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Monday, September 9, 2013

Parting Ways

Angelo Codevilla writes about how the Republican leadership has parted ways with the American people (acknowledging that the Democratic leadership long ago did so). Codevilla writes:

Some three fourths of Americans oppose making war on Syria. Hence the Republican leadership class’ reflexive advocacy of entry into Syria’s civil war is cutting one of the few remaining ties that bind it to ordinary Americans. 
Since September 2008, when President George W. Bush, Congressman John Boehner, Senators Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Lindsay Graham and the entire Republican Congressional leadership plus Karl Rove and his big donors backed by The Wall Street Journal editorial pages were key to foisting the $816 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program on a country that opposed it three to one, the Republican Establishment has united with the Democratic Party again and again to legislate the ruling class’ domestic priorities. Before President Obama elevated the Syrian civil war onto the national agenda, the same cast of characters was chiefly occupied with gathering votes to secure funding for Obamacare against a popular movement to de-fund it. 
In short, by 2013 the Republican Establishment had proved itself so alien to the domestic concerns of that majority of Americans who dislike the direction in which the ruling class is pushing it, that the party was becoming irrelevant. ...
The Republican party is not alone. Although the Democrats have long used "bread and circuses" to good effect, even the Democratic party is beginning to fracture at the seems. Walter Russell Mead writes about push-back against the AFL-CIO joining forces with other liberal organizations:

The AFL-CIO, the biggest alliance of labor unions in America, is feeling feeble these days. You can tell because lately it’s been trying to regain some of its old clout by partnering with non-labor progressive groups, effectively bringing millions of non-union members into the fold. The problem is that some of the unions under the AFL-CIO umbrella are beginning to push back against this idea. ... Far from seeming like a strong, confident coalition, Big Blue seems more like it’s circling the wagons. Pleading with disparate factions of a party to stick together under a single, unwieldy umbrella is generally a sign of insecurity, not confidence.
The problem for the Democratic leadership is that the values of the ruling class (to borrow Codevilla's phrase) are completely at odds with anyone that has to work for living.

Another example of fracturing is the Congressional Black Caucus' failure to tow the line on Syria.
Congressional Black Caucus members hesitate to support President Obama's call for a military strike on Syria because of their constituents ongoing disappointment with his economic policies with respect to the African American community, according to a senior House Democratic Whip. 
"There are a few who are supportive of having a targeted strike, and there are many more members who are indifferent, and then there are others who are outright against against the strike," Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., told WTLC AM's Amos Brown on Wednesday when asked to describe the mood of the CBC. 
This is significant considering how invested the CBC is in Obama's presidency.

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