactors by the root is better and better understood.
The USS Biden is no longer taking on water; it’s going under. And the vortex the sinking ship creates pulls everything in behind it.
Did you see this “analysis” piece at CNN earlier this week? It talks about how Democrats might escape this fall’s reckoning by distancing themselves from Joe Biden:
The question is whether this “decoupling,” as many political professionals call it, is a temporary blip in public opinion — or a reflection of enduring public doubts about the Donald Trump-era GOP that may override the typical reflex of voters unhappy with the president to vote for the other party.
“The fundamental question is: have forces been unleashed in the electorate that are more powerful than disappointment in Joe Biden?” says Simon Rosenberg, president of NDN, a Democratic research and advocacy group. “I would argue they have. Opposition to MAGA [the Trump movement] has been the driving force in the last two elections and it is likely to be the driving force in this one as well.”
Ronald Brownstein, who wrote the piece, conducts a lengthy dive into midterm history to conclude that Democrats might be all right because (1) polling data, in June and July before the House and Senate general election campaigns have even started, shows Republican candidates aren’t getting all the anti-Biden voters at a clip anti-presidential voters in previous midterm cycles have gotten, and (2) Biden’s disapproval among Democrats doesn’t necessarily mean Democrats will vote Republican this fall. (He doesn’t bother to mention the possibility that they might stay home while independents and GOP voters storm the ballot boxes.)
This is some par-excellence whistling past the graveyard.
Let’s remember that voters aren’t just getting a chance to pull a lever against Joe Biden this fall. They’re also getting a chance to raise a middle finger to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, neither of whom are very popular. And while Mitch McConnell is less popular than any of the three, it’s true, McConnell isn’t in charge of the government at the moment. He isn’t going to be top-of-mind with the voters.
But one thing useful we might take from Brownstein is that it’s imperative for Republican candidates not just to run against Biden. That gives their Democrat opponents an out: “I think he should resign, and I’ll say so as a member of Congress; I’ll even vote for a 25th Amendment resolution.” Whether voters believe it or not, it’s a viable dodge.
Don’t run against Biden. Run against the entire derelict ruling class, and be willing to embrace the creative destruction of our corrupt status quo.
Run as a revivalist. The benefit of that is they can’t hold Mitch McConnell against you.
You probably think this is about California Gov. Gavin Newsom. You’re close, but it’s not Newsom. It’s not even Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. It’s AMLO.
AMLO being Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who appeared in a small gathering of failed presidents of banana republic governments with Joe Biden on Thursday and said this:
During a press conference with President Joe Biden, AMLO attacked “the conservatives” in the United States for their opposition to the administration’s globalist agenda on energy, trade, and immigration.
“I know that your adversaries — the conservatives — are going to be screaming all over the place, even to heaven,” AMLO said. “They’re going to be yelling at heaven.”
“In the face of this crisis, the way out is not through conservatism,” he continued. “The way out is through transformation. We have to be bold in our actions. Transform not maintain the status quo.”
Instead of defending Americans, Biden seemingly agreed with AMLO.
“We have liberals, moderates, conservatives, and extreme conservatives,” Biden said. “I’m waiting for the Republican Party to come back to traditional conservative positions. We have to start to talk with them, to one another, in this country, with respect.”
AMLO then proceeded to demand that the banana republic government to his north abandon the concept of citizenship along with the concept of a border:
“It is indispensable for us to regularize and give certainty to migrants that have for years lived and worked in a very honest manner, and who are also contributing to the development of this great nation,” AMLO said.
Yes, this was an emergency operation to control the breakfast-taco damage and to stop the hemorrhaging among Hispanic voters in America. No, they made zero attempt to disguise that obvious fact. But that ship has sailed, compadres. Muy arrepentido!
And now, we present a microcosm of what’s happening all across America in the wake of the Dobbs decision, which pulled back the Roe v. Wade curtain and returned the abortion question to the public purview where it’s always belonged.
And what we find is that the Left’s abandonment of the persuasive arts is on full display. A couple of data points in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where the state’s law banning abortion is bouncing around in the courts as Democrat judges grant temporary restraining orders to keep abortion clinics functioning and the state Supreme Court cowers rather than enforce the presumption that laws are constitutional, are instructive in this regard.
First, pro-abort mobsters assumed to be with the Jane’s Revenge terrorist organization trashed a care pregnancy clinic.
