Politics

Both Parties Undergoing Internal Rebellion

It's part of the game.

In the civil war between moderates and socialists in the Democrat Party and between conservatives and Trumpists in the Republican Party, no side seems to have a decisive advantage.

Biden is a supposed moderate, but governs like a leftist. Trump owns 60 percent, at least, of the Republican base but is the most divisive politician in recent memory and could lead the party to defeat in 2024. As such, the war will continue.

FNC: “Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., made a comment at a press conference demanding House Democratic leaders call a vote on a resolution removing Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., from her committee assignments.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other party leaders hemmed and hawed all week about whether they would back such a move. They ended the week without taking action.

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‘We cannot normalize this rhetoric, this language, anti-Muslim hate, Islamophobia and racism,’ Rep. Jamaal Bowman said last week. ‘If leadership does not act accordingly, we are condoning that behavior.’

Senate Republicans, usually one of the most united groups in politics, were divided last week by a debt limit deal Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made that upset even allies like Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. But Republicans are out of power with few campaign promises to fulfill other than to oppose Biden and Democrats until they have a chance to take majorities in Congress next year. Democrats are faced with a deteriorating political environment, razor-thin majorities, and weak polling numbers for their signature reconciliation bill that many are expected to run on in 2022.”

“It’s the effing progressives,” a moderate Democrat suggested  to press. The moderate accused the progressives of asking for “unreasonable things.”

“Now it’s time for Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to close the deal, for goodness sakes,” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said this month. “Enough is enough.”

Asked last month why Democrats can’t come together, Pelosi called her party a big tent. “This is the Democratic Party,” she said. “And it is a party with vitality and diversity. It’s something that we all respect and admire. We’re not a lockstep party. We are not just speaking as one person, and nobody else needs to show up. And that exuberance is the vitality … which we value and treasure and respect the different opinions within our party.”

That’s horse manure. She wishes, as do all party leaders, that her caucus would march in lockstep. But as Will Rogers said, “I don’t belong to an organized political party. I’m a Democrat.” The same can be said of the Republicans. It’s part of the thrust and parry that is politics. And it won’t end anytime soon because the party is only a support organization. The real action always happens outside of it.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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