As candidates have to become more extreme to win over the Democratic base, they become incapable of winning.
The Democratic base seems to want their politicians to affirm things that will lead them to lose in general elections. One example of this is the call to abolish ICE. We know this because now Democrats are shy about the position.
We seem to have reached the point where the Democratic base is cut off from mainstream America to such an extent that they are cutting off their political leaders from mainstream America.
The Federalist asks, “Pushed Hard Left By Their Base, Are Democrats Self-Destructing?
The answer seems to be “Yes.”
Writing in National Journal, Josh Kraushaar last week chronicled the ongoing surrender of both major parties to their respective fringes. Among Democrats, he writes of the quixotic campaign to block the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Former Hillary Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon, who also worked for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, “is adopting tactics normally associated with the party’s far-left activists,” writes Kraushaar.
After lashing out at Sen. Tim Kaine for having the temerity to have questions about Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy, Fallon called for any law professor or lawyer who praises Kavanaugh to be banned from serving in a future Democratic administration.
Kavanaugh is a thoroughly conventional pick for the Supreme Court, whom no serious person would claim isn’t qualified for the position. But Democrats are not prone to seriousness these days. Immediately after Trump announced Kavanaugh’s nomination, a string of national Democrats including senators Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Corey Booker appeared at a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court to denounce Kavanaugh in hyperbolic terms.
“Are you ready for a fight? Are you ready to defend Roe versus Wade?” shouted Sanders. “Are you ready to tell the Supreme Court that we think it’s absurd that they give constitutional rights to billionaires to buy elections?”
At the end of his tirade, Sanders declared, “We have the American people on our side!” That’s really the question at the heart of this November’s midterms. A growing number of left-wing Democrats are convinced that they do, that average Americans across the country are open to socialist policies like universal health care, nationalized college tuition, and a federal jobs guarantee (whatever that means). They also think they have the numbers to crush their opponents, which is why they’re not bothering to persuade those who might disagree with them.
That’s why Democrats are increasingly placing bets on candidates like Ocasio-Cortez and calling for purges within their own ranks. Maybe it’s a brilliant strategy that will work out for them, but right now it looks like self-destruction.
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