Desperate to Lose

Both sides seem absolutely desperate to lose the 2020 election. Trump not only gives up on the wall but actively rolls back any attempt to uphold immigration laws. This is a betrayal of his voters that they won’t forget during the election.

But Democrats are making every effort to make sure Trump still gets reelected. They throw all their energy into winning the “who’s the biggest snowflake?” contest, repelling voters who have no interest in hearing how “our future is intersectional” and “borders kill people.”

It’s truly a competition between purveyors of empty bluster on both sides who try to appeal to the basest instincts of the most easily manipulatable voters.

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18 thoughts on “Desperate to Lose”

  1. Trump not only gives up on the wall but actively rolls back any attempt to uphold immigration laws. This is a betrayal of his voters that they won’t forget during the election.
    Which voters? I think they’re pretty happy with the “pack the courts for a generation” (McConnell should get the credit) and “let’s crap on people we don’t like without the dog whistle”.

    I just don’t see those voters staying home or voting for a third party. So yes they’ll “forget.”

    But Democrats are making every effort to make sure Trump still gets reelected. They throw all their energy into winning the “who’s the biggest snowflake?” contest, repelling voters who have no interest in hearing how “our future is intersectional” and “borders kill people.”
    I’m annoyed they’re impotent. But wouldn’t it have been easier to cave on the wall if they wanted to throw the election?

    Snowflakery is bipartisan now, if you haven’t noticed.

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    1. I think you are seriously exaggerating the sophistication of an average voter. Most have no idea whatsoever what the presidential court appointments are about. There are some junior congresswomen – college educated, by the way – who can’t even name the three branches of power.

      People are kind of dumb.

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      1. And if Democrats wanted to win, they’d offer another alternative to the wall that their current idea of open borders. “Borders kill” and “these are native lands and hence Hispanic people are more entitled to life here” are not mainstream positions. These are very fringe ideas that scare most people.

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  2. The flakes have the stage, on both sides, because the heavy hitters are hanging back, trying to avoid being targets until it is necessary. That’s probably wise. This is the year to work on building the local organizations a candidate will need next year. The people spending time in front of cameras aren’t doing that.

    It seems likely that Trump will pull the “National Emergency” stunt to round up money. That’s probably not going to fly as Chief Justice Roberts is already pissed at him. That gives the opposition a USSC majority. Roberts voted against Trump on several recent issues that came before the Court.

    Voters are underinformed, and Trump loyalist won’t care about him trying to break the Constitution. Some GoP members may — that may finally be the “bridge too far.” It might even get impeachment onto center stage — something the Dem leadership actually doesn’t want to push in advance of 2020. Trump is just too convenient a target and will be a drag on the rest of the party. It’s interesting that police estimate say that Beto drew double that crowd that Trump did in El Paso. The bloom is off the carrot top, and Pelosi knows how to handle him and make him look even worse.

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    1. A national emergency is not a big deal. There are endless national emergencies over the problems of Burundi and stuff like that. The ongoing emergencies that are in place right now are some crazy number. I think it’s over twenty or thereabouts. It’s really not that big of a deal.

      As for Beto’s rally, it’s even less of an issue than national emergency number one million fifty seven. The guy couldn’t even win in his home state. Who cares about him? He’s a loser.

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      1. Shame on you, Clarissa! You wrote almost exactly what I was going to post, and you did it first. Since you’re turning into such a sensible conservative, my posts are becoming redundant. 🙂

        But will you still remind WordPress who I am again, so it will stop leaving my e-mail address and name lines blank every time I click on “reply”? Thanks.

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      2. Historically, not quite. The last “national emergency” in this sense in the US was the Civil War. This may well become a Constitutional crisis.
        Regarding elections, Lincoln, FDR and Nixon famously lost races immediately immediately before winning the White House.

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        1. “The last ‘national emergency’ in this sense in the US was the Civil War. This may well become a Constitutional crisis.”

          Ahistorical nonsense! There were 10 “national emergencies” legally declared by Obama between April 2010 and Nov 2015. Here they are, count them for yourself:

          April 12, 2010: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in Somalia was in respect to threats posed by Somali pirates.

