Locally, the 49th District is "Charlie's Country," so to speak.
NO ONE running on the GOP message or platform can win there... not even a RINO such as Carolyn Crain.
But the rest of the county?
At the legislative level, until... and likely even beyond... redistricting, the rest of this county remains a bright red. At the council level, fake Republicans dominate. But they are still labeled as GOP, even if they all vote like their fellow leftists.
Thus, even a bald-faced liar such as Ann "Gas Tax" Rivers will be easily re-elected, because the democrats insist on running hard... or harder... left candidates who would sound more at home in downtown Seattle than in districts where their message cannot win.
You cannot continue to insist, for example, that the CRC is a swell idea in a district where every single precinct voted against it every chance they got... and expect to win outside the neo-communist 49th. You can't shill an income tax, or light rail, or expanded social programs, or welcoming arms for prospective terrorists and expect to win in vast swaths of a district that has proven itself to be hard right.
With the continued "leadership" of the left as represented by Hillary Clinton, Donna Brazile, Steny Hoyer, Harry Reid/Chuck Schumer and prospectively, a fringe-left, America-hating muslim terrorist sympathizer by the name of Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), the GOP found itself with the best of all possible outcomes as a result of the re-election of the Belle of Botox as House Minority Leader.
The map of America tends to show how out of touch these people are. In real terms, the democrats have, as I understand it, monolithic government in 7 states while the GOP controls 24 states with GOP governors and legislatures and more governorships than ever before.
Even here in the Washington Soviet, democrat control of the legislature teeters on the brink; the GOP somehow managed to maintain control of the Senate but only because one democrat is caucusing with the GOP... a miracle after yet another betrayal by the GOP-controlled senate over the gas tax/tab fee scam they ran on us that is doing so much damage to lower to low income families for the next several years.
The trend, which continues unabated, is for the GOP resurgence to continue... and even pick up steam.
The reality is that the further left the dems go, the more the GOP benefits... which is why keeping Pelosi right where she is was the best possible move the democrats could have made... for the Republicans.
The left's only hope to regain ground is to moderate and move back towards the center.
That means they have to move away from socialism of the variety they most prefer, that practiced by Castro.
That means they have to understand that human nature Trumps (So to speak) political ideology.
Generally, the political golden rule is that people vote their wallets. Here locally, for example, the expenditure of billions of dollars for an unneeded project made zero sense where it mattered: the people who were actually going to have to pay for it.
Those pushing it the hardest were on the left, and by doing that, they worked to get and keep Republicans around here elected for the next decade.
There were two glaring errors and whole bunch of little ones:
The first error was lying to the public.
We hate liars. Those supporting this scam were constantly lying from the getgo: the entire purpose of replacing the I-5 Bridge then... and now... was to extend loot rail into Clark County... or so said the Oregon State Supreme Court.
Every other reason was backfill, designed to try and justify an unjustifiable decision.
Over time, that became clear. But supporters, who, by policy, had taken steps to silence the public on this issue, refused to back off from their totally bogus assertions, even in the face of being proven as liars.
The second was treating opponents like dog crap stuck to their shoe.
Everyone from soon to be former Rep. Jim Moeller to the slime at the democratian insulted, belittled, attacked, slandered and libeled those of us who actually had the sense to represent the well known will of the people.
One of them, a fringe-left nutburger by the name of John Laird, editorial page editor for the daily democrat, went so far as to refer to opponents as "cockroaches" in a column he wrote.
These things leave a lasting impression. But the biggest impression is that generally, leftists don't listen; they don't care, and they put their agenda ahead of their job of representing the people. Of course, many in the GOP do that as well... but not as a function of the GOP itself.
The reality is that the left was rabid about making this project happen, then... and now. But the other reality is that the vast majority of those shilling this scam would not be the ones paying for it. And when given a chance to express an opinion, those who would have paid the estimated $2000 a year in tolls for this massive waste of money simply refused to support it... and the local left has made us suffer ever since.
It is this kind of arrogance and stupidity, embodied in Minority Leader Pelosi and every other democrat running... that their way is the only way and opponents are objects to be scorned, attacked, insulted... all according to Alinski's Rules for Radicals.
