This article by Patrick Howley originally appeared at The American Spectator:
The Democratic Party’s political institutions are showing massive weakness, as the party seeks to move forward from its across-the-board loss in this month’s elections.
Incoming Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen is taking over as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), it was announced Friday. Van Hollen is a mere senator-elect, and his prior stint as head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) was less than spectacular: He oversaw the stunning Democratic defeat at the hands of tea party voters in the 2010 midterms and resigned in failure.
Van Hollen has a tough gig to pull off.
“Tough” is one word to describe what Senate Democrats face in 2018. The party will have 23 seats to defend, as well as two seats held by independents who caucus with the Democrats. By comparison, Republicans will only be defending eight seats.
Ten of the states where Democrats will be up for re-election were won by Donald Trump in this year’s presidential election, including Montana, represented by outgoing DSCC Chairman Jon Tester.
Van Hollen’s appointment comes on the heels of Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison’s surprising announcement that he will run for chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which has been fraught with turmoil. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s ouster as DNC chair during the party’s convention in Philadelphia — following WikiLeaks revelations that she colluded against Bernie Sanders in the primaries — led to the dysfunctional interim reign of Donna Brazile as DNC chief. Even before the shakeup, the DNC was at least temporarily insolvent and relying on the sugar-daddy kindness of John Podesta’s Hillary Clinton campaign in order to stay afloat.
Ellison is one of the most left-wing members of the House, and his ascendance signals the continuance of a damaging trend in Democratic politics. The exclusionary progressivism of Hillary Clinton’s campaign doomed it to failure. The campaign even ignored husband Bill’s advice to target white working-class voters, citing a demographic shift in the party that senior progressives thought would be enough to justify cutting blue-collar Midwesterners out of their coalition altogether. Bill, as he usually was on his own campaigns, was right. The Democrats appear to be doubling down on being wrong.
With Nancy Pelosi running for re-election as minority leader after yet another House loss, Democratic divisions are beginning to form. Some House Democrats are reportedly pushing to strip Pelosi of the power to appoint the new DCCC head and instead elect their new House political leader themselves in an open vote.
The structural damage to the Democratic machine has clearly been done, and the party seems incapable of realizing its own political mistakes. The influence of heavyweight progressive-movement donors continues to bind the party to its losing left-wing identity. While Bernie Sanders’ small-donor movement presented an opportunity for the party to grow and change, his downfall at the hands of Wasserman Schultz is causing those donors to repudiate the party of Obama and Clinton.
The Republicans have a tremendous opportunity to knock out the Democratic political operation in long-reaching ways over the next two years. The GOP should seize the opportunity. Despite its big Trump-driven win, those demographic shifts the progressives talk about are definitely real and will keep the Democrats in long-term contention.
Feckless Republican leadership helped to create the disenchantment that led to Trump’s populist win in the primaries. Feckless Republican leadership at a time like this — when so much opportunity exists for GOP exploitation — will only cause the party of Lincoln to miss yet another YUGE opportunity for gain.
Josh Hawley Introduces Resolution Against China’s New National Security Law to Punish Hong Kong
Hawley is focusing intently on the red menace.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced a resolution on Thursday to oppose China’s new national security law meant to punish Hong Kong and quash their ongoing rebellion against the totalitarian communist state.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) May 21, 2020
Hawley has long been an advocate of Hong Kong freedom protesters throughout their struggle against Chinese tyranny, which has been sidelined in large part due to the ever-so-convenient Wuhan virus outbreak. Hawley visited Hong Kong last year to talk to the people on the ground and gave a rousing floor speech highlighting their historic struggle.
He said during his speech: “I want to share something that the reverend Chu Yiu-ming said about liberty about democracy. He says it so beautifully. These are his words: “We strive for democracy because democracy strives for freedom and equality and universal love. Political freedom is more than loyalty to a state. Political freedom professes human dignity. Every single person living in a community possesses unique potentials and unique powers capable of making a unique contribution to society.”’
“That’s extraordinary and he’s exactly right, and Hongkonger’s know it, and that’s what they’re standing for, and that’s what they’re fighting for,” Hawley added. “And, Mr. President, the people of Hong Kong deserve our support, and they are depending on our support.”
China announced yesterday that they were passing a edict meant to crush dissent in Hong Kong, with no input allowed from the city itself. China has paid lip service regarding Hong Kong’s autonomy for decades, but they are now removing the facade completely.
“Beijing has opted for the most risky route,” said Ho-Fung Hung, who works as a professor of international relations for Johns Hopkins University. “It will show the world that ‘one country, two systems’ is, if not already over, almost over.”
“It will be very difficult for anyone, especially the United States, to say Hong Kong is still autonomous and viable,” Hung added.
China is denying that they are taking control over Hong Kong and putting out communist propaganda that their Draconian power-grab will actually improve relations.
“We will ensure the long-term stability of ‘one country, two systems,’ ” said Wang Yang, leader of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which convenes every year to advise the Chinese government.
“We will continue to support the improvement of the implementation of the systems and mechanisms of the constitution and Basic Law,” he added.
It is unlikely that anyone is willing to believe the Chinese lip service at this point. Hawley is also calling on the globalist United Nations to pass a resolution condemning China’s behavior as well.
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