In World War II, the US military came into contact with stone-age peoples on various islands in the Pacific. Baffled by the vast abundance the Americans enjoyed, the islanders sought it for themselves. They figured all they had to do was to repeat the rituals of the Americans. So they marched around, cleared mock runways, and hoisted flags. Alas, the hoped-for divine airdrops of vehicles and supplies never materialized. There’s a name for all this sort of thing, cargo cult.
The Democrats watched as their dreams for the Obama presidency melted away, almost overnight. They figure it all had to do with the evil Tea Party. So, they figure, if they organize their own Tea Party and repeat the same rituals (only amplified!), electoral votes will rain down from the sky.
Alas, they’re wrong. Here’s the difference: The Tea Party was opposing unpopular policies. Those policies were so unpopular that, in the first year of Obama’s “historic” presidency, despite the united front put up by Fake News, Republican Bob McDonnell won the Virginia governorship by 20 points, Chris Christie became governor of New Jersey, and Scott Brown took Ted Kennedy’s seat!
The “Resistance” itself is unpopular. To sane Americans, the “Resistance” seems like an army of Jihad, determined to destroy everything that is good and just about America. They’re virulently opposing popular policies, like the terrorist ban.
Heidi Heitkamp will have to answer for the “Resistance” in North Dakota. And Claire McCaskill in Missouri, Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin… even Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts! When the “Resistance” is crushed in 2018, a Republican may again occupy Ted Kennedy’s seat.