Happy post-election 2021, fellow voters!
When the 2020 election returns came in I celebrated, in America Rises Up to Crush the Left, a center-right triumph. Democratic primary voters already had picked their least leftist option, Joe Biden.
In the general election, no Blue Wave about which progressives had ardently fantasized appeared. The voters cut the Dem House majority by 13 instead of providing the 15 added seats of progressive fantasy.
We voters gave the Senate Democrats a bare 50-50. That empowered Sens. Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sinema, D-Ariz., to heroically resist the taxing, borrowing and spending binge for which the Democrats’ lunatic fringe clamored.
The left called all this “catastrophic.”
Moreover, we annoying voters turned over control of many state legislatures to the Pachyderms, allowing the center right, not the left (as they had planned!), to gerrymander the House.
The left deemed this “disastrous.”
The right quickly descended into a ludicrous orgy of “we wuz robbed!” snowflakery, victimhood previously having been the pathetic m.o. of the left, not us. In 2020 the left went into full “Ding dong, the witch is dead” upon dispatching President Trump.
Both parties missed the real point.
We voters crave a center-right government. (As Senator and, maybe, God willing, future president, Manchin himself shrewdly notes.)
Instead of running with this fact, the Pachyderms focused on enacting measures to make it slightly harder for Democratic-leaning voters to vote, calling it “ballot security.” Isn’t it pretty to think so?
The Donks tried (and failed) to pass federal legislation making it slightly easier for presumably Democratic-leaning voters to vote, conjuring imaginary “voter suppression.” Political theater!
Progressives then overplayed their hand, pushing hard for a multi-trillion-dollar pink pork barrel social spending bill, fantasizing that the Dems didn’t move far enough left fast enough. Facepalm!
Neither party learned the lesson. What lesson?
We pesky voters crave a Goldilocks Government.
Not too hot.
Not too cold.
Just (center) right.
As for 2021, consider the aphorism of the late Rep. L. Mendel Rivers (D-S.C.), “There's no education in the second kick of a mule.” Still, we voters generously administered a second kick.
Heeding my admonitions at The Freedomist, here and there, to Send a Message, voters ran the table in Virginia, returning Democratic Establishment Terry McAuliffe to obscurity, electing the center-right Glenn Youngkin governor. Virginia voters ran the table, electing Winsome Sears, a Black, gun-totin’, Republican, woman Lieutenant Governor and Jason Miyares, a Hispanic Republican, attorney general.
Hey, let’s give the left some of that diversity it craves … good and hard. I’ve long argued that the ethnic Dems and progressive Dems are fundamentally different.
Progressives attack, while people of color aspire to join, the middle class. Hey GOP?
Nominate more people of color and win.
In 2021 the Pachyderms flipped seven seats in the Virginia House of Delegates, gaining control there. The Virginia Senate wasn’t on the ballot. Its Augean stables await 2023 for cleanup.
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, the Republican GOP candidate for governor came within nanometers of unseating the Democratic incumbent. Their second most powerful Democrat, the president of the New Jersey Senate, got dispatched by a truck driver, Edward Durr, who spent $153 on his campaign.
To put a cherry on top of 2021, h/t to Dan Mitchell, the voters of the deep blue Washington state overwhelmingly approved a (nonbinding) resolution to repeal the state’s new capital gains tax. Hello, Democrats?
Lights on. Nobody home!
The progressives are blaming their loss on Joe Biden not having moved hard left enough fast enough. Hey, Mendel Rivers was right about no education in the second kick of a mule.
Thus, I hereby formulate Benko’s Law: “The education’s in the third and fourth kicks of the mule.”
The politicos seem unclear on this “center right” concept. So, in 2022 we pesky voters will simply apply a third kick.
We’ll shove a 40-or-more seat turnover in the House, restoring a Republican majority there. For good measure we might even pick off an off-base Senate Dem or two, turning the U.S. Senate Republican again.
That third kick is unlikely to register in the progressive mind. Progressives establish “reality by consent rather than proof,” to steal Stephen T. Asma's astute formulation.
Then ... on to the fourth kick. The Democrats’ shrewdest analyst, David Shore, is predicting a Democratic “Götterdämmerung” in 2024: the loss of seven Democratic Senate seats.
If so, adding in the one Senate seat the GOP might pick up in '22 plus the votes of Manchin and Sinema, this could give President Youngkin a veto-proof majority. Would that, at long last, restore decency, even sanity, to politics?
Maybe the system is working. Maybe the fourth kick’s the charm.
So, let’s put Benko's Law to the test. “The education’s in the third and fourth kick of the mule.”
Ralph Benko, co-author of "The Capitalist Manifesto" and chairman and co-founder of "The Capitalist League," is the founder of The Prosperity Caucus and is an original Kemp-era member of the Supply-Side revolution that propelled the Dow from 814 to its current heights and world GDP from $11T to $88T. Read Ralph Benko's reports — More Here.
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