Today’s paragraphs come to us from the latest commentary written by Matthew Continetti, Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Free Beacon (freebeacon.com).
Here they are. I doubt you’ll need me to explain why Mr. Continetti is being given today’s Paragraphs Of The Day award:
The Democrats are like characters in a Bill Murray movie. They keep reliving the same day, trapped in the rhythms and routines of campaign 2016. They persist in the rhetoric, tropes, gestures, figures, and policies that delivered the presidency, the Congress, and the bulk of statehouses and governor’s mansions to the Republican Party. What they can’t escape is identity politics—the slicing and dicing of the electorate by race, sex, orientation, gender identity, country of origin, dietary preference, what have you. Meanwhile President Trump has run off with the most saleable of the Democrats’ old issues and the foundations of their coalition. You’d think they’d notice.
Instead the Democrats are too paralyzed by disgust with Trump to care. They are too in love with their newly created self-image as the vehicle of the Resistance, too possessed by the codes and nostrums of the literary theory courses they took as undergraduates, too beholden to the ludicrous iconography of Hillary Clinton as feminist martyr. Clinton is undoubtedly one of the worst major party nominees in the history of the United States, a public figure whose tin ear, ineptitude, defensiveness, corruption, and privilege cost her not one but two presidential contests. Her dogged and egregious self-fashioning into a “protector of women” has again and again been exposed as false, from her days laughing off her defense of a child rapist, to her decades-long role in demeaning and undermining her husband’s victims, to her “reassignment” of a spiritual adviser credibly accused of sexual misconduct during the 2008 campaign.
That last bit of news came out only recently. Days later, a bizarre clip of Clinton thanking “activist bitches supporting bitches” went viral on Twitter. Then she appeared on the telecast of the Grammys, reading a portion of Fire and Fury. The audience whooped and cheered as if they were in Philadelphia two summers ago. No one in the crowd seems to have wondered why this two-time loser, whose approval rating is at an all-time low, feels driven to remain a semi-constant presence in public life. Nor has her handling of press relations improved. Hours before President Trump began his State of the Union address, Clinton released a clumsy, cynical, lengthy, self-serving, and dodgy explanation of why she allowed Reverend Harasser to keep his job nine years ago. “If I had it to do again, I wouldn’t,” Clinton wrote, in a typically confusing and mealy-mouthed non-apology apology that went out of its way to attack the New York Times for having the temerity to report on her critically. (Remind you of anyone?) Of course, the reason for Clinton’s inaction is the same for all of her missteps. She didn’t think she’d be caught.
What can you say to this analysis other than “yep, that about covers it”?
If I were a Republican, I would hope and pray that Democrats continue doing exactly what they have been doing for the past decade – which, as pointed out in the previous blog, has resulted in Republicans now dominating every part of the federal government and most state governments.
Thank you, Mr. Continetti, for bringing this home so clearly.