RUSH: Matthew Yglesias, no relation to Julio Iglesias, no relation to Enrique Iglesias and therefore no relationship to that blonde Russian tennis player. What’s her name? Runs… (interruption) That’s right, Anna Kournikova.
Matthew is a lone Yglesias. He runs around with his buddies at Vox, which would be Ezra Klein and a number of other young Millennial types for the most part that grew tired of working for the old stand-by big guys, New York Times, Washington Post. They found some funding, which is what liberals do, and got this site that… I guess it’s owned now by… I forget now who owns it. A major, major, big time organization owns it now, but they set their site up as an explainer site, not as a news site.
Meaning they take the news out there and they do explainer stories. “What does this mean? What is it about?” They leave the reporting to others. And they explain it, of course, with a very, very demonstrable left-wing tilt. But Matthew Yglesias is the first Democrat I have seen stumble on to this topic and write about it. The headline of his piece: “Democrats Are in Denial. Their Party Is Actually in Deep Trouble.” Now, I have been pointing this out since 2010. The midterm elections 2010, the first Tea Party midterm.
Remember that election? The Democrats lost 700 seats across the country. Governorships, state legislatures, mayorals, city council, you name it — and they lost another close to 700 in 2014. They are down nearly 1500 seats, between 12,000 and 1500 seats/elected positions nationwide. And Yglesias has stumbled across this. I hope I do not damage his reputation or career by citing him here. But it happens. But I just want to say, because young Millennials are reading this today.
“The Democratic Party is in much greater peril than its leaders or supporters recognize, and it has no plan to save itself. Yes, Barack Obama is taking a victory lap in his seventh year in office. Yes, Republicans can’t find a credible candidate to so much as run for speaker of the House. Yes, the GOP presidential field is led by a megalomaniacal reality TV star,” and yeah, they’re bumbling like the Keystone Cops. “All this is true — but rather than lay the foundation for enduring Democratic success, all it’s done is breed a wrongheaded atmosphere of complacence,” among Democrats.
“The presidency is extremely important, of course. But there are also thousands of critically important offices all the way down the ballot. And the vast majority — 70% of state legislatures, more than 60% of governors, 55% of attorneys general and secretaries of state — are in Republicans hands,” and the brunt of that since the 2010 midterms nationwide. There has been a rejection of Barack Obama and the Democrat Party that they don’t want to talk about.
And, folks, I have to tell you: It has not been an embrace of the Republican Party because the Republican hasn’t run for anything. The Republican Party strategically in both midterms stayed mute. They were afraid of saying anything that would anger people. So they didn’t say diddlysquat. They didn’t criticize Obama. Individual candidates out there did. But the party itself did not. So the people of this country, it is accurate to say, in the midterms in 2010 and 2014, rejected Democrats all over this country.
Exceptions, of course, California, New York. But the numbers are still what they are: “70% of state legislatures, more than 60% of governors, 55% of attorneys general and secretaries of state — are in Republicans hands. And, of course, Republicans control both chambers of Congress. Indeed, even the House infighting reflects, in some ways, the health of the GOP coalition. Republicans are confident they won’t lose power in the House,” in 2016, “and are hungry for a vigorous argument about how best to use the power they have.
“Not only have Republicans won most elections, but they have a perfectly reasonable plan for trying to recapture the White House. But Democrats have nothing at all in the works to redress their crippling weakness down the ballot. Democrats aren’t even talking about how to improve on their weak points, because by and large they don’t even admit that they exist.” Now, there’s a reason for that, too. And it’s time to throw some cold water on this.
Now, all of this is true, but at the same time the left has infiltrated the judiciary, which oftentimes overturns legislatures and popular votes of the people. The left has infiltrated and dominates the federal bureaucracy which is going crazy writing regulations outside of Congress. So the left — as differentiated from the Democrat Party, the left — has corrupted all kinds of very powerful institutions, not to forget to mention that they run Hollywood. They run books, TV, and movies. The pop culture, they own that.
So it’s not… I don’t want anybody get the idea that I’m lost here. The Democrats are losing big, because they are, in certain ways. But if they are complacent, one of the reasons why is what they do have. They have the EPA. Depending if a Republican wins the White House, whoever it is — Trump, whoever, somebody wins it — what are they gonna do to the EPA? They’re gonna leave it alone to show unity. The Democrats are gonna keep running it.
