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This column, which was written by a legal immigrant, makes the point that Democrats aren’t listening to the people on immigration. I’d totally agree, though I’d argue that they aren’t listening on other subjects, either.

This highlights just how crazy Democrats are:

Listening to Democratic Party leaders and their media supporters talk about immigration gives me massive cognitive dissonance. Their argument has a strange up-is-down, black-is-white quality to it:

Uncontrolled illegal immigration is no problem! Border protection is racist and offensive! Arresting and deporting criminal aliens, even those that are violent, is immoral! Enforcing our immigration laws is racist!

And now, of course, it has amped up — several Democratic leaders are openly talking about abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE.

Democrats used to listen to people. They don’t anymore. They have their ideological checklist, which is what they’re interested in accomplishing. Period.

They don’t represent people. They represent causes. That’s why they’re disconnected from blue collar workers. Whether we’re talking about miners, construction workers or heavy equipment operators, the Democrats lost that vote in 2016.

Similarly, Democrats haven’t listened to the people on immigration. They’ve listened to NCLR, aka La Raza, and other immigration hardliners. If Democrats had been sensible, they could’ve had a deal months ago on DACA recipients in exchange for funding the wall. When that didn’t happen, it said that Democrats didn’t care about DACA recipients, that they cared mostly about open borders.

Does this look like a bunch of reasonable-minded activists protesting Ms. Pelosi?

This won’t end well with Democrats. Immigration, if handled properly, can be a major winning issue for the GOP in 2018 and beyond. Let’s remember how President Trump is playing with Hispanics now that their unemployment rate is the lowest in history. Add in how reasonable President Trump looks in offering protection for DACA recipients in exchange for the wall.

The Democrats have a major problem brewing that really can’t be fixed. Thanks to their divisions, Democrats are fighting over immigration. A significant percentage of Democrats openly want open borders. Another significant percentage are fine with open borders but don’t want to talk about it during the campaign. There’s a tiny fraction of Democrats that are actually sane who want the borders enforced. Doug Schoen is a patriotic member of that tiny fraction. In this op-ed, Schoen makes the argument that advocating for open borders will eliminate opportunities for Democrats.

Specifically, he wrote “Not only is Ellison’s statement in itself completely detached from reality, but it seems to suggest that if we cannot have wide open borders, then we must not have free trade at all. These remarks come just weeks after Ellison wore a T-shirt which read ‘yo no creo en fronteras,’ which in English translates into ‘I do not believe in borders.'”

What’s stunning about that t-shirt is that it gives context to his run for Minnesota’s state Attorney General’s office. It’s clear that Ellison will fight law enforcement (through the courts) whose responsibility it is to protect us from drug cartels, gangs like MS-13 and sex and human traffickers. It’s apparent that his only is to pad DFL voter lists. If he has to ignore the law, he’s shown that he’s willing to do that without hesitation.

Further, Ellison has a history of defending cop-killers in the court of public opinion. He did that with convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur, aka Joanne Chesimard, and with Kathleen Soliah. But I digress.

Concerningly, Ellison’s brash statement on immigration is not far out of line with the Democratic Party as a whole. In fact, a Harvard Harris poll from June states that a striking 36 percent of Democrats support “basically open borders”—an inflammatory policy dangerously out of line with mainstream thinking.

Then there’s this:

With the midterms slowly approaching, regaining the support of Independents and moderate Republicans will be key for Democrats in their fight to take back the House. However, light of contentious issues such as immigration where the party has moved further left than ever before, this will be an increasingly difficult demographic for Democrats to appeal to in November. According to a July Gallup poll, immigration is one of the most important issues for Americans heading into the midterm elections, with 22 percent of respondents saying it was the nation’s most important problem.

The Democrats lead in the generic ballot polling but I don’t think it’s a sturdy lead. That’s because I think the Republicans’ closing arguments will devastate Democrats this fall.

