Je hebt nog steeds niet krijgen

You know, Andrew Bolt just doesn’t get it. He really is just too clueless to understand the damage he has caused. Look at this latest post which is supposedly pointing the finger at the ALP: Labor – a party of lots of Bronwyn Bishops.

The metaphor he has helped establish is Bronwyn Bishop who was doing nothing more than her job by going to a party function from somewhere else she had been in the afternoon. If the country is too ignorant to know what it costs to run a Parliamentary system, then educate them. But Bronnie did nothing wrong that I can see, other than take a form of transport for which the Commonwealth is overcharged by a factor of ten. The scandal was in allowing such charging to take place, not that she took this form of transport. But to think he is turning the issue back on Labor by using Bronwyn Bishop’s name shows just how little he really understands about politics.

Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of modern politics

You may think he is a lying hypocrite and doesn’t mean a word of it, but you haven’t been in the focus group meetings. You may think that Bill’s refusal to make any point blank statements about a range of issues is ludicrous and empty, but he’s the one leading in the polls. He may look ridiculous some of the time, but he seems to know what he’s doing. He’s just trying to win an election by not offending his own side more than he needs to. And even where he does say things that offend, everyone on his side knows he doesn’t mean it, that he’s just trying to get those few extra bunnies they need to win back those difficult seats. While the Coalition goes around looking at raising the GST to 15%, over on the other side we see this: ALP conference 2015: Labor will adopt boat turnbacks says Shorten.

And we may think that carbon taxes are a form of economic madness, but do you really think this is election poison: ALP conference 2015: Labor backs 50pc renewable energy target. And if you think fiscal rectitude is the way to the Lodge, Bill Shorten begs to differ: ALP conference 2015: big on promises, short on financial reality.

In most constituencies, Green votes will with certainty flow back to Labor. It’s the two-party division that matters, and the ALP is ahead and sailing along. Shorten is in no trouble as party leader. The ALP would consider winning back government in three years an astonishing achievement, and they would be right. The other part is that virtually every Senator elected as an Independent will back Labor’s agenda. Soft populism blending into out and out socialism is the very centre of our political-sentiment distribution at the moment and it is getting worse.

In the US, Obama runs an openly socialistic economic model combined with an open-borders policy. The mayor of New York is all but a declared communist. And amongst the Democrats, Sanders Surges, Clinton Sags in U.S. Favorability. Sanders you say, who is this Sanders chap? As noted by Wikipedia in a much cleaned up and sanitised entry, Sanders “is the only Congressman to describe himself as a socialist”.

It may be madness, but here it is the madness of crowds where these crowds may just happen to form a majority of the voters.

The assumption of cluelessness and the magic pudding

The video of Trey Gowdy cross-examining Jonathan Gruber is for the ages. I have added this to what already is found below, but it speaks volumes. And at the end, there is a question asked by the Chairman that sums everything up on the left side of politics.

The Democrats, like all parties of the left, are still working on the principle that the people who support them really are stupid. This is about Gruber and Obamacare, but why could it not be Bill Shorten discussing the devastation that has taken place in the Australian economy since the ALP applied its stimulus:

“Let me be clear, I am extremely frustrated with Dr. Gruber’s statements,” Cummings continued. “They were irresponsibly, incredibly disrespectful, and did not reflect reality. And they were indeed insulting.”

“I was in Congress when this law was debated, and Dr. Gruber does not speak for me, or the chairman of the other committees who worked tirelessly on this bill,” he said. “We debated this legislation for nearly a year before it was finally passed and signed by the president! Never once did I believe or did anyone suggest that we were somehow hiding our goals from the American people.”

“But worst of all,” the ranking member concluded, “Dr. Gruber’s statements gave Republicans a public relations gift in their relentless political campaign to tear down the ACA and eliminate health care for millions of Americans!”

As for Australia, so far as the ALP is concerned, it matters not at all that they dug the hole which was specifically designed for the Coalition to fall into once it took government. They can now go on about the economic problems the country has, and harangue about every attempt to fix what they have done. They know the problems exist, how necessary it is to get things right and how intractable they are since they tried to fix them but couldn’t. But whatever they know, they are using the problems Abbott must deal with as reasons to get themselves back into government two years from now.

The assumption of cluelessness and the magic pudding must be very deeply built into how these people think about their supporters.