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Sluggish GOP Partly to Blame for Biden Success

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Martin Sherman By Friday, 27 November 2020 10:22 AM EST Current | Bio | Archive

This is the second part of a two-part essay – for part one, see here.)

"When they go low, we kick them … That's what this new Democratic Party is about." --Eric Holder, former US Attorney General (2009-2015) in the Obama administration

As underscored in Part I, for any fair-minded person, even one, who, for some reason harbors a deep personal animus toward Donald J. Trump, the conduct and the resultant outcome of this month's presidential elections ought to be deeply troubling …

However, not all the blame for the results of the presidential elections can be attributed to the external animus of the political adversaries and their comrades-in-arms. To the contrary, considerable fault must be found with the inherent lethargy and sluggishness that seems to plague the GOP.

Arguably, the starkest illustration of this is the snail-paced progress in the completion of the Durham report and the excruciating wait for its publication — now delayed until after the November elections — with any potential political impact largely defused, if not indefinitely curtailed.

Justice delayed is justice denied … possibly for good

Some have suggested that by refraining from pre-election release of the inquiry, the Department of Justice wished to avoid accusations that its probe was "political" and was adhering to an unwritten "60 day rule," according to which federal prosecutors should refrain from indicting political candidates, or taking "overt" steps in investigating candidates within 60 days of an election.

But as Andrew McCarthy argues, the application of this informal and unwritten rule would be highly inappropriate. Indeed, not publishing its findings prior to the elections was in itself a political act, in that it would preclude highly pertinent information from voters, potentially crucial in making their decision as to for whom to cast their vote.

Accordingly, the findings of an inquiry of almost 20 months into whether the Democratic party mechanism was involved in colluding with a foreign power to tip the 2016 election, defrauding the FISA court that helped launch a specious special counsel probe, resulting in the squandering of thousands of work hours and tens of millions of taxpayer dollars seems something voters ought to be aware of before they make their way to the ballot box.

Caustically, McCarthy remarks: "Now, the ‘60-day rule' is translated: "Don't dare bring any cases or make any disclosures that could cast the Obama administration in a bad light."

Moreover, some Justice Department officials expressed concern that if Durham's work were not completed while Trump is still in office, the investigation could well be shuttered in some future Biden administration — with justice then not only being delayed, but permanently denied.

Transforming America into a de-Americanized post-America?

It is important to realize that the central point being made here goes beyond — and precedes — the question of whether it was large-scale voter fraud that brought Biden the electoral results he attained.

While cognizant of the considerable difficulties facing a Trump re-election bid, this does not diminish the imperative for the GOP to prevail. The party needs to urgently hone its skills in waging political warfare, especially with the upcoming twin runoffs in Georgia that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Ironically — or ominously? — it was in Georgia in 2018, where Eric Holder, former U.S. Attorney General (2009-2015) in the Obama administration proclaimed — to the applause and cheers of the audience — at a Democratic rally: "When they go low, we kick them … That's what this new Democratic Party is about."

The GOP would do well to heed these bellicose words and draw the commensurate conclusions from them.

After all, winning both the runoffs in January (early voting begins mid-December) is the only thing that can prevent the Democrats from making a clean sweep of the White House, the House and the Senate.

With a cardboard cutout for president, it is the only thing that can prevent people driven by a political credo, forged by figures and ideas not only different from, but entirely contrary to, those that made America, America, from usurping the reins of unrestrained power.

It is, indeed, the only thing that can prevent them from transforming America into a de-Americanized post-America — an unrecognizable shadow of its former self.

Badminton rules in a pro-football game?

To achieve this critically important aim, the Republicans must — to quote former speaker, Newt Gingrich — understand that they cannot achieve victory in the political game by continuing to play by badminton rules on a pro-football field.

They must realize that it is time to stop bringing ineffectual knives to what is essentially a ruthless gunfight.

There is just too much at stake to give any quarter …

Dr. Martin Sherman is the founder and executive director of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies, dedicated to the preservation and propagation of joint values shared by the USA and Israel as embodied in the U.S. Constitution and Israel's Declaration of Independence. He served for seven years in operational capacities in the Israeli Defense establishment and acted as a ministerial adviser to Yitzhak Shamir's government. Sherman lectured for 20 years at Tel Aviv University in Political Science, International Relations and Strategic Studies. He holds several university degrees — B.Sc. (Physics and Geology), MBA (Finance) and PhD in political science/international relations. He was the first academic director of the internationally renowned Herzliya Conference and has authored two books as well as numerous articles and policy papers on a wide range of political, diplomatic and security issues. He was born in South Africa and has lived in Israel since 1971. Read Martin Sherman's Reports — More Here.

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Not all the blame for the results of the presidential elections can be attributed to the external animus of the political adversaries and their comrades-in-arms.
Friday, 27 November 2020 10:22 AM
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