“They think they’re unpopular because they aren’t left-wing enough.”
From the National Review:
The Democratic love of socialism was for many years the love that dared not speak its name. No more. Now the party is figuratively jumping on Oprah’s couch shouting its love of socialism. You’d have to plug your ears not to hear it.
Socialist Bernie Sanders is unquestionably the spiritual leader of the Democratic party, which is radicalizing itself in his image, and on the strength of her blowout Democratic-primary win over liberal incumbent Joe Crowley in the party-ruled NY-14 congressional district, soon-to-be-congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now one of the most prominent faces in the Democratic party. A poll last fall put support for socialism at 44 percent among Millennials, and even more disturbingly, 23 percent of this group agreed that Joseph Stalin is a “hero.” Socialized medicine, i.e., Medicare for all, is the hottest issue on the Left (unless you count hating Trump as an “issue”).
In short, Democrats are who we thought they were. They’re just losing their inhibitions about it. As the woke-youth site Vox puts it, “Maybe Democrats should stop being afraid of the left” because “Ocasio-Cortez’s victory is a big sign that Democrats can run on socialist ideas and win.” Talk of revolution flows naturally. After Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said, “I tell you, the Democratic base is wired now for a revolt.”
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Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, writes:
When I was elected chair of the Democratic National Committee a year ago, President Trump responded the way he always does: on Twitter, mocking me and my fellow Democrats. In response, deputy DNC chair Keith Ellison and I made a promise: we would unite Democrats across the country to become his worst nightmare. And we did — by winning some of the biggest races in 2017. […]
In 2017, we went all-in in Virginia, investing $1.5 million to help Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, Mark Herring, and Democrats up and down the ballot. We beat Ed Gillespie by a whopping 9 points and flipped 15 state legislative seats, including the first two Latinas and the first openly transgender person elected to the Virginia State House. But we didn’t just invest — we invested the right way. Not one cent went to television ads. Instead, we put all of our time and resources into talking directly to voters and building the DNC’s biggest-ever grassroots field operation in Virginia.
In New Jersey, we invested six figures to flip the governor’s seat, replacing Republicans Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno with Gov. Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver, the first African-American lieutenant governor in the state’s history.
But that’s not the only history we made in 2017. We did the unthinkable and elected Doug Jones in Alabama when everyone said it would never happen. […]
We invested and won in deep-red districts that Trump carried in 2016. And we saw historic victories for women, LGBTQ candidates, and candidates of color — from Joyce Craig in Manchester, to Danica Roem in Virginia, to Vi Lyles in Charlotte.
Even in races where we fell short, we saw massive swings in Democratic support and laid the groundwork for future elections by investing and organizing. In two special House elections, we sent a digital staffer to Montana and deployed dozens of staff and organizers to help Archie Parnell in South Carolina.
All of this progress was made possible by early investments, tireless organizing and our united and unyielding determination to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. In one year, we won more than 100 elections and flipped 37 state legislative seats from red to blue.
Now that we’ve demonstrated our model of success, we’re going to scale it up in 2018.
“One day we’ll be needed to recreate the GOP as a center-right party rather than a vehicle for inane populist keggers. For now, I hope Democrats win Congress in 2018.”
From USA Today:
Republicans once believed in limited government, fiscal restraint, support for the defense and national security establishments, family values, and a strong American role in maintaining global order. More than that, we were the party that believed in logic and prudence over emotion. Our hearts were perhaps too cold, but never bleeding.
Today’s Republicans, however, are a party of bellowing drama queens whose elected representatives blow up spending caps, bust the deficit, and attack America’s law enforcement and national security agencies as dangerous conspirators. Their leader expects banana republic parades, coddles the Kremlin, protects violent men in positions of responsibility, and overlooks child molestation. The rank-and-file GOP members who once claimed that liberals were creating a tyrannical monarchy in the Oval Office now applaud the expansion of the presidency into a gigantic cult of personality.
So, am I still a Republican?
According to retired newspaperman and widely read blogger Don Surber, the “increasingly violent resistance” to the Trump presidency, we see today, began with “Barack Obama’s refusal to lead his party to a peaceful transition of power a year ago.”
It probably motivated Sally Yates to refuse “a legal order as acting attorney general, an “act of insubordination” that should have disqualified her as a lawyer, had there still been “a rule of law in this country.”
And now “Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison, the No. 2 man in the DNC, has embraced the Antifa fascists,” making “the Antifa black shirts the brownshirts of his party.”
Since electing Barack Obama president, Democrats have seen their party decimated nationally and at the state level.
Those remaining are bitter radicals. Ellison’s embrace of violence is alarming. Americans rejected Obama’s Marxism. Let’s hope [they reject] Ellison’s Muslim Marxism — especially as he has no problem promoting an increasingly violent movement.
“Democrats’ already wide advantage over Republicans in a hypothetical Congressional matchup has grown, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. At the same time, enthusiasm about voting next year has increased among Democrats nationwide following an unexpected win in Alabama’s Senate special election and a strong showing in Virginia’s state government elections last month.”
Nevertheless, polls don’t always get it right. In fact, if the 2016 presidential election is anything to go by, polls can get it severely wrong — and at the worst possible time.
So we’ve all learned — or should have, by now — not to pay too much attention to polls.
Still, the recent election results could be a sign that the Republican Party is beginning to fall out of favor with the voting public. The midterm elections will either confirm or refute such a prognosis.
From Real Clear Politics:
Democrats credited turnout and engagement from diverse coalitions for statewide election wins this year, but chief among these reasons was the increased participation and a large shift in support from a demographic that bedeviled the party last year: millennials.
Though Hillary Clinton won more young voters than President Trump, she underperformed with the group compared to President Obama’s elections, including lower-than-expected support in key swing states that helped Trump win. A year later, in a large part in response to Trump’s victory, surging youth turnout helped Democrats win key statewide races, and the party is counting on similar results in next year’s midterms.
Republicans generally dismiss the notion that Democratic wins in 2017 represented a pattern, arguing that Alabama’s unique circumstances and Virginia’s increasingly blue electorate are not indicative of a cresting wave of young, Democratic support.
Yet despite the unique nature of Alabama’s Senate contest on Tuesday — a controversial Republican nominee losing in a deep red state on an Election Day squeezed between two major holidays — Democrats saw encouraging signs among young voters.
“You’re really seeing millennial voters really leading now and millennial voters really taking the reins of this democracy and starting to drive it in the right direction,” said Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who rallied with Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama the weekend before the election.