So said Mr. Dooley in 1895. Dooley was a character in a series of sketches by humorist Finley Peter Dunne. The Democrats could use Mr. Dooley.
They had their heads handed to them politically again this week. This should be a great time to be a Democrat. The babbling criminal fool in the White House is the most unpopular president in the history of approval polls, except in his own feeble mind. The Republican Congress can’t accomplish anything, because they need the votes of a few “moderates” in the Senate and any bill that meets with their approval will not get the approval of the right wing of the party, which still believes President Obama is a Kenyan. The Mueller investigation is building a case for, at the very least, obstruction of justice charges against the President. Why can’t the Democrats gain any traction?
Because Democrats have a fundamental weakness. They care about people. They care about racial injustice. They care about sexual abuse. They want to use government to help people.
The Republicans want to win.
Not only do they want to win, but they want to punish anyone who dares take them on. That’s why they’re working on a tax bill that is not only the usual GOP giveaway to the wealthy, but specifically singles out Democratic states like New York and penalizes them by making state and local taxes no longer deductible. That’s why they are still trying to have Bill and Hillary Clinton charged with imaginary crimes.
Accused Democratic sex abusers Senator Al Franken and Congressman John Conyers? Gone. Accused Republican sex abuser Roy Moore? Most likely the next Senator from Alabama. “Let the people decide” says the party of Lincoln. I don’t recall them saying that during the 2000 Florida recount. Franken will quickly be replaced by the Governor of Minnesota with another Democrat. Conyers will quickly be replaced……..no wait, he won’t. You see, the Governor of Michigan is Republican Rick Snyder. He has announced Conyers’ seat will remain empty until an election is held in 11 months. Why? Because Snyder is a Republican. He doesn’t care if some of his constituents have no representation in Congress for 11 months. He cares about winning. One party believes sexual abuse is inexcusable, no matter who does it. The other thinks it’s no big deal.
Why isn’t the gross misconduct of the GOP resonating with the American people? Because the Republican party took control of the message machinery a long time ago. First came Rush Limbaugh and the rise of right wing talk radio. There is no left wing talk radio. In small towns all across America every day, people turn on their radios and hear that Hillary Clinton is a criminal and we should “lock her up.” That the Mueller investigation is a partisan witch hunt, and most importantly of all, that anything they hear that tells them otherwise is “fake news.” It’s brilliant really. The more the media do their job and report the cynicism and hypocrisy of the Republicans, the more it reinforces the idea among the base that their reporting can’t be trusted. Then there’s Fox News, which not only is a wholly-controlled propaganda arm of the GOP, but frighteningly, has the ear of the president. Fox and Friends says it this morning, it’s Trump administration policy this afternoon.
What’s the answer? Democrats need to speak up and the legitimate news media need to report the truth. Tell the American people that the party that thought using budget reconciliation to pass Obamacare was an outrage thinks it’s OK to pass their tax plan. That the party that thought a consensual sex act between adults was cause to impeach a president don’t believe that any more. That one political party passes laws specifically designed to make it harder for the other party’s voters to vote. That just because the president is a Democrat doesn’t mean he can’t name Supreme Court Justices. That it’s not OK to scheme with an unfriendly foreign nation to tip the presidential election your way because your man has business interests in that nation. That our nation is best served when voters have accurate information about the positions of each party when they go to the polls.
There’s still time to save ourselves, but the window is closing.