Part of the Republicans’ closing arguments should be this insane blathering from Nancy Pelosi:

Saying that Democrats are better at border security is stupid beyond belief. Republicans should also use this interview of Thomas Homan, the retired acting director of ICE, by Harris Faulkner:

When Homan said that the judge ordered the government to stop doing DNA testing because the ACLU filed a lawsuit on the issue, my heart broke. Homan said that “5%-7% of the kids” weren’t a match with the people who claimed to be their parents. Homan then hinted that this judge might’ve just given these kids to sex traffickers.

If Nancy Pelosi wants to have that fight, Republicans should welcome that fight. Thoughtful people don’t release kids to sex traffickers.

This article introduces a frightening thought to Republicans — “the Maxine Waters brigade.” Actually, conservatives should be happy for such a phenomenon.

This paragraph should explain why. In it, it talks about “Even before the prospect of a conservative SCOTUS majority, progressives were already chasing Republicans out of restaurants. Now that Roe v. Wade is theoretically at risk, what will the Maxine Waters brigade do now—start throwing them out of airplanes?”

As I highlighted in this earlier post, Democrats are losing it. Watch 15 seconds of the videos of Jeffrey Toobin and Chris Matthews losing it and you’ll know what I mean. To use an old cliche, a little paranoia goes a long way. This week especially, Democrats are living proof of that cliche.

Here’s a bigger problem for Democrats:

Yes, that’s turned around a bit in the Trump era, most notably in Alabama where a solidly red seat flipped to blue. But unfortunately for Democrats there are only so many Judge Roy Moore’s to go around. What’s happening this November is that Democrats like Joe Manchin (WV), Joe Donnelly (IN), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), and Claire McCaskill (MO) have to run against quality, non-crazy Republicans in states that Trump carried by double-digits.

And now, thanks to Justice Kennedy’s retirement, those same Democrats have to vote against a conservative Supreme Court nominee…on the eve of an election. It’s like a felon robbing a bank on his way to a parole hearing—it confirms everything they feared about you to begin with.

For people who understand things the game of Cribbage, they know that a hand with all even cards is close to worthless. The old saying is that the only right way to throw such a hand is away. Democrats are looking at the political equivalent of an all even cards Cribbage hand this year.

Think about this: Joe Crowley had hoped to challenge Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker of the House. He was defeated by a socialist who wants to abolish ICE. She’ll win that election but New York Republicans should drape her around the necks of every so-called moderate in New York. I can’t picture that turning out well for Democrats.

Think about this, too. How many voters think that getting rid of ICE is the pathway to a safer, more prosperous America? A: Virtually no one. When closing arguments are made this October and November, expect this to be part of the Republicans’ closing arguments.

Don’t expect the Maxine Waters Brigade to win that fight.

Nancy Pelosi’s statement after Friday’s jobs report sounds like the paranoid rantings of a lunatic stuck too long on an island. Let’s call this one ‘Pelosi Island’.

Pelosi’s statement starts by saying “May’s jobs report shows that strong employment numbers mean little to the families hit with soaring new costs under the Republicans’ watch. Republicans’ cruel, cynical health care sabotage campaign is already spiking families’ premiums by double digits and pushing millions off their coverage, according to the nonpartisan CBO. Big Pharma continues to hoard the benefits of the GOP tax scam, using their handouts to further enrich executives and shareholders instead of lowering prescription drug costs for seniors and sick kids. At the same time, the President’s reckless policies are exploding gas prices, wiping out the few meager gains that some families should have received from the GOP tax scam, as wages remain stagnant.”

Wow! Ms. Pelosi is totally bitter. First, if that Pelosi keeps showing up to criticize good news, Democrats might actually lose seats in the House. People don’t vote for sourpusses to run Congress. Next, she’s just flat wrong about wages remaining stagnant, The official BLS report said “In May, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 8 cents to $26.92. Over the year, average hourly earnings have increased by 71 cents, or 2.7 percent.”

The tax cuts, combined with the wage growth, more than offset the increase in gas prices. Factor in the 542 companies that gave their employees bonuses, improved their benefits or who contribute more to their employees’ 401(k) plan and American workers are far better off than they were during the Obama administration. It isn’t even close, in fact.

