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Media May Once Again Be Leading Dems Toward Disaster with Radical Election Law Push

AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris

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As Congress returns at the beginning of a new year, the media and Senate Democrats are kicking off 2022 with a clear plan: squeezing every bit of political juice they can out of the anniversary of January 6—and in particular, doing so to advance their extreme agenda for a federal takeover of state election laws.

Yet by pursuing this cynical exploitation of January 6—and on behalf of a cause as explosive as that of fundamentally transforming American elections—Schumer and Congressional Democrats face a genuine danger: Are they once again letting the media guide them down a radical path toward electoral disaster?

The left-wing media is clearly in full-blown propaganda mode, trying mightily to link the issue of the Democrats’ own desired election “reforms” with January 6 in Americans’ minds. A prior generation of reporters and editors would not have gone along with calling legislation, that of a power grab by one party and an attempt to control elections by a “voting rights” bill. But like the label “healthcare reform” for the blatantly false promises of Obamacare or the news brand “infrastructure bill” for partisan spending handouts or, for that matter, headlines about “evidence of Russian collusion” for the Steele Dossier, the media is showing in the election integrity controversy why its credibility with the public keeps plunging.

But if Republicans have been slow to make the point about the media running interference for the Democrats under the false flag of “voting rights,” the GOP may actually find the media push, and their own ineptitude ultimately works to their advantage, particularly in the battle for 2022 Senate seats. Just as the Critical Race Theory controversy caught Democrats by surprise and has positioned them as anti-parents’ rights as well as anti-American, the election integrity issue is also building a narrative about the Democratic Party that could badly hurt Democratic incumbents this fall.

That narrative is simply that Democrats have underway a “rule or ruin” assault on the essential institutions of American democracy – the ones that guarantee Democratic consensus, legislative compromise, personal liberty, and civil rights through separation of powers. Democrats in Congress and the progressive activists have for years now, made such “scorched earth” threats – if things don’t go their way, they will abolish the Electoral College, pack the Supreme Court, alter the U.S. Senate, destroy citizenship rights with open borders, and now, undermine the sacredness of the secret ballot through a voting bill that assaults honest and fair elections by sanctioning such practices as ballot harvesting and massive mail-in voting.

The problems here for Democrats are twofold. First, D.C. insularity prevents them from understanding the depth of the public’s concern – as shown by polling – about election integrity and the need for proper Voter ID. The second is that because media approbation easily becomes a substitute in their minds for the approval of their constituents, few Democrats can visualize their opponents next October running TV spots that show them as allies of those who seek to impose one-party rule, crush dissent, and eliminate honest elections.

Thus, with their tendency to take their lead from the media at full throttle, Democrats mindlessly echo their arguments. As the Federalist’s John Davidson noted, the New York Times editorial page breathlessly warned over the weekend that state Republican lawmakers passing election integrity laws “have been trying to advance the goals of the Jan. 6 rioters — not by breaking laws but by making them.”

According to this narrative, Democrats must seize on the anniversary of January 6 to pass their own gigantic leftist takeover of state election laws—because otherwise, somehow, the rioters win.

So far, Congressional Democrats seem to be picking up the narrative exactly on cue. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has signaled this week that his top priority is the so-called “Freedom to Vote Act.” The Freedom to Vote Act repackages many of the same policies contained in the radical H.R. 1—last year’s federal election takeover bill that became a lightning rod for provisions such as banning Voter ID nationwide and mandating that every state allow ballot harvesting, which many Republicans say is tantamount to legalizing large-scale fraud.

After a high-profile hearing where witnesses testified that H.R. 1 would undermine election integrity and place undue burdens on state and local election officials, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin pulled his support last year, effectively dooming the bill.

Now, however, Manchin and fellow moderate Kyrsten Sinema appear to be on board with the slightly revised “voting rights” version—and Schumer is using January 6 as an excuse to eliminate the filibuster to pave the way for its passage.

In a letter to Senate colleagues, Schumer justified the election power grab by essentially charging that Republicans are a threat to democracy. “The fight for the ballot is as old as the Republic,” he wrote. The Senate, he continued, will “debate and consider changes to Senate rules on or before January 17, Martin Luther King Day, to protect the foundation of our Democracy: free and fair elections.”

