Early 20th-century humorist Will Rogers famously said: “I am not a member of any organized political party — I am a Democrat.” Eighty-five years after the life-long Democrat’s death, his party hasn’t changed a bit — in that respect, that is.
While the Democrat Party has long been a fan of circular firing squads, as noted by Rogers, things became more entertaining than usual when the erstwhile bartender from the Bronx, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — Socialist Barbie, as I like to call her — arrived on the scene in January 2019 after defeating Democrat Caucus Chair Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent, in what was widely seen as the biggest upset of the 2018 midterm election primaries.
Then, along came fellow-Squad members Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and it was game-on against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the establishment Democrats — and the three socialist musketeers have continued to do their damnedest to pull the Democrat Party as far to left as they can.
Fast-forward to this month’s election and the beatdown laid on House Democrats by the GOP — which prompted even House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to observe to Republican colleagues during post-election comments, “I don’t believe one person in this room believed we’d win one race.” Hence, the Democrat finger-pointing and internecine warfare have begun in earnest, with the so-called “centrists” going after the self-declared “Democrat-Socialists” — heavy emphasis on “Socialist” — and vice versa.
So here’s the thing. For the sake of argument only, let’s assume Joe Biden is eventually certified as the winner of the presidential election — which every Democrat on the planet has already taken to the bank. Given that, wouldn’t you assume that the Democrat Party would calm down for a minute and take a victory lap — even if premature? Yeah. So why are they “almost” behaving as if they’ve lost — everything?
Democrat strategist Stefan Hankin, a pollster for former President Barack Obama, who shares Biden’s more centrist approach to politics, said it best, as reported by the Washington Examiner:
“We’re Democrats, we’re morons.”
Newsflash: We could not agree, more.
Principally, the AOC wing of the party isn’t wasting any time “needling,” as the Examiner described it, Biden about appointing leftist Democrats to his Cabinet and other administration posts. Again, assuming he becomes president. Before we move forward, two earlier articles I wrote, perfectly illustrate AOC’s mindset.
In a late October article titled AOC: Young People Will Vote for Biden Because He’s ‘Receptive to Advocacy, Activism, and Protests’, I reported on AOC’s belief that young people would vote for Biden, not because he’s “their favorite person,” she said, but because they believed the nearly-80-year-old oft-confused Democrat would be easier to manipulate.
In an article less than a week after the election titled Now AOC Is Just Playing Games; Suggests She Might Leave Politics if She Doesn’t Get Her Way, I reported on poor AOC whining to the New York Times about being blamed by centrist House Democrats for the election shellacking. “I don’t even know if I want to be in politics,” she lied, before tossing out this LOL gem: “The odds of me running for higher office and the odds of me just going off trying to start a homestead somewhere — they’re probably the same.” Uh-huh; AOC the homesteader. Gimme a break.
Anyway, back to Democrat strategist Stefan Hankin, who adamantly told the Examiner that liberal House Democrats like AOC and centrists like Pennsylvania’s Conor Lamb “need to kind of shut the hell up and start figuring out how to work together.”
At the center of the post-election Democrat spat has been whether the left-wingers’ support of “defund the police,” and references to “socialist” and “socialism,” along with other such nonsense was to blame for the drubbing, with the centrists calling on AOC & Co. to, in effect, “knock that crap off” moving forward.
Again, Hankin’s observation was humorously perfect.
“Because we’re Democrats, we’re morons. What did we take? Like four days, two days, for us to start infighting. I hate to even call it fighting because it’s all ridiculous. The stupidity part is both sides are correct.”
The Democrat strategist said he was convinced Biden would assemble a team with “diverse backgrounds and ideas,” while also pushing back against the leftists:
“I would say that the more progressive view of anyone that has had anything to do with a company or a consulting firm shouldn’t be in the Cabinet […] I think you have to get over it.”
While it remains to be seen whether AOC and the Squad, along with self-declared Democratic-Socialist Bernie Sander and his political soulmate, Elizabeth Warren, will “get over it,” or not, they might not have to “get over it” all that much if Biden’s selection of Richard Engel, “transition ‘Team Lead’ for the US Agency for Global Media, the US government media empire that includes Voice of America, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty,” as reported by the New York Post is any indication.
As the Post reported last week, Stengel, a former Obama administration official and NBC/MSNBC political analyst wrote last year in a Washington Post op-ed titled Why America Needs a Hate Speech Law that freedom of speech in America was too unfettered and that changes must be considered — a notion that should chill every First Amendment advocate in America to the bone.
“All speech is not equal. And where truth cannot drive out lies, we must add new guardrails. I’m all for protecting ‘thought that we hate,’ but not speech that incites hate.”
If the Democrat Party has taught us anything over the last four years, it’s that “speech that incites hate” is in the eye of the beholder; a truth that the “we’re Democrats, we’re morons” Left is incapable of understanding. The only question is, which moronic side would a “President Biden” favor.
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