Back at the end of 2013, I wrote a post about how political pundits don’t understand politics. More specifically, how political parties are actually structured and work. It’s somewhat (but not very) forgivable when it comes to them, because they’re used to thinking the “movers and shakers” of the party are based in Washington. I was reminded of that post when I read an article at Newsweek by Kurt Eichenwald about the myths that Democrats swallowed. I recommend reading it, but it matches what I saw a lot this past year, and more specifically, it’s been an ongoing feature of the frustrati, or the Purity Left for years. It’s why they’re destructive instead of constructive, and why they never achieve any of their goals, hence, my labeling them “the frustrati.”
It’s been seven years since I started this blog, and a lot has changed since then, and not just in my posting frequency. Back in late 2009, I was involved in a lot of discussions at a now-defunct blog on strategy about how we would turn New York into a “solid Blue” state, taking the the only two remaining Republican House seats left in the state. Look at the map after this last election? It’s almost solid Red. There are a couple of blue spots, but that’s it. Sure, there’s a majority of the seats still held by Democrats – mostly due to New York City – but outside of there, forget it. In many ways, it’s a microcosm of what we see in the country. Sure, large, very diverse cities went (or stayed) strongly Democratic, but outside of those, they switched, even in supposedly “safe” states.
For the past few weeks on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Bill has come out in his opening monologue with the statement of “Yes,this is really happening,” incredulous at the latest thing that Donald Trump has said. It’s not surprising in the sense that Trump has been saying things like this all along, in addition to lying about having said it and then turning around and saying it again. It is surprising that up until this Friday, it hasn’t shaken his support in the least, and that his polling numbers are where they are.
There are a lot of news stories this week relating to the May campaign reports, and in particular the pitiful amount of cash on hand that Donald Trump has. What’s also interesting is not just that he doesn’t have much, but that it’s also impacting the Republican Party’s campaign chest. In contrast, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party seem to be doing quite well. There’s more than a little irony in this.
Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of sports metaphors used to describe politics. Yes, I’ve done it myself, and I’m going to do it again. I’ve also noticed that the extremes in both parties tend to believe in a “Great Leader” scenario. “Elect X and they will do all these wonderful things!” When you point out that it doesn’t work that way, you’ll get dismissed as being an “in name only,” and not understanding that the Great Leader will make a speech and all will go their way. They’re thinking that politics is a one-on-one sport, like tennis, boxing, or mixed martial arts. They’re continually disappointed if the person they’ve designated as the next “Great Leader” is elected and fails to accomplish what they thought would happen. The problem is they didn’t realize that politics are a team sport.