Dear Democrats: Please Grow Up.

Dear Democrats: Your political party, as a whole, is acting juvenile right now. I am sure that there are still some adults among your members, but they are being overshadowed by the rest of your party. Indeed, some of the juvenile behavior is coming from Democratic Party leaders.

From The Hill: “Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) announced from the House floor on Friday that he plans to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next week. The co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus is the fifth House Democrat to publicly vow not to attend the inauguration on Jan. 20.”

From USA Today: “In an unusual act, several Democratic members of Congress will skip next week’s inauguration of Donald Trump as an act of protest. Among them is Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who told moderator Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet the Press in an interview set to air on Sunday that he does not see Trump as a “legitimate president.””

Back when Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, plenty of Republican congressmen were disappointed, but did any of them boycott Obama’s first inauguration?

Sure, some people on the political Right tried to delegitimize Obama’s presidency, but those people are on the fringes of the political Right. In contrast, the people trying to delegitimize Trump’s presidency are in the mainstream of the political Left.

Such juvenile behavior isn’t helping the Democratic Party to rebuild its brand. As law professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds writes, “Of course, lashing out doesn’t exactly bring people around. A lot of people who cast their votes for Trump reluctantly are likely to conclude that they did the right thing, as Trump’s opposition (who during the election cast Trump as the unstable, crazy one) keeps going berserk.”

Bernard Goldberg writes, “I was and still am not a fan of Donald Trump. I find him to be both a narcissist and a braggart, not qualities I admire in a man who will soon be president. But I find it more than a little ironic that the people who have brought me closer to the president-elect are liberals with TDS [Trump Derangement Syndrome], who I find more annoying than Donald Trump — and much more deranged.”

Democrats would do well to keep their powder dry until Trump is actually in the Oval Office and actually does something deserving a rebuke. That would be better than shooting their eyes out with the Red Ryder BB guns that they got for Christmas, which is what they are doing now.

One can hope that adult Democrats will take their party back. Only time will tell if they do.

(The above post was originally published @ The Moderate Voice, which has many more Democrat readers than Wizbang.)

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  • yetanotherjohn

    Never interrupt your opponent while they are in the process of making a mistake.

    • Indeed not.

    • Scalia

      And do not interrupt your enemy while he is committing suicide.

  • Vagabond661

    Ironically the Democrat Party needs a Trump-like person to fix it just like Trump had to fight the GOP establishment.

    The Looney Left has such a stronghold, they won’t go quietly and may lead the party to their doom.

    • LiberalNightmare

      The Dems had their Trump-like person. They colluded with Clinton to steal the democratic nomination from him.

      • jim_m

        I would hesitate to call a 76 year old Jewish version of Hugo Chavez the dem’s “Trump-like person”. Bernie didn’t want to refocus the dems on the people, but instead wanted to double down on moving the country to a communist state.

        What made Trump work in the GOP was that he was some great conservative (because it is difficult to argue that he is) but he played to the limited government, pro-business, pro- employment leanings of the country. The dems couldn’t put up anyone who can speak to the last two and will never be able to put up someone who supports the first.

        • LiberalNightmare

          I don’t think that Bernie was Trump-like in his political views. The similarity comes more from his “outsider” status.

          The democrats needed a change candidate, but went with HIllary instead, bad move. Ultimately had Sanders won the democratic nomination, I think that Trump would not have won his nomination.

          Trump is definitely not a conservative, but lets not forget that many of the “conservatives” we have all voted into office over the last eight years, turned out to be not so conservative when they got to their offices.

  • Wild_Willie

    It is this behavior from the democrats and MSM that helped Trump get elected. My advice is to keep it up. ww

    • That is how you get more Trump… As Glenn Instapundit Reynolds has been pointing out.

  • Retired military

    “One can hope that adult Democrats will take their party back. Only time will tell if they do.”

    Havent seen a dem politician who fits that description yet. Schumer and Pelosi darn sure dont. Plus they have no reason to act sane because of their districts.

    • Jwb10001

      RM, what’s your issue with comparing Obama’s talent and achievements with Beyonce’s, seems entirely appropriate to me.

      • yetanotherjohn

        I can’t deny it, Beyonce has a giant butt … and Obama is a giant butt.

      • Retired military

        The fact that the “reporter” and most democrats actually thought of it as a compliment for the leader of the free world to be compared with an entertainer.

