Batman: No Joker, you’re playing the wrong game, the old game. Tonight you’re taking no hostages. Tonight I’m taking no prisoners.
Batman The Dark Knight #3 1986
A very long time ago there was a “movement” to pass campaign finance reform.
We were told that there was a groundswell for this, that the people wanted this, that there would be a massive electoral cost for ignoring this. The reality however was quite different:
I’m going to tell you a story that I’ve never told any reporter,” Treglia says on the tape. “Now that I’m several months away from Pew and we have campaign-finance reform, I can tell this story.”
That story in brief:
Charged with promoting campaign-finance reform when he joined Pew in the mid-1990s, Treglia came up with a three-pronged strategy: 1) pursue an expansive agenda through incremental reforms, 2) pay for a handful of “experts” all over the country with foundation money and 3) create fake business, minority and religious groups to pound the table for reform.
“The target audience for all this activity was 535 people in Washington,” Treglia says — 100 in the Senate, 435 in the House. “The idea was to create an impression that a mass movement was afoot — that everywhere they looked, in academic institutions, in the business community, in religious groups, in ethnic groups, everywhere, people were talking about reform.”
This is from a videotape of a speech given after the law was safely passed, Mr. Tregila told of a scare he had when Geroge Will almost stumbled on the game:
“We had a scare,” Treglia says. “As the debate was progressing and getting pretty close, George Will stumbled across a report that we had done and attacked it in his column. And a lot of his partisans were becoming aware of Pew’s role and were feeding him information. And he started to reference the fact that Pew had played a large role in this — that this was a liberal attempt to hoodwink Congress.”
“But you know what the good news is from my perspective?” Treglia says to the stunned crowd. “Journalists didn’t care . . . So no one followed up on the story. And so there was a panic there for a couple of weeks because we thought the story was going to begin to gather steam, and no one picked it up.”
Of course the media didn’t care and as this law was more about making it easier to cut of GOP dollars while enabling Democrat dollars even if they DID know they would not have said a word. Jon Heinke wrote about this:
Sager’s 2005 story was a revelation to me at the time and it has continued to inform my understanding of how the left-wing political machine operates, domestically and internationally, up to the highest levels. Indeed, President Obama himself was a part of this, spending 8 years funding gun control and anti-2nd amendment research and advocacy as a Director of the Joyce Foundation.
And that brings us to DACA.
Before we start I will concede that our political foes have a point on DACA. If a child came with their parents to the country illegally they were not in a position to either know the law or refuse which is the reason why I’m open to some kind of deal.
However the truth is there is no groundswell of support for the so called “dreamers” nationwide.
Gallup regularly polls on what the most important issue in the country is according to their pol and immigration (both legal and illegal) doesn’t crack the top three on their list
Americans named dissatisfaction with government as the most important problem facing the nation in 2017, the third time in the past four years that government has been at the top of the list. The second most frequently mentioned problem in 2017 was healthcare, followed by race relations, immigration, the need to unify the country, and the economy.
and it’s also worth noting that the only reason why “immigration” rakes as high as it does. makes the top for is the 7% lists immigration/illegal aliens as a single category lumping in those who believe illegal immigration is the #1 issue with those who believe amnesty is .
Democrats thought they were playing the old game and figured thanks to the MSM they would be able to frame the shutdown as a GOP problem and convince the congress that the public is up in arms over DACA, however the GOP is not longer led by suckers, they are led by Trump who knows the game that’s being played and didn’t fall for it.
No amount of base anger is going to make that difference when the Democrats know they need wins in specific districts for a shot at taking the house, this shutdown was a loser and you had better believe that Chuck and company saw polling that told them so.
That’s why they folded like a wet blanket, bluff will no longer get the job done, not with a guy in the White House that knows their game
This is going to be a fun year
Closing thought, If I was the GOP I’d encourage ultra liberals to primary democrats unwilling to shut down government over DACA. The resulting sound bites would be gold come November.
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