Theres no sign the far-left socialist radicalism surging through the Democrat Party can be put back in the bottle
By Michael Goodwin
Its a mixed marriage of a certain kind. He was a Trump supporter all along and she detested the man. But these days they agree on one big thing: The president will be re-elected. Easily.
Easily?" I asked making sure I heard them correctly.
Yes they insisted with her nodding as he said Democrats had gone bonkers and voters would respond by giving Trump four more years.
The recent Manhattan conversation would be insignificant except that it dovetails with national trends namely a growing belief that Dems are not coming back to this world anytime soon.
The election is still a long way off but there is no sign that the far-left socialist radicalism surging through the Democrat Party can be put back in the bottle before the election.
What we see now is likely what voters will see in 2020.
One of many defining moments among the presidential contenders and pretenders came with their unanimous support for giving illegal immigrants free health care. They raised their hands to signal yes as if the question was a no-brainer.
Implicit in their so-called compassion is an invitation for millions and millions more to cross the border and get free care.
Free of course except to American taxpayers.
Those first debates produced lots of news and a meaningful insight. While coverage understandably focused on which candidates were rising and which were falling a potentially more important fact was that the extreme positions taken by all the candidates made Trump the real winner.
Emerson College polling found that after the debates the president improved in head-to-head matchups against the top tier gaining about 5 points on each. As a result instead of trailing five Dems he now leads three of them and narrowed the gap with the other two Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
If Trump Derangement Syndrome were limited to the campaign trail there might be hope. But an outbreak of epidemic proportions is claiming victims up and down the food chain.
Cue the music from The Twilight Zone" and consider the case of Rep. Jerry Nadler who appears to be possessed by impeachment fever. Nadler doesnt have any evidence and doesnt need any because Trump is his white whale. We know how that story ends.
Then theres Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Squad" all of whom look more and more like rebels without a cause except their own fame. Scorned by their partys leaders they give the impression theyd rather burn it down than turn it down.
Their colleague from Missouri Rep. William Clay got it exactly right when he called them juvenile" but they dont embarrass easily. What looked like a family squabble is now turning the Hatfields vs. the McCoys.
As Dems continue to devour each other there are times when it would be wise for the president to follow the rule that you should never get in the way when your opponent is committing suicide. Because Trump is for it they must oppose it at any cost. Chalk that up as more evidence that Dems hate the president more than they care about commonsense approaches to the nations problems.
Broadly speaking Trumps focus on borders is the linchpin of his presidency and the essence of putting Americans first. His commitment which has ebbed at times was always popular with his core supporters but the appeal is spreading because of the unrelenting surge of illegal crossers and the Dems rigid opposition to any measure that could stop it.
No rational American can say the situation is acceptable yet Ocasio-Cortez was still calling it a manufactured" crisis. Similarly the widespread hysteria over the planned roundup of those with outstanding deportation orders is bizarre. If deportation orders are meaningless why bother with the expense and trouble of having a border at all?
Incredible as it seems an America without borders appears to be where the left is going with AOC the latest to say that Homeland Security should be eliminated. If she knows she doesnt care that the creation of the Cabinet-level department was in reaction to the horrors of 9/11. The measure passed the House with 68 percent of the vote and got 90 votes in the Senate with Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton among those voting aye.
But if AOC gets her way its bye-bye FEMA airport security the Coast Guard border control the Secret Service and nearly a score of other agencies.
That wont happen of course because the idea is utterly insane and because Nancy Pelosi is too smart of a speaker to let it ever come close to a vote. But even just the talk of eliminating the security designed after the worst attack in Americas history is the stuff from which landslides are made for the other party.