A disappointed supporter for Former Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., holds up her sign during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Whither the Resistance?

The Democrat Party along with the media have ratcheted up their very vocal intransigence against all things President Trump. More than one writer has wondered how long can the white heat of this fire can last before dying to a futile ember, and just how effective this fear-mongering bellicose resistance actually is. On the surface, it appears to be policy driven. A loose interpretation would be “The President and Republican’s policies and positions represent everything we oppose, and therefore are an existential threat to our vision of what America should be.”

But are the Republicans the existential threat, or is the crisis far more personal?  The late Tip O’Neil is credited with noting ” All politics is local.”, and although his reference was far different, this truism applies to Democratic opposition today. The Washington Examiner published an article today in which Democratic strategists reveal a far more pragmatic personal objective than the Democrats would have you believe.  First the narrative:

“Senate Dems may not be able to block [Trump’s nominees] but they should continue to use hearings as an opportunity to cement the narrative that Trump and his administration is one run by a dictator who is being influenced by a bunch of billionaire Wall Street people,” said Democratic strategist Bud Jackson. “The anger and fear among the Democratic grassroots base is real. They must continue the resistance on their own track.”

Having established the narrative, Brad Bannon explains the true existential threat:

“With a low turnout in an off-year congressional election, Dems must keep pushing to please the activists who will vote in 2018,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon. “The Berniecrats could do for the Dems what the Tea Party did for the GOP in 2010.”

In other words, “We’ve lost the white blue-collar voter, we can’t count on the minority vote, ergo we’re toast in 2018 unless we can continue to keep the activists agitated until then.”

Turns out all politics is local, and the Trumpian crisis is a threat. A threat to their chance of being re-elected.

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Wm. P. Fitzhenry

5th generation Texan, 2nd generation reformed Presbyterian, a twin and a serial entrepreneur.

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