The end of the beginning | 10/15/2018 | Staff
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The Kavanaugh confirmation is the high water mark of the conservative resurgence in America that began nearly ten years ago, when Barack Obama was elected president and the Democrats began steadily losing legislative seats across the country, first at the state level (1,000-plus and counting) and then nationally. Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), whose primary symptom before violent tantrums is denial of reality, led the Democrats to engage in tactics against Judge Kavanaugh that might have been surefire winners prior to the Trump era, however unprecedented they might be in their degree of viciousness and disregard for over a thousand years' tradition of civil justice.

It is difficult to overstate the stakes. If the Democrats had won, Trump might not be able to get a single qualified Supreme Court justice confirmed from here to 2025, no matter how many vacancies opened up.

Person - TDS - Party - Trump - Rules

But as any open-eyed person not suffering from TDS will tell you, it is futile to party like it's 1996, or 2008,or even 2015. Trump has carpet-bombed the old rules of the game (that is, that Republicans always capitulate) out of existence.

The Democrats' gambit failed (albeit by a cliffhanger-thin margin), and now the wages of its risk are fully exposed. It's hard to see how they could possibly block Trump's next Kavanaugh, and the one after that. Go lower? Be more vicious? Pre-emptively plant media stories of preschool perversions and Ku Klux Klan membership about every judge on Trump's Top 100 list? Prophylactically assassinate them all?

TDS - Blindness - Opportunity - Strategies - Divide

In their TDS blindness, they missed the opportunity of one of their most effective strategies: divide and conquer. The Achilles heel of the conservative resurgence was the NeverTrump...
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