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Are The Democrats Committing Electoral Suicide? WaPo Says Yes

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Authored by Tim Donner via LibertyNation.com,

Democrats are misinterpreting their mandate and dramatically overestimating the popularity of their agenda…

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In an age where tribalism rules – that’s our narrative and we’re sticking to it, right or wrong – it is increasingly rare to experience the sensation of someone in the opposing tribe reinforcing our own view of things.

Richard Cohen

That’s why it was instructive, if not heartening, to see a long-prominent liberal opinion writer at The Washington Post, of all places, provide unexpected affirmation of what is becoming increasingly clear to conservatives: The Democrats are laying the seeds of their own destruction in the 2020 election.

Richard Cohen, more a conventional 20th century liberal than an AOC-inspired woke socialist, has penned a piece in WaPo entitled “Democrats are Handing Trump a Gift.” And it is quite useful in helping us understand how rank-and-file Democrats view the direction of their party. For while the resistance wing of the party receives most all of the attention these days, don’t kid yourself: There are millions of standard-issue Democrats who want their party to win, but are actually more concerned about the state of the nation than with taking down Donald Trump at any cost, or resorting to socialism to draw as sharp a contrast as possible with the president.

Cohen starts with a bang in evaluating the perilous state of the Democrats as they head for the 2020 presidential election:

“I don’t quite know what a handbasket is, but the Democratic Party is heading in one to electoral hell with its talk of socialism and reparations.”

The author has evidently not donned the blinders or rose-colored glasses so many on the left are wearing, in believing their increasingly radical brand of statism will appeal to the broader electorate.

To punctuate his point, Cohen continues:

“the party is … determined to give Donald Trump a fair shot at re-election by sabotaging itself. In fact, it’s veering so far to the left it could lose an election in 1950s Bulgaria.

Democratic socialist ideas appear to be making significant headway in the party. The Democratic part is fine, the socialism part is not. It suggests a massive government intrusion in the economy that has not worked elsewhere — post-war Great Britain or that contemporary mess called Venezuela — and that, in a cultural sense, is un-American. Time and time again, the American people have shown they want nothing to do with socialism … imprecations of socialism and endorsements of reparations are anathema to the electorate, socially and racially fragmenting a nation that urgently needs unity.”

But wait, there’s more: Cohen goes on to describe the wet-behind-the-ears socialist sensation Democrats are afraid to tame, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY):

“[AOC] is political poison, the product of a freak election in a New York City district where the past has taken root — socialism and a lot of rot about the evils of capitalism.”

Did we just witness a liberal actually defending capitalism? Yes, we did. And it drives home the point that there are millions of Democrats who want an active federal government, but still hold to an essential, if unformed, belief in free markets and free people – just like conservatives.

But with all their talk of the Democrats’ increasingly radical “base,” identity politics, and the “social justice” movement, the legacy media is putting the fear of God in the party’s traditional rank-and-file – those who see Trump as vulnerable but are watching their party’s standing increasingly threatened with each new discussion about abolishing ICE, the Green New Deal, reparations, and “free” everything.

One would ordinarily conclude that the party will come to its senses and nominate a candidate who, at a minimum, doesn’t scare the bejesus out of ordinary folk. But how many of their current or prospective candidates would meet that qualification? Joe Biden, sure, if you want to go with a white guy who crested at 1% in two previous bids for the White House. Cohen also mentions John Kerry, loser to George W. Bush 15 years ago and if nothing else a big-time beneficiary of white privilege (remember his windsurfing in Nantucket). And there’s Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor who is one of the very few in his newfound party to defend capitalism, euphemistically calling the Green New Deal “unrealistic.” But at this point, there is hardly a groundswell for any of that trio. Quite the opposite – Kamala Harris (D-CA), the fully intersectional supporter of the Green New Deal and reparations, and the nominal frontrunner at this point, is the new norm.

Democrats are jacked up after winning the House in the 2018 midterms, but they are misinterpreting their mandate and dramatically overestimating the popularity of their agenda. They seem to have forgotten how they tamped down and undersold their leftist vision in the days leading up to that election. Given all the socialist water that has passed under the bridge in the almost four months since, it may now be impossible to do the same for 2020.

via zerohedge

6 COMMENTS

  1. It’s a race among 2020 democrat pres. contenders to see who can run to the left the fastest and furthest. The problem, is that they are running the race course in the wrong direction, and when they get to the end, will wonder why there’s no finish line. Just the word “START” scribbled on the ground.

  2. We want a Democrat to run who was like President Truman and has the morals of President Carter.
    We have seen the worst of the worst Democrats run and get elected in these last years. It is about time for a change.
    Is there anyone left that believes in God, Wants to protect our Constitution, Does not believe we need to have the biggest military but does want the best but just to defend ourselves and not to start wars?
    We also want a President that rewards the working man and gives him a good and early retirement by paying back the money the Government stole from our Social Security. We want the Government out of the Health Insurance business.
    We want Prayer back in our schools and the pledge to the flag of our country.
    If we are going to help someone get started in our country it needs a 2 week limit and they need to make a commitment to become a real American and not try to change this country into the the one they didn’t like and left to get into America.

  3. That’s because the dummiecraps have taken over our systems of indoctrination (education) and these are the mindless drones they have produced! I blame Republiturds for their inaction of allowing this to happen. Conservatives need to wake up and not believe this writer, the dummiecraps hate us and want to destroy us. They will not stop until the get their objective, which is to enslave us. Expose the LIARS for what they are and vote them out, if you continue to vote in the same people election after election, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM!

  4. This is what happens when people live in a bubble, their own bubble, listening only to their own talking points, and being happy they won the House and can make stupid laws. When 2020 gets here, not only will Trump wipe the floor with all these Dems for the Presidency, but the Dems will also LOSE the House, and the Senate will likely to to 60 or more. And, there is no telling how many state governor-ships, state houses, etc., they will lose. I read a story this morning where the left-leaning Gallup poll proved that conservatism has out-paced the liberal left. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe any polls, especially after 2016, but if a left-leaning poll proves more and more people are self-identifying as a conservatism, that speaks volumes. But the ostriches have their heads in the sand and are only listening to themselves, so that’s good for the right. I’m all for them running behind AOC with their heads up her…well, let’s just say, where the sun doesn’t shine. Works very well for me!

  5. “We want a Democrat to run who was like President Truman and has the morals of President Carter.”

    What sentient American would not commend that sentiment when comparing them with the unfortunate gaggle of Democrat contenders for a 2020 victory? Such an amalgam of the two former presidents would very easily pass through the eye of the needle.

  6. First of all, the Democrats did not “win” the mid-terms, THEY STOLE THAT ELECTION..they will no doubt try, and maybe succeed, in stealing 2020. Trump called for photo ids for voting, which they immediately shot down. There is so much election fraud that it is impossible to run a fair election. Yet, the hypocrites are investigating our president for collusion? Our country is so tired of the relentless and endless attempts at discrediting, imprisoning or impeaching our president that we wish they would all disappear down a dark hole. How are these desparate, twisted people getting away with so many illegal activities? Each state needs to clean up their voting centers before any other election is held..however, the Democrats would never win an honest election..what with their stance on socialism, infanticide, illegal immigrants, they pretty much have cut their own throats with the American people. That’s why they need the illegal immigrant votes, the convicted felons votes, etc. in order to win. So sad the levels to which they have sunk. We need to get rid of all of them and start over again with term limits and honest elections.

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