Retail, before Amazon, was said to be all about location, location, location. Politics remains timing — and location. Location, because you’re not going to turn Madison into Trump company. But timing? Sometimes events break your way. Like, two weeks before the mid-term elections: The Caravan.
It’s a Huge Story!
You know Democrats are in trouble when professional Trump basher David Leonhardt of the New York Times resorts to scolding his fellow Democrats.
Leonhardt frets that his beloved party is missing the zeitgeist of the moment; that being the caravan from Honduras headed straight for Brownsville, Texas. Donald Trump says Thank You for reminding voters of The Wall!
Leonhardt wishes Democrats would quit focusing on health care “like a laser.”
“Democrats are focused like a laser on health care and will not be diverted.” — Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
Leonhardt: “This strikes me as wishful thinking. The caravan is a huge story. It led the NBC Nightly News broadcast yesterday, to take one example. Politicians in the final two weeks of a campaign can’t persuade people to ignore a huge story.”
As the President himself would say: “Huu-uge!” Mr. Leonhardt, give your party more credit! They’re ignoring the robust economy! They’re ignoring the re-set with N. Korea! They’re ignoring the defeat of ISIS! Even so, the sophisticated devices here at the Policy Werkes detects beaucoup de angst and a bucket of flop sweat at the NY Times, occasioned by the palpable uptick in Republican prospects since their meltdown in l’affaire Kavanaugh.
“It makes Democrats sound squishy and insecure on immigration,” Leonhardt wails. David, that’s because they are! “It makes it sound as if Democrats aren’t really sure whether they believe that this country should have immigration laws.” Mr. Leonhardt, that’s because they don’t!
The Times columnist, proficient scribbler that he is, offers some royalty-free boilerplate for use in Democratic campaign statements that sounds an awful lot like Trump on the stump:
This is a country of laws. We are not going to admit thousands of undocumented immigrants traveling in a caravan. We do not have open borders. But …
But, but, but. You knew there had to be a “but” to counteract all that fake resolve. So Leonhardt would have his Democrats prattle on about “a country of compassion” and we’re worried about all those kids. Are they getting their colorful, animal-shaped vitamins?
Timing, timing, timing. You don’t march 5,000 people one thousand miles without a heckuva lot of financial and logistical support. The Wall Street Journal connects the dots to Honduras’ Libre party, an ally of Venezuela and Cuba (and Barack Obama, for that matter). The irony is that The Caravan will force Mexico to enforce its own borders.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Donald Trump remains petty, boorish and mean. “The Wall” would be the greatest boondoggle since the Maginot Line. But once again Democrats, arrogant and out of touch, have been undone by their own fecklessness. PREDICTION: Republicans hold the House (barely) and pick up a couple seats in the Senate.
Still want to abolish I.C.E., Democrats?