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Ed Morrissey’s post about Pelosi’s Democrats getting nervous about the #DefundThePolice movement highlights something that’s fairly uncommon — an essential program that Democrats won’t invest in. Along with investing in the military, it’s painfully obvious that Democrats don’t put a high priority on keeping people safe. The reason I mention this is because we’re about to get into a debate about whether Democrats intend to defund police department or whether they want to abolish them altogether. It’s a phony argument that Republicans shouldn’t engage in.

The best approach Republicans can take is to propose reforms aimed at strengthening police forces, increasing officer accountability and improving the police forces’ image within minority communities. That can’t happen without buy-in from white officers. That can’t happen until all officers are trained to report officer wrongdoing. Honestly, it’ll take a culture change in some police forces, starting in Minneapolis.

While the conversation is happening in DC, the changes must happen in the communities. While that sounds like a contradictory statement, it isn’t. Opening a debate in DC simply means putting ideas on the table. It doesn’t mean legislation getting written, bills getting passed or presidential signing ceremonies. It’s indisputable that “states are the laboratories for democracy.” In this instance, swap out states, then plug in cities. Why shouldn’t we have a nationwide debate? Think of it as a brainstorming session that everyone’s invited to. What’s more unifying than saying that everyone’s invited?

Lisa Bender likely won’t attend the brainstorming session. She thinks that having the ability to call the police in the middle of the night when a burglar is breaking in is a form of privilege:

Let’s see how willing Democrats are to engage in reforming the police and the unions that protect bad cops. Let’s see if they’re willing to push back against the AOC wing of their party. (I’m betting that they’re too cowardly for that.) Let’s see if Democrats will say that police officers make communities better, knowing that the AOC wing is ready for a revolution over this.

Don’t be surprised if Jacob Frey is defeated, then replaced by Jeremiah Ellison. But I digress. Democrats are fighting a civil war that’s going to get nasty. The establishment isn’t moderate but they play nasty. The question is whether the main battle will happen before the election. That’s what happened in 1968. Will it happen after Trump leaves office in 2025? Clinton didn’t rise until Republicans kept the White House for 3 terms.

Democrats know that they’re in trouble on this. Part of the Democrats want nothing to do with talking about law enforcement whatsoever. The activist wing of the Democratic Party runs the party. That’s why Biden hired AOC to be the co-chair of his advisory committee on climate change. He’s trying to unify a badly divided party.

It isn’t a matter of whether the Democrats will ‘come home’ in November. It’s that Republicans are already united and working on winning over persuadable voters. One of the things that’ll help Republicans win over those voters is the Democrats’ proposal to defund or abolish police departments.

Midwest Joe Biden and Blue Collar Joe Biden are quickly disappearing. In his latest idiot move, Joe Biden announced that he’ll “overturn President Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.” While that doesn’t end Biden’s shot at winning Pennsylvania, it’s like to drive down enthusiasm for him in Rust Belt states.

Energy issues are major issues in the Rust Belt. Energy drives manufacturing and manufacturing drives Pennsylvania and Ohio. Salena Zito explains in this article the importance of the phrase Made In America:

On Tuesday, Trump held a Cabinet meeting to discuss measures to cut red tape so that companies could begin either expanding or starting businesses that will begin making more products here a reality and not just a campaign slogan. “The pandemic has shown, once again, the vital importance of economic independence and bringing supply chains back from China and other countries. I probably got elected, one of the primary reasons was that. ‘Make America Great Again,’ ‘America First’, call it whatever you want,” he said.

Nothing says ‘let’s rely on foreign oil’ like shutting down a major pipeline. That’s the equivalent of telling China, Iran and Russia that the Biden administration wants to be held hostage by those tyrant nations. Nothing says negotiating from a position of weakness like cutting manufacturing jobs in your nation.

AOC environmentalism is the pathway to capitulation to the Chinese, Russians and Iran. President Obama once said that “you can’t drill your way to cheaper gas prices.” The past 3 years, President Trump proved him wrong. During this 2012 speech in New Hampshire, President Obama said that “your bull detector is pretty sharp. You know that we can’t just drill our way to cheaper gas prices.”

Actually, my BS detector is pretty sharp and I know that what President Obama said is pure BS. Biden comes from the same socialist school that couldn’t explain the concept of supply vs. demand if his life depended on it. That’s why it isn’t surprising that VP Biden appointed 2 socialists to his climate change advisory board.

Democrats insist that Biden is a moderate. That depends on how you define moderation. If moderation is defined by comparing him to loons like Stacey Abrams, Bernie Sanders or AOC, then Biden is a moderate. If moderation is defined by whether he accepts time-tested capitalist principles that’ve created wealth, then VP Biden isn’t a moderate.

I’d argue that Biden hid his immoderation by trafficking in gaffes and plagiarism. Finally, I’d argue that President Trump has done more to improve the lives of the African-American community than Biden. Biden created the mass incarceration mess with the 1994 crime bill. President Trump fixed that mess when he signed the First Step Act into law. Biden criticizes capitalism for income inequality. The Trump economy had closed the gap on income inequality, often through cheaper energy prices.

Frankly, if President Trump opens both barrels on accomplishments against Biden, the American people will have an easy decision. That doesn’t mean it won’t be a tight race. It just means the decision will be easy for independents.

