Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
Tired of all this Winning yet? – Former leftwing Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens – otherwise known as Nixon’s Folly – suggested in a NYTimes op-ed on Tuesday that the right to keep and bear arms is a “relic of the 18th century” and that the time has come to repeal the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. Liberals all over America who have spent the last month claiming in their anti-gun frenzy since the school shootings in Parkland, Florida are not about repealing the 2nd Amendment nodded in agreement as they read Stevens’ remarks.
Stevens’ comments are wholly un-helpful to either side in the debate over guns, since the reality on the ground is that it is simply not possible to put together the 2/3rds majorities in both houses of congress and 3/4ths of the 50 states that would be required to achieve the repeal of a constitutional amendment. But then, few things Stevens has done in his entire adult life have been helpful to this country.
Washington Post writer Aaron Blake thinks Stevens’ op-ed was most un-helpful to Democrats, calling it “supremely un-helpful”, and saying that “One of the biggest threats to the recovery of the Democratic Party these days is overreach.” Well, hell, when has the Democrat Party ever not over-reached? Hard to remember, but I’m sure there must have been some past example. And on the gun debate, the Party’s obvious desire has always been to ultimately disarm the public. At least Stevens was being honest about it, in direct contrast to Democrat politicians.
But Blake’s piece gets even better: “The [Stevens op-ed] might as well be considered an in-kind contribution to the National Rifle Association, to Republicans’ efforts to keep the House and Senate in 2018, and to President Trump’s 2020 reelection bid. In one fell swoop, Stevens has lent credence to the talking point that the left really just wants to get rid of gun ownership and reasserted the need for gun-rights supporters to prevent his ilk from ever being appointed again (with the most obvious answer being: Vote Republican).” Blah-blah-blah, talkingpoint, talkingpoint, talkingpoint. Ok, it really didn’t get better after all.
So, ex-justice Stevens turns out to be an equal-opportunity irritant: he’s managed to tick off everyone on both sides of the gun debate. It seems pretty clear he’d do best to just slink back off into the obscurity in which he’s been living since retiring his Supreme Court seat and leave the country to deal with the issue without his “help”.
Speaking of wholly un-helpful liberals who’d do best to remain in obscurity, former President Jimmy Carter was also in the news on Tuesday. In an interview with USA Today, Carter called President Donald Trump’s decision to bring in John Bolton as his new National Security Advisor a “disaster for our country.” And hey, Jimmy Carter is a guy who knows disasters for our country, having created so many of them himself over the last 42 years.
No one has any idea why Carter chose now to reappear on the public stage after a long period of relative quiet, but the one-term presidential failure is probably sitting there looking at all the septuagenarians and octogenarians lining up to run for the Democrat nomination in 2020 thinking, “shoot, I’m only 93, why not me?”
If you’re keeping score at home, Carter’s outburst now leaves the hapless Democrat Party with the current roster of prominent spokesmen:
- Nation of Islam bigot Louis Farrakhan;
- 93 year-old ex-President Jimmy Carter;
- 18 year-old high school demagogue David Hogg;
- 78 year-old budding pugilist Joe Biden;
- Fake Indian Senator Elizabeth Warren;
- Communist Senator Bernie Sanders.
This is not a lineup destined for the political dominance the Democrats desire.
Hey, about those “in-kind contributions” to the NRA that Aaron Blake talked about… – All the furor over gun control has had a very predictable result over at the NRA: the organization is raising tons of new money. The Washington Free Beacon reports that the NRA PAC’s collections in February came in at 300 percent above its collections in January. No doubt March’s contributions to the organization will be even higher.
This money is not coming in from a handful of large contributors, either: Fully 88 percent of the funds came in from individuals giving less than $200 each. That’s a lot of folks. Do the math.
Bottom line, Tuesday was a really, really bad day for Democrats on the issue of gun confiscation.
Just another day in Democrats want to take your guns America.