Who ya’ gonna believe:
James Carville or your lyin’ eyes?
It’s variously been attributed to Lenin, Goebbels, and Saul Alinsky. Maybe they all said it:
‘Accuse the other side of that for which you are guilty.’
Add Clinton-whisperer James Carville to that list of bunko artists. Mind-blowing in its audacity, the Rajin’ Cajun declares that “Democrats are the anti-crime party.” Even more preposterously: “Donald “Trump presided over the greatest crime rise in modern American history.”
Kid you not! That’s the free advice (and worth every penny) that Carville is giving to Democrats reeling from the unmistakable breakdown in public safety in Democrat-run cities in blue states across the country — shooting galleries like Chicago, St. Louis, Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York; Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Madison WI.
As if Trump didn’t try to send federal troops to protect federal courthouses under fire in Portland and suffer the blowback from Democrats nationwide. As if Minneapolis didn’t vote to defund police. As if Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Dane County WI didn’t elect Democrats who practice critical race theory instead of protecting the citizenry.
⇒ Blame Trump? May as well blame Pope Frankie One!
Carville knows that police bashing, critical race theory, and cancel culture are killing Democrats. So blame the other side of that for which you are guilty.
The shoe is pinching
“Wokeness is kryptonite for the Democrats,” says a prof at New York University as quoted by Thomas B. Edsall.
“Most people hate it, other than the progressive activists. When people are faced with a party that seems to want to defund the police and rename schools, rather than open them, all while crime is rising and kids’ welfare is falling, the left flank of the party is just so easy for Republicans to run against.”
- A USA Today/Ipsos poll in March found that voters were opposed to defunding the police 58-18%.
- Harvard/Harris in February asked, “Do you think there is a growing cancel culture that is a threat to our freedom or not?” By 64-36%, a majority of voters said they thought there was.
- Gallup last summer: 81% of black Americans and 83% of Hispanic Americans want cops to spend the same amount of time or more in their communities.
Short memories wanted
Jonath Goldberg reminds that “just four days after the founding of the Capitol Hill Autonomus Zone in Seattle, the New York Times ran a piece by Mariame Kaba, described as “an organizer against criminalization,” titled “Yes, we mean literally abolish the police.” Goldberg continues:
The headline was telling, because some liberals in the media had started to realize that they were hurting Democrats by giving this inane idea so much oxygen. …
The roll call of Democrat cities
“Many U.S. cities are led by Democrats who supported protesters’ calls to defund the police … In the last three months of 2020, homicides rose 32% in large cities.”
Minneapolis cut $8 million, Los Angeles $150 million, Baltimore $22 million, Oakland $14 million (by mid-April 41 homicides, up from 13 same period…) New York City cut $400 million (January 1 through May 23 saw 531 shootings, up from 295). (Source: Wall Street Journal) For further study:
⇒ ‘Democrats ignore crime spike at their peril.’
⇒ ‘Team Biden wants white teachers to undergo anti-racist therapy‘
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Which is why James Carville has to harken back to Bill Clinton’s anti-crime bill — enacted 26 years ago! What Carville doesn’t mention is that Joe Biden (remember him?) apologized for it during last year’s campaign: “Biden says crime bill was a mistake during ABC town hall.” (Source here.)