John Wayne Couldn’t Save Democrats Now

Democrats are desperate four days before the election. With the obvious Republican victory all but certain in both the Senate and House, Democrats are making a final pitch to Latino voters, asserting President Obama has existing legal authority to take executive action on immigration.

That is interesting, to say the least. says Rep Nancy Pelosi and Reps. Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois and Zoe Lofgren of California make the case that “Congress and the Constitution give presidents broad authority to take executive action on immigration policy” and that the authority has been used by past presidents.


Pelosi continues, “In addition to taking steps to make our immigration enforcement efforts more humane, there are dozens of reforms that the President can adopt. Two that could have the greatest impact involve the expanded use of his deferred action and ‘parole’ authorities,” wrote the Democratic House members in a message posted in English and Spanish.

It is reminiscent of Hitler’s last days in the bunker. It is interesting after the Ebola scare and new viruses creeping across the southern border that Pelosi would say such a thing.

But she is an advocate of President Obama’s pledge to take executive action on immigration after the elections, the Democrats say they “look forward to the President’s bold and meaningful action to improve the lives of Americans and immigrants alike and advance the interests of our nation.”

Desperation to gain Democratic votes is obvious. The Univision message came a day after Pew Research reported that Latino support for Democrats has fallen, although they continue to have a healthy advantage over Republicans. Pelosi has obviously not considered this poll or ever would, period.

The fact is, Latino registered voters are less supportive of the Democratic Party than in previous election cycles. In 2012, 70 percent of Hispanic voters said they identify with the Democratic Party, compared to today when 63 percent said they lean Democrat.

What’s more, in addition, 50 percent of respondents said Democrats were more concerned about Latino interests than Republicans, which is down from 61 percent in 2012.

As good as he was at saving people, even John Wayne couldn’t save the Democrats – they’ve completely lost it.

There will be no October surprise and Nancy Peolosi will be returned to Washington. The big difference is there will be less Democratic seats in the House and the GOP will have the Senate majority.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.


Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, “Redistribution of Common Sense – Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014,” was published in July, 2014. “The Game Changer – America’s Most Stunning Presidential Election in History,” was published in April 2017.


Dwight is a native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.