Destroying the police station was ‘a beautiful thing’
A good Madison liberal worries (for that they most certainly DO!) that “another four years of President Donald Trump is possible if people continue to vilify all police, demand that our jails be emptied, shout down and threaten anyone who disagrees, and cause disruption during a very, very disruptive pandemic.”
Even Mark Pocan gets it. The progressive congressman from Madison WI (he lives out in the country now but that doesn’t make him John Denver) urged rioters to cool it by appealing to rank partisanship: keep it up and you will re-elect Donald Trump. They may be more right than they know.
Politico is reporting that outside of the Washington D.C. bubble:
“GOP officials see Trump on glide path to reelection.”
Interviews with more than 50 state, district and county Republican Party chairs depict a version of the electoral landscape that is no worse for Trump than six months ago — and possibly even slightly better. According to this view, the coronavirus is on its way out and the economy is coming back. Polls are unreliable, Joe Biden is too frail to last, and the media still doesn’t get it. …
“The further and further the Democrats tack left, and the further you get to where it’s the defunding the police,” said Scott Frostman, GOP chairman in Wisconsin’s Sauk County, which Obama won easily in 2012 but flipped to Trump four years later. “I think we have the opportunity as Republicans to talk to people a little bit more about some common sense things.”
“The last time rioters burned and looted cities across the nation, they propelled Richard Nixon into the White House,” the Boston Herald observes. “This time they may help President Trump stay there.”
Defund the Police means just that
“Disband[ing] the police department would only be a first step toward full abolition,” The Nation magazine advises. It would lead to …
ending all forms of policing, evictions, imprisonment, courts, and racial capitalism. …
I cannot recall another time when protesters took over and burnt down a police station. It was an unprecedented and beautiful moment in the annals of rebellion in this country. By seizing the cops’ home base, rioters showed millions of people that they could defeat the police.
Milwaukee is on board. Eleven of the 15 members of the Milwaukee Common Council are directing the city’s budget director to cut the police budget by 10 percent. (Madison will follow suit. Count on it.) Never mind that homicides in Milwaukee are up 105% over a year ago. (Probably due to racism.)
Helping matters is Joe Biden’s decrepitude. Which is why his vice presidential choice is life or death. The Hard Left demands a fellow traveler like Stacey Abrams over, say, Amy Klobuchar. The social justice warriors are not good at compromise.
Trump’s original trump card, the economy, is already rebounding. Just out: U.S. retail sales soared 17.7% in May — the most on record and double forecasts.
Blaska’s Final Word: Never under-estimate the ability of the Left to foul its own nest.