There are no longer any rules of engagement in political warfare

Perhaps the most unusual thing about yesterday’s bizarre political landscape (which reminded me of a bad Salvador Dali print by the time it was over) was that virtually nobody in the mainstream media seemed to find it unusual. I’m speaking, of course, about the women’s march which unfolded on the National Mall and in a number of other cities. The reaction of the press was to cover these events as if it were not only the most natural and expected thing in the world, but completely justified and glorious. Steve Hendrix and Perry Stein at the Washington Post set the tone which was picked up across the journalistic spectrum.

More than 1 million people gathered in Washington and in cities around the country and the world Saturday to mount a roaring rejoinder to the inauguration of President Trump. What started as a Facebook post by a Hawaii retiree became an unprecedented international rebuke of a new president that packed cities large and small — from London to Los Angeles, Paris to Park City, Utah, Miami to Melbourne, Australia.

The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, who originally sought a permit for a gathering of 200,000, said Saturday that as many as half a million people participated.

The reporters go on to describe how the participants were “inspired” to be there and hail the marchers as, a like-minded sea of citizens who shared their anxiety and disappointment. It’s almost as if they were covering the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. But not all the action was taking place out in the streets. In the enclaves of liberal movers and shakers, announcements were going out detailing the vast sums of money being earmarked to defeat Donald Trump or at least battle him at every turn. Of course, much of the cash is coming from David Brock and his friends. (Politico)

The constellation of political groups in Democratic strategist David Brock’s network are aiming to raise roughly $40 million in 2017, the Clinton antagonist-turned-top ally told roughly 120 donors gathered here on Saturday.

Speaking shortly before a forum of the candidates for Democratic National Committee chair on the third day of his weekend conference at the Turnberry Isle golf resort, Brock told the wealthy party members that approximately half of the money would go into 501(c)(3) arms of the organizations, and the rest would be for the 501(c)(4) or super PAC sides.

And if all that wasn’t enough, liberals have already kicked off an effort to impeach the new president.

So what’s missing from all of this coverage, you might be wondering. It’s not hard to identify. There is a complete, stunning silence among the media lambs in terms of the utter rejection of the election results which is on display. Yes, there are huge numbers of people protesting and the cable news coverage is such that they allowed Madonna to drop three F-bombs on the crowd before cutting away from her foul mouthed tirade. There’s a carnival atmosphere to the whole thing, even if it’s more akin to the Carnival of the Bizarre. But here’s the question that none of us are hearing from the press…

What exactly are these people protesting?

Donald Trump had been in office for less than 24 hours when all of this kicked off. In that time, what had he done? He signed a couple of orders, one of which was a rather symbolic measure to pave the way to repeal Obamacare along with a few requests to get his cabinet picks confirmed. His team put up some new White House website pages detailing his agenda. And these are all the same agenda items which Trump and most other Republicans ran on for the entire election. In other words, nothing has really happened yet.

It’s rather sad to have to play the same old game of, Can You Imagine If A Conservative Did This, but seriously… what would the media response have been if supporters of John McCain had shut down the city before Barack Obama had even found the handle to get into the secret Oval Office bathroom in January of 2009? The charges of racism, hatred and the evils of not even giving the guy a chance would have flooded the airwaves for a solid year.

But wait, you’re probably thinking… didn’t the GOP do the same thing? Didn’t Mitch McConnell vow to make Obama “a one term president” as soon as he got in the door? Wow. I’ve been hearing that one on cable news since yesterday morning and too many times it’s allowed to hang out there unchallenged. Just in case someone brings it up to you, let’s set the record straight. When exactly did Mitch McConnell deliver that famous quote? The idea that he said it at the beginning of Obama’s presidency has been been repeated so often (including by Obama himself, Dick Durbin and prominent liberal editorialists) that it’s passed into legend, but even the WaPo’s own fact checker had to debunk it in 2012.

Mitch McConnell said that during an interview that he did with the National Journal on Oct. 23, 2010, almost exactly two years after Obama won his first election. The date should also be conspicuous because it was only a couple of weeks before the mid-term elections. McConnell was one of the top ranking members of the party out of power and he was trying to rally the conservative troops to get out and vote. (An effort he was tremendously successful at, as you may recall.) Also, in the very next answer he gave in that interview he said that if Obama pulled some sort of Clintonian shift to the middle and came up with some policy items where the two sides could meet half way, “it’s not inappropriate for us to do business with him.” And in the next answer answer after that he specifically said that he didn’t want Obama’s presidency to fail… he wanted him to change.

So no… there is no equivalency here. But as far as I can tell, the gloves are now fully off and there are no longer any rules on the political battlefield. Democrats and liberals in vast numbers are trying to destroy the Trump presidency before it’s even begun and the silence of the Fourth Estate has placed the media seal of approval on the effort. They are hoping to shut down the executive branch and are clearly willing to engage in a scorched earth policy to achieve that goal. So the next time a Democrat winds up winning the White House, you can expect the same in return. I don’t care if they elect a white man, a black woman or a transgender Latino pirate. I don’t want to hear any kvetching from MSNBC about racism, sexism or any other isms. Everyone is free to simply swamp the public square and reject the election results if they don’t like them, no matter what the next president has done or, more likely, not even had time to do.

Progressives started this phase of the war. Sadly, since there’s no way to win, nobody is going to be able to finish it.

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