The Department of Justice, ditto. You name it, all of these places, the left owns them right up. And Obama’s not going anywhere after he leaves office. He’s not gonna just sit idly by while people try to unwind his agenda, as George W. Bush has. So the landscape is complicated, but it is true in terms of elections which represent the voice of the people. The Democrats are being rejected all over the country.
Yglesias writes that the Democrats are “focused on a competition between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton over whether they should go a little bit to Obama’s left or a lot to his left, options that are unlikely to help Democrats down-ballot in the face of an unfriendly House map and a more conservative midterm electorate. The GOP might be in chaos, but Democrats are in a torpor.” They’ve been obliterated at the state level.
That’s what Yglesias writes here is “[t]he worst part of the problem for the Democratic Party is in races that are, collectively, the most important: state government.” That’s grassroots. “Elections for state legislature rarely make the national news, but they are the fundamental building blocks of American politics. Since they run the redistricting process for the US House of Representatives and for themselves, they are where the greatest level of electoral entrenchment is possible.
And in the wake of the 2014 midterms, Republicans have overwhelming dominance of America’s state legislatures. In what Democrats should take as a further bleak sign, four of the 11 states where they control both houses of the state legislature — Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Illinois — have a Republican governor.”
So it’s not slam dunk city for the Democrats, even when they own both houses of the state legislature. “Any serious article about the prospects for Democratic Party policymaking in 2017 starts with the premise that Republicans will continue to hold a majority in the US House of Representatives.” And then he lists the four premises under which that statement is made. “One striking fact about this is that the presumption of continued GOP control is so solid that you don’t even get pushback from House Democratic leaders when you write it down.” Meaning, Iglesias is a leftist, a Democrat. He runs and talks to these people about it, they don’t even tell him he’s wrong.
Did you see the other day Nancy Pelosi offered to help the Republicans choose their Speaker? Did the Republicans accept? What an opportunity it would be to show they can cross the aisle and govern and cooperate, work for the other side, let Pelosi help them choose the Speaker, man, the independents would love that, right? Whew. Dodged a bullet there. You bet there were some Republicans thinking of accepting her offer?
At any rate, you know all this, because I, El Rushbo, have informed you. But the point is, leftist Millennials are reading this now. Vox is a very, very popular site of all my little tech blogger buddies, for example. I think they all have secret dreams of writing there someday, these little tech bloggers, some of them. So it’s gonna be seen. This is gonna be seen by people that otherwise would never think anything other than the Democrats run everything all the time, everywhere.
RUSH: One thing that Matthew Iglesias, I think, is not correct on, and that is that the Democrats do have a plan for overcoming the GOP majority and control in the states. The Democrats are very, very much aware of what they’ve lost, and they’re damn mad about it. And when they get mad at you, look out, ’cause when they lose elections, they blame voters. They don’t blame themselves. They blame you. You are fools. You are idiots. You’re falling for Republican tricks. You’re falling for me, Fox News, whatever it is, but you are damned idiots. And that makes ’em mad, and you need to be shown a lesson for electing Republicans.
So the way they’ve got this all handled, what do you think executive amnesty is? It’s many things. It’s, of course, Democrat voter registration. It is fundamentally changing the culture of the United States, there’s no question. But it’s also a way of overcoming Republican control in these states. What do you think sanctuary cities are all about? Well, they’re multifaceted, but one of the reasons for sanctuary cities is to blunt the fact that there might be a Republican mayor in a city one day, or a Republican governor in the state.
So amnesty and increased immigration is the way the Democrats are going to overcome the Republican electoral. That’s what’s so damned important about stopping it. The Democrats must be made to feel the effects of these losses. When they lose, they must lose. They craft ways to overcome their defeats, outside their electoral process. Amnesty, increased legal immigration is one of those techniques. The Democrat plan is to change the demographics of the voters in these states that are run by Republicans. That’s how they’re doing it.
They’ve adopted almost a new belief system that elections don’t matter. They hate having to run for election anyway. It’s insulting. It’s beneath them to have to campaign. They should be appointed by the czars, and they should have lifetime appointments. The fact that you people get to weigh in on it really ticks ’em off. So the way to thwart the will of the people is to change the makeup of the people. And if you do not have enough support from people here, then you import them. The Democrats need a permanent underclass. Illegal immigration, hello permanent underclass. We’re the Democrats and we’re happy to have you.