Earlier this week, I received an email from Hillary Clinton’s 2020 presidential campaign, er, I mean her political action committee, Onward Together, touting how 19 of the 23 Democratic women newly elected to the U.S. House of Representatives last week have never held office.
Same day, I stumbled upon this graphic from MoveOn:
Muslims and Native Americans and lesbian mothers! Halal and gambling for all!
How are any of the “first” traits touted in this graphic lawmaking skills and qualifications?
Despite their losing over 900 state elections and 100 national elections in the last decade, I’ve never vacillated in my belief that Democrats are just flat-out better at selling politics than Republicans are.
The dishonesty of the diversity cult
Donald Trump’s glass-ceiling shattering election as our nation’s first true civilian president was far more historic than Obama’s election as our first black president. But in Trump’s case, Republicans weren’t motivated to make history, the way Obama voters were; they were motivated by fear of another President Clinton.
The sexiness of the “first” this or that is where Democrats have always thrived. As I discuss in my upcoming book, “10 Warning Signs Your Child is Becoming a Democrat,” Democrats are highly adept at marketing minority status, race, ethnicity, gender, lifestyle choices and sexual orientation as skills and qualifications.
So, just how diverse are the districts and seats they won? If we define diversity as at least some ideological and electoral balance, then most aren’t diverse at all.
Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan, are our first Muslim congresswomen.
Omar won her election by 56 percentage points; her district, Minnesota’s 5th, has been represented only by Democrats for the last 20,000 consecutive days. Before her win, she had served in the Minnesota state House of Representatives.
Tlaib, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, won by 73 percentage points; her district, Michigan’s 13th, has been represented only by Democrats for the last 25,500 consecutive days. Before winning, she had served in the Michigan state House of Representatives.
What is the unique skill set brought to the legislative table by virtue of these women’s Islamic faith? Do they perhaps have some superpowers given their gender? Did anyone in the DMIC, the Democrat Media Industrial Complex, ever once ask either of them questions like these?
The Native Americans
Sharice Davids, of Kansas, and Deb Haaland, of New Mexico, are our first Native American congresswomen.
Davids won her election by 9 percentage points; her district, Kansas 3, has been red for 55 of the last 57 years. Davids has never held elected office.
Haaland won her election by 23 percentage points; New Mexico’s 1st District has been only Democrat for the last 3,500 consecutive days. She was previously the elected chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.
I struggle to see how Native American genealogy confirms a priori lawmaking erudition.
Gay and lesbian
Angie Craig won Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District by 5 percentage points, in a district that’s been only Republican for the last 17 years; she has never held elected office.
Craig is the first openly lesbian mother to be elected to Congress. How, I wonder, is being a lesbian mother a skill? I certainly concur that being a good mother is a skill. Whether one believes lesbianism is genetic or a lifestyle choice, will it produce ideas to increase our economic gains? She and her wife (or is it husband?) have four children.
Jared Polis, currently a U.S. representative for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, is now the Centennial State’s first openly male gay elected governor. Colorado has had only Democratic governors for the last 4,300 consecutive days. “Openly gay” was a crucial resume selling point; what unique advantage will Polis have as openly gay, compared to not openly gay? Polis is also the first Jew elected governor in Colorado, so I say to him: mazel tov!
Blacks and Latina … or Is it Latinx?
Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia are Texas’s first Latina congresswomen.
Escobar won her election by 41 percentage points; her district, Texas 16, has been only Democrat for the last 19,500 consecutive days. Escobar, a former elected El Paso County judge, is replacing Beto O’Rourke.
Garcia has a special “first,” as the first female Latinx. At first glance, Latinx looked Egyptian to me, but, alas, my white privilege bubble has resulted in my ignorance: Latinx, pronounced La-teen-ex, is a gender-neutral term sometimes used in lieu of Latina or Latino. Garcia won her election by 51 percentage points; her district, Texas 29, has been only Democrat for the last 9,000 consecutive days. Garcia has served in the Texas state Senate since 2013.
Jahana Hayes and Ayanna Pressley are the first black women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut and Massachusetts, respectively.
Hayes won her election by 11 percentage points; her district, Connecticut 5, has been a mix of Republican and Democrat over the last half-century, but solely Democrat for the last 4,000 consecutive days. She has never held elected office.
Pressley won her election by 17 percentage points; Massachusetts’ 7th District has been only Democrat for the last 35,000 consecutive days. Pressley has been a Boston city councilwoman since 2010.
Socialist schoolgirl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, won her election by 64 percentage points; her New York district, the 14th, has been only Democrat for the last 9,000 consecutive days. Ocasio-Cortez, who has never held elected office but is expert at standing on tables, assembled her #Squad for selfies on $1,000 iPhones during this week’s freshman House orientation.
Absent from all the “first” enthusiasm was recognition of Marsha Blackburn, as Tennessee’s first female U.S. senator (take that, Taylor Swift!), and Kristi Noem, South Dakota’s first female governor. Both are Republicans, and both beat white dudes; I guess Democratic women don’t much care for Republican female firsts.
With 73-point wins and districts monopolized by Democrats for decades, how is that diverse? While race, gender, religion and ethnicity certainly provide for perspectives, why are those perspectives more worthy than, say, a Catholic, heterosexual Caucasian male born in America? To Democrats, all perspectives are equal, but some are more equal than others.
The belief that certain biological attributes make some superior to others was the justification of the Third Reich’s atrocities. I know that none of the aforementioned newly elected officials are Nazis. What keeps me up at night, however, is that so many are so fervently willing to cast votes solely on physical characteristics and lifestyle choices. If you want diversity, strive for excellence, and diversity takes care of itself.
Lenin must be looking up proudly from hell; as ambitious as he was, he likely never imagined such rampant useful idiocy in the West.