    • Satire is in danger…

  • yetanotherjohn

    I’m old enough to remember if you wanted to vote for a local office holder, you needed to vote in the democratic primary. Whomever won the democratic primary (or run-off) would be the local candidate who would win in November. There were a few exceptions, but for the most part this was true. During High School, I worked on the election campaign for a republican representative who was always returned with percentages now seen usually by minority representatives. Most of the republicans in a large swath of Texas were put into his district.
    The governor, lt governor, state house, state senate, etc were all democrats. There were exceptions (e.g. a senator), but for the most part that was just the way it was and “always would be”.
    Then one business man ran and won as a republican for governor. A woman ran and won for railroad commissioner (a relatively important position around here). Reagan won the state and a whole host of down ballot candidates got elected for county judge and the like. Seat by seat the state house and senate went to the GOP. Now it has been over 20 years since a democrat has been elected to state wide office in my state.
    I’m (cough, cough) not THAT old. But between High School and now we went from mostly democrats being elected to mostly republicans with 20 years of pure GOP in state office. That’s a fair amount of change.
    Right now that is just the way it is and “always will be”. The democrats could win my state. Any time one party is in exclusive control, they more or less rightly get blamed for everything. The candidate who just wants to win and doesn’t really have a philosophy of government other than their own power joins the dominant party, not because they agree with the party ideals. There are “blue” parts of the state including a liberal capital city that republicans have a hard time getting elected in. But just as the GOP had relatively few “minor league” players to try for higher and higher positions, the dems have a very limited state bench. A mayor is likely to be the highest a dem can go before running for governor.
    A business man could likely run for governor and might even win. After four years of Trump, maybe a senator or president could get elected.
    Just as the dems have to buy a clue and get their house in order (riding racial grievance isn’t likely to be the winner), the GOP needs to keep their house in order to keep winning the state.

  • LiberalNightmare

    For all the caterwauling from the left, its important to remember, that Trump hasn’t actually taken office yet.

    I cant wait to see what happens when President Trump actually does something.

    • yetanotherjohn

      I swear, when he raised his hand to take the oath, I could see he was shooting the bird at every minority, gay, woman and progressive in the country … wait, am I early again?

    • jim_m

      People generally scream before the accident hits and then cry afterwards. I expect the same to be the case here.

    • MeteorBlades

      You know who is going to be caterwauling the most in about a year to 18 months? All you folks who feel betrayed by Trump. You’ll be screaming for impeachment and threatening primaries against any Congressperson who doesn’t vote for it. We are going to need so much popcorn watching you squirm. Of course, our delight at your upset will be tempered by the wreckage Trump and his cronies inflict on us all.

      • Scalia

        So far, Trump looks to be following through on his campaign promises, so I foresee no need to squirm.

        What “wreckage” are you talking about?

        • MeteorBlades

          We’ll see how you feel about that when millions of jobs are lost because of the economic policies of this crook and his cronies.

          • Ah, but you see, we are in no way wedded to him. Should he screw the pooch in that manner he will be primaried and will not be the candidate in 2020.

          • Scalia

            So far, thousands of jobs are either staying within our shores or will be created here. Your Chicken Little approach isn’t convincing anybody here. You need to learn the difference between an argument and an assertion.

          • MeteorBlades

            You should read past the Foxaganda headlines. But, of course, you won’t.

      • LiberalNightmare

        So, your not for unity and co-operation? What a shock.

        • MeteorBlades

          Unity and cooperation? You mean I shouldn’t behave like the Party of No has been doing for the past eight years? The party that violated the Constitution by refusing to even hold a hearing on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland?

          Unity and cooperation with the party led by a guy who made a personal crusade out of trying to prove Barack Obama isn’t even an American?

          If Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, or ANY Democrat had the kind of ties that Donald Trump has with the Kremlin, y’all would be calling for sending her or him to Gitmo.

          • LiberalNightmare

            Its gonna be an awesome eight years, tremendous even!

          • Scalia

            If the GOP violated the Constitution, the Democrats were welcome to give it a go in the court system. They did not because they know better than you that there is nothing unconstitutional about Senate inaction over a Supreme Court nominee. In fact, I plan on posting an analysis on advice and consent sometime within the next few weeks. Nobody with brains would bring an action to force a Senate hearing or vote, so your protest is nothing but an immature hissy-fit. If you want to be taken seriously, you need to craft a logical argument. If you refuse to do so, you deserve disdain.

