In recent days, Democrats have been making some very foolish choices, choices which could provoke a deadly party schism and ruin our chances for retaking the White House. From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Kamala Harris, matters ranging from petty personal dissensions within the Democratic caucus, all the way to the primary debates, have been framed in terms of race. This way lies madness and the certain reelection of Donald Trump, if we keep it up.
Ocasio-Cortez even suggesting that Nancy Pelosi’s comments about “the squad” were racially based is absurd and very destructive.
“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told The Washington Post in an interview published Wednesday. But the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
Pelosi eloquently stated, “Many of you came here to make a beautiful pate. Most of the time we’re making sausage.” Speaker Pelosi is a realist. She wasn’t disparaging women of color or anybody. She was advocating unity. Unity on the part of Democrats is the only thing that is going to restore the White House to the American people in 2020. Washington Post:
Their ability to work together — or refusal to — will have major implications for Democrats as they seek to oust President Trump and retain their majority in next year’s election. Pelosi knows that fate of her majority rests with the moderate Democrats who captured Republican-held seats in last year’s midterm elections.
“A majority is a fragile thing,” she said, according to two people present for the remarks, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private meeting, adding that members should show “some level of respect and sensitivity” to more moderate colleagues: “You make me the target, but don’t make our [moderates] the target in all of this, because we have important fish to fry.”
The speaker’s allies say concerns about the next election is driving her moves to isolate these four women.
“Sometimes a leader’s got to take positions to keep the team [united],” said Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.). “She knows what got us here and what’s going to keep us here.”
The takeaway here is that indulging the far left members of the caucus and pushing the progressive envelope in the Democratic party is not what is needed at this point in history. What is needed is wresting the White House back from the clutches of the Putin-possessed charlatan within it’s walls, because failure to do so will forever alter the course of American history, and America’s stature in the world. This is not hyperbole. This is the simple truth.
Voting Trump out in 2020 will send a message to the world that America, regrettably, lost her way in 2016, and under the seductive influence of television coupled with the pernicious nature of Fox News’ lies, was induced to vote for a common crook, six-times-bankrupt TV game show host — but then America came to her senses and restored sane governance to the land by voting the conman out. That will be the narrative in 2020 if the Democrats are successful in regaining the White House. If not? Then the message to the world will be, “this is what America has become,” i.e., a nation of uneducated, backward, uninformed and disinterested, cruel and immoral fools, wanting only their bread and circus, and believing anything that they see and hear on television; just so long as it fits their angered, jaundiced bias. The myth of American exceptionalism will be dead forever.
There will be no other way to explain the reelection of a man like Trump, who caused concentration camps at the southern border and tanks in the streets of Washington, D.C. If Trump is reelected, the message will be that America is no longer a democracy, it is a kakistocracy, for that is precisely what it is this minute — leadership, nay rulership, by the least competent and qualified. A leader would have never created concentration camps for children at the southern border. A deranged ruler did.
If Trump is reelected in 2020 we will lose the respect of the world even more than we already have and we will deserve it. That is how high the stakes in this game have gone. The 2020 election is not business as usual. It’s not about picking one person or one policy over another. It’s about whether democracy lives or dies. Party schisms over race or anything else are divisive at any time. Nowadays, with the country more divided than it has been since the civil war, they are lethal.
Now, AOC and the squad are not the only ones playing the race card to the detriment of the party, and setting Democrats up to lose in 2020. Kamala Harris kneecapped Joe Biden at the first debate over the busing issue. It seems that she intends to use this strategy to gain the same result that Obama obtained over Hillary back in 2008. Hillary had the black vote locked in until it became apparent that Obama, also a junior senator at that time, was capable of making inroads with that key constituency, and the rest is history. Harris was in New Orleans last week talking about a $100Billion federal program to help black people buy homes, so it’s evident she’s looking to sway black voters away from Joe Biden, who presently has them solidly in his column. However, that may not be as simple as it sounds. Rev. Al Sharpton comments on Biden, starting at 4:43. Here’s the gist of it:
“Donald Trump won playing the race card, but he also played that he was going to undo everything that President Obama did. Well, undoing Obama is undoing Obama-Biden, so a lot of African-Americans are saying, ‘This is my vote to say I am with Obama-Biden and the things that Donald Trump is trying to undo,’ and Biden gets a lot of support because of that.”
“He was the co-pilot of the years that Mr. Trump is now trying to displace, so it’s going to take more than one or two bad nights at a debate for people to look at Joe Biden as separate from the last 10 years. They weren’t around 50 years ago for busing. It’s a big issue and an important issue, but they remember in real life their own experiences over the last 10 years that’s trying to be displaced by this president, and Joe Biden was part of that.”