This past election, those who support Trump were castigated as racist, bigoted, homophobic, xenophobic and the like merely because some changed their minds (Obviously, may who voted for Trump had also voted for Obama in the past but refused to vote for Hillary) and some who supported Trump from the start.
Why is that smart? How does that serve to persuade those you need to convince that you are right and they are wrong?
Even today, Obama showed the introspection of a board fence when he babbled:
"In this election, [white working class voters] turned out in huge numbers for Trump," Obama said, answering Jann Wenner about why that group, which he won a good percentage of in 2008 and 2012, didn't vote for the candidate he endorsed. "And I think that part of it has to do with our inability, our failure, to reach those voters effectively. Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country, but part of it is also Democrats not working at a grassroots level, being in there, showing up, making arguments."No possibility that those 8 years of polls that indicated the people of this country felt that we were heading in the wrong direction... overwhelmingly... and that Hillary doubled down on many of those policies sending us there might be at fault.
Not even a hint that his policies; the betrayal of Obamacare, the massive overreach of his illegal executive orders concerning illegal aliens and the like, just went too far for too long, among many other issues he engaged in.
Lies are not consistently a great platform to run a campaign from. And perhaps the biggest lie ever foisted on the American people was this "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan" nonsense, combined with that "a family of 4 will save $2500 a year in premiums" crap he shilled.
Just like the GOP was in 08 and 12, the reality is that the dems were out-thought, out-hustled, out-planned and out-executed by a man they had zero respect for. They refused to see that when Trump held a rally, he didn't have to pay people to show up.... and he ran his campaign for a great deal less money.
They discounted the impact he had when he crushed 16 other candidates to become the GOP.. and these same people were assuring us that Trump would not be the democrat nominee.
Regular readers may recall how the GOP establishment freaked... about how they did everything they could to try and reinvent the GOP as democrat-lite.
Not unlike the RINO scum working over the local GOP... Except the major difference was the GOP LOST in 12, and won here in 16, keeping the local overwhelming majority of elected officials at least claiming allegiance to the GOP in office.
The dems, on the other hand, oddly seem to have concluded that they didn't move far enough away from the mainstream, and want to double-down with a terrorist supporter like Keith Ellison running their show.
While that might make them feel better, its not going to win them any elections. And in 18, they have 25 senate seats to defend... an almost impossible task, particularly for a group who let it be known how much they despise those who oppose their agenda.
The outcome of this presidential election was a disaster for the left, where everyone appears to have been convinced beyond redemption that Hillary was going to destroy Trump; the most obvious example being the LA Times poll, where on November 6, their own poll showed Trump at +5 over Hillary, yet they projected in the face of that number that Hillary was going to receive 322 or so electoral votes... which shows such an astounding level of self-delusion... that they refused to believe their OWN data... and predicted a massacre of Trump by Clinton.
So what, exactly, does that do to leftist credibility?
And now, they whine because Hillary won the popular vote... as if that means anything.
Well, one of the many pre-election scenarios out there that perhaps, TRUMP might have won the popular vote and lost the electoral vote.
If that had happened... do you think any of these clowns would be whining about THAT?
Of course not. You see, in their world, it ALWAYS different when a leftist does it.
Yet somehow, these whining little kids believe hypocrisy to be perfectly acceptable when THEY engage in it for THEIR candidates.
Take a few moments and watch the reaction of these ignorants on the "Young Turks," a group of fringe left nutjobs who clearly know as much about politics as they do about performing an abdominal resection:
( https://youtu.be/HAUm6t_vM_s )
They were SOOOOOOO arrogant. They were SOOOOO smug.
And they were SOOOOOO wrong.
And this is the future of the democrat party.
That, of course, is why the House Democrats reelecting Pelosi, who was ALSO dead wrong on the election outcome, is such a great thing for the GOP.
I'm reminded of the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo:
"They came on in the same old way and we defeated them in the same old way."And with the victory of Pelosi and the insanity of giving he DNC chairmanship to Ellison?
The dems have guaranteed GOP dominance for years to come.
And they simply don't get it.
But they will.