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Stephen Green


April 1, 2013 - 8:53 am

It doesn’t make the news like the Great GOP Civil War, but fissures are showing up amongst Democrats, too. Jack Kelly has the bullet points:

• Unions want the Keystone XL pipeline.

• Liberals exploded in outrage last week when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he wouldn’t schedule a vote on a bill to reinstate the “assault weapons” ban, forcing him to back down.

• Another fracture is between black parents in big cities, who desperately want their children to get a good education, and teacher unions, the chief reason why they don’t.

• The Congressional Budget Office has nearly doubled (to $1.6 trillion from $898 billion) its estimate of Obamacare’s cost over 10 years.

That last point is a curious one, because it’s hardly a real matter of contention amongst Democrats. Breaking the health insurance system — and then, by golly, using the resulting crisis to institute single payer — is a beloved feature of ObamaCare. If anything, that’s what will bring them back together.

In the end, the unions will get bought off of Keystone, and cheaply, too. They simply don’t have the clout they once enjoyed. Gun control will is off the table and will stay there, because Harry Reid doesn’t want to lose the Senate, and this is the issue which could make it happen. And until blacks give up Democrat identity politics and start voting for some Republicans, they’ll never get what they want on education.

So going forward, as they like to say, the Democrats are looking pretty solid. Nothing is going to change that until the GOP steps up and starts winning some contested elections.

Stephen Green began blogging at in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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I have a different take on how (D)s feel about gun control. I troll DU to tweet out their idiocy, and by my rough math, almost 30% of them are lawful gun owners. There is a mini civil war raging as a result. As to the rest, you are spot on.
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On Bulletpoint 3, I still think the end result is that since the "management" class (administrators over teachers) and public officials are plurality Jewish (think Rahm Emanuel and Penny Pritzker), the near term battle over school closings in Chicago is one waged by blacks against "racist City Hall". This plus utter fecklessness in Israel is going to result in Jewish American votes being lost by the Democrats.

Another thing I see, is a bulk of wishing-to-be-married same sex couples leaving the farm once there is legal clarity in favor of SSM. For better or worse they're the "responsible" ones in the cities. Rush tipped his hand last week and he probably sees the courting domesticated gays as less fiscally reckless than an amnesty or unconditional acceptance of Obamacare.
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You can also add that OFA has drained the DNC money pool. Financially speaking, the Democratic Party is right now 100% dependent of The Messiah's will or whim.

Just wait until the money fight begins.
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Good info. thanks. Hopefully we can exploit some of these issues.
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