This paragraph is unintended humor:

Democrats know that the American people deserve A Better Deal, with Better Jobs, Better Wages and a Better Future. We are committed to creating millions of new good-paying jobs and raising wages, lowering the soaring cost of living for families and giving every American the tools to succeed in the 21st Century economy. Democrats will never stop fighting for the hard-working middle class families who are the backbone of our nation.

Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt. People abandoned the Democratic Party in 2016 because they finally found someone who’d fight for them, not Big Labor or Big Government. They left the Democratic Party in droves because of the Party’s focus on identity politics instead of pocketbook issues.

The Democrats still don’t have an appealing economic message, instead mumbling their way through a PR campaign about “a Better Deal.” That type of gibberish won’t appeal to anyone. Just watch this, then tell me what’s appealing about it:

Getting shipwrecked on Pelosi Island isn’t exactly appealing. In fact, Ms. Pelosi looks rather discombobulated.

When it comes to the 2018 midterms, Democrats’ hatred of President Trump helps them gift wrap winning issue after winning issue for Republicans. The latest gift was their defense of MS-13 gang members. Marc Thiessen’s article illustrates just how stupid Democrats have become when it comes to President Trump.

His article starts by saying “How evil is MS-13? Last year, two gang members in Texas reportedly murdered a teenage girl as an offering to Satan. According to prosecutors, the gang leader (known as “Diabolico”) told the young girl that “the Beast” wanted “a soul” before having his partner shoot her in the head and dump her body on a street corner. As charges were read against the two, the Houston Chronicle reported, they “laughed, smiled and waved for the media cameras.” MS-13 gang members, police have said, also stabbed a Maryland man more than 100 times before decapitating him and cutting out his heart lured a 34-year-old man to his already dug grave and stoned an 18-year-old boy to death and dumped his body under a bridge.”

Remember this?

Compare the things Thiessen said with the things that Nancy Pelosi described. How can you say that these beasts are worthy of defending? Give me a break.

Even after it was clear that Trump was referring to gang members, the California Democrat still claimed the president had called “undocumented immigrants” animals, declaring at a news conference that his remarks were “inhumane” and that “we’re all God’s children — Does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity and worth of every person?” Of course, we are all created in the image and likeness of God. That is true of MS-13 members. It was also true of Usama bin Laden, Pol Pot and Adolf Hitler. But can you imagine Pelosi standing up in outrage to defend their humanity?

That’s what’s known as the kill shot. Pelosi doesn’t have a way to explain her way out of that question, at least in a way that didn’t include admitting that she had to defend MS-13 to pander to Hispanics.

BTW, that’s the downside of identity politics. If you want to pander to identity groups, that includes pandering to the most despicable subgroups, too.

Through their dishonesty, Democrats such as Pelosi have handed the president a winning issue. A Harvard/Harris poll finds that 56 percent of Americans agree with Trump that it is fair to call MS-13 “animals” (including 47 percent of Hispanics, and 41 percent of Democrats). Millions of Americans can’t understand why Democrats seem more hostile toward Trump than a vicious gang that carries out savage killings.

Let’s just say that these Democrats aren’t the world’s smartest people when it comes to messaging. That’s what happens when your hatred outdistances your common sense.

Doug Schoen’s op-ed in the Hill explains why Democrats just can’t win for losing. In his op-ed, Schoen wrote “Despite this, the Republicans steadily made ground in the six months leading up to the 1994 midterm elections, all the while promoting their set of alternative policies, famously titled the ‘Contract with America,’ and eventually winning the actual vote by 7 points nationally. Thus, while the minority party would suffer setbacks and trail in the generic ballot from time to time, a persuasive plan for governing, focused on detailed and moderate policy ideas, compelled voters to flip the House by a landslide.”

After Trump’s victory, the Democrats were so upset that they started “The Resistance.” The end result of the Resistance is the Democrats’ inability to agree with President Trump on anything. When President Trump says that the sun rises in the east, Democrats feel compelled to say something like ‘Trump isn’t an expert. He should consult with a scientist.’ The point is that sometimes they’ll just say he’s wrong, sometimes they’ll just question him.