CNN’s Chris Cillizza publishes a newsletter called, The Point. This is from July 8 and entitled, “Here’s Why Donald Trump Can Totally Win in 2020””
in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll there’s at least the suggestion that who Democrats nominate could make a difference in whether Trump wins a second term or not. Former Vice President Joe Biden leads Trump 53%-43% in that national survey. But Biden is the only Democrat with a statistically significant edge over the incumbent. California Sen. Kamala Harris took 48% to Trump’s 46%, while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stood at 49% to Trump’s 48%. Trump was tied with both Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Biden’s lead over Trump is explained, somewhat, by the fact that Biden is a wholly known commodity on the national stage — the result of eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president and more than three decades of service in the Senate. Biden is also known — even by independents and lean-Republicans — as a centrist, unlike, say, Sanders, who has unapologetically embraced every imaginable tenet of liberalism.
While the next eight months(ish) will decide the electability question vis-a-vis Biden, the takeaway from the Post-ABC poll — or at least one of the takeaways — should be that Trump isn’t going to be a pushover in November 2020.
The Point: What the Post-ABC numbers remind us is that Trump won’t be running against an idealized Democratic candidate in 2020. He’ll be running against a flesh-and-blood person with strengths and weaknesses. And judging from the poll numbers, he has a decent chance of beating that eventual nominee. [emphasis Cillizza’s]
2016 was the Year of the Populist. That much was evident in the Democratic primary from the get go. Hillary was the front runner and Bernie Sanders was polling against her at 43%. That says a lot on its face. There was one hell of a schizm in the party and we need not revisit that at this time.
Right now, it appears that some Democrats are, once again, hell bent on fracturing the party over purity issues. Biden is too old, he’s white, he’s male, he’s not the face of the party, he’s not the future of the party. These are excellent points. However, whatever Biden is not, he is a highly visible and “wholly known commodity” associated with a successful administration. As Al Sharpton points out, people are more focused on what has happened in the last ten years than they are on something that happened half a century ago.
Democrats are like a herd of cats. Will Rogers was telling the truth when he said, “I’m not a member of any organized political party; I’m a Democrat.” Now is not the time for purity considerations. Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of the party, and save the country from the hands of the most vile and corrupt administration in the history of the republic.
WE CANNOT LOSE THIS ELECTION OR WE LOSE DEMOCRACY! PERIOD! DEMOCRATS, WAKE UP AND UNITE BEHIND THE FRONT RUNNER, JOE BIDEN, AND SAVE THE COUNTRY! STOP TRYING TO DESTROY A GOOD THING, A WINNING HAND, IN FAVOR OF SOME ABSTRACT IDEAL!
The nation needs to heal. We need to be restored to some kind of recognizable, sane government. This is not the year of the newbie progressive, this is the year of the tried and true centrist. Many progressives will cringe and groan reading this sentence. I don’t blame them. I’m a progressive too. But I say to my progressive-within self, “Would you rather cringe and groan and win, to fight for greater progress another day? Or, would you rather leave the country in the hands of the current kakistocracy for another four years, and watch more right wing judges appointed, more children molested/die in the camps, more dismantling of all that was good that Obama achieved, so that you can feel good about backing the purest candidate — that didn’t have a snowball’s chance of winning?” It’s like the line from the movie, “Primary Colors:” “Oh yeah, I want to vote for the best candidate, the purest, the one who fought the good fight — and watch him lose to the Republican — again.”
This election is the Democrats to lose — and so far, it looks like we’re teeing up to do just that. Fox News is having a field day with this latest AOC/Pelosi incident, blathering about, “The civil war within the Democratic party.” The Republicans love it when we do our purity bit. It’s the equivalent of rolling over and showing our soft underbelly so that they can gut us all the easier. Will we wake up in time, stop fighting, unite and save the country? Or will we hand it over on a silver platter to Trump? The race card is his to play. That’s his home turf. It is no territory for us to be squabbling in.
Trump lashing out at Obama/Biden is the way to defeat Trump. Trump fears Biden, that’s known. He knows Biden can take the blue collar workers from him. He knows Biden can take the independents and the voters who have become totally disenchanted with him. Joe Biden can hand Donald Trump his ass and if we really get lucky, we could take back the Senate as well. Do we want to do that, or do we want to be pure? Ivory Soap is very pure — and all that purity goes down the drain, every time.