Monday, October 01, 2018


National Review's John Fund has some theories about a confrontation that took place last week:
On Friday morning, two women raced past reporters and security officers and blocked a senators-only elevator in the U.S. Capitol. They cornered Arizona senator Jeff Flake, who had just announced he was going to vote yes on moving Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination out of the Judiciary Committee and onto the Senate floor for a full debate. The women wouldn’t let Flake leave until they had yelled at him, face to face, for several minutes.
Yes, we remember.
Anyone who thinks the two left-wing activists acted without a well-thought-out plan hasn’t read The Intimidation Game by Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal.
Omigod! People who used their First Amendment right to petition a U.S. senator for redress of grievances had "a well-thought-out plan" for doing so! That wasn't what the Framers intended! They wanted all political speech to be totally off the cuff! It's right there in the footnotes to the Bill of Rights!

(NARRATOR: The Bill of Rights has no footnotes.)
Ana Maria Archila and Maggie Gallagher were the two women who confronted Flake inside the elevator....

Perhaps because the women expressed such raw emotion, few media outlets dug into their political activism. Archila is an executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy; she had spent the previous week in Washington engaged in protests against Kavanaugh. Gallagher is a 23-year-old activist with the group. The Center is a left-wing group that is heavily funded by George Soros’s Open Society Foundations. Indeed, as of 2014, the Open Society was one of the three largest donors to the group.
"Few media outlets dug into their political activism"? In fact, plenty of outlets noted Archila's position with the Center for Popular Democracy -- The Washington Post, The New York Times, AP, CBS, NPR. On the other hand, these stories didn't include neon lettering flashing SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! accompanied by hook-nosed Jew caricatures and photos of the gas chambers. Damn liberal media!
Archila has another role beyond her duties as co–executive director of the Center. She is also a member of the national committee of the Working Families Party (WFP), a New York–based fringe political party that exercises outside influence in the Empire State because of the state’s unique law allowing candidates to run on more than one party line.
I think Fund means "outsize influence" -- yes, the Working Families Party punches above its weight because of its endorsements and additional ballot lines. That's perfectly legal in New York State; the Conservative, Liberal and Right-to-Life Parties have done the same thing in recent decades.
The WFP was founded in 1998 by the leaders of ACORN, the now disbanded and disgraced group of community organizers....
I'll spare you Fund's dance-on-the-grave capsule history of ACORN's demise. Suffice to say that here's the sum total of what Fund is alleging here:
* Archila and Gallagher, two activists, deviously went to Washington and ... did some activism.

* Archila is a top official in a perfectly legal group founded twenty years ago by people who founded another group that was hounded out of existence by right-wingers nine years ago.

You'd assume Fund's point is that all this must be sinister because it was so effective. But, in fact, he argues that this sinister Soros plot didn't even work.
A reporter for the Washington Examiner asked Flake, “Did the women who confronted you this morning, did they have any role in changing your mind?”

“No, no,” Flake said as he shook his head.

Fair enough, but liberals certainly have convinced themselves to believe that the in-your-face strategy worked. So no doubt we’ll see more of it in these uncivil times.
And that's it: The evil Soros-funded, ACORN-linked women are a threat to the Republic because they spoke to a senator, who claims their words had no effect on him. If we let liberals keep doing that, we won't have an America anymore!

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