At no time have they offered fresh ideas.

Next, Schoen highlighted the Republicans’ strategy in 2010:

Once again, it is important to point out that the Republicans were only as successful as they were in 2010, flipping 63 seats, because they presented a compelling and effective alternative to Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership at that time. The Republicans clearly articulated to voters what they intended to accomplish.

Instead of offering fresh ideas, Democrats are left to this pandering:

Teacher pay might or might not be enough. What’s certain is that the ratio of administrators to teachers keeps increasing. At the rate that ratio keeps increasing, administrators will outnumber faculty within the next few years. With so many federal regulations in place, the administrators are required to administer each program.

If Democrats wanted to raise teacher pay and provide better learning experiences, they’d offer reforms rather than pander to the special interests. If Democrats broke free of these special interests, they might actually offer a compelling solution, which would help them win voters’ trust. Because they won’t (and haven’t) done that, everyone loses.

The reason why tax cuts are popular is because people are tired of feeling like ATMs. Each week, people feel like the Democrats’ special interest groups have thought of another way to spend our money. The people have noticed that the Democrats’ special interest groups haven’t thought of ways to save money or make things better.

The GOP has its faults but it’ll never be accused of not coming up with fresh ideas. That’s why Republicans are well-positioned to buck history this year.

UPDATE: Jeff at LidBlog has a great post on the disappearing blue wave that’s today’s must-read. Jeff’s advice is the right advice at the moment:

While the political news is good for the GOP, now is the time for us to be increasing our efforts at turning out conservative voters and making sure our message of personal and economic freedom is getting out to the average, middle-of-the-road voter. Encourage your fellow conservatives to be more active in their work, and to be reminding their friends and families about the importance of staying involved and voting for suitable candidates. Let’s not allow the Democrats to slow down our string of economic, political, and foreign policy victories… get out there and make sure that Republicans hold on to the House and maybe even grow their lead in the Senate!

I have 1 slight quibble with Jeff. If GOP activists do their job, we’ll definitely expand the GOP majority in the Senate. Finally, it’s worth noting that the RNC has invested a ton of $$$ in GOTV infrastructure. It isn’t the sexiest topic with journalists — until it produces great results.

Caitlin Huey-Burns’ article suffers from a credibility problem. Let’s be clear. Caitlin Huey-Burns doesn’t have a credibility crisis. It’s that Democrats have a credibility crisis.

Burns’ article opens by saying “As part of their midterm pitch to voters, congressional Democrats are unveiling a series of policy proposals Monday aimed at cleaning up a ‘culture of corruption’ in Washington. In other words: Drain the swamp. The party says it isn’t stealing the slogan and sentiment that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. Instead, Democrats are returning to an anti-corruption message that helped win back the House of Representatives in 2006 against the backdrop of scandals involving lobbyist Jack Abramoff and lawmakers Tom DeLay and Mark Foley. A decade later, Trump seized on a similar theme, directing voter ire at Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton along with lawmakers of both parties in the nation’s capital. And now, with Michael Cohen, Scott Pruitt and others in Trump’s orbit under scrutiny, Democrats believe they have a compelling case to make against the current administration and Republicans in Congress.”

First, this won’t take the place of an optimistic economic message. Next, it’s important to notice this doesn’t have that much impact on voters. I haven’t seen a poll on this recently but I suspect that people are more worried that Jim Comey, Loretta Lynch and Robert Mueller are the least trustworthy people in DC. While I’m at it, I’d better include James Clapper and John Brennan aren’t high on the public’s credibility and integrity ratings.

The Democrats’ strategy will fail. This memo proves how misguided Democrats are:

“The American people are sick of getting a raw deal from Washington and they’re tired of broken promises to ‘drain the swamp,'” reads a memo from Democratic leaders outlining various government reform proposals. “It’s an endless cycle taken to a completely unprecedented level under President Trump, demonstrating a blatant disregard for the laws and norms in place to prevent public corruption.”

