Not If You KNOW It’s Going to Happen (and not if it happens every time)
We’ve called certain things in the past. When Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court, we said that something would come out of the woodwork from the Left to derail the nomination, with the goal of intimidating President Trump into nominating another Anthony Kennedy or David Souter.
We were right. You will never, ever, not ever go wrong predicting dirty tricks from the American Left and its political wing the Democrat Party.
I’m just a bit surprised that the “coronavirus” is out this early.
Look at it:
- The coronavirus originated in China — a nation whose leadership is deeply ticked off that President Trump implemented protectionist tariffs on Chinese goods.
- The coronavirus caused the Chinese to dramatically slow the outflow of goods and services to the rest of the world, guaranteeing a worldwide economic slowdown, even possibly a recession.
- It then spread around the world, because of the ability to travel half-way ’round the world in a day.
- It was tailor-made to crash the stock and commodities markets, one of Trump’s oft-ballyhooed accomplishments.
- Has caused in a few weeks, global economic damage that will take months or years to come back from.
- Caused a global phenomenon that the Democrats can all blame on Trump.
Look at it this way, if the coronavirus thing had not happened, the Democrats and the American Left and the media would have had to fabricate one.
The following is also true: If the coronavirus is real, and the President’s name were Clinton, it would be no big deal. We all know it.
Why? Remember two names: Ginsburg and Breyer
Conservatives are telling everyone, and themselves, that the Left is just okay with losing the Presidency, what they don’t want is to lose significantly in the down-ballot races. This is why they’ve maneuvered to get Bernie Sanders out of the race. They hypothesize further that with Sanders in the race, the Democrats were convinced they’d lose heavily everywhere across the country.
This is almost all incorrect.
It’s hard to put into words the catastrophe the Democrats were envisioning — before the coronavirus, that is.
Democrats were envisioning the very real possibility that Trump wins re-election and that the doddering Ginsburg and Breyer would leave their posts on the Supreme Court, unable to make it through four more long years of Trump. Both Associate Justices are ancient, but both are perfectly predictably left-wing in all the positions they take on the Court. That means that “Conservatives” (really: Constitutionalists(1)) hold an extremely tenuous 5-4 margin on the court today (Roberts-Alito-Thomas-Kavanaugh-Gorsuch vs. Sotomayor-Kagen-Breyer-Ginsburg).
The Left looks at the possibility of four more years of Trump and envisions a 7-2 constitutionalist majority on the Court… for a generation or more.
Now, think of a third name: Clarence Thomas. The Left looks with deep, deep dread upon the very real possibility of the retirement of the great Clarence Thomas, and the prospect of Thomas’ replacement by Trump being a much younger constitutionalist.
In other words, the Left is imagining the very real chance that the Supreme Court would be lost to them for the rest of their lifetimes. For, perhaps, two generations, or more.
Such a time of realignment back to the intent of the Founding Fathers would, thinks the Left, open up the prospect that huge swathes of the ill-gotten gains they’ve long made by manipulating the judiciary and the Supreme Court in the past 60 years… could be rolled back.
Mark these words well… the Left will do anything in their power to bring Trump down, in order to avoid these eventualities. They believe they must; that they have no choice whatsoever. They’ll stop at nothing. They’ll leave no tactic on the table. They’ll collude with foreign dictators. They’ll ruin as many lives as it takes to bring down Trump. Even if it means ruining, or impoverishing, or otherwise harming millions of lives by concocting a panic-driven global economic slowdown.
The real reason the Left is in the process of jettisoning Bernie Sanders is because Bernie’s his own man. He’s also a kook and a blithering idiot. The Left doesn’t care that he’s a kook… they’re kooks. The Left cares only that they can’t control Sanders. Yes, they also worried that Sanders atop the ticket might bring about a rout of Democrat candidates.
Contrary to Conservative pundits analysis, though, the Democrats will fight — hard, no-holds barred — to get Joe Biden elected. After all, once Biden becomes President, Biden won’t actually be the President. Oh, he’ll occupy the Oval Office and he’ll say stuff — heavily controlled, completely bland stuff — but others will do the day-to-day managing of the Presidency. Either the Vice-President, or top cabinet officials, or other Suslov-type eminences grises scattered throughout the Washington bureaucracy.
Furthermore, once the doddering, old, highly controllable Biden is safely ensconced in the White House, the Left won’t care if one day he just croaks. Believe me, Biden’s pick for Vice-President will be a highly reliable hard-leftist. Maybe the execrable Elizabeth Warren. They’ll be sure of that. The ostensible reason for this will be “to placate the Bernie wing of the party.” But it’ll really be simply to be sure that either the controllable Biden or a reliable left-winger occupies the Oval Office. Then, regardless of whether the the Presidency changes hands in the near and not-so-near future, the Supreme Court can be counted on to issue reliably leftist decisions… again, for possibly two generations or more.
It is impossible to overstate how much the Left wants Trump gone. It’s impossible to overstate the lengths to which they are willing to go to make that happen.
Then, on January 21, 2021, Breyer and Ginzburg will announce their retirements from the Supreme Court, “President” Biden will name two reliably leftist replacements, keeping the constitutionalist margin at the current razor-thin majority, with the possibility that Thomas might retire if he envisions eight more years of a Democrat in the White House. And our country will resume the decline that Trump had momentarily halted.
If there were no coronavirus, the Left would have to dream one up.
Furthermore, if the Left deems that this particular outbreak of the coronavirus was not sufficient to be sure that they re-claim the White House, then the Left will do another one. Just a question of what shape that one will take.
Be sure of this: In late October/early November of this year, the Left, and their political wing, the Democrat Party, want to be staring at the same thing they saw back in 2016: a sure victor on their side. Only this time, they intend to fatally wound (politically, that is) last go-round’s wild card: Donald Trump, leaving the way clear for a Biden/Warren(2) victory.
Commentators on both sides of the political divide will all be scratching their heads, wondering how did Trump go from being a sure thing for re-election in March, to a landslide loser in November?
Did they dream up this one? Not remotely out of the question. Because if they didn’t, and if it hadn’t happened, then they’d absolutely, definitely, no question about it… dream up something like it.
And they will again, if this go-round isn’t enough to bring Trump down.
(1) A “constitutionalist” is someone who believes in interpreting the Constitution of the United States as it is written. The late, great Antonin Scalia was a strict constitutionalist. The opposite of a constitutionalist is a judicial activist. A judicial activist is someone who believes that the Constitution is a “living document,” and that rulings from the Supreme Court should reflect changing times, and changing societal states of mind.
(2) Let’s see… who would be the actual Biden pick for VP? A real possibility might be last go-round’s VP pick, Tim Kaine. Almost no one blames the 2016 loss on Kaine. Here’s a thought: How about Obama? The Constitution forbids someone from being elected to the Presidency more than twice. Here’s the text of the 22nd Amendment:
Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of President more than once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
Section 2. This Article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress.
If Biden were to pick Obama as his Vice-President, and if the elderly Biden were to die in office, Obama would become the President, and he would still have been elected only twice.
Presumably, based on the text of the amendment, Obama could never run for election to the Presidency again.. but he could succeed to the Presidency as many times as he wishes!
Some are speculating that Biden will name Michelle Obama as his running mate. Interesting possibility, and it would say that the Democrat Party leadership truly does believe that the American people are dumb as stumps. They might not be too far off in that estimation — after all the American public elected Barack Obama — twice! Even when they knew they’d put the mush-brained, doddering, old Biden just a heartbeat away from the Presidency! And now the people just might elect the very same mush-brained Joe Biden to the Presidency!