Schumer had also planned on using the January 6th anniversary to schedule a vote on the bill, but was forced to postpone his plans when Democrat New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez took longer than expected to recover from surgery.

The obvious truth is that neither January 6 nor the Republican legislatures’ election integrity efforts justify in any way the extreme election law changes Schumer and his fellow Democrats are pushing at the media’s behest.

The laws passed last year by many Republican state legislatures, which Schumer labels a threat to Democracy, largely attempt to undo the illegal, unconstitutional, or merely unwise changes to election laws that many Democrat-run cities and states made because COVID supposedly required it. It is the Democrats’ “voting rights” agenda, not the Republicans’ “election integrity” push, that represents a truly drastic departure from historical norms by any rational standard.

This is where the media frenzy may be leading Democrats dangerously astray. For vulnerable Democrats staring down tough reelection cycles this fall, embracing this bizarre media narrative along with the likes of Chuck Schumer could quickly become politically toxic. There is little reason to think that House and Senate Democrats were elected with a mandate for Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to unilaterally rewrite state election laws across the country, and to do so in a fashion transparently calculated to give Democrats an unfair electoral advantage, even while they ostentatiously moralize about saving democracy. The entire effort reeks of insincerity, cynicism, and extremism.

Moreover, the independent voter is not very happy these days with President Biden and the Democrat Party. Skyrocketing inflation, rising gas prices, soaring murder rates, humiliating foreign policy failures, and utter incompetence in managing our pandemic response has flatlined Biden’s job approval. In this political environment, Republicans are going to be able to make a very effective case that Democrats are undertaking a brazen and desperate attempt to radically change voting rules nationally because otherwise, Democrats would have little chance of keeping their majorities this November. So at a time when large majorities of voters are going to want to kick Democrats out of office, Democrats, led by Chuck Schumer, are going to be telling voters that in the name of democracy, Democrats won’t allow it. “We have to destroy American democracy in order to save it” does not make for a very popular rallying cry.

The challenge for Democrats becomes even clearer when you think about how a federal takeover of elections would play not just among the constituents of moderate Democrats like Manchin and Sinema, who don’t face reelection this cycle, but also vulnerable incumbents who will face tough challenges this fall, including Catherine Cortez-Masto of Nevada, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, and Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia. If these Senators follow the media narrative down the path of revolutionary and unpopular changes to election law, they may soon find themselves the targets of a fierce voter backlash.

Nor is it clear that voters will back the drastic step of abolishing the filibuster just because Chuck Schumer trots out talking points about January 6. Critics were quick to point out that Schumer himself has said previously that eliminating the filibuster would be a “doomsday for democracy.” Now eliminating the filibuster is suddenly the only way to save democracy?

If indeed Democrats steer themselves into political danger with their radical election law agenda, it would not be the first time in recent years the Democrats’ media allies have led them badly astray. A similar phenomenon occurred last year as Democrats bought hook, line, and sinker into pushing Critical Race Theory, social justice, and “equity” provisions at every opportunity—only to provoke massive grassroots blowback from the most unexpected of people and places: parents at school board meetings. As Terry McAuliffe learned in Virginia, most Americans didn’t buy the prevailing media narrative that had fooled Democrats into thinking their extreme agenda was much more popular than it is.

Democrats made similar mistakes in 2020, when an embrace of “Defund the Police” and socialist economic policies—both done at the behest of the media—nearly erased their majority in the House. The trend has not stopped in the 117th Congress, as Democrats have pursued a radical agenda on granting mass amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, passing massive social spending packages, and a host of other far-left policies. In the same way, the media goaded much of the Democrat Party into a destructive and years-long obsession with Russian Collusion. Not to mention how the media’s propagandistic efforts on behalf of Obamacare delivered Obama a pyrrhic legislative victory—followed by Republicans riding the issue to three historic landslides in 2010, 2014, and 2016, recapturing the House, the Senate, and the White House.

In each of these cases, Democrat politicians made the mistake of believing the Democrat Party’s propaganda arm, the left-wing media—which led them to calamity. By all indications, they may be doing so again as they whip their party into a moral frenzy over “voting rights”—a federal election takeover which they insist, somehow, is justified by January 6.


