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  • "The Trump team is following the Walker playbook"

    How Democrats are getting played

    Super Bowl week, and the early days of the Trump administration, are a good time to think about what works in sports and politics.

    As every good coach knows, you study the game film of your opponent to spot tendencies, and then you run plays that exploit the weakness in the opposition’s defensive schemes. If the plays work, you keep running them, keep piling up the yards and the points, until the other team gets wise and starts to make some adjustments, or doesn’t get wise and gets creamed.

    That’s what the new Trump administration is doing. It has studied the game films from Wisconsin in 2011, when Gov. Scott Walker declared war on organized labor, the Democratic Party and the moderate wing of his own Republican Party. Right after his election, Walker introduced Act 10, a bill that drove large holes in the defensive position of unions by severely limiting collective bargaining and eliminating the main fund-raising tool of the unions, fair share.

    The unions and their supporters responded to this play by organizing massive demonstrations and sit-ins in the capitol in Madison. During the week of Feb. 14, attendance grew day by day, hitting 25,000 by Friday and more than 50,000 on the weekend. The next week, the daily average was 50,000, and the weekend attendance hit 100,000.

    [...]

    This reaction attracted national and international media, brought celebrities flooding into Madison, and generated scores of millions of dollars for the cause. The demonstrations took on a life of their own. Their leaders then called a second play — a recall of the governor, which attracted more than $75 million to just one progressive organization and untold millions to others.

    Here was the problem. These defensive moves didn’t work. On March 9, the Wisconsin Legislature passed Act 10. And on June 14, the state’s Supreme Court ruled the law constitutional, after which the demonstrations and occupation evaporated.

    The Trump team is following the Walker playbook, with some variations. Like Walker, it is running aggressive plays right from the start. It doesn’t have to feel out the opponents’ soft spots and tendencies. It knows them.

    The difference is that it isn’t just running one play. It’s running a series of them, one right after the other, to keep the defense confused and on its heels.

    Second, it’s counting on the opposition to fall into the same trap that the Wisconsin opposition did — to rely on massive demonstrations and to ignore the need to do hard, local, person-by-person organizing back in the local towns, villages and counties.

    [...]

    The Trump team will keep running their plays, as the Walker team did. They hope and pray that the opposition will follow the Wisconsin script and indulge in impeachment talk or rigid obstructionism — spending precious time and another fortune on ads and legal costs.

    Meanwhile, in the Midwest, where the next set of elections will be decided, the Trump crowd will keep racking up the points in local and statewide elections, preparing for the coup de grace in 2018 and 2020.

    Nothing happening now is new. Everything the Trump team is doing is a repeat of the Wisconsin game plan. And, so far, everything his opposition is doing is even more predictable. It’s not too late to change the defense and to play some offense.

    But it’s getting late early, as Yogi Berra once said.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/d...icle-1.2961872

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    Grassroots rage and the Democrats’ crackup
    By Salena Zito February 1, 2017

    [...]

    Case in point: Thousands of angry demonstrators gathered outside the luxury Brooklyn apartment building of Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday evening. They held up signs and chanted “What the f- -k, Chuck?!” The progressive wing of his party was putting him on notice.

    Their beef? To make sure he never plays ball with President Trump — or any Republican.

    The Democrats’ civil war is in response to the party losing the House, Senate and presidency, while it holds a historically low number of seats in state legislative bodies and governors’ offices. If there’s any consolation for them, it’s that Republicans washed out of power in 2008 but took back the House in 2010 and the Senate four years after that.

    But liberals still believe they’re the side with the most power and influence because of their cultural dominance. The arts and entertainment world confirms their prejudices daily. The real world, however, does not.

    [...]

    And now the angry left, thinking it’s learning from Clinton’s mistakes, is actually repeating one of her biggest. Essentially, the Clinton faction won the party’s nomination, but the Bernie Sanders faction won the day. Instead of offering independents, moderate Democrats or reluctant Republicans an alternative, those non-liberals see protests after protest, outrage after outrage — and they’re tuning the anger out and going on with the business of life.

    It appears that the Trump team grasps that with a strategy zeroed on making the Democrats constantly play defense.

    Says Sracic, “Trump issues an executive order beginning the process of dismantling the ACA, and Democrats respond by saying he is trying to ‘Make America Sick Again. People think, however, that the ACA needs to be improved. Where is the Democratic alternative?

    “You can argue the same thing about immigration, taxes and regulations, all subjects of Trump executive orders.”

    While they’re fighting these internecine battles, Trump is quietly taking more of the ground the Democrats are giving up without a fight.

    [...]

    http://nypost.com/2017/02/01/grassro...crats-crackup/

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    • #3
      Well said.

      The snowflakes are howling about the wall, but they are offering no alternatives to the crisis.

      Ditto with the terror issue; they don't want tougher vetting, but they have no alternative.

      Temper tantrums are wearing thin; the media loves them, but the media is not loved.
      Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
        Well said.

        The snowflakes are howling about the wall, but they are offering no alternatives to the crisis.