It’s amazing how anybody could possibly think this constitutes persuasive advocacy. The old pro-life extremists who firebombed abortion clinics at least deduced that by doing so they’d save lives, at least temporarily, since the facility where they were lost would be out of commission.
But this? A place supporting unexpectedly pregnant women and giving them resources by which they might decide to bring their babies to term doesn’t serve the same function for the pro-life movement that an abortion clinic serves for the pro-abort side. It’s outreach, not to the pro-abortion people but to the women who might be their clients.
And it isn’t exactly good optics to trash a care pregnancy center. It makes people think you’re a bunch of unhinged thugs.
Which, it turns out, is a pretty reasonable judgement of the pro-abort crowd. This also happened in Baton Rouge last week:
This column has never seen a three-hole punch used as a deadly weapon, but Democrats have trained us to broaden our horizons — so why not? Besides, it’s the look that kills, and she’s got it.
A rather less-than-decorous exchange on the Capitol Hill steps this week has generated some buzz and debate. This happened:
Here is a video he posted of the incident. I was actually walking over to deck him because if no one will protect us then I’ll do it myself but I needed to catch a vote more than a case today pic.twitter.com/RdwCNBDIBb
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 14, 2022
At Power Line, John Hinderaker’s response was, essentially, “Yeah, please don’t do that“:
Some would say that Ocasio-Cortez deserves this treatment, because she has enthusiastically promoted the public harassment of conservatives. It’s true: she does deserve it. Nevertheless, we conservatives should not be dragged down to the Democrats’ level. This kind of behavior does no one any good. Lately there has been a lot of talk about the possibility of civil war or, short of that, peaceful disunion. If the day ever comes when disunion becomes necessary, let’s not have any ambiguity about whose misconduct brought about that sad state of affairs.
My response is that he’s not wrong, and harassment of the AOCs of the world won’t help the Right’s cause. If nothing else, AOC will make herself a Joan of Arc–style victim on the basis of literally nothing, so the mileage she’ll claim from something like this could be limitless.
On the other hand, we also know that refusing to respond in kind to the boorishness and aggression of the Left categorically does not work.
And this is the problem in dealing with people who don’t share your morals. We already know that modern American Democrats value power over peace, and you’re therefore put in a no-win situation. Constantly playing defense means it’s more fun to be on the other side, and that’s no good.
What I would say is that this was a somewhat clumsy effort at something I might support.
Namely, merciless — but skillful; it has to be skillful — ridicule.
You have to leave a Sandy Cortez no out. You have to put her in a position where she has to accept your clowning on her because if she doesn’t she looks weak and unstable, and when she does accept it her own supporters, who are uniformly weak and unstable, look upon her as a sellout.
There are ways to do that. This … falls a bit short. B-plus for effort, D for execution. More practice needed.
As you might now, I have a book out. It’s called The Revivalist Manifesto, and I’m making the rounds talking about it on radio shows, podcasts, and the like. For example, Monday night I was on for an hour with Rich Valdes as he guest-hosted the Jim Bohannon Show, and that was actually a pretty good discussion. Thursday night I did Dave Sussman’s show, and that was another good discussion. Next week I’ve got a bunch more coming, including a segment Wednesday with Michael Berry and an early-morning hit Tuesday with Real America’s Voice TV host Steve Gruber. The schedule is filling up pretty quickly.
And of course there was this if you didn’t see it:
So far it seems like these things are well-received, and the book appears to be climbing up the rankings on Amazon. Though the folks at Bombardier Books have admonished me not to keep hitting refresh every few minutes to see where it is. That advice is easier given than heeded, I confess.
What I notice is a couple of things. There is a lot of agreement on the point that it’s a little easier to sell one of the planks of a revivalist movement, which is the need to re-center American society around the Judeo-Christian moral code that built us, thanks to the public getting a strong whiff of the woke cultural Marxist religion that is the alternative.
And everyone agrees, whether they buy into the book’s thesis that a new political era is coming or not, that the Bush/Mitch McConnell Republicanism of the 30 years preceding Donald Trump is not coming back to the fore.
Of course, there’s a whole lot more than that to the book. You should grab a copy and read it, and then you’ll see.
And for other revivalist stuff, check out the new RVIVR.com site. It doesn’t just have its own content; it aggregates news and video from all over the web … including here at The American Spectator.
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