The deadly lib­eral delu­sion

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polls, with 39 per­cent calling them­selves mod­er­ates and 35 per­cent con­ser­va­tives.

Add the na­ture of the Amer­i­can sys­tem: House mem­bers rep­re­sent in­di­vid­ual dis­tricts that are of­ten ger­ry­man­dered to pro­tect the party in power; each state gets two se­na­tors, no mat­ter its size; and the Elec­toral Col­lege de­ter­mines the pres­i­dent, not the pop­u­lar vote.

The math is un­de­ni­able and un­re­lent­ing: Democrats can­not take back the White House or Congress sim­ply by build­ing up large ma­jori­ties in Brook­lyn and Bos­ton.

Politics is al­ways about ad­di­tion, not sub­trac­tion. Con­demn­ing mod­er­ates as “col­lab­o­ra­tors” and “en­ablers” will con­demn the party to per­ma­nent mi­nor­ity sta­tus.

Groups like We Will Re­place You are di­rectly con­nected to Bernism, the mass ma­nia that in­fected lib­er­als dur­ing the Demo­cratic pri­maries. They de­luded them­selves into be­liev­ing that a self-pro­claimed Demo­cratic so­cial­ist, mouthing to­tally un­re­al­is­tic slo­gans like “free col­lege tu­ition,” could ac­tu­ally win.

Sure, San­ders backed Clin­ton af­ter the con­ven­tions, but he stayed in the pri­maries far too long and con­vinced far too many of his fol­low­ers that she was a flawed can­di­date not worth vot­ing for. Yes, Clin­ton was a poor can­di­date, but with­out a doubt, San­ders helped elect Trump. He Lin­col­nized Clin­ton.

The fall­out from Bernism is not just bad for the Democrats; it’s bad for the coun­try. Mod­er­ates like Manchin, Heitkamp and Donnelly are an es­sen­tial part of a func­tion­ing Se­nate. They are the deal­mak­ers, the con­cil­ia­tors, the lu­bri­ca­tors who make the leg­isla­tive ma­chin­ery run. Their shrink­ing numbers help ex­plain why the Se­nate is im­plod­ing over Gor­such’s nom­i­na­tion to the high court.

In 2005, a group called the Gang of 14 — seven Democrats, seven Repub­li­cans — bro­kered a pact over ju­di­cial nominations that avoided a partisan show­down.

Only three of those 14 Se­na­tors, all Repub­li­cans, re­main in of­fice. All the Democrats are gone, in­clud­ing four mod­er­ates from red states: Robert Byrd of West Vir­ginia, Ben Nel­son of Ne­braska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mary Lan­drieu of Louisiana.

There was no deal this year, com­pa­ra­ble to the one forged 12 years ago, be­cause there are so few deal­mak­ers left.

If the Democrats for­get Blanche Lin­coln, if they in­sist on purg­ing any­one who strays from lib­eral or­tho­doxy, they will mis­read — once again — the na­ture of the Amer­i­can elec­torate. And they will weaken, not strengthen, their abil­ity to re­sist Trump.

Steve and Cokie Roberts can be con­tacted by email at steve­cokie@gmail. com. “Just Plain Neat In­for­ma­tion” supplied by lo­cal reader

WASH­ING­TON, D.C. — Great na­tions through­out his­tory are those that con­trol their own sovereignty. Sovereignty can be de­fined in dif­fer­ent ways, but starts with the free­dom to act in the na­tion’s best in­ter­est and con­trol­ling who crosses their bor­ders.

Pres­i­dent Trump has made putting Amer­ica first a pri­or­ity for his Ad­min­is­tra­tion. I fully sup­port him in this ef­fort and am work­ing hard in Congress to make it a re­al­ity. Pres­i­dent Trump promised to build a wall on our south­ern bor­der. I re­cently in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion that will help make the wall a re­al­ity with­out any ad­di­tional costs to Amer­ica’s tax­payer. Each year the coun­tries south of our bor­der ben­e­fit from an es­ti­mated $50 bil­lion wind­fall from the U.S. in the form of remittances. In 2015, Mex­ico re­ceived over $24 bil­lion in remittances sent from the United States.

My bill, H.R.. 1813, the Bor­der Wall Fund­ing Act of 2017, would im­pose a fee on re- mit­tance trans­ac­tions to South and Cen­tral Amer­ica. The fee rev­enue would go to an ac­count ded­i­cated to build­ing the wall. The leg­is­la­tion is en­dorsed by FAIR (Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Im­mi­gra­tion Re­form) and Num­ber­sUSA. It is time to fi­nally have some real ac­tion on se­cur­ing our bor­ders.

I have also in­tro­duced the Amer­i­can Sovereignty Restora­tion Act of 2017, which would end the United States’ in­volve­ment in the United Na­tions (UN).

The Amer­i­can tax­payer should not have to bankroll an or­ga­ni­za­tion that tries to in­fringe on our Con­sti­tu­tional rights and sup­ports ter­ror­ists over our great ally Is­rael. The United States does not need the per­mis­sion of the UN to de­fend our val­ues and free­doms. I be­lieve we should put Amer­ica first and get out of the UN.

I stand with Pres­i­dent Trump on these is­sues and will con­tinue to push these bills for­ward. I want to hear from you on this or any is­sue. Please sign up for my e-News­let­ter by vis­it­ing

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