Democrats, not the GOP, fac­ing a loom­ing civil war

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

De­spite what the hys­ter­i­cal me­dia will tell you, those dis­tant blasts you heard last week rolling from New York City to Rich­mond were not can­non fire from the on­go­ing civil war within the Repub­li­can Party. They were the first shots fired in the civil war that is about to break wide open within the Demo­cratic Party.

The hy­per­ven­ti­lat­ing me­dia have gone from sim­ply jaun­diced side­line ob­servers to out­right cheer­lead­ers, breath­lessly fan­ning the flames of dis­cord within the GOP at ev­ery turn. Who knew The New York Times cares so much about Repub­li­can politi­cians from Texas and Utah? Of course, they don’t. Un­less those con­ser­va­tive Tex­ans and Uta­hans are in a knife fight with es­tab­lish­ment Repub­li­cans in Wash­ing­ton.

Last Tues­day’s Demo­cratic routs in Vir­ginia and in New York City, the me­dia squealed with de­light, was fi­nal proof that the Repub­li­can Party is fin­ished. Not only in so­phis­ti­cated places like New York City, but also im­por­tant bat­tle­ground states like Vir­ginia.

Now it is cer­tainly true that Repub­li­cans have suf­fered some hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feats of late. Chief among them has been their in­abil­ity in three elec­tions to win the ar­gu­ment against Oba­macare. Now that Amer­i­cans have met Oba­macare, we re­al­ize just how pa­thetic Repub­li­cans had to have been to lose that fight.

All of that pain caused in re­cent years by the tea party and the con­ser­va­tive purists throw­ing over­board so many of the who­r­ish politi­cians in their own midst who came to Wash­ing­ton only to be cor­rupted will pay off down the road. The grow­ing new voices in the Repub­li­can Party sound more and more rea­son­able and prin­ci­pled by the day, es­pe­cially with the hot dis­as­ter that has be­come of cen­tral­ized so­cial­ist medicine.

Some of those bat­tles are still yet to come, but at least the party is on the road to re­cov­ery.

Not so the Democrats. Flush with vic­to­ries of their op­po­nents’ mak­ing in re­cent years, they have got­ten a lit­tle fat and lazy, and now they’re over­reach­ing.

Terry McAuliffe was cruis­ing to a dou­ble-digit win in Vir­ginia — only to have Oba­macare raise its ugly head and nearly snatch vic­tory away at the last minute.

In New York City, vot­ers elected an un­re­con­structed old-school lib­eral from the days of Austin Pow­ers. New York­ers are not nearly the doc­tri­naire lib­er­als that many peo­ple tend to be­lieve. They like politi­cians who make their sprawl­ing, un­ruly city work. Just as soon as the crime, trash piles and taxes start ris­ing, they will be ready to throw Bill DiBla­sio out.

Democrats in the Se­nate re­al­ize the trou­ble they are in, which is why they marched down to the White House last week to blast Pres­i­dent Obama over the po­lit­i­cal stink bomb of a health care law that he has dumped into their laps just in time for their 2014 re-elec­tion cam­paigns.

Best of all, the Clin­tons re­al­ize this, too. Tues­day’s ex­plo­sive in­ter­view where for­mer Pres­i­dent Clin­ton called on Mr. Obama to “honor” his “com­mit­ment” and al­low peo­ple to keep their health insurance plans if they like them was not only another blast in the Demo­cratic civil war, it was the open­ing salvo by the Clin­ton cam­paign to throw Mr. Obama un­der the bus.

Charles Hurt can be reached at, and on Twit­ter at @charleshurt.

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