DANIEL VAUGHAN: Democrats Are Rebuilding Deep-State Opposition To A Second Trump Term

 June 17, 2024

The air is slowly leaking out of the polls that buoyed Biden in the immediate aftermath of Trump's conviction. Biden never overtook Trump in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. Reuters/Ipsos, which had Biden lead by two points post-conviction, was back to showing Trump leading by two points this week—a four-point swing. That reality is setting in on a Democratic Party that is no longer looking at a Biden win but Trump's second term.

Nothing is settled at this point; neither party has even held a convention. However, Democrats are pivoting on how to handle a second Trump administration. Last week, liberal justices Elana Kagan and Sonya Sotomayor were demanded to resign so Biden could replace them. This week, The New York Times did a full spread on the various liberal groups aiming to detail a second Trump term.

If you think of a Trump win in terms of the given stages of grief, there are some Democrats already pivoting to acceptance. The Times led its story with, "Opponents of Donald J. Trump are drafting potential lawsuits in case he is elected in November and carries out mass deportations, as he has vowed. One group has hired a new auditor to withstand any attempt by a second Trump administration to unleash the Internal Revenue Service against them. Democratic-run state governments are even stockpiling abortion medication."

When reading these kinds of stories, it's like watching a living, breathing version of Trump's "deep state" rants come to life. The Times notes, "But the early timing, volume and scale of the planning underway to push back against a potential second Trump administration are without precedent. The loose-knit coalition is determined not to be caught flat-footed, as many were after his unexpected victory in 2016."

There's a funny line later in the story where the Times bemoans, "Activist groups that spent the four years of Mr. Trump's presidency organizing mass protests and pursuing legal challenges...are now realizing with great dread they may have to resist him all over again."

It's the Hashtag Resistance 2.0 Electric Boogaloo. No one has learned anything.

It's worth noting here: we have an avenue to "resist" or "oppose" a President. It's called elections, Congress, and the judicial branch. In the big Times writeup, they interviewed "more than 30 officials and leaders of organizations about their plans revealed a combination of acute exhaustion and acute anxiety."

While they do include a few Governors, a legislative agenda is notably absent. Their only thought is: If Trump wants it, we oppose it. It's the dumbest set of guiding principles conceived.

Meanwhile, they are busy handwringing over "grave threats to democracy." If Donald Trump wins, it'll be voters who took a democratic action and voted Trump into power. For the Democratic Party, a threat to democracy includes anything they oppose.

While they do that, voters are watching yet another video where it appears like Biden freezes on stage in front of an audience. Other reports had Biden in "worsening shape" during the G7 Summit. There's even funny footage of Argentinian President Javier Milei reacting awkwardly to seeing Biden. "head bump" the Pope.

I've seen some Democrats try to make hay out of the story that Trump demanded Biden take a cognitive test but got the doctor's name wrong in the demand. This is supposed to be a sign that Trump is worse off than Biden. No one buys that because Joe Biden is walking around telling random stories of his uncle being eaten by cannibals and fabricating fanciful notions of himself in law school.

Biden's capacity to perform the job directly threatens the country's stability. And the Democratic Party is demanding everyone ignore what they see with their own eyes.

If the Democratic Party funneled half as much energy into navigating out of a Biden presidency, they might stand a better chance of winning this election. Biden's approvals are at or near all-time lows, and the age and mental capacity to do the job are taking a toll. The White House dumped the first debates onto CNN with a smaller audience, meaning any positive news for Biden will be muted.

The most outlandish part of Democrats' shift is that the race isn't over. In reality, the race hasn't started. No one has voted yet, and all we have are polls. But even that is proving too much for Democrats.

But while the race isn't over on a technical level, Democrats are sure acting like things are over. They're demanding Supreme Court retirements and are now building plans to oppose a second Trump term. These are not actions you take if an election is close. If you believed it was close, you'd be out going door-to-door to change the election.

Instead, we're getting the makings of another resistance movement. That it's coming in June of 2024 tells you everything you need to know about what Democrats actually believe heading into the fall elections.

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