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The Week the Democrat Party Embraced Anarchy

Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024
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by Walter Samuel
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Four months before the election, the Democrat Party has already divided into mutually suspicious warring factions. While the debate was without a doubt a disaster for Joe Biden revealing him as confused, ill, and lacking a rationale for his own campaign other than personal hostility to Donald Trump, what has turned the debate from a disaster to a cataclysm has been what followed the reaction.

A prime example was a Politico story about Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer “disavowing” a campaign to draft her to replace Biden. The story included claims that she had told the White House that Michigan was a lost cause if Biden remained in the race. That assertion was attributed to “someone close to a potential 2028 Whitmer rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.” Whitmer was also directly targeted by “unnamed” Biden campaign sources who, while dismissing rival candidates by saying “none of them are ready for this,” then added, “especially her.”

It does not matter whether the story is false. What matters is that the Biden team believes Whitmer is undermining them, and if by some chance Biden and Harris were to be forced out and Whitmer nominated, both would believe, along with their supporters, that Whitmer herself had a hand in their betrayal.

In turn, if Whitmer does not gain the nomination, but some other rival does, her team will believe that rival deliberately sabotaged her chances with the leak.

Since the debate, the Democratic Party and the wider liberal media ecosystem have discovered the secret to the British Conservative Party’s failure (a failure that has it facing annihilation later this week), and embraced that discovery with gusto. The secret is that the easiest way to remove a party leader who is in your way is not to present a positive vision of why you would be better, but to argue that the party is doomed under current management, and then do everything in your power to sabotage the party to ensure it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Leaks abound that foreign leaders have raised concerns for months that Biden cannot function in meetings. Reports suggest he is only coherent between 10 AM and 4 PM. Articles proliferate quoting angry donors and unnamed senior Democratic politicians.

Behind this campaign lies a fantasy. It has entered the minds of the entire political class, from the media, to “strategists,” to donors, to even some elected officials that it is possible not just to replace Biden, but to replace him with someone other than Vice President Kamala Harris.

This is a dangerous delusion because by contrasting Biden not with the possible, Harris, but with the imaginary, i.e. any other fantasy ticket that can be dreamed up, it makes such a replacement desirable. There would be realistic pros and cons to replacing Joe Biden with Gavin Newsom or Gretchen Whitmer, not least for supporters of the one who is not picked. But by allowing the alternative to Biden to be whoever a given critic wants, it ensures almost everyone has a preferred candidate. A preferred candidate that Joe Biden, by stubbornly remaining in the race, has become an obstacle to.

The result is the importation of a concept called a “negative majority.”

A negative majority occurs when a majority can agree on who or what they do not want, but not who or what they do want. But rather than be deterred from action, the negative majority postpones its disagreements until later.

Germany’s Weimar Republic was torn to pieces by a negative majority of communists and Nazis who not only refused to work with anyone else but often cooperated directly, including in a November 1932 transit strike in Berlin, in the hope that if they brought down the republic each would profit. As a result, after 1945, the German Constitution was changed to require “constructive votes of no confidence” to bring down a government. A chancellor could then not be removed by a parliamentary vote unless that motion also contained a positive vote in favor of someone else. A chancellor could be replaced, but the parliament could not, as in Weimar, vote to have no chancellor.

The wisdom of that approach has become apparent in the United Kingdom over the past decade. The British Conservative Party requires a majority vote to remove leaders, but starting with Theresa May, opponents realized a fundamental truth: a prime minister or leader who could not govern, raise money, or win elections would have no choice but to resign. Therefore, if they made it impossible to govern, sabotaged the party with negative media stories, and obstructed donations, they could present that party as being in existential peril as long as the leader remained – even if it was peril they themselves created.

Both Theresa May in December 2018 and Boris Johnson in May 2022 called votes of confidence in their leadership, winning with around 60 percent support. It did not matter, because the remaining 40 percent of elected officials proceeded to go on strike, sabotaging government and all but forcing leaders to resign despite retaining majority support.

While successful in the short run, this strategy proved disastrous long-term. Both sides could play the game, and those who used it to take power found themselves the victim of the same tactics, often wielded by members of a resentful majority who felt they had been cheated through undemocratic means. The effect was to make it impossible for anyone to govern.

Donald Trump’s domination of the Republican Party has been assailed from the left and even now-formerly Republican critics as authoritarian. The reality is Trump saved the party from the fate of the British Conservatives. Having demanded the nomination of moderates on immigration such as McCain and Romney who then went on to lose, many establishment “Republicans” argued in a post-2012 autopsy that only by ceding control of the party to themselves, a distinct minority within it, could the party win.