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Fran
4 months ago

Its WAY PAST TIME to hold the so called MEDIA’S feet to the fire. Clean out the CAREER SPREADING PROPAGANDISTS. They are the driving FORCE behind the NEW DEMONIC PROGESSIVE Democrat party.

Mario Capparuccini
4 months ago

May Almighty God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit blind the Democrats to their own stupidity and lead them down the path to severe electoral defeat. After all, they hate Him and defy Him at every turn.

Jerry
4 months ago

The DemonRats are forever trying to find new ways to cheat.

Stephen Russell
4 months ago

Hooray then theyre turn to storm Capitol Hill??

Jerry
4 months ago

They could do it without any punishment.

Hal
4 months ago

I don’t get it, unless the title of this article infers that the Media is ineptly trying to boost the Democraps and doesn’t realize it is creating the opposite outcome. The Majority of the News Media (with a few exceptions, e.g. AM AC , Fox News, etc.) is effectively a propaganda outlet for the Democrat Party.and thier Commie leaning agenda.

Hal
4 months ago

Looks like it is a struggle between the lib Commie Media (IMO about 80+ percent of the total news media) and the Commie China Democrap Party as to which one can be the biggest factor in the overthrow of the culture and governance of the USA????

ops
4 months ago

A vote for a Democrat is a vote against America.
One proud veteran

masswhole
4 months ago

“Pelosi backs Wisconsin protesters who stormed Capitol – POLITICO”
politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2011/02/pelosi-backs-wisconsin-protesters-033512

“Pelosi told reporters Friday that the protests are “an extraordinary show of democracy in action”
politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2011/02/pelosi-backs-wisconsin-protesters-033512

Sean Richman
4 months ago

The democRATS dwell on this January 6th thing like it was as they call it an insurrection,which it wasn’t,most of the people were staging a peaceful protest.This didn’t fit the liberal’s agenda like their blm and antifa so they are criminalizing this protest.The things that the democRATS do best is cheat,lie,make rules and laws that benefit only them and blame conservatives when things don’t go their way.Evil begets evil,begets pure evil.

Veronica Clevenger
4 months ago
Reply to  Sean Richman

January 6th was a mostly peaceful protest.

ops
4 months ago
Reply to  Sean Richman

Democrats a party of destruction. When have we heard the words. God, Family or Patriotism from this admin.?

Linda
4 months ago

I don’t think the Democrats are being led by the Leftist Media; I think the Democrats are being
backed by the Leftist Media! I also think the author of this article is writing as one straddling a fence,
Happy New Year Everyone!

ops
4 months ago
Reply to  Linda

Globalists are in charge and Trump was the target for he put America and its people in 1st place beginning with being energy independent from those who wish us harm. Now this admin praises OPEC for increasing production of oil when we have it here in the U.S. If we were to open the spickets our inflation, the cost of goods would be reduced. Over 6,000 item are produced ffrom a derivative of oil.Why are we paying $80 a barrel when we have it here at home!!!

Steven H
4 months ago

So tired of the lies of the Left and Media. Tell me how requiring a government issued ID will prevent anyone from voting. You are supposed to have an ID to purchase alcohol and tobacco and that hasn’t doesn’t bother anyone. Or perhaps people are getting those products without an ID so they and the business are breaking the law. Of course, the Left and Media seem to care little for laws.

Sara J Grosso
4 months ago
Reply to  Steven H

Your plus should be 8, but AMAC said I already voted for this and I did not.

papayec
4 months ago

The minute fraction of rally attenders stupid enough to be suckered into the “riot” instigated and led by the “Democratic” Party Deep State FBI in collusion with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi with her Capitol Police force. Those fools who followed them are now being tortured, blackmailed, and otherwise unconstitutionally coerced into false confessions and plea deals.

cupera1
4 months ago
Reply to  papayec

Why was Capitol Hill Police officer was was give a state funeral and buried at Arlington for dying off duty from natural causes? It was to PUSH the blood libel of Trump supporters beat this man to death with a fire extinguisher. The claim of officer Sicknick was killed by protestors was proved to be a lie many weeks later by the coroner when ZERO evidence of any injuries was found on the body.  By then the false narrative of a violent insurrection by Trump and his supporters was well established and continues to today.

