The speed with which the Beto Bubble burst is an indictment of the Ted Cruz re-election campaign. Beto is an empty suit. He was always an empty suit and Cruz should have been able to dispense with him in short order. Instead, Cruz spent most of the campaign AWOL while Beto was covering the state of Texas with iconic campaign signs. When Ted finally showed up it was with the lame slogan “Tough As Texas” and no clear message as to why he deserved re-election. During a telephone conference call with Republican voters I attended, Cruz was asked to list his accomplishments while in office. He responded by mentioning that he passed legislation awarding the Purple Heart to the victims of the Fort Hood terrorist attack and obtained federal disaster aid for areas ravaged by hurricane Harvey. The Great Tea Party Hope of Texas had nothing to show as far as rolling back Obamacare, tackling illegal immigration or reining in the federal government.
When women came forward alleging that Joe Biden touched them inappropriately, I was among those who declared his candidacy dead before taking off. My colleague, David Smith, took the opposite view. He declared that Democrats couldn’t care less about the allegations and confidently predicted that Biden would join the presidential race. I was wrong and he was right. Within a few weeks, the allegations disappeared from the headlines just as suddenly as they first appeared. Biden entered the presidential race and he has been enjoying growing support, if the polls are to be believed.
I usually don’t give up anything for Lent but this year I made an exception. Many of my readers, lately, have complained that I was too negative on Donald Trump - some even accused me of being “unhinged”. To give everyone a respite, I decided to give up criticizing the president for Lent - a much tougher task than I realized. Nevertheless, the self-imposed censorship has turned out to be extremely positive. The fighting with my readers has virtually disappeared. It has forced me to broaden my horizons and that has led me to joining the #YangGang (I will be writing more on this subject). It has also forced me to find positive aspects of the Trump presidency besides saving the country from the Hillary Clinton. One such aspect is ending the Reagan Era in Republican politics.
If Senator Sasse was really interested in saving the lives of viable babies, he would not have introduced such a narrow bill. He would have introduced legislation that required the delivery of a fetus once it reaches viability. If fetus is able to live outside the womb (albeit with medical assistance), the argument that a woman has the right to control her body is moot. The pro-choice argument “her body, her choice” no longer applies since her body is no longer needed. Instead, Sasse opted for virtual signaling and, unfortunately, pro-lifers followed his lead and basked in perceived moral superiority while denouncing the “evil baby killing pro-aborts” who opposed the bill.
Whether Donald Trump will face impeachment or be allowed to hobble along until the end of his term, also doesn’t matter. The Mueller investigation has successfully blocked the populist agenda he ran on. It has forced Trump into becoming another conventional Republican president bragging about tax cuts, military spending and Wall Street getting richer. The bold talk about draining the swamp and returning power to the people has been replaced with advocating for regime change in Venezuela. The status quo has re-established its firm grip on Washington while Trump is busily trying to fool his supporters into believing that bollard fencing paid by our taxes is the same as a concrete wall paid by Mexico.
Carlson exhibits a very nascent understanding of the situation. He criticizes not the MAGA agenda but the failure of its primary messenger at implementing it. Further, he rightly recognizes that the president, his administration and the MAGA movement have faced tremendous opposition right from election night two years ago. As it became clear that the procession of Hillary Clinton from Democratic nominee to president-elect had been stopped, forces on both sides of the proverbial aisle, whether conspiring or Democrats taking an active and Republicans a passive role, “withdrew into a defensive crouch,” as Carlson put it, to oppose the new administration’s agenda.