Informed voters have noticed that big government is pretty corrupt, too. It isn’t like people think John Brennan and Jim Clapper are saints. It isn’t like people suddenly think the FBI is the honorable agency it once was. It isn’t like the people haven’t formed the opinion that Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch and Jim Comey didn’t politicize the DOJ and the FBI. After watching this video, why would anyone think that the FBI wasn’t corrupted during the Obama administration?

There’s no chance Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will “drain the swamp.” They both live in mansions in the fanciest neighborhoods of the Swamp. Now I’m supposed to believe that they’re intent on draining the Swamp? I might’ve been born at night but it wasn’t last night.

The Democrats’ lead in the generic ballot polling is just the symptom of a bigger problem that Democrats haven’t addressed. Right now, Democrats don’t have a unified economic message. It’s fair to argue that they don’t have an economic message. This article doesn’t touch on the pickle that Democrats find themselves in, though it highlights a few important things.

For instance, the article quotes Hank Sheinkopf as saying “Every time [Democrats] deny the economy is starting to turn or get better for certain parts of the population, they also hurt themselves. They appear to be cheering on bad news.”

While it’s true that that’s the public’s perception, that isn’t the heart of the matter. At the root of the Democrats’ problem is the civil war between the Bernie Sanders socialists and the Bill Clinton capitalists. (Think Bernie on the former, Doug Schoen on the latter.) Democrats are in a can’t win situation because socialists have the energy, aka the enthusiasm gap, on their side, whereas the capitalists have the ability to work with Republicans on things.

Therein lies another problem. It’s impossible to be part of the Resistance while being willing to work with Republicans. I’m betting that it’s impossible for Democrats to retake the House if they’re fueled essentially by blind hatred of President Trump. Further, it’s difficult to be a Democrat when their leaders make mistakes like this:

I’m old enough to remember the fights between the Daily Kos and the DLC. This is a nationally televised fight between the Daily Kos and the DLC:

This fight happened in 2007. It started earlier. As part of his stump speech, Howard Dean used to say “I’m from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.” The point to all this is to highlight that this schism has existed within the Democratic Party for years. This isn’t a transient argument. That’s the definition of an existential argument.

Clearly, Trump’s policies are working. Consumer confidence is high. Unemployment is low, especially with African-Americans and Hispanics. The world is still volatile but prospects for stability are increasing. On Monday, the US Embassy in Jerusalem will open. There’s even a legitimate chance for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The point to all this is simple. If Republicans go on offense while highlighting President Trump’s economic and national security accomplishments, Democrats will have a difficult time. After all, you can’t beat something with nothing. At this point, all that Democrats have to offer is fear itself.

The political tide is turning. It’s unmistakable. It isn’t that Democrats can’t get their message out, which is their cop-out explanation for why they fell short of their goals. It’s that they’ve become the lecturing party or the ideological party rather than being the listening party or the solutions party.

Tammy Bruce’s op-ed highlights the Democrats’ tactics. In her op-ed, Ms. Bruce said “For a long time, the Democrats have been successful by scaring people into voting for them. It’s a tactic used when you can’t persuade people on policy. Americans were recently reminded of the Democrats’ usual refrain when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared President Trump’s tax cuts as ‘Armageddon.’ Mrs. Pelosi went there, relying on contrived drama, comparing a tax cut to a fight between biblical armies during the end times. When the Senate GOP was discussing Mr. Trump’s health care bill, the Democrats’ response? ‘Hundreds of thousands of people will die,’ delivered again by Nancy ‘We’re all gonna die’ Pelosi.”

In late October, 2017, Democrats thought that they were looking at a blue wave. That’s before Republicans passed the Trump/GOP tax cuts and President Trump signed them into law right before Christmas. Since then, the trend has been unmistakable. While there’ve been a few bumps in the road for Republicans, the RCP average of polling of the generic ballot question has headed in the Republicans’ favor:

Speaking of messaging, the Republicans’ message has consisted of telling people about the strengthening economy, fatter paychecks and greater financial security. The Democrats’ message, compliments of Ms. Pelosi, has sounded like fingernails across a chalkboard.

