“I don’t know how Jeremy Corbyn could have lost. He announced his pronouns and everything!” — British spoofer ‘Titania McGrath’
These are hard times for our liberal, progressive and socialist acquaintances. Christian compassion would dictate we conservatives show sympathy in this Christmas season. Maybe next week.
This morning, House Judiciary Democrats helped re-elect Donald Trump by voting to impeach for the most gossamer of reasons. Even after weeks of hearings and headlines, voters in this swing state of Wisconsin reject impeachment by 52 to 40%, according to the Marquette Law School poll that just came out 12-12-19.
Pip pip and cheerio!
Across the pond, Trump’s blond, tousle-haired doppelganger Boris Johnson and his Conservatives won bigly. They routed Jeremy Corbyn’s hard socialist Labour party by doing what Trump did here in the Colonies: capturing working class Joe and Jill Lunchbucket. Labour won its smallest number of seats since 1935, while Johnson’s Conservatives won 80 more seats than all the other parties combined — an absolute majority, no coalitions necessary, thank you.
“This election couldn’t be more stark,” The Nation magazine wrote one week before British voting. [A choice] between the nativist, hard-right, hard-Brexit Conservatives and Corbyn’s Labour Party, which has produced the most radical left policy platform the nation has seen in decades.”
Remind anyone of Bernie and Fauxahontas?
Labour’s ambitious manifesto commitments to re-nationalize key public services, tax the wealthy, and finance a “Green Industrial Revolution” (the British version of the Green New Deal) to ward off climate catastrophe read less like a program for political revolution than like an ever-expanding wish list of promises that were never meant to be kept.
… The party’s left … got started on purges early, … even removing democratically selected candidates who were deemed insufficiently devoted to the Dear Leader. — D.D. Guttenplan, editor of The Nation and a member of the British Labour Party.
The conservative victory was also a victory over the Corbyn party’s hideous stew of rank anti-semitism. National Review observes that, under Corbyn’s watch, “Labour became a party in which anti-semitism started to have free rein. … Former London mayor and Corbynite Ken Livingstone seemed to blame the “Jewish vote” for Corbyn’s defeat last night (12-12-19), despite the fact that Jews are less than one percent of the population of the U.K.”
Even David Leonhardt at the NY Times had to admit, “the intellectual leftism offered by Johnson’s Labour opponent, Jeremy Corbyn, isn’t a winning message in many places.” Many, many places. Not just the U.K. but Poland, Bolsonaro’s Brazil, Hungary, Italy, Modi’s India, Japan, and Israel. Bolivia. Welcome to the club!
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Jonathan Chait does a service by reminding readers of New York magazine that Labour’s old-style socialism was a beacon for America’s pinkoes.
• “Only Socialism Can Defeat Trumpism,” by Nicole Aschoff and Bhaskar Sunkara, The Nation, November 2016
• “Jeremy Corbyn’s Success is a Model for American Progressives,” by James Downie, Washington Post, June 2017
• “Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn Might Create a Revolution,” Robert Borosage, The Nation, April 2019
Blaska Policy Werkes must add our own John Nichols. The press agent for Bernie Sanders wrote on June 13, 2017:
• “I have been very impressed by the work that Corbyn has done and the campaign that he is running [in that year’s election] and I wish him the very best,” the senator [Sanders] declared in a speech at the Brighton Festival.
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the Michigan race-baiter, blasted white supremacy after the recent New Jersey shooting targeting Jews, which was perpetrated by Black Hebrew Israelites. “This is heartbreaking. White supremacy kills,” the Michigan Democrat said Thursday in response to the shooting in a now-deleted tweet. Irony alert: Only a day after President Trump takes a firm stand against the growing anti-semitism on our college campuses.
Exiled Bolivian corruptocrat Evo Morales is ordering room service in Beuenos Aires (after leaving Mexico followed by a stopover in Cuba, of course), jonesing for those addictive coca leaves they grow back home for the worldwide cocaine market.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: This is convergence on a worldwide scale. Maggie Thatcher’s 1979 victory presaged Ronald Reagan’s triumph a year later; both ushering in a new era of prosperity. Indeed, the British pound jumped with joy this morning. Johnson’s victory suggests that nationalism and conservatism has strong winds in its back.