Transgender high school student Gavin Grimm poses in front of his home in Gloucester, Va., Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. A Virginia school board is expected on Monday to formally ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case brought by a transgender teen who wants to use the boys restroom at school. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

An Overplayed Hand

Whenever Republicans take control of government, the left, led by the editorial page of the New York Times, cautions the GOP on overplaying its hand. There are those who disagree, therefore the GOP should tread carefully and cautiously.

But when the Democrats take power, the left decides they can put the pedal down and go full steam ahead. Over the past eight years, in particular, the left has decided its ideas were no longer up for debate. If you disagreed with them, you were either standing on the wrong side of history or standing in the way of history. Opposition was bigotry and racism.

Taking on religious fervor, the left decided boys could become girls at will. They decided those boys could go into the girls’ bathroom at will. They decided they could lie with impunity about keeping your doctor. They could ignore and spin the ramifications of a bad healthcare bill hurting lower middle class families. They overthrew democratic choices on gay marriage in favor of five black robed masters imposing their version of morality on the country. They put people out of work as they pursued environmental regulation with messianic zeal.

It all came back to bite them in the butt last night. In their religious fervor for progressive, secular advancement, they caused culturally conservative blue collar voters and Christians to perceive an existential threat. And the exit polling, for however good it is, shows a sizable number of hispanic voters felt under assault as well and went with Trump.

The left overplayed its hand across the board. Even if the exit polling is wrong, that it detected more than sixty percent of voters wanting a more conservative direction for the country is striking. Even with adjustments made to the exit polling, more than half the country wants a more conservative direction.

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