Saturday, March 28, 2015

Malloy’s War On White Men

“The only middle-aged white men who voted for me were myself and my brothers,” Mr. Malloy told BuzzFeed News. “So if we’re going to rely on middle-aged white men to win Democratic races again — you know, I mean I think we need to speak to a broader audience than middle-aged white men.”

This is a page taken directly from the President Barrack Obama campaign playbook. Perceiving that the Democratic Party had been steadily losing votes among working class whites, Mr. Obama, during his first campaign, managed to form a new epicentric coalition that relied on “support among communities of color, educated whites, Millennials, single women, and seculars,” according to a review in the New York Times of a report written by Ruy Teixeira and John Halpin.

“It is instructive to trace the evolution of a political strategy based on securing this coalition in the writings and comments, over time, of such Democratic analysts as Stanley Greenberg and Ruy Teixeira,” the Times noted in late November 2011. Stan Greenberg is the husband of 3rd District US Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who this year will be supporting the already pox marked candidacy of former Secretary of State and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.
Flocking to the epicenter were easily agitated groups: the pro-abortion lobby, the anti-death penalty lobby, the anti-gun lobby and, as always, the academia lobby. Not for nothing did Bill Buckley, the founder of the modern conservative movement and a Connecticut resident nearly all his life, announce that he would prefer to be governed by the first fifty names picked at random from the phone book than the entire Harvard Law School faculty. Mr. Obama successfully bottled the epicentric groups, fizzed them up and won two elections.

By Mr. Obama’s second campaign, however, Democrats had lost both houses of Congress – and more. Progressive Democrats also lost several governorships, several state legislatures and loads of confrontations in the Middle East with Iran and Russian supported Islamic terrorist groups. On the way to Utopia, Mr. Obama and his cohorts set brush fires in the minds of, among others, white men. But not to worry. The Obama script worked once. With some minor adjustments, Mr. Malloy has asserted, it will work again.

It worked in Connecticut – twice.

Mr. Malloy, the champion of openness and “Hard Choices,” borrowing a recipe from Maverick Governor Lowell Weicker, the father of Connecticut’s income tax,  imposed on his state the largest tax increase in its history and arranged multi-year contracts with state workers that boosted their salaries during the “great recession,” in the toils of which Connecticut still founders years after the bitter waters have receded in other business burgeoning states less susceptible to progressive hucksters like Mr. Malloy. Louisiana is one of them.

Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal once affronted Connecticut’s “porcupine governor” at some unmemorable gathering of governors in Washington DC. Moments after Mr. Malloy had been selected incoming chair of the Democratic Governors Association, quills were thrown. Speaking to BuzzFeed reporters about Mr. Jindal -- who is not white, by the way – Mr. Malloy said, “I like to see your facial expression when I do that. Every reporter asks me, ‘Who’s going to be the toughest Republican candidate?’ And I’ll look you straight in the eye and say Jindal and you all laugh… He must have been beaten up really bad on the playground. Really bad, I think.”

Mr. Malloy’s “chair of the Democratic Governors Association face” is not the same face he presented to Connecticut’s mostly unquestioning media when he threw his considerable weight behind a bill that Connecticut legislators hope will protect young children from schoolyard bullies.

That bill -- Public Act 11-232, An Act Concerning the Strengthening of School Bullying laws – had its genesis, according to a report in the West Hartford News that appears on Mr. Malloy’s Governor of Connecticut website, during a “Commission on Children forum where more than 500 people heard the Obama administration’s point person on bullying, Kevin Jennings of the U.S. Department of Education, recommend that every school do the following: 1) adopt a clear policy against bullying behaviors; 2) train all staff who interact with students on how to observe, prevent, and stop bullying; 3) ensure that all staff members take immediate action whenever they observe bullying; and 4) gather data to assess the level of bullying in the school. The new law requires all of these steps.”

Point well taken by all but Connecticut's quill throwing governor, who is not expected to offer a handsome, unambiguous apology to Mr. Jindal or to the school children he had hoped to protect from intemperate bullies such as himself.

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