04/12/2017

Democrats Are Becoming All They Claim To Hate

Noah Rothman, Commentary

It is clear now that Democrats learned all the worst lessons from the conduct of their political opponents over the course of the Obama presidency. With unchecked bitterness, Democrats have convinced themselves that the right did little more than obstruct, distract, and indulge their basest impulses for eight years. For this, they were rewarded with total control of all the levers of government in Washington. Thus, anticipating rewards, Democrats have embraced a policy of strategic incoherence with no grander objective than mollifying their base. In the process, they’ve become the very creatures they once claimed to oppose.

“Donald Trump, you didn’t win this election!” declared new Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez. Perhaps anticipating that his explicit contention that Donald Trump is an illegitimate president would yield some uncomfortable parallels, Perez preemptively defended himself. “I don’t care,” he said, “because they don’t give a s— about people.” That’s some defense.

The Democratic rallying cry that Donald Trump has no right to the office he presently occupies is an argument that hardly merits much attention. It consists entirely of the contention that he didn’t really win states no Republican presidential candidate has won in almost 30 years—Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, namely—because Russian intervention into the election might have changed how voters intended to cast their ballots. That’s at least the most lucid of the conspiracy theories rattling around bleaker corners of the liberal hive.

This is an unfalsifiable claim, as are most conspiracy theories. It can neither be proven nor denied. Republicans who do not dispute FBI Director Jim Comey’s assertion that Russia did seek to alter the course of American political events with the aim of helping Donald Trump win the White House are not wrong to note that the chaos Moscow midwifed did not prevent Hillary Clinton from dedicating time and resources to the swing states she lost. To take the Russia conspiracy theory seriously is, however, to miss the point. “Birthers” had no use for evidence to support their contention that Barack Obama was an illegitimate president, and the notion that Donald Trump’s resounding Electoral College victory simply doesn’t count is meant to be felt, not scrutinized.

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