Democrats never admit defeat. | ZeroHedge

By J. Peder Zane via RealClear Wire,

The only thing as wrong as pre-election predictions of a red wave is the post-midterm analysis declaring the Democrats the winner.

The results of the midterm elections boost Biden’s hopes for 2024, according to Reuters. Democrats can’t rest easy on their midterm success, declares a column published in The Hill. Perhaps the most predictable, albeit irrelevant, spin came out House Speaker Nancy Pelosiwho tweeted that the House Democrats “defied expectations with a stellar performance: running into their races with courage, optimism, and determination.”

The most relevant point is that The Democrats lost the House and Pelosi will have to hand the gavel to Kevin McCarthy next year. This massive development should stop the Democrats’ legislative agenda in its tracks. President Biden’s hopes of becoming another Roosevelt are now a pipe dream.

Yes, the Democrats have exceeded expectations, doing better than previous or previous polls have suggested, winning several close races in the House of Representatives and holding on to their narrow margin in the Senate. But if we take a step back, the scale of things comes into focus.

Just two years ago, the Democrats enjoyed a landslide victory, retaining the House of Representatives, effective control of the Senate, and the inauguration of Joe Biden in the White House. Despite their narrow majority they acted as if they had won by a landslide. A party that constantly claims to be on the “right side of history” and insists that the American people overwhelmingly support its policies has done its best to give the country a full dose of its vision.

Biden’s first two years were a golden age for the Democrats. They pumped through trillions of dollars in new spending while advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity goals across government.

Meanwhile, they and their allies in the media worked to delegitimize their Republican opponents, describing them as racist and fascist “election deniers” who posed an existential threat to the “soul of democracy”. Over the summer, liberals were handed an unexpected gift when the Supreme Court flipped Roe v. Wadethe ill-caused (but now popular) 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide.

Given all that, one might have expected them to consolidate their power during the midterms. Instead, they lost some of it. Democrats may raise cheers of relief, but they can’t ignore the fact that 55% of Americans disapprove of the president’s performance and 67% say the country is on the wrong track.

The election was a repudiation of the Democrats’ vision Even when voters sent a strong signal that they don’t even like Donald Trump’s toxic politics. It is very likely that Trump will save the Democrats again in 2024 if Republican voters make him their party’s nominee again.

Yes, all elections are a choice and Democrats can hope the GOP continues to give voters more unpalatable candidates.

But this dynamic does not diminish the message voters are sending Democrats in the midterms. “We are not as bad as the others” cannot be translated into an endorsement of one’s own agenda.

The most telling comment after the midterms was Biden’s declaration that he would do “nothing” differently in response to the results. Of course, he won’t. Democrats are no longer a political party in the old American tradition – an ever-evolving group of people with a general philosophy who can quickly adapt to the changing will of the people. They are ideologues committed to a specific and never-ending set of ideas about the role of the welfare state and their concept of social justice.

They cannot change course because they are no longer running a list of candidates but rather an abiding philosophy whose validity can never be questioned. They cannot admit defeat, because it is difficult for them to accept that people do not embrace their “truths” (They just need more time). The electoral setbacks are just obstacles for them to ignore on their march to the Promised Land.