The post-2012 RNC Autopsy always carried an implicit threat that if the GOP refused to adopt the recommendations, the party would not only lose to Democrats, but would deserve to do so, and the authors themselves would help ensure it. The 2016 election drove the Mike Murphys, Stuart Stevens, and Michael Steeles of the world mad precisely because when they tried to make good on the threat, it backfired in their faces. Trump won without them.

The following four years were an exercise in internal sabotage as one faction within the GOP after another attempted to prove their indispensability by undermining Donald Trump, thereby showing that the party would lose without them. Leaks and eventually open support for Democrats became seen as patriotic by those who rationalized the party’s interests with their own. Their failure is one of Donald Trump’s crowning achievements, and it saved the Republican Party from the sort of toxic chaos that destroyed the British Conservatives and is now consuming the U.S. Democrats.

Those Democrats, by contrast, have enjoyed the worst of both worlds. Until the debate, any criticism of Biden, including concerns about his age or unpopularity, was seen as disloyal sabotage. Since the debate, the replacement of Joe Biden with “insert candidate” has become the imperative mission, and supporting the sabotage of Joe Biden, and anything that undermines Biden’s position, is now seen as an act of patriotism.

As this logic goes, since Joe Biden can only be forced out if he is convinced he cannot win, many liberals now believe it is in their best interests to drive down Biden’s polling with negative stories and to cut off his fundraising. Whatever damage is inflicted by newspaper headlines calling on Biden to withdraw, articles detailing speculation about his mental decline, or donors withholding funding, it is justified on that basis. If long-term damage occurs, that is Biden’s fault for not withdrawing, not the fault of those who are inflicting such damage on him by publicly calling for it.

The result has been for the Democratic Party and liberal media to turn their guns on each other, barely pausing, like Joe Biden himself, for longer than five minutes to address a Supreme Court ruling regarding a man they are all but ignoring, Donald Trump. As Donald Trump leads a unified party into his national convention, much of Joe Biden’s party believes they are engaged in a race against time to inflict enough damage on his campaign to force him out of the race before his own convention the following month.

The irony is that in doing so they have forgotten why the Biden administration is so unpopular, or why concerns about the president’s cognitive health are so politically biting. The American people dread chaos, whether on their streets, in their economy, or abroad.

When Donald Trump’s opponents took responsibility for the political chaos gripping the nation from 2017-2019, culminating in the first absurd impeachment campaign against him, they were the ones voters punished, as Trump’s poll numbers actually went up. Since 2021, Joe Biden has been seen as having presided over chaos at home and abroad, and voters are turning back to Trump because they do not believe Joe Biden is capable of controlling it.

The current implosion of the Democratic Party does not just confirm for many voters that Donald Trump was right about Joe Biden’s incapacity. It also makes clear that the Democratic Party itself is a force for chaos, and Democratic politicians, along with the media, have institutionalized chaos as a means of internal politicking.

The New York Times Editorial Board and former Obama staffers turned podcasters might believe that the fears of American voters will be assuaged if a donor boycott and campaign of sabotage forces the sitting president and vice president from office for the sin of threatening the job security of Democrat hacks. But in reality, why should they believe any Democrat, much less the Democrat Party, cares in the least about the border, China, crime, or the Middle East?

It is clear beyond a doubt that Gavin Newsom and Joe Biden care more about what Gretchen Whitmer is planning than any of the real issues Americans face, and Whitmer cares more about who among her “friends” is out to get her. Why should anyone expect this not to continue if any of them takes power, especially if Newsom and Whitmer were to end up on a ticket together, or were to suffer a forced marriage with Kamala?

While Democrats embrace chaos, their only attack on Donald Trump is that he may bring too much order, or that he is too prepared for a second term. While the voters will render a verdict in November, at the moment it seems difficult to think of a way Democrats could have misjudged the electorate more.

Walter Samuel is the pseudonym of a prolific international affairs writer and academic. He has worked in Washington as well as in London and Asia, and holds a Doctorate in International History.

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PapaGrouch
PapaGrouch
10 days ago

The democrats embraced anarchy in the 60’s in the “halls of academia.” The Clinton administration opened the door to it politically. The Obama administration lit the fuse. The Biden administration is pounding nails in the national coffin. Everything the left touches is contaminated by their deliberate evil. Follow the money.

lawrence greenberg
lawrence greenberg
10 days ago

The Democrat Party, never any friend to this nation or its citizens, long ago morphed into The New Communist Party of the USA. All Communists embrace anarchy because it is only through anarchy that Communists can seize power and control. A quick review of history for the last 140 years or so will reveal that Communists attain control only through violence, anarchy, and revolution because they never achieve the majority popular support that would enable them to use legitimate means of gaining control. In this nation, despite endless claims from the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself), the Left (the Democrats) have not had majority popular or voter support since the 1960s. That is why they need to cheat and steal elections or they would never “win” an election.

