Back in 1968, I was in camp in Ferndale, New York. I had one of those small transistor radios that allowed me to listen to a local news broadcast, so as a teenager I was able to satisfy my curiosity about what was going on in the world.
That summer, the Republican National Convention took place in Chicago and Richard Nixon was their nominee. I did not understand why — it had something to do with Nixon as well as the war in Vietnam where American boys were being killed daily — but there were daily riots, with National Guardsmen shooting at protesters when they deemed necessary.
I thought at the time that America was becoming unglued and was on the verge of falling apart. Somehow, as you can see, we survived and we will probably survive Wednesday’s rioting in Washington as well.
As readers know, I was certain that President Trump was going to win reelection in November. This piece is not about whether the election was stolen; I have to admit that after all this time I have had enough of that debate.
As I have written more than a few times over the last few months, Donald Trump’s electoral problems were not caused by Democrats. As wild and crazy as this election was, Trump being maneuvered and schemed out of office after one term was caused more by his Republican colleagues than anyone else involved in the process.
His people, who he believed were his natural allies, turned against him, plain and simple. Of course, it did not help that he often goaded and provoked them, but that’s Donald Trump; there is nothing any of us could have done about that. Trump is a disrupter and that what he does — disrupts.
So here’s my theory about the Biden presidency. Republican leadership foresees a Biden administration being politically weak and unlikely to get much done. Of course, Republican leaders would have preferred that they maintain the majority in the Senate but considering their desire to change the political dynamic in the extreme, the 50-50 split in the Senate is something they see as working to their advantage in the long run. There are at least three moderate Democratic Senators who will not sign on to the socialist left-wing lunacy.
When Barack Obama came to the White House in 2009, the Democrat–Republican split in the Senate was 59 Democrats to 41 Republicans. In the House, the Democrat edge was 257–178, quite a majority. It looks like Republican leaders might have made a deliberate decision that the political price they will have to pay to rid themselves of Donald Trump might just be worth it. Even with that majority for two years, Obama was only able to accomplish very little.
I don’t know if they factored in the breach of the U.S. Capitol, but even if they did, that would not have stopped them. Politics is not anywhere near what it seems. Welcome to politics beneath the surface.
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