We of the media, thanks to the yearning of our readers and viewers, are slaves to melodrama. Thus we fixate on the defeat of President Trump.
That's the story.
Not the takeaway.
Trump was beloved by millions (and detested by more millions). His fate is full of pathos. He fully deserves a few days basking in, per Shakespeare:
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing. ...
One doubts that Trump will be heard no more. Whether he declares himself the leader of the Government-in-Exile or founds a media company (or both) we have not heard the last of him. More on that soon.
America — the electorate, not Trump, not the GOP, not the Donks, and despite the Establishment media's shilling — crushed the left. Bravo, America! The electorate — the shareholders of the USA, as it were — retains control. Notwithstanding the pretensions of us Washington Insiders™ the voters can't be durably manipulated by us hired help.
The political class will either fail to notice or studiedly ignore this. That said, Judge Groo was right: you cannot fool all the people all the time. Take note.
Above and beyond this inconvenient truth, the crushing of the left is epic.
Is this just me reveling in my confirmation bias? Probably not. The Democratic Party primary voters crushed the hardest-left media darlings: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, along with leftish curios like Pete Buttigieg, Beto O'Rourke, and Andrew Yang, among others. It buried their leftist billionaires Mike Bloomberg (who governed New York City pragmatically but listed so far left in the presidential race he politically capsized) and Tom Steyer.
The Democratic Party voters handily chose Joe Biden, the Establishment social democrat (very different from a "Democratic Socialist," and carrying the endorsement of Frederick Hayek, one of liberty's greatest saints). Biden chose a strikingly pragmatic running mate, Kamala Harris, suavely domesticating his party's left wing during the race.
Biden, suave but nobody's patsy, will domesticate his party's left by throwing a sop or two to Cerberus. Big Reveal: The left was and is an imaginary hobgoblin.
The left's annihilation only begins there. Looks like the GOP will keep the Senate. Even if not, the Donks' failure to dominate means that the Senate crazies — I'm talkin' to you, Tammy Baldwin, Tom Carper, Mark Warner and Elizabeth Warren, the cabal boldly setting out to "fundamentally reform" capitalism — had their wings clipped good and hard.
But wait! There's more!
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was always tough on her left-wing "Squad" — hi AOC, I still love you! — is getting hippie-punched by Democratic centrists for not being hard enough. Lesson learned!
The Establishment-Media-Political-Industrial Complex took notice. The center-left-leaning The Week points out that The Left Just Got Crushed. That merry libertarian mazik Dan Mitchell collects the white flags flown by the center-left Washington Post and New York Times. The giddily leftist New York Magazine headlines The 2020 Election Brought Progressives to the Brink of Catastrophe.
I have tediously repeated that while the Progressives have grabbed the microphone the pro-capitalism labor and the ethnic left (which I noted at Newsmax last March made Biden Trump's most formidable foe) voted for Trump in, relatively speaking, droves. Progressives do not legitimately speak for workers!
The left-wing DailyKos eloquently bemoans the Donks' failure to pocket any state legislatures. This thwarts their sinister plan to counter-gerrymander the House. "Election night delivered nothing short of an unmitigated catastrophe for Democrats — and democracy — heading into the coming redistricting cycle. … Tuesday saw the GOP's edge expand to potentially four or five times as many districts as Democrats. ..."
There's far more carnage on the left but I don't wish to get penalized for unnecessary roughness. That said, the left has the resilience possessed by all fanatics, maniacs, lunatics and saints. 2020 might be a temporary setback.
Conservatives have a rare opportunity to raze the Progressive political edifice to the foundations and salt their earth. Democratic Party regulars will banish the Democratic Socialists to the Sierra Maestra. If only we conservatives could stop our internecine feuding long enough to politically eradicate the left we could make their political exile permanent.
One can dream. Alas we conservatives prefer circular firing squads to winning.
America is good. America elected a calm and pragmatic social democrat, Joe Biden, not a Democratic Socialist delightful kook. Biden is in the tradition of FDR, Harry Truman and JFK. And he will preside over a center right Congress and center right states. The calliope crashed to the ground.
Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.
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. He served as a deputy general counsel in the Reagan White House, has worked closely with the Congress and two cabinet agencies, and has published over a million words on politics and policy in the mainstream media, as a distinguished professional blogger, and as the author of the internationally award-winning cult classic book "The Websters' Dictionary: How to Use the Web to Transform the World." He has served as senior adviser, economics, to APIA as an advocate of the gold standard, senior counselor to the Chamber of Digital Commerce and serves as co-founder of and senior counselor to Frax.finance, a stablecoin venture. Read Ralph Benko's reports — More Here.
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