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The political DEW line.

November 28, 2016

For all the hoopla surrounding the decision, far-left Green Party candidate Jill Stein has every right to ask for a recount where permitted by law. She has raised the money to do so, although whether all of it has to be used for that purpose is unknown. Fair enough. This is after all, America.

And, as dumb as it makes her look, Hillary Clinton can throw in with Ms. Stein if she wants to, since nothing much she does now can make her look worse politically than she does already.

The more interesting part of the whole “oops, we really didn’t mean it when we said we’d accept the election results” discussion isn’t Ms. Green or Mrs. Clinton.

The interesting part is what it means for the future.

Although still basking in the afterglow of the results of the most improbable political win in our collective modern history, the GOP-leaning electorate might want to temper its exultation with a bit of reality.

There is a certain danger in failing to recognize the DEW line on the left.

For those of you too young or too disinterested to remember, the original DEW Line stood for Distant Early Warning Line.

A  succinct description, courtesy of Wikipedia reads like this:

“The Distant Early Warning Line, also known as the DEW Line or Early Warning Line, was a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic region of Canada, with additional stations along the North Coast and Aleutian Islands of Alaska, in addition to the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Iceland. It was set up to detect incoming Soviet bombers during the Cold War, and provide early warning of any sea-and-land invasion.”

Although it ceased to function in 1985, largely due to increasing satellite coverage, the basic premise is still the same.

Know where the bad guys are coming from in time to defend against them.

The left is not going peacefully into the night, and at least for now, there are plenty of incoming blips on the screen for 2018 and 2020.

Of far more importance for 2016, they will continue to snipe at the system throughout the Trump presidency.

The Real Clear Politics vote tally shows that 5.3% of those that voted did not vote for a mainstream political party candidate.

Percentage-wise that’s not a lot, but the type of candidate that pulled the most votes is instructive.

As the far-left candidate, Stein pulled a solid 1% of the vote, while the her right wing-inclined  counterpart, McMullin, tallied just 4/10ths of a percent. The ultimate protest vote candidate, Johnson, at 3.3% probably pulled a bit more from the right than the left, but it’s unclear where those voters would have gone without his participation.

The results could have been even more interesting had Bernie been on the ballot nationwide.

Not to be dismissed, Mrs. Clinton’s hard left turn did ultimately pull in more popular votes, almost all of them from the from the liberal coastal borders.

The point?  This looks a whole lot like the atmosphere after the 2010 conservative Tea Party mid-term election.  Many at the time pooh-poohed the rise of the Tea Party as a statistical anomaly, rather than seeing it as the canary in the coal mine.

Déjà vu, again.

For all that his campaign team tried to force President-elect Trump into a hard-right strait jacket, he ran and was elected as a pragmatic  right-leaning centrist.

No one except the old guard Democrats, the media and their paid contributors is unaware of that.

If President-elect Trump has the kind of success in running the country that he did in running his campaign,  the left will lose a lot more than a mere election.

It remains to be seen whether the likes of Clinton, Pelosi, Rangel, Cummings, and a baker’s dozen other old line 1960’s holdovers realize that yet.

The Democratic party is too pissed off to employ stealth technology right now. It’s easy to spot the incoming just from the muzzle flashes.

That doesn’t mean the whole party is oblivious to the reasons that a rough-talking New York businessman beat the living bejeezus out of them.

One barometer of whether the party really learned anything from 2016 will be the upcoming election for minority leader in the House of Representatives.

With San Franciscan Nancy  Pelosi showing every one of her 77 years, there will have to someone new at the helm in the near future.

Enter Tim Ryan ( D-MI).

Whether he wins the post of House minority leader or not, the populist sounding Democrat many party stalwarts are dismissing as some sort of transcendentalist whack job could represent a type of new squadron leader for the future.

Most liberals missed the Republican revolt, but that doesn’t mean they won’t learn from it.

Hopefully someone’s still manning the DEW.

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