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The Perez Principle
Scott McKay
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You’ve no doubt heard of the Peter Principle, which holds that in any large organization individuals will rise in the hierarchy until they ultimately reach a level beyond their competence to adequately perform their jobs.

The theory, first put forth in a 1969 book by Laurence J. Peter, was intended chiefly to describe corporate structure — but it surely also applies to politics.

And particularly in the Democrat Party, which puts the principle on steroids by turbocharging it with identity politics.

Consider the case of that party’s current chairman Tom Perez, a former hardcore leftist lawyer from the Department of Justice who ended up as the Labor Secretary in the second term of the Obama administration — you remember that time, right? That was when the president assured us that manufacturing jobs and rising wages were a thing of the past and we had to accept the New Normal of sclerotic economic growth and increasing welfare dependency.

Well, after the Democrats blew the 2016 election through the signature incompetence of its chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who did a poor job of masking the party’s rigging of the Democrat primaries and sprinkled a major IT scandal involving what looked a lot like a cell of the Pakistani ISI spy service on top, the party was looking for some new, fresh talent to lead it out of the political wilderness.

And since there is scant little new, fresh talent in the Democrat Party, the vote for a new chair came down to the hilariously inappropriate former Louis Farrakhan disciple Keith Ellison and Perez, who offered three things — vicious, hardline leftism, a background in the Obama rackets, and his Hispanic heritage.

What Perez didn’t offer were the two things a party chair has to have to sustain any electoral success — talent in winning political arguments with the other side, and the ability to raise money.

In the latter, Perez isn’t really a success. The Republican National Committee outraised the Democrat National Committee $45.8 million to $6.3 million in the first quarter, and the RNC stands without any debt compared to the over $4 million the DNC carries. While the DNC has a cash-on-hand advantage over the RNC ($74.9 million to $31.1 million), a number left over from last year, the Republicans are beating Perez’s Democrats to a pulp in fundraising so far in the 2020 cycle.

And Perez’s weak leadership at the DNC is creating a vacuum being filled by so many presidential candidates it’s difficult to keep count of them all — and those candidates are cannibalizing the presidential fundraising process. Meanwhile President Trump has raised $30.8 million in the first quarter, which is more than the top two Democrat candidates (Bernie Sanders at $18 million, followed by Kamala Harris with $12 million).

But Perez is attempting to make up for those deficiencies with verbiage — and lots of it. The problem is, he’s no better at communication than he is at organization.

Take, for example, the peculiar demand Perez made last week

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on Wednesday that Republicans should not use any ill-gotten information against the Democrats in the upcoming elections, but, when pressed, did not seem to think that Democrats should be held to the same standard.

“And what we saw in the 2016 election, a foreign adversary — and not just any foreign adversary, our — our most — our fiercest foreign adversary attempted to interfere with our election to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton,” Perez said. “And what we said in 2016, and my predecessor asked her counterpart at the RNC back then to do the same thing, don’t use stolen information. That’s what we’re saying again.”

“It sounds like they’re saying that,” Camerota responded. “I mean when they say it’s an affront to all of us, any breach of political organizations, and we come together to prevent it, it sounds like they’re saying that.”

“We are at war right now. It is a cyber war. Unfortunately, because our commander in chief is compromised, the federal government is asleep at the switch,” Perez claimed without evidence. “And that is why the DNC and others in the Democratic Party ecosystem are working tirelessly to make sure that we are protecting our data, making sure — we’re working with every campaign to provide cybersecurity training because we can’t expect help from the — from this administration.”

How rich is that? First of all, there is the continuing reference to the Russian collusion narrative — which has been thoroughly debunked and is a colossal political loser in the making, especially given the future legal backlash to come against some of Perez’s former colleagues in the Obama administration. The smart DNC chairman would be working to steer his party away from that iceberg, but not Perez.

And second, it doesn’t seem very smart to talk about cyberwarfare and how Trump is “compromised” in that respect when your party’s 2016 candidate was literally the most compromised politician in the history of cybersecurity. Hillary Clinton transacted government business on an unsecured illegal private server in a bathroom closet, and in doing so allowed state secrets to be accessed by hostile foreign powers. Furthermore, the DNC’s email server was hacked and embarrassing information released to Wikileaks as a result of its carelessness.

Remember — the hackers attempted to break into the RNC’s server but couldn’t because it had better security.

If anybody is compromised with respect to the cyber war, and if anybody is asleep at the switch when it comes to cybersecurity it’s the Democrat Party. You would think Perez would steer the conversation away from such an obvious weak point in his argument, but you’d be wrong.

And here’s another golden example of sophomoric messaging. From a Tuesday night MSNBC appearance

What’s clear from this administration, and what’s clear throughout the entirety of his business practices, is that they will lie, cheat, and steal. They’ll do anything to win. They have so eroded institutions of democracy, that is why there is health care on the ballot and we will continue to point out that the Democratic Party is the party fighting to save your health care. The Republicans are fighting to take it away. So many other things on the ballot. Our democracy is on the ballot.

Lying, cheating and stealing? From the people who brought you the Brett Kavanaugh circus and the Russian collusion hoax? How is this statement going to hold up when the investigation of the FISA warrants starts spitting out indictments?

There are ways to spin the Democrats’ narrative which are less laughable than this.

Last week here at The American Spectator Jeffrey Lord nailed Perez to the wall for his clownish hypocrisy. It appears as though that’s going to be quite the hobby for conservative pundits in the coming weeks. He makes an outstanding punching bag — at least for now, until someone at the DNC decides it’s time to pull the plug on the Perez Principle.

If you’re looking for evidence that the whole climate change/global warming narrative is a hoax, this item from CNBC last week isn’t a bad place to start…

At a small church meeting house this month in a Louisiana farm town, a tiny community was making a very big decision. Residents were fed up with increasingly intense and frequent flooding, so they are moving to higher ground. Together.

The residents of Pecan Acres are some of America’s first climate refugees. The plan to move them could become a blueprint for other towns, as increasingly extreme weather and rising sea levels force more and more residents from the homes they’ve known for decades.

Pecan Acres, a subdivision of New Roads, Louisiana, was built in the 1970s along a canal. While it was always prone to flooding, in the last decade the floods have gotten much worse and much more destructive. The area levee is no longer adequate to hold the heavier rainfall. Back-to-back floods in 2016 and 2017 drew the governor’s attention, and a plan was hatched to buy out about 40 homeowners and move them to a new plot of land, barely 2 miles away, but 10 feet higher.

This literally couldn’t be more of a Fake News report. The fact is, Pecan Acres was built in a flood plain with no drainage, with all of the houses built as slab on grade. And not surprisingly, the place has flooded 17 times since it was constructed.

Those residents aren’t climate refugees. They’re proof that if you live in a house at the bottom of a bowl, and your house is not raised, you will flood.

For the Fake News media to be working this hard to find “climate refugees” is a good indication that those don’t really exist.

Is there any truth to the rumor that Catherine Pugh, Baltimore’s scandal-ridden mayor on the lam, will be playing the part of Toad in an upcoming remake of The Wind in the Willows? If so, that’s perfect casting.

Finally, remember when the Democrats screamed about how the government shutdown was going to kill economic growth?

Yeah. About that

First-quarter gross domestic product expanded by 3.2%, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said in its initial read of the economy for that period.

Economists polled by Dow Jones expected the U.S. economy increased by 2.5% in the first quarter.

Gross domestic product for the first quarter was the best start to a year since 2015.

At some point, we do get to tell these so-called “experts” who are more Democrat political operatives than actual legitimate forecasters to shut up, do we not?

Scott McKay
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Scott McKay is publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics.
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