As the Democratic party fails to coalesce around presumptive front-runner Joe Biden, Democratic strategists are starting to look nervous.
Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with attendees at the 2019 Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. (photo: Gage Skidmore)
He really should be the most imminently beatable President in U.S. history.
Donald Trump rails against Democrats, even as he rallies them around exactly where he wants them. He routinely lambasts the press, even conservative-leaning FOX news.
President Trump runs afoul of even his fellow Republican party members more often than not; the vituperative hatred of the ‘Never Trumpers’ in the Republican Party, which now includes many fired former ‘Trumpers’ has, if anything, only strengthened with time.
The Presidential Twitterer-in-Chief insults everyone from British comedian and former bad boy turned Ram Dass, Russell Brand (not good enough for Katy Perry); to the Danish Prime Minister (unsupportive of his plans to purchase Greenland).
The only thing more cringeworthy than his name-calling is the reaction of the collective left; absolute anarchy.
Perhaps this is because Trump checks all the boxes in the modern day existential crisis of progressivism; he’s the perfect foil, the heel, the man America loves to hate. It’s too easy.
But judging by the size of his rallies, some people still love him.
Including the overweight Trump supporter he publicly shamed at one of his recent rallies- Trump mistook the man for a protestor. But the overweight Trump fan was and remains an avid supporter of the President; even grateful to President Trump for taking the time to call him personally and apologize.
It’s enough to make any liberal’s head explode. And if any liberal heads remain unexploded by the sheer force and magnitude of Trump’s expert trolling, the looming threat of four more years of same should do it.
“Love me or hate me, you gotta vote for me because all the Democrats running against me are worse.” seems to be Trump’s new campaign slogan. It’s not flashy, but it has worked in politics before.
Love or hate his new campaign slogan, even his critics have to admit Trump has a point.
All Democratic leadership needed to do in the current political climate to retrieve any voter prepared to hold their nose, vote for Trump in 2020, and take it to their graves, was field any reasonable candidate who could look good juxtaposed against Donald Trump and not alienate the moderates and independents.
Democrats seem to have taken the first criteria very seriously. Any of the current candidates are well-poised, polished, and great at talking the talk. Walking the walk can come later, if at all. In the short game of beating Donald Trump in 2020, talk is better.
It is in the second caveat that Democrats have abandoned all hope ye who enter here; talking the talk has come to mean pandering to the ultra-left wing radicals clamoring nonstop, and nonsensically, on social media.
What do they want? Everything! When do they want it?
The question of whether or not the Democrat voting electorate is as radical as the roving social justice mobs of Twitter is settled; it’s not.
The majority of registered Democrats in the U.S. do not support open borders, abolishing ICE, eliminating private health insurance and free health care for undocumented immigrants. They might support one of those- maybe.
Former Vice President and master of the middle ground Joe Biden was thought to be the Democrat’s best chance for 2020. An offer to return the halcyon days of the Obama administration, it was hoped, would restore hope to many a disenchanted American liberal deeply depressed by the success of Donald Trump.
Unfortunately, these are the same Democrats who prayed to Robert Mueller to save them.
The same Democratic base which placed Biden on a pedestal of electability based on his status as a moderate Democrat also knocked him off that pedestal by forcing him to disavow every moderate position he has ever held on on every social issue.
Without that veneer of electability, Democrats are left with an aging, gaffe-prone panderer who routinely forgets what decade it is, what planet he’s on.
It isn’t Joe Biden’s fault that he doesn’t recognize the place. The ultra-progressive wing of the Democratic party has remade the standards of the party so completely, that a liberal progressive of five years ago is now a moderate conservative. That is, unless they have ‘evolved’.
Achieving greater and greater levels of ‘wokeness’ was supposed to make everyone happier and more harmonious. Problem is, no one seems much happier, to say nothing of harmony.
Democrats point to Trump as the cause of all this malfeasance. He is the King Kong wrecking everything he touches.
But if anything, the Democratic party has gone even more bananas in a nonstop cycle of reactionist sponsored by Donald Trump. Having put Democratic leadership in the position of defending the many eccentricities of freshmen squad members Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, not least of which is a stunning level of anti-Semitism, puts Trump at an advantage.
Democrats anxious to make such untried and untested lawmakers the center of its policy decisions should reconsider. Cooler heads must, and should, prevail. Trump’s efforts to paint the four freshmen “Squad” members as the face of the Democratic party are no accident.
He isn’t trash-talking. Well, he isn’t just trash-talking.
He is drawing more and more attention to the wildly-left stances of Omar and Tlaib, many of which are untenable and incompatible with the sensibilities of the U.S. electorate.
One such is their stated desire to see what they consider to be the world’s only illegitimate state, which is only coincidentally the worlds only Jewish state they assure us, wiped off the map forever.
Any Democrat telling themselves that this isn’t an anti-Semitic attitude needs to do a bit more digging. According to Omar and Tlaib, the only country in the world which has no right to exist is Israel.
Criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitism; advocating for the annihilation of the Jewish ancestral homeland certainly is.
With Joe Biden failing to inspire, and the congressional freshman ‘Squad’ being cast as the new face of the Democratic party by both Donald Trump and liberals on the progressive left, Democratic prognosticators are starting to look for the exits.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama seems like the perfect candidate, and everything Joe Biden isn’t.
But if Michelle Obama took to the middle ground, would U.S. liberals really follow her? When media mogul and billionaire rapper Jay-Z recently partnered with the NFL to address social justice issues, it was hoped that this move would help the NFL move past the Colin Kaepernick drama.
Instead, the move seems to have done the opposite: Leaving a self-made African-American billionaire suddenly tarnished by the Kaepernick scandal, cold-shouldered by the left, condemned as a sell-out, even a race-traitor; leaving the NFL with a worse PR problem than ever.
It is possible the only standard bearer capable of uniting the left is the same one who would lead them right off the cliff of a Trump re-election in 2020.
(contributing writer, Brooke Bell)