The Democrats aren’t ready for primetime. They’ve pandered to Moms Demand Action rather than putting forward plans to make schools safer. They’ve pandered to La Raza rather than getting criminal illegal aliens off the street. Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi has talked in apocalyptic terms to frighten people to vote for Democrats:

Keith Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was handed the Grim Reaper baton when he said this to the Progressive National Candidate Training gathering last week: “Women are dying because we are losing elections,” Mr. Ellison said, Fox News Insider reported. “We don’t have the right to lose a damn election. We have to win.” Mr. Ellison was referring to a reported rise in maternal mortality rates in Missouri and Texas. The good news is, for Texas, that report has already been disproven, and explained by a computer reporting error.

And what is their argument really based on? The infantilizing of women. Underscoring Mr. Ellison’s remarks is an argument that women are so fragile, so vulnerable, that if Democrats don’t win and government doesn’t control more of your life, you’ll die. That is an inherently sexist argument, promoting the fraud that women can’t control their own lives and need a Big Brother to help them along.

Back in January, I wrote this post, which I titled “2018: No wave, barely a ripple?” At the time, I wasn’t sure if the trend towards Republicans would continue. If I wrote that article today, I’d omit the question mark from the title. The blue wave propaganda is coming from people like Chris Cillizza and other mindless lefties. The polling is clear. Nobody thinks that the improving economy and fat bonuses isn’t changing the mindset of the American people.

The DC/NY worrywarts should take a valium. The Trump/GOP tax cuts virtually sell themselves. Republicans still have to get out the vote but the policy sells itself. There’s a lesson I learned from a small business near my house. It’s legendary, actually. It’s called Val’s Rapidserv. They’ve been in business for 50+ years. I might be wrong on this but I don’t remember ever hearing a radio ad for them, most likely because their word-of-mouth advertising is exceptional.

This morning, I spoke with a person who owned a business right by Val’s. This entrepreneur told me that they “piggyback off of Val’s”, telling callers that they’re right next to Val’s.

The point is this: Val’s has 100% name recognition and the best fries in Minnesota. This translates to politics. If you’ve got a great reputation and a fantastic product to sell, you’ll win if you work hard. That’s where Republicans are at right now.

With Arizona and Texas sending National Guard troops to the border, it’s clear who’s serious about securing the nation and who isn’t.

If Democrats gain a majority in the House, they’ll revert to their open borders policies:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi ripped President Trump on Twitter Thursday for “pointlessly” sending troops to the border instead of working with Democrats on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The California Democrat wrote: “@realDonaldTrump is using every cynical political trick in the book to ignite anti-immigrant fervor. Needlessly militarizing our southern border won’t make Americans more safe – it’s just another political calculation.

“Instead of wasting resources on pointlessly sending troops to our border, @realDonaldTrump should work with Democrats to pass the DREAM Act & #ProtectDREAMers,” she added.

Tell Mary Ann Mendoza that stopping illegal aliens at the border isn’t important. Mrs. Pelosi, I want you to look Sabine Durden in the eyes, then tell her that stopping illegal aliens at the border. Mrs. Pelosi, I triple-dog dare you to tell Agnes Gibboney that enforcing our immigration laws aren’t important.

Apparently, doing nothing is the Democrats’ plan. Americans, if you want lax border security, catch-and-release immigration enforcement and MS-13 running free without fear, vote Democrat. I’ve yet to find one that’s serious about securing the border. Americans, if you want the opioid epidemic to get worse, vote Democrat. Thanks to the Obama administration’s lax border enforcement, drug shipments entered the US without interruption or interdiction.

This Prager University video explains what must be done to take illegal immigration seriously:

With Democrats complaining about the costs of securing the border, let’s ask these whiney lefties how much it costs the US to pay for educating illegal aliens, how much it costs for the illegal aliens’ welfare benefits and how much it costs in terms of crimes committed by illegal aliens.

I’m betting that the cost of building a wall is a pittance compared with the costs of drug smuggling, welfare benefits and education.

Finally, let’s praise governors Doug Ducey and Greg Abbott for swiftly deploying the National Guard troops. They’re doing more than their fair share to keep Americans safe. That’s something I can’t say about the Democrats.

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