I can handle things! I’m smart — not like everyone says —
not dumb! I’m smart and I want respect! — Joe Biden
Stately Blaska Manor has reopened after pulling up its drawbridge due to internet chatter of possible terrorist action by Trump supporters disguised as Brandi Grayson campaign workers.
Our credo at the Policy Werkes (located in a spare bedroom) is that Republicans would be their own worst enemy if we don’t permit Democrats to have the honor.
Case in point #1: WI State Sen. Janet Bewley, a Democrat, called voters “dumb” for not voting to increase their taxes. (Actual Quote: “Perhaps that means that they’re not smart.”) A reaction to Gov. Tony Evers’ not-smart proposal to let municipalities tack on another 5% sales tax. Former Madison mayor Dave Cieslewicz has become a must-read:
“Calling their opponents dumb is a long and senseless Democratic tradition. Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Tommy Thompson, and Scott Walker were all dumb as a brick according to Democrats. Combined, that’s 38 years of dumb guys leading the state and the nation. ….
Liberal Democrats have long had a problem with condescension. If you don’t agree with them, well, you’re just not understanding your own best interests. You really should just leave decisions about your life to those smart people in the Democratic Party.”
Case #2: Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats voted last night 03-03-21 in favor of Squad Member Ayanna Pressley’s bill to lower the voting age to sweet 16 (125 to 93, including Mark Pocan, D-Dane County). Fortunately, Republicans sent it down to defeat 302-125.
Case #3: Soft on Crime! Pelosi’s Place voted 220-212 in favor of the so-called “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.” It would eviscerate qualified immunity for law enforcement, making it easier for prosecutors with months of hindsight to convict police with seconds to react. The wide-ranging legislation would also mandate data collection on police encounters, prohibit racial and religious profiling, and redirect funding to community-based policing programs like Freedom Inc. and Urban Triage.
Case #4: Buyer’s remorse. Los Angeles elected one of those Soft on Crime guys. Now they’re trying to recall district attorney George Gascón. Black and majority-Latino precincts, which Gascón won by margins of 16 and 10 percentage points … have borne the brunt of the city’s spikes in shootings (40%) and homicides (25%). Blacks and Latinos constituted 85% of 2020 homicide victims. Recent polling suggests that Democrats are most likely to throw their support behind candidates “with conservative views on crime, policing, and public safety.” (More here.)
Case #5 Election chicanery: U.S. House Democrats by 220-210 (Pocan again) enshrined the chaos of the 2020 election into law (which, optimistically, will be deep-sixed by the U.S. Senate). (More here.) Democrats would nationalize elections with:
- Mail-in voting for all voters in all states, no question asked.
- 15 days of early voting.
- Online voter registration up to and including on election day.
- Third-party ballot harvesting.
- Taxpayer campaign financing.
- No voter ID.
- No updating voter lists.
- No signature matching for mail-in ballots.
Case #6: Village of the Damned: “Woke excess causes minority voters to flee the Democrat(ic) party. The cultural views of elite white liberals are not popular with many minorities.” — Reason magazine.
Case #7: The sell-by date.
• “Trump didn’t lose because voters wanted higher taxes, more regulation or open borders. He lost because he drove away millions of voters who approve of his policies but did not approve of him.” — conservative columnist Mark Thiessen.
• Daniel Henninger in the Wall Street Journal: “Mr. Trump’s insistence that he is the personification of Trumpism maybe an impediment to achieving Trumpism’s goals.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: We can continue to play Pelosi’s game and make Trump the issue or we can move forward and make Nancy, the Squad, and Mark Pocan the issue.