Dan Henninger (@danhenninger) (@wsjopinion): People carried screaming from the Senate gallery; the national Democratic Party is being taken over by what I call "the Code-Pink Left."

Oct 13, 03:29 AM

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Dan Henninger (@danhenninger) (@wsjopinion): People carried screaming from the Senate gallery; the national Democratic Party is being taken over by what I call "the Code-Pink Left."

Dan Henninger (@danhenninger) (@wsjopinion), WSJ, Wonder Land, & Deputy Editor of the editorial page, discusses the fact that the New York GOP headquarters were vandalized by two hooded men who methodically spray-painted “A” on the façade (for Antifa?), doors, put gooey stuff on the door, then threw bricks at the window and broke the glass. Seems to be part and parcel with the untoward violence of the political left in recent weeks.

Most people participating in politics know there are boundary lines that one shouldn’t go over. Why could Hillary Clinton bring herself to say on CNN, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for”? Or Eric Holder, recently the country’s highest legal officer, contradict Michelle Obama’s dictum, “When they go low, we go high,” and say, “No, when they go low we kick them.”

Think of the generations in which people like Mrs Clinton and Mr Holder came to their maturity, the Seventies and Eighties. Jeane Kirkpatrick created the famous phrase, San Francisco Democrats – the far left who kept nominating unelectable candidates. A time of intensity and violent politics, almost all evinced by the left. Now, people are carried screaming from the Senate gallery. An extraordinary moment.

No prominent Democrat has stepped forward to repudiate any of this. By and large, they've said they’ll run angry campaigns. I don't think this will sell to the broader American public. American people reject disorder. Mrs Clinton and Mr Holder know this. Are they exhausted? Disappointment? Frustration? No, they calculate that it’ll help generate a larger turn-out. Some Democrats in tight races – Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin— have tried to separate themselves from this. I don’t think it's typical of the average Democratic voter; rather, the national party is being taken over by what I call the Code-Pink Left.