        Ditto with the terror issue; they don't want tougher vetting, but they have no alternative.

        Temper tantrums are wearing thin; the media loves them, but the media is not loved.
        There's been plenty of alternatives, just not acceptable ones.
        Wisdom is personal

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Karri View Post
          There's been plenty of alternatives, just not practical ones.
          Fixed that for you.

          I've been on the border. The only solution offered that has any basis in reality is the wall. They've been building it on and off since the 70s.
          Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
            Fixed that for you.

            I've been on the border. The only solution offered that has any basis in reality is the wall. They've been building it on and off since the 70s.
            I think the only thing that works is putting manpower down there. If you do that then the wall might help. But if you just build a wall...well, maybe the cows and chickens wont be able to cross but humans surely will.
            Wisdom is personal

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            • #7
              The Dems have been on the back foot for most of a year now. As a party they are struggling to come together and unite against Trump when Trump acts like he's handing them issue after issue on a silver platter.

              The GOP had an air of disunity over Trump - they still do - but there is one key difference: they won. That means many of those opposed to Trump are more than willing to bite their tongue in the meantime, and Trump's team still knows they need the GOP to get anything done, leading to an alliance against a common enemy.

              The Dems, rattled by their loss against Trump ('Of all people!' they cry) are still trying to come to terms with how they lost, and what that means for the party. There is infighting and power plays going on, all confounded by Trump's aggressive moves.

              If the Dems were a more unified party, they'd be able to really throw the GOP for a loop because of the scale of what the Republicans are doing. But they're not. The cracks in their machine are showing. The lack of strong leadership - the same weak leadership that allowed Hillary Clinton to run - is hamstringing their efforts to respond coherently.

              The GOP took the initiative and they're running with it, knowing the Dems can't mount an effective defense. This is political blitzkrieg - the GOP broke through and is now rampaging through the Democrat's rear, causing panic and confusion.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Karri View Post
                I think the only thing that works is putting manpower down there. If you do that then the wall might help. But if you just build a wall...well, maybe the cows and chickens wont be able to cross but humans surely will.
                You mean in addition to the 20,000 BP agents already working the border?
                Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Daemon of Decay View Post
                  The Dems have been on the back foot for most of a year now. As a party they are struggling to come together and unite against Trump when Trump acts like he's handing them issue after issue on a silver platter.

                  The GOP had an air of disunity over Trump - they still do - but there is one key difference: they won. That means many of those opposed to Trump are more than willing to bite their tongue in the meantime, and Trump's team still knows they need the GOP to get anything done, leading to an alliance against a common enemy.

                  The Dems, rattled by their loss against Trump ('Of all people!' they cry) are still trying to come to terms with how they lost, and what that means for the party. There is infighting and power plays going on, all confounded by Trump's aggressive moves.

                  If the Dems were a more unified party, they'd be able to really throw the GOP for a loop because of the scale of what the Republicans are doing. But they're not. The cracks in their machine are showing. The lack of strong leadership - the same weak leadership that allowed Hillary Clinton to run - is hamstringing their efforts to respond coherently.

                  The GOP took the initiative and they're running with it, knowing the Dems can't mount an effective defense. This is political blitzkrieg - the GOP broke through and is now rampaging through the Democrat's rear, causing panic and confusion.
                  An incisive assessment.

                  The DNC has been something of a confederation in later years, whereas the Tea Party beat the GOP into a more coherent whole after Bobo's win.

                  I think the current situation demonstrates that setbacks can be valuable. 2008 drove the GOP to become lean and mean.
                  Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Daemon of Decay View Post
                    The Dems have been on the back foot for most of a year now. As a party they are struggling to come together and unite against Trump when Trump acts like he's handing them issue after issue on a silver platter.
                    Until the Dem's learn how to recognize sandbagging, Trump will keep sandbagging them.
                    Originally posted by Daemon of Decay
                    The GOP had an air of disunity over Trump - they still do - but there is one key difference: they won. That means many of those opposed to Trump are more than willing to bite their tongue in the meantime, and Trump's team still knows they need the GOP to get anything done, leading to an alliance against a common enemy.
                    Winning tends to push disunity into the background.

                    Originally posted by Daemon of Decay
                    The Dems, rattled by their loss against Trump ('Of all people!' they cry) are still trying to come to terms with how they lost, and what that means for the party. There is infighting and power plays going on, all confounded by Trump's aggressive moves.
                    And a lot of denial.

                    Originally posted by Daemon of Decay
                    If the Dems were a more unified party, they'd be able to really throw the GOP for a loop because of the scale of what the Republicans are doing. But they're not. The cracks in their machine are showing. The lack of strong leadership - the same weak leadership that allowed Hillary Clinton to run - is hamstringing their efforts to respond coherently.
                    It's shocking that the GOP couldn't figure this out sooner.

                    Originally posted by Daemon of Decay
                    The GOP took the initiative and they're running with it, knowing the Dems can't mount an effective defense. This is political blitzkrieg - the GOP broke through and is now rampaging through the Democrat's rear, causing panic and confusion.
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