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Jerry Shenk


'Jane's Law' Explains GOP Inaction

by Jerry Shenk
 

Elected officials and the faithful core of both political parties are busy corroborating Jane’s Law: “The devotees of the party in power are smug and arrogant. The devotees of the party out of power are insane.”

To witness the American left’s political insanity, simply turn on CNN, MSNBC, ESPN or read the NY Times and Washington Post.

The Democratic Party has no effective national leader, no serious agenda and no clue how to win back voters who sent a political outsider to the White House. America remains a melting pot of races, ethnicities and ideas, but Democrats pander to “victimized” single-interest groups in “need” of government deference and assistance.
Trailing in fundraising, Democrats’ internal weaknesses make it impossible to take advantage of relentless media attacks on the president.
Insanely, Senator Elizabeth Warren, a likely 2020 presidential candidate who, despite their anti-cop violence and anti-Semitism, supports Black Lives Matter, wants Democrats to unite on open borders, single-payer government health care, free college, federally-funded pre-K, and a job-killing $15-an-hour minimum wage.
Considering the left’s present trajectory, it’s certainly possible, but it will take some serious psychoses to exceed the nuttiness of Howard Dean, former Democratic presidential candidate and National Committee chairman, who declared, “If you vote Republican in 2018, you're a racist.”

Face it, Democrats: Barrel. Bottom. Scraped. Dean effectively admitted that the Democrats’ political quiver contains nothing but gratuitous insults.

However, because they have been dismissive of and openly hostile to conservative voters who produced GOP legislative majorities, smug, arrogant, elected Republicans-in-power have problems of their own.

Neither smug nor insane, political conservatives are the odd group out. Having viewed them as the lesser of two evils, conservatives are largely responsible for putting Republicans in power, but few elected in-state and Washington Republicans are truly conservative. Too many make the right campaign noises, then, following election/reelection, abandon promises made to attract conservative votes.

If state and national Republican officials fail to honor their 2016 campaign promises, they may face an inflection point among conservatives who conclude that Republican rhetoric was predicated on a belief that Hillary Clinton would win. Then, GOP congressional majorities could have passed anything in the expectation that, as happened during the Obama years, presidential vetoes would provide political cover for their failures.

That cynical insincerity is evident now that congressional Republicans have a willing GOP president. Republican majorities have passed nothing of consequence. They even failed at repealing Obamacare, something they promised for seven years, passed in 2015 and campaigned on in 2016.

Institutional, big-government Republicans are foolishly pushing back at disgruntled conservatives, condescendingly expressing impatience with, even anger at conservatives who refuse to pay obeisance and write checks to already-indebted hacks who won’t take their side in fights.

Blogger Ace of Spades noted, “Our elites are fixated on how disappointed they are with the tawdry public precisely because that allows them to avoid examining their own colossal failures.”

Smug, arrogant, elected Republicans may not examine their own inadequacies, but conservative voters see them clearly.

http://www.ldnews.com/story/opinion/2017/09/06/janes-law-explains-gop-inaction/637314001/


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