Perhaps, Joe Biden shouldn’t think that he’s got the Democrats’ base solidified. After reading this article, it’s clear that his base is split and likely unenthusiastic. By comparison, President Trump’s base is fired up and waiting instructions. Check this out:

Noting the eye-popping voter turnout, Graham credited Democrats for getting more votes than they did in the last cycle. However, Republican voters left no chance for defeat, with a turnout “more akin to, not quite a presidential year, but approaching gubernatorial their rivals at polls,” according to Graham. More than 17,000 votes were cast in the election in which all four council members were vying to protect their seats.

That’s in Virginia. If Biden loses Virginia but flips Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, Trump still wins. That’s a heads-I-win-tails-you-lose situation.

Mrs. Whitsett praised the president at the White House after she recovered from COVID-19 after taking hydroxychloroquine, a decades-old treatment for malaria and lupus that Mr. Trump has touted as a prophylactic or treatment for coronavirus.

Last week, Michigan Democrats censured her:

As a result of her White House appearance, a Michigan Democratic organization censured her. Last week, Mrs. Whitsett filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and several other Democrats, claiming violations of free speech and defamation.

Mrs. Whitsett’s praise for President Trump represents the Democrats’ worst nightmare. She’s African-American, urban and willing to challenge her party elders in a swing state. If that doesn’t represent the Democrats’ nightmare trifecta, what does? If the Democrats want a future, they need someone this articulate, this sensible:

Unfortunately, Rep. Whitsett isn’t considered leftist enough. She’d likely be called Republican lite or something similar to that.

In Pennsylvania, county Democratic leaders rose up to castigate the party’s highest-ranking politician, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California. They also slammed Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who led the impeachment effort against Mr. Trump. It is part of a “Democrats for Trump movement,” according to a Washington Post report, that is causing headaches for the party’s county and state leaders in the Keystone State.

I’ve been operating from the position that this election won’t be about right vs. left as much as it’ll be adults vs. children. Joe Biden has changed his positions more times than a chameleon changes colors. Why would blue collar Pennsylvania Democrats stick with Biden are he names AOC and Bernie Sanders to co-chair his climate change advisory panel? That’s like waving a red flag in front of a bull.

Justin Haskins’ article highlights Biden’s difficulties:

It’s a strategy that has been adopted by virtually every U.S. presidential candidate in modern history: During the primaries, candidates appeal to their base, but after capturing a party’s nomination, campaigns move to the political center to win over undecided voters.

But in this unconventional cycle, Joe Biden is being forced to throw conventional campaigning to the wind. Instead of positioning himself as a centrist, Biden is choosing to move further to the left than ever before to satisfy the demands of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and his radical base of dissatisfied progressives and “Bernie bro” socialists who hate the Democratic Party establishment almost as much as they do free-market capitalism.

Biden is frightened by the prospect of a Bernie Bro rebellion. This means that the Obama coalition is dead. I can’t imagine socialism appealing to affluent suburban voters.

Further, it’s impossible for me to think that the Green New Deal will appeal to Blue Collar America. That’s like a pale of cold water on a hot fire. While it might not put the fire out, it’ll stop it from burning hot. This isn’t the way to unite Democrats. It’s a way to split it in two for a generation.

That’s a Democrat dilemma.

Ed Morrissey’s post about Nancy Pelosi’s statements on CNN’s State of the Union is, as always, spot on. Predictably, Pelosi’s statements ignore reality. She’s totally oblivious to reality with regard to the coronavirus. I wrote in this post about what House Democrats didn’t do when the virus was first taking off. Specifically, I focused on the House Homeland Security Committee’s activities.

According to their website, House Democrats held 12 hearings after President Trump’s two-way travel ban with China. Of those 12 hearings, 4 were on the subject of the coronavirus. If Ms. Pelosi wants to talk about people fiddling and people dying, she should look into the mirror.

House Democrats’ first hearing on the coronavirus was on March 4, over a month after President Trump’s China travel ban. Why didn’t House Democrats pay attention sooner? In my opinion, it’s because they were focused on impeaching President Trump. Let the record show that the Democrats’ impeachment didn’t include an article that mentioned a crime, much less a high crime, which is constitutionally required for impeachment.

All that Democrats have to offer is panic itself. Ed opened his post with this paragraph:

Say what? Isn’t this the same woman who held up the coronavirus relief package for days to get Green New Deal funding as part of the rescue? Nancy Pelosi told Jake Tapper yesterday morning that Donald Trump still isn’t taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously enough, just a few days after Pelosi spent a week back home rather than in Washington dealing with the crisis, only to fly back and derail Senate negotiations for several days in providing a response to it.

It’s impossible to take Pelosi seriously when she’s vacationing in her million-dollar San Francisco mansion for a week while bipartisan Senate working groups are putting things together. At the last minute, Pelosi flew back from vacation and nixed the entire deal, insisting that major parts of AOC’s Green New Deal be included in the emergency coronavirus relief bill. Pelosi also wanted additional protections for sanctuary cities, same-day voting registration and millions of dollars for the arts and the Kennedy Center.

Pelosi fiddled while first responders needed PPEs, ventilators and other life-saving medical equipment. What’s required is a voice of sanity. That voice belongs to Dr. Drew Pinsky. Check it out, then implement his wisdom into your life: