A common topic of discussion lately on cable news and talk radio centers around the purpose of liberal Democrats' refusal to work with President Trump and Republicans on Capitol Hill. Instead of working on legislation or trying to find common ground with Republicans or being productive in any way, they insist on constantly gambling (and losing) on long-shot efforts to overturn the 2016 election. Ordinary Americans and conservative media opine about ulterior motives or some mysterious long game the Democrats must be playing because they seem to ignore reality and loudly proclaim an alternate reality. The reason for such cognitive dissonance, though, is that Democrats have simply left themselves no alternatives.
The accusations that President Trump was a Russian spy were ridiculous. As were accusations the president colluded with Russia to hack Democrats' emails or hack the election or any other crazy story shouted from the rooftops for months on end by Democrats and the media. These allegations will eventually be considered as absurd as Democrats' accusations during the '80s that President Reagan cheated and stole the 1980 election from Jimmy Carter by colluding with the Iranian government in the "October Surprise," or their unsubstantiated complaints that President Bush conspired with Florida officials and Supreme Court justices to cheat Al Gore out of the 2000 presidential election.
The sheer volume of Democrats' shrieking over these conspiracies, combined with their media allies working closely with Democrats to push their narratives, accounts for why these crazy stories got any attention at all, as though they were actual news. In retrospect it is easy to laugh about the outlandish nature of these supposedly sinister secret plots to cheat Democrats out of their rightful victories. The allegations of Russian collusion followed by an impeachment based on nothing more than Obama-era staffers' opinions of a telephone call, the transcript of which was released and available for anyone to read, will go down in history as the silliest of all these conspiracy theories.
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Liberals everywhere made wild predictions of how bad the Mueller investigation would turn out for President Trump, and it was not uncommon for Democrats and news figures to speculate on the Trump administration ending abruptly or the president being prosecuted and jailed. When the Mueller report failed to deliver evidence of any significance, leftists unapologetically pivoted to dragging Robert Mueller before Congress to testify in person and spill some beans sufficient to give the House ammunition to impeach. When that flamed out, too, they floundered around for a few months until the non-whistleblower "whistleblower" got his accusations to House Democrats and their media. Not only was it clear from day 1 – based on the conduct of Rep. Adam Schiff and committee Democrats – that there was no crime, but there was never going to be any way to achieve the necessary Republican votes in the GOP Senate to get a conviction. An acquittal was virtually assured from the beginning.
So, why did they do it?
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The Democrats have spent so much time and effort demonizing President Trump as evil, unfit for office, a sexist, a racist, worse-than-Hitler, etc. that they have left themselves no other option but to relentlessly attack him and congressional Republicans. These accusations are lies, of course. And Democrats justify the scandalous accusations as just politics as usual. The problem is their base believes the lies. As a result, Democrats find themselves in a position where they literally cannot work on any legislation or try to solve any problem or cooperate in any way with the president of the United States and other Republicans. How can they? They have spent countless hours and used every resource at their disposal claiming Trump and Republicans are putting children in concentration camps and colluding with Russia to steal American elections.
These wild accusations were designed to lead to the defeat of the targets of their lies and then be forgotten. In the same manner, then-Sen. Harry Reid publicly accused Mitt Romney of not paying taxes and then later justified his lie by pointing out that Romney was defeated. In other words, all that mattered is that Democrats got the result they wanted. With President Trump, though, this tactic has not worked.
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As a result, Democrats are stuck with two bad options. They either admit they were lying and go about the business of governing, or they come up with an even more outrageous scandal to see if that one will stick. Democrats have selected the latter. As a result, they are stranded in a vicious cycle of increasingly extreme political mudslinging that fails to achieve the result they want, which causes them to search out a more lurid claim with even higher stakes.
A common situation for problem gamblers is either incurring debt or stealing money to continue their habit. They always justify the debt or theft by convincing themselves they will win big next time and pay back the money before anyone finds out. As they lose more money, they need to steal or borrow more and gamble more on the hopes of winning even bigger to cover their mounting debts or thievery. Liberals find themselves in a similar vicious cycle. They are too far down a rabbit hole of their own creation to do anything except more of the same, only bigger and more audacious. Democrats' losing streak has grown so frustrating that the speaker of the House of Representatives was reduced to ripping up papers in front of the American flag on national television like a child throwing a tantrum.
Their problem is a critical mass of Americans no longer believe liberals' outrageous accusations, no matter how loudly they are shouted or how seriously they are presented by mainstream media. Their never-ending faux outrage and dishonesty is accumulating the stress of a political debt, which Democrats are beginning to show.