            You tut-tut unity and cooperation, but you’re apparently ignorant of what LiberalNightmare was referring to. If you paid any attention to the campaign, you know that Clinton excoriated Trump over her perception that he would not accept the results of the election. She and other Democrats blasted him because they had every expectation of victory. Since Clinton lost, we’ve seen nothing but spoiled-brat syndrome from the Left. If you preach unity and cooperation, you need to practice it.

  • Scalia

    Trump Derangement Syndrome

    I love it!

  • jim_m

    Reps Barbara Lee, John, Lewis, John Conyers, Lacy Clay, Maxine Waters are refusing to attend the inaugural.

    TDS, the Congressional Black Caucus has it in spades.

    • Jwb10001

      I believe Trump rejected John Lewis’ race card as max’ed out and in arrears. The same John Lewis (D chicken little) that compared McCain to George Wallace (D) Alabama.

      • Brucehenry

        Trump’s not worthy to shine the shoes of a true American hero, John Lewis.

        • jim_m

          Oh you mean the has been race baiter who claimed that he was spat upon and called racist slurs on the capitol and then when the video emerged showing that he was a lying asshat he refused to admit that he fabricated the whole thing?

          That hero? I suppose all your heroes are lying, racist dirtbags of one sort or another.

          • Brucehenry

            Well the “shit” that Lewis did 50 year ago included marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and getting his skull fractured by an Alabama State Trooper. The shit that Trump did 50 years (or less) ago included getting sued by the Nixon DOJ for racial discrimination in housing.

            Being a has-been is much better than being a never-was.

          • Jwb10001

            Plucked from somewhere:

            “Lewis has devoted his life to being a hack Democratic Party politician. John McCain was a hero 50 years ago, too, but has that ever stopped the Democrats from criticizing him? No.”

            Lewis compared McCain to Geo Wallace, that’s over playing the race card and should be beneath a true civil rights hero. He is not exempt from push back just like anyone else.

          • Brucehenry

            McCain WAS a hero 50 years ago, and it’s fair to say that what Lewis said about the atmosphere at McCain-Palin rallies (and not, if you read the full quote in context, about McCain as a man) was over-the top. And Lewis was a hero 50 years ago.

            Trump has never been a hero. The good that Lewis (and McCain) did 50 years ago is more than Trump has done or will ever do as long as he lives.

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            Well, he could have been a hero, just like McCain, but, you know, his feet hurt. Perhaps the draft board should have told him that they would make an exception and let him wear a nice pair of Italian loafers in the Vietnamese jungle, rather than those uncomfortable boots.

            “Yup, my feet are killing me, hey anyone for a quick 18?”

          • Scalia

            So, you’re still dissing on Bill Clinton for dodging the draft? How bipartisan of you!

          • Brucehenry

            At least Bill Clinton opposed the War in Vietnam and so can claim his draft-dodging was principled. Trump’s was a matter of convenience and privilege.


            Also, too:


          • Billy joe jim bob lied his way out of the draft. He wrote and signed a letter of intent to join ROTC and seek a commission in retrun for a deferment for studeis overseas (a Rhodes’ Scholarship which he never completed. He failed to fulfill his contractual obligation.

          • Scalia

            Yeah, I wonder if Buster dissed Clinton as much as he’s trying to slam Trump. I think not.

          • Don’t forget that B. Hussein Choom never served either.

          • Scalia

            Yes. A principled person would have burned his draft card and accepted the legal consequences. Or, he could have simply said he wasn’t going, but his angst over his “political viability” kept him from keeping his word. Some principle.

          • Brucehenry

            My point was that at least Clinton’s avoidance of the draft had some basis in disagreement with policy, unlike Trump’s, which was based as far as we know on nothing but unwillingness to be inconvenienced.

            Besides, bringing Clinton into this is nothing but deflection. Nobody was talking about Clinton. Trump, Lewis, and McCain were being compared. As somebody said on another thread, it’s a “shiny.”

          • As usual, your point would best be covered by the hats you disparage.

          • jim_m

            My point remains that Lewis’ actions 50 years ago, while laudable, shed no light on his character as a person today. His small minded, hyper partisan and outrageously racist actions of the last few years show what he has become. I suspect that the Lewis of the Civil Rights Era would be ashamed of the race baiting bigot he has become.

