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Grant Bosse: The illegitimate Resistance

July 09. 2018 10:54PM

The grapes are always sour. Life isn’t fair. It’s someone else’s fault.

Faced with adversity, we are adept at finding someone else to blame.

Last week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt finally resigned amid an incessant torrent of reported misdeeds.

During his time at the EPA, Pruitt racked up massive travel bills, treated EPA employees like the staff of Downton Abbey, and reportedly tried to line up cushy jobs for his family.

Some of this was deeply troubling. Much of it was petty, low-grade corruption from a man who treated a Cabinet post like he was a contestant on Supermarket Sweep.

If you loaned your car to Scott Pruitt, it would come back on E, with the loose change scooped out of the cup holders, and a month later you’d get a notice for three unpaid parking tickets.

All of Pruitt’s many wounds were self-inflicted, yet he and some people who should know better blamed the media. The coverage of Pruitt’s conduct was not to blame for his downfall. His conduct was.

The President has repeatedly claimed that he would have won New Hampshire and the national popular vote, except for voter fraud. He is unmatched in shifting responsibility away from himself.

Yet it is the American left that has constructed a web of conspiracy theories to account for losing control of all three branches of the federal government.

Liberals remain incensed about Merrick Garland’s “stolen seat” on the U.S. Supreme Court. This is reckless nonsense. They may blame Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans for not confirming Garland, but that is a political issue, not a Constitutional one. Nominees are not entitled to hearings, floor votes, or for that matter, confirmation.

Liberals also had a hard time coping with the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. One whacky theory centers on a loan to Trump from a bank that employed Kennedy’s son. Somehow this meant that Kennedy was in Trump’s pocket, and was retiring to pay him back.

If you’re confused at how this was supposed to work, good. It makes no sense.

The Resistance to President Donald Trump still hasn’t acknowledged that he was legitmately elected. They think Vladimir Putin somehow rigged the election by hacking the DNC and posting memes on Facebook. Russia clearly interfered with the presidential election of 2016, but there’s nothing to suggest the results were illegitimate.

By undermining the legitimacy of our democratic institutions, the Resistance is doing Putin’s job for him.

A lukewarm version of this delusion concedes that Trump won the Electoral College, but claims that he lacks moral authority because Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. This is also baseless.

There isn’t really a national popular vote. It is merely the aggregate of the 51 presidential elections held by the states and the District of Columbia. The Patriots gained more yards than the Eagles in the Super Bowl, but points are the only thing that counts.

Liberals sought to delegitimize the last two Republican presidential wins with theories about butterfly ballots in Florida and voting machines in Ohio.

Is it so hard to believe that voters rejected Al Gore, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton?

Even Congress is not immune from liberal claims of illegitimacy. For decades, Democratic state legislatures drew Congressional districts to their favor. Now that Republicans run most state houses, gerrymandering is a Constitutional crisis.

The Senate is under attack for giving small states like New Hampshire equal weight as California and New York. But the Senate was never meant to be based on population. This is a feature, not a bug.

Democrats won big in 2006 largely because of President George W. Bush’s unpopularity. They also did well with Barack Obama at the top of the ticket. Otherwise, they have lost more than 1,000 legislative seats across the country.

Columnist David Harsanyi today argues that liberals cry out for reform whenever they lose an election. The left puts tremendous faith in the power of government, but complains about its legitimacy when the right wins.

The thing about sour grapes is that all they produce is a little whine.

Grant Bosse is editorial page editor of the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. Email him at and follow him on Twitter @grantbosse.

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