PIDL
4 months ago

I see the whole idea of being civil a problem with the Republican party. All lawyers learn in law school to go to court and be civil and follow the rules . The Republicans feel that Congressmen and Senators should be civil in order to debate issues and compromise on laws. The problem is the Democrats are exactly the opposite. They do not care about being civil. They do not want to compromise on anything and make up lies about the Steele Dossier , Russian collusion. and the Jan 6th incursion into the Capital building. They do not think lying, cheating, and stealing are uncivil actions. But the Republicans better not question their methods. That is why they hated Trump. He did not act like a civil Congressman or Senator. He was uncivil, unlike any President in American history. He was not afraid to rattle some cages. That is what the Conservatives have to do, take the gloves off and really start fighting for the American people. Civility has failed to fix anything it seems. they need to get angry and go after these scumbags! Does anyone know the definition of insanity?

Felix
4 months ago
Reply to  PIDL

Loop Let’s go Brandon!

Tim Toroian
4 months ago

I wish I could communicate to those SOBs, press, and party, what I think of proposed election laws and not be banned on the internet. I wonder if they know what could happen if they make those changes?
J6, no guns no insurrection dummies, just a riot.

Ian
4 months ago
Reply to  Tim Toroian

Tim, they really don’t care what you or I think. They are religious zealots, and their religion is the acquisition of power. I’m sure Pelosi knows that there wasn’t an actual insurrection on 1/6, but for her it was an opportunity to destroy her opposition, so she is milking it for all it’s worth.

papayec
4 months ago
Reply to  Tim Toroian

A “riot” instigated and led by the FBI in collusion with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi with her Capitol Police force. Those fools who followed them are now being tortured, blackmailed, and otherwise unconstitutionally coerced into false confessions and plea deals.

Joanne 4 justice.
4 months ago

What else is New??? The dirty, Socialist financed complicit media is EVIL!

Phyl
4 months ago

Let the media guide the demoncrats to destruction and follow them into the fire. The corporate media is worthless anyway.

Cole
4 months ago

Dems hate voting unless they can control the voter. Voters are a nuisance to them – they get in the way. They hate democracy. They dont respect american citizens which is why they insult them at every turn. We are all just useful idiots to be manipulated. People who are bright and see through the subterfuge of the Democrat party loathe these scum and will eventually rise up.

djaymick
4 months ago
Reply to  Cole

It’s not who gets to vote, it’s who gets to count the votes.

cupera1
4 months ago
Reply to  djaymick

“Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.”
-Josef Stalin, Russian Dictator

Felix
4 months ago

Newsmax is airing a special tonight, at 9PM “Day of Outrage” to give the “Rest of the Story” concerning January 6th.

jocko
4 months ago

libs = CANCER AND ARE THE ENEMY OF OUR NATION

James Thompson
4 months ago

All of the people crossing the border are leaving Socialist and Communist countries so they can be free. How stupid is the Democratic left to think that everyone will vote Democrat to make this country what they ran away from?

PaulE
4 months ago
Reply to  James Thompson

The illegals are coming here, because they heard they can get free stuff (money, food, a place to live, free healthcare, free schools for their kids, etc.). Most are completely illiterate and can’t even write in their own native language. These are NOT well informed people who have seen how bad socialism or communism is and are coming here to be productive citizens in our capitalist country. All they know is they can get more here than they can get by staying in their native country. They are coming here for a perpetual handout on the taxpayer’s dime. That’s the bottom line. Yes, the vast majority of them will vote Democrat, because they are all being told all along their route that is who will ensure they keep getting “free stuff”.

Ian
4 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

That’s sadly accurate. They’re not to be confused with people who are escaping tyranny and repression, like people from Cuba. The Dems are not stupid, they know that they can count on the majority of these economic migrants to vote for them; otherwise they would have demanded a wall before Trump ever ran for office.

Hal
4 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

You hit the nail on the head. And the Demoncraps know that they can pervert the the presence of illegal aliens to a significant gain in voting strength (illegal of course).

HocasPocas
4 months ago
Reply to  James Thompson

Maybe all the afghans they are bringing in will be their little soldiers in brown coats

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