Forced into a state of panic by a series of cataclysmic polls, the Democratic Party has entered a new phase in its attempt to turn around its waning fortunes: lying directly — and unashamedly — to your face. To paraphrase Elena Gorokhova, “You know they are lying, they know they are lying, they know you know they are lying, you know they know you know they are lying, but they are still lying.”

About what? About everything, that’s what. They’re lying about inflation — which first wasn’t going to happen at all, which then wasn’t going to happen for very long, and which is now being blamed on a Russian invasion of Ukraine that started a year after prices started to rise. They’re lying about their agenda — which began as a New Deal–sized transformation of America, which was then transmuted into an “infrastructure” package that for a brief moment was sold as a $0-in-cost unicorn, and which has finally and ridiculously been recast as a means of fighting the inflation that, as of this week, the White House is calling “Putin’s price hike.” They’re lying about gas prices, for which Joe Biden is or isn’t responsible depending on the day you ask them, and which have inspired the most incoherent set of policy answers in recent memory. They’re lying about Afghanistan — which was definitely not going to be a catastrophe, until it was a catastrophe, at which point a catastrophe had been the plan all along. They’re lying about Florida’s education policy, and about the nature and scope of science, and about the motivations of the Supreme Court, and about American gun law, and about anything else they can think of that might distract the public from the mess over which they currently preside.

One can comprehend why, in their desperation, the Democrats have started to point fingers at anyone other than themselves. One can comprehend less easily why they believe that this is going to work. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Huey Long-esque demagogue who pretends on television to be an intellectual, has spent the last six months insisting that every bad thing in America — silicon-chip shortages, the rising cost of groceries, high gas prices, expensive meat, you name it — is the fault of “greedy corporations” that are taking advantage of the moment to maximize their gains. This claim, naturally, is not true. But it’s also somewhat weird, in that it must prompt the voters who hear it to wonder, “Why now?” Surely, if our beastly corporations were going to fabricate a series of crises in order to rake in that sweet, sweet, emergency-relief cash, they’d have done so while a Republican was president, rather than while Democrats had unified control of Washington? Joe Biden likes to cast himself as good ol’ folksy Joe, and yet, if Warren and Co. are to be believed, it was his election that provoked this outpouring of corporate greed. Is that supposed to be an argument in his favor?

A similar question obtains with Russia. Asked about gas prices this week, President Biden said, “Nothing I can do about it; it’s Putin’s fault.” Again, one must ask how this is a good political case. The “Putin” to whom Biden was referring is the same Putin who Biden once insisted was scared of him. This being so, one must wonder why Putin has now chosen to invade Ukraine once while Biden was vice president and a second time while Biden was president (a “pattern,” per Jen Psaki). One must wonder, too, why if Biden is so effective, there is “nothing” he can do to mitigate the problem. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with a president claiming he is powerless — unless, of course, he has made the opposite case a feature of his political campaign.

Which is all to say that, while Joe Biden may not be responsible for everything that is wrong with America, he has certainly been responsible for delivering mendacious and self-serving malarkey at the exact moment the public wanted modesty, clarity, and candor, and that he has thereby been responsible for his own ruin. Voters may tolerate a flimflam artist when times are good, but, as the recent election showed, they sour swiftly when trouble rears its head. Per a new poll commissioned by the Wall Street Journal, “46% of voters said they would back a Republican candidate for Congress if the election were today, compared with 41% who favored a Democrat.” In and of itself, this would be remarkable — typically, Democrats lead on the generic ballot, even in the GOP’s good years — but the breakdown is eye-popping. “By 9 percentage points,” the Journal notes, “Hispanic voters in the new poll said they would back a Republican candidate for Congress over a Democrat.” Meanwhile, “support for a Republican candidate rose to 27% among Black voters, up from 12% in November.” If these numbers hold, we’ll see results in this year’s midterms that will reverberate for a decade to come.

And there’ll be no way for the Democrats to lie their way out of that.

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I can't remember a time democrats haven't lied. As for republicans, they have had chances while in the majority to do things to help our country, but instead, claimed they were helpless, and did nothing.

As for Elizabeth Warren blaming the big corporations, those corporations have funneled plenty of money into her pocket, along with the other politicians, so all she is doing is pandering.

The republicans may be able to win past the vote stealing, but what does it matter if they do not do their job?

I think we're past the point of trying to fix things politically. The whole of D.C. needs to be razed to the ground and rebuilt from the ground up.

You have got that right Watchman! DC isn't just the swamp, it is a cesspool that must be cleaned out if we want to save our country.

I always have tended to oversimplify things, and here I go again.  There is absolutely zero political capital in any solution, only in the problem.  This is one reason why the democrats have had to reinvent ‘systemic racism’ in the last decade.  

Very true JG.

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