          February 25, 2011: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain Transactions Related to Libya froze the assets of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

          July 25, 2011: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Transnational Criminals was in response to the rise in crime by specific organizations: Los Zetas (Mexico), The Brothers’ Circle (former Soviet Union countries), the Yakuza (Japan), and the Camorra (Italy).

          May 16, 2012: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Persons Threatening the Peace, Security, or Stability of Yemen addressed political unrest within the Yemen government.

          March 16, 2014: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine was in response to the Russian invasion of Crimea.

          April 3, 2014: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons With Respect to South Sudan was in response to the ongoing civil war.

          May 12, 2014: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Central African Republic was in response to violence towards humanitarian aid workers.

          March 8, 2015: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela was in response to human rights violations.

          April 1, 2015: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities was in response to Chinese cyber attacks on the U.S.

          Nov 23, 2015: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Burundi was declared after a failed coup.

          And at least three declared by Trump since taking office . (It isn’t always clear what he’s declaring):

          Dec 20, 2017: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption imposed sanctions on the Myanmar general for his role persecuting Rohingya Muslims.

          Sept 12, 2018: The National Emergency With Respect to Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election attempted to prevent any meddling with the 2018 midterm elections amid the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

          Nov 27, 2018: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Nicaragua was declared by President Trump in response to violence and the Ortega regime’s “systematic dismantling and undermining of democratic institutions and the rule of law” that constitutes an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

          And according to CNN ( no lover of Trump), 58 national emergencies have been legally declared since the National Emergency Act of 1976 was signed into law by President Gerald Ford, and 31 of these “national emergencies” have been annually renewed and are currently still in effect, as listed in the Federal Register — and not a single one of them has led to any kind of “constitutional crisis.”

          (Gee, maybe I still have a useful purpose on this website after all — to report on conservative reality while Clarissa has an alternative life, and needs time to attend to Klara and N and her academic career! 🙂

          So I’ll be hanging around for a while, despite WordPress’ current effort to erase my name!

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          1. Aha. Definitions. None of these cases involved a president trying to subvert Constitutional processes, which is what we have with the wall. The Constitution as you know is very specific about how spending is authorized, as I’m sure you are aware. The framers were afraid of runaway spending, not realizing that Congress would be complicit in it for much of our history.

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            1. Are we seriously discussing excessive spending with the national debt standing where it is and nobody giving a damn until now? A trillion spent on wars in the Middle East, and everybody cheering and not wanting it to stop. Enormous handouts to the creators of the global economic crisis of 2008, and nobody cared. And all of a sudden this is worse?

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            2. “None of these cases involved a president trying to…”

              Okay, I’ll admit that none of those cases involved a president stupid enough to say out loud, “This isn’t a real emergency,” while he was declaring it!

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          2. I’m sorry about WordPress. It goes nuts once in a while, and there’s honestly nothing I can do.

            As for the national emergencies, that’s exactly what I’m talking about. They are truly not that big of a deal. I’d suggest people ask themselves where and why they have heard otherwise. There is an enormous propaganda on this subject when in reality the issue is utterly trivial. There is absolutely nothing unusual in either the emergency or the wall. Both have been done already. And mini cared.

            People laugh at the easily manipulatable Trump voters, but I’m not seeing much difference on the other side.

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        2. I can’t believe you just compared a spoiled rich boy snowflake with Lincoln, FDR and Nixon. Who is Trump, then? Mahatma Gandhi? At least, he achieved something in life, while Beto only managed to marry rich.

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        1. Are we honestly, really doubting his capacity to draw and hold a crowd? Is he not sitting in the White House because of this capacity? And isn’t Beto sitting at home with his rich wife?

          Discounting the opponent is not a good strategy. I thought we learned this lesson in 2016.

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              1. “a reasonable, calm person with a sense of humor. Somebody mainstream and relatable. Maybe a bit grandfatherly.”

                The ONLY potential Democratic candidate who meets all of the criteria you list is Biden. That’s a pretty narrow field!

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