Because they have adamantly refused to learn any lessons at all from their painful 2016 presidential defeat, the breathtakingly shortsighted politicians of the left insist on doubling down on their mistakes as they gallop headlong toward the precipice of total irrelevance.
A complicit media should be a powerful weapon in their arsenal, and indeed it was for decades. But the current dominance of the insane wind tunnel that is the 24-hour news cycle, built in large degree by Dem love for the “gotcha” moment of cheap outrage, has hamstrung Democrat opposition to President Trump in a way they completely fail to understand.
Victory is Defeat
By attempting to “win” the immediate dust storm that follows every fresh hit on the news cycle, Democrats have painted themselves as volatile, irrational, emotion-driven and illogical political panderers instead of a party offering some kind of thoughtful alternative to the basic appeal of Trump’s America First agenda.
At the same time, they have irreparably damaged their once ultra-explosive media weapon by utterly destroying any credibility it once carried with the American people, as they harness it into overdrive every time they see a chance to take a cheap shot at Trump – no matter how thin the substance of that shot turns out to be.
Intelligent Dems should have been able to see that this ludicrous Christine Blasey Ford Lifetime movie would hurt them more in the long run than help them. Perhaps this is the real reason Sen. Dianne Feinstein sat on the information for so long. She knew Ford – SCOTUS nominee judge Kavanaugh’s sex abuse accuser – was unreliable and unstable. She also knew tossing out 36-year-old vague accusations at the last minute of Senate confirmation hearings on a Supreme Court justice nominee would come across as pathetically desperate.
Yet in the end, Feinstein couldn’t help doing it. Why? Because she also knew it would be a lightning strike in the 24-hour news cycle. What will the end result be after the dust cloud settles? The so-called mainstream media will lose even more respect of the American people, if that’s even possible with how low they’ve fallen.
And Democrats spouting all the tired played out social justice Hallmark card quotes about “believing the woman” – hello Kirsten Gillibrand – will marginalize themselves even more with Americans who value honesty and fair play.
This price will be paid. But they have their news cycle. A ridiculous accusation has to be addressed, no matter how inane it will look in retrospect.
Can’t Help Themselves
It seems for Democrats that is all that matters. The lack of integrity, the picture they are painting of themselves as being incapable of keeping things in any kind of proper perspective, the eagerly rushing to judgment without even hearing the facts, much less weighing them – all this is shrugged off if they can fire up that new cycle for one more hit at the hated Donald Trump.
This is the same reason they all leapt to their outrage chairs over the bogus Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria death toll report issued by a university department totally tainted by George Soros money. The report had obvious flaws that liberals had to know surely would be spotlighted. But that’s not important. What matters is that the 24-hour media machine was able to kick into high gear for another short spin cycle. None of this is new. We witnessed it throughout the 2016 presidential election. Hit after hit against Trump and he came back stronger every time.
Maybe they just got used to spineless (or was it colluding?) Republicans who have been so quick to go on the defensive every time that news cycle turned on them? Maybe they got hooked on the cheap high that comes with feigning great outrage over every silly personal attack they were able to cook up against their opposition for years? Maybe it’s because they have absolutely nothing in terms of ideas, programs or solutions to offer the American people and so this is the only kind of “impactful” politics they feel they can play? Whatever the reason, it is killing them more than they will ever realize.
Democrats keep coming up with these incredibly trite hit jobs that their media allies blindly run with. They all have their brief moment in the sun and then they melt away like an ice cream cone on a sidewalk in August. Reputations are turning into a puddle of goo along with that ice cream cone. But what does that matter when the 24-hour dust storm is rolling across the plain?