Jerry
Jerry
10 days ago

Trump 2024, all the way.

Mike
Mike
10 days ago

How do you know a Dumbocrat is lying: Their lips are moving. They are trying to move this country to a one party system. They want to rule not represent the people. We need to reduce the size of the federal government, initiate 12 year term limits to Congress, move Congressional and federal retirees’ retirement to Social Security. Let them reap the rewards of their hard work. Why are candidates allowed to keep their re-election funds after they lose? If Biden loses, he gets to keep the millions of dollars raised for re-election but not spent on re-election, in addition to the money China paid him. Anybody wonders why 1st Jill keeps Biden running?

Sage
Sage
10 days ago

Interesting take, but past history tends to show the Dems rally around their nominee as they often vote with emotion and to hold on to power. Their idiotic policies do not seem to bother them as long as they maintain power no matter the cost to society and or to the country.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
10 days ago

They seeded this Years ago OK Dems U own this

Sydney
Sydney
10 days ago

The Leftist Democrat Communists ‘ institutionalize’ everything: political chaos, the judicial system are examples. We know that they ruin and destroy everything they touch. They are DESTROYERS. This nation will not survive unless Pres. Trump prevails and they are pulled out by their evil roots. We must register voters, vote, and make sure it is too big for them to rig and steal.

John Shipway
John Shipway
10 days ago

All this blather over just another dying demonic empire. Biden is little more than a modern day brain addled Emperor Nero and even worse since President Jills husband can’t play the violin.

George M
George M
10 days ago

It’s not that they misjudged the electorate, they are absolutely sure that they know better and will do what they believe is right, no matter what “we” think! Take the illegal immigrant invasion for example, recent polls show more than 60% of the electorate strongly opposed, including a substantial number of democrats. Yet somehow it’s still happening just 4 months prior to the election. Let’s talk about flying in several more plane loads of destitute Nicorogans, the taxpayers won’t notice!

Bob Hellam
Bob Hellam
10 days ago

Good article, but why write under a pseudonym?

Dewey Howard
Dewey Howard
9 days ago

Democrats scream that Trump will destroy our democracy if elected. We are living in a police state now with conservatives being prosecuted for anything that is even a minor offense while liberals are allowed to burn down whole cities with no consequences whatsoever. We need to take our country back. George Orwell was right on everything except for the date !

CLIFFORD F GERACI
CLIFFORD F GERACI
9 days ago

“THE WEEK”?? Democrats embrace anarchy continuously. How about the 2020 riots, “Defund the Police”, ignoring “petty crimes”, Soros installed Prosecutors letting criminals go without bail, open borders etc. Democrats thrive on anarchy. They create chaos and anarchy to justify more big government and power.

Avoter
Avoter
9 days ago

The tell tale sign that the left only cares about securing unyielding power for themselves is how they are talking about the disaster of the debate. The left is not saying Biden is unfit to protect the constitution and properly manage the affairs of the country, they are only saying Biden is unfit to win. Winning is all that matters to the left.

PapaYEC
PapaYEC
9 days ago

The vast majority of voters have ALWAYS been eith President Trump. Democrats steal elections; they don’t win them.
IMO

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
10 days ago

You know what? DILLIGAF? Two weeks ago, when Fox said it, Trump said it, and we said it, it was “Fox lies” “Trump lies” “MAGA lies” and “cheap fake”… remember when in “Die Hard” when John McClain shot up the police car? He said: WELCOME TO THE PARTY, PAL! Now they see it but not two weeks ago? The joke is there are STILL pundits who refuse to see or are lying!

Socratic Thought
Socratic Thought
5 days ago

BTW — The “Negative Majority” well described in the article is precisely what Macron just cobbled together in France to stay in power at all costs. He will find that the hard Left with whom he snuggles will soon stab him in the back. “Power corrupts”

George
George
10 days ago

Are the democrats lying about Joe Biden now or before – three an one-half years ago? I heard they are going to run Michele Obama.

Secret Service agents rush Donald Trump off the stage.(AP: Evan Vucci)
President Joe Biden greets President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at the Filoli Estate in Woodside, California.(Official White House Photo by Carlos Fyfe)
President Joe Biden speaks on the phone with Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to discuss his approval of a FEMA disaster declaration in response to the impacts of Hurricane Beryl, Tuesday, July 9, 2024, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

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