            Something tells me that he makes up fake racial incidents because he misses the old days and the glory he received from them and he is now willing to defraud the people in order to regain some of that. He’s a shallow, bitter man and I pity him.

          • Brucehenry

            As to your first paragraph: If you say so, Jim. And my point remains that Trump’s actions 40 and 50 and 30 and 10 and 20 years ago shed plenty of light on HIS character as a person today. Which is why I say he is not worthy to shine the shoes of the congressman from Georgia.

            As to the second: A load of horseshit. Cheap boilerplate and amateur pop psychology.

          • Never was says so.

          • Says Wizbang’s resident exemplar of “…Never was.”

          • Brucehenry

            Yes I never was a fan of ridiculous haberdashery.

          • …And never will be.

          • Only the more savory of his idols would rise to the level of “…lying, racist dirbags…”

            He certainly doesn’t rise to that level.

  • stan25

    Tell me where the Dems can find an adult in the party? The people that make up the editorial staffs of the far-left wing blogs and state controlled media made damn sure of that the adults were weeded out. They started to weed them out the day after Zell Miller made his speech at the 2004 Republican convention. After the drubbing the Dems have received over the last few mid-term election cycles, they don’t have any in the wings.

  • pennywit

    If you’re a Democratic congressman, IMO, going to the Trump inauguration is good form. You go, you smile, you put on your best face, and you get through the day and the night. You find a camera and you talk about how you’re looking forward to working with the new president, or you say that you hope he’s got an ear for the problems in your state or district, or similar pabulum. It’s worth at last pretending to be bipartisan for one day, IMO.

    • jim_m

      You are quite correct, but the left is too full of spoiled children to accomplish such a display of class. Instead they will squander the moment and the opportunity and show that as a party they are opposed to the peaceful transfer of power and that they support a fascist dictatorship as was proposed by that lunatic Rosie O’Donnell this week.

  • Paul Hooson

    Democrats don’t control the presidency, congress or the senate, so most voters are not focused on what civil rights veteran John Lewis thinks, although with the Martin Luther King weekend he does express the frustrations of millions of African Americans.

    Unlike President Obama who can argue that he could not get much of what he supported through congress, this presidency and congress are completely ruled by the Republicans, putting tremendous pressure on them to satisfy most voters. Instead, we’ve witnessed an attempt to repeal Obamacare without replacing it or addressing Americans that might lose coverage or that a repeal will cost taxpayers $350 billion dollars. Add to this Donald Trump’s behavior issues where he enters office with only 41% support according to a new USA TODAY poll, where the pressure is on Republicans to rule in a manner that inspires confidence if they want their winning 2016 voter coalition to survive the 2018 midterm elections. In 1988, George HW Bush won election with 54% of the vote, and despite a successful war against Iraq and the downfall of the Soviet Union, lost the 1992 election with only 38% of the vote. Voters held the bad economy and backtracking on tax increases against him higher than his huge achievements. Similarly, voters want Obamacare replaced with something better, not chaos, or lost coverage or higher costs.

    The Republicans completely own this government, where whether they succeed or fail is completely theirs. The voices of John Lewis or other lonely Democrats are not so important right now, although 54% of voters did not vote for Mr. Trump. This Republican government needs to do well to maintain that 46% support and chip into that 54% of voters who did not support Mr. Trump.

    • jim_m

      No. All they have to do is sit back and let the deranged left show everyone just how much a bunch of fascists they really are and how the left’s primary desire is to force its ideology on everyone and to silence all opposition by making that opposition illegal.

      College campuses are the proving ground for the tactics of the left. Silencing opposition, elimination of due process, McCarthyite witch hunts based on political ideology, that is what the left stands for. That is why the left is upset, because they will not be able to expand that agenda without limitation.

      The dems completely own a public strategy of racism and violent oppression of dissent. As long as they continue to pursue that – and there is no evidence that they will change course – they will continue to find themselves driven further and further into the wilderness.

      Thanks to obama, the dems now also own a policy of antisemitism and pro-islamist radicalism. They also own a policy of national disarmament as the Mattis confirmation hearings have demonstrated with the dems more interested in social engineering bullshit than actually defending this nation.

    • Actually, >President 0bama used his single party control of both chambers of Congress and the Executive to enact 0bamaCare without so much as a single Republican Vote, which act is now being undone by the very same method…

      Quite the lasting accomplishment and legacy, that…