‘National Emergency’ and the Democrats’ Apocalyptic Politics

Politics has become showtime for the Democrats.

On Tuesday, 17 House Democrats — including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib — staged an arrest for Instagram in the Supreme Court. Then the committee investigating the invasion of the Capitol by Trump supporters went into prime time on Thursday night. The committee has its own logo – “6. January” – which appears on a gray screen above the committee.

Let no one doubt: January 6, 2021 was an event whose notoriety makes political repercussions inevitable. Most likely, the committee hearings will force the Republican Party and the broader electorate to rethink Donald Trump’s future.

But in the not-too-distant memory sits an event of similar political momentum: the summer of 2020, and the past few weeks have shown how that remarkable time transformed the politics of the Democratic Party.

Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May – for which Derek Chauvin was later convicted of murder – protests erupted in hundreds of US cities, some accompanied by violence and shop looting.

The Floyd protests appear to have fundamentally changed the Democratic Party’s fundamental political model, away from traditional legislative politics and towards the hard-line, often theatrical strategies of activists on the street.

The news has been dominated lately by Democrats rampaging over the Supreme Court Dobbs Deciding on abortion and Sen. Joe Manchin’s opposition to her climate control agenda. Many are disgusted that President Biden, whom they lump with traditionalist politicians, is not “fighting” for them and “doing something” to reverse them Dobbs and save the planet.

One unavoidable detail needs to be mentioned about American politics after 2020. Aside from Mr. Trump’s complaints about a stolen election, something of real moment happened: the January 5, 2021 runoff for two Georgia seats in the US Senate. Amid Mr. Trump’s denunciations of the state’s Republican leadership, Democrats won both seats and produced a 50-50 Senate. This standoff is the result of millions of votes cast by Americans. It was about time such a democratic voter verdict, however frustrating, received bipartisan recognition. But not in what progressives call “our democracy.”

The central concern of American politics for the next 18 months was Mr. Manchin’s denial of the vote Democrats need to enact their spending and climate policies. Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema has also spoken out against much of the party’s agenda. But Mr. Manchin inspired the melodrama and partying frenzy.

In what political galaxy would anyone expect a senator from West Virginia, a pro-coal state, to vote for his party’s intent to end fossil fuel production? But last week, the party and its climate allies went berserk when Mr Manchin dumped their agenda for the umpteenth time.

My intention is not to describe the drying of paint in the Senate, but to draw attention to a party that has been gradually detaching itself from normal political processes since May 2020.

After Mr. Manchin withdrew his support for climate legislation over his opposition to new taxes and inflation, former Obama White House adviser John Podesta wrote that the senator had “doomed humanity.” Democratic Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse used — where else? – Twitter to free himself from Congress: “Free at last. Here we go. Do everything and start now,” Mr. Whitehouse tweeted. “With legislative climate options now closed, it’s time for executive branch beast mode.”

Under a new uncontrolled and unbalanced constitutional system called Executive Beast Mode, Mr. Biden would declare “national emergencies” on both abortion and climate issues, presumably leading to a series of far-reaching presidential executive orders that Mr. Biden reiterated with his signature have been carried out.

The post-2020 Democratic Party policy theory seems to be: The system isn’t working anymore, so blast the system by issuing presidential executive orders on climate, education, guns, and abortion; ending legislative filibuster; Packing the Supreme Court; suppressing dissent as “misinformation”; and when necessary, the redefinition of reality, such as the “1619 Project” that rewrote the history of the country.

Stereotypes in politics exist because they are true. Don’t promise anything you can’t keep. Politics is the art of the possible. Chuck Schumer knew these realities before he finished sixth grade in Brooklyn. The progressive clique now worshiped by the Senate Majority Leader no longer knows any of this because teachers from elementary school through college have taught them the non-negotiable need.

While these tactics have garnered publicity — like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s fake handcuffs pose on Tuesday — one problem remains: They’re unsustainable. An article in the Washington Post this week reports that college-age Democrats are turning their backs on politics, including the November election that will be settled by the endless, dogged wheels of activists.

This is the well-known result of crowding out the inevitable incremental progress of real politics with anti-politics – street demonstrations, constant moral denunciations or threats of ostracism by the imaginary crime group. Either way, keeping the apocalypse going is exhausting.

People are rearranging their lives after the pandemic. Losing my mind every day through January 6th, abortion or Joe Manchin could be what professional Democrats do for a living now. The rest of the country is still waiting for the promised but undelivered return to normalcy.

Write to henninger@wsj.com.

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