It’s going to take some clever strategists to get liberals out of the box they’ve put themselves in for 2020. In a field of Green Deal-infanticide-open borders-socialists, Joe Biden actually seemed like a semi-moderate choice for voters. That all fell apart last Friday, when he apologized for throwing a lukewarm compliment Mike Pence’s way. Now, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is piling on, proving that she may have less civility in her blood than Native American ancestors.
When she was asked what she thought about Biden’s reversal, Warren said, “I’m sorry. I followed Pence’s history on LGBTQ Americans, and I don’t think that is a decent position. I disagree.” When it came time to distinguish between the position and the man, Warren couldn’t. What about Pence as a person? Does she believe he’s “decent,” reporters pressed? “No,” Warren replied.
The biggest question, then, is the one Warren wasn’t asked. Is anyone who holds a biblical view of sexuality decent? Because if they aren’t, then their campaigns aren’t about winning office, but about marginalizing nearly half of the country. Believe it or not, a plurality of Americans still holds the “indecent” position that marriage is between a man and a woman — including the Democrat-leaning voters McLaughlin & Associates polled after the 2018 midterms. Are they bad people too? Because that’s the implication here.
Every voter needs to follow this thinking to its logical conclusion — and not just on marriage or sexuality, but on abortion too. Democrats like Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren aren’t just taking an opposing view. They’re degrading the actual people who disagree with their positions. That’s exactly how repressive and tyrannical regimes start. They dehumanize their enemies so they can push them aside, persecute them, and ultimately eliminate them. Of course, the liberal disdain of mainstream America is nothing new. It’s as old as Barack Obama’s “bitter clingers” — and as costly as Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables.” But neither fallout seems to have shaken the party out of this elitist fog that is, and should, alienate voters.
“There was one moment when I saw more undecided voters shift to Trump than any other, when it all changed, when voters began to speak differently about their choice,” Diane Hessan wrote for the Boston Globe in her wrap of the 2016 election. “It wasn’t FBI Director James Comey, Part One or Part Two; it wasn’t Benghazi or the e-mails or Bill Clinton’s visit with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the tarmac. No, the conversation shifted the most during the weekend of Sept. 9, after Clinton said, ‘You can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables.’ All hell broke loose.”
Now, Biden and Warren are unveiling the Deplorables 2.0 — a campaign rooted in the same derogatory identity politics as 2016, but without the optional civility setting. It’s tough enough defending the most extreme agenda in history, but try explaining away the party’s disdain for tens of millions of people. Especially, the New York Times points out, when some of those people are Democrats.
In an eye-opening feature, reporter Trip Gabriel tries to wake Democrats up to the base’s frustration in battleground states like Pennsylvania, where voters broke for a Republican president for the first time in two decades. In interview after interview, Gabriel talks to Democrats in all walks of life who supported Trump because they thought their party had become too radical. Rob Kopler, a retired deputy sheriff, said he’s doubtful any of the 2020 Democratic hopefuls will win him over. “The Democrat party let their people down,” he said. “They were going so far into the different extremes they forgot about who put them in office…” Joe Carnevale, an IT director, agrees. “How do we get them back?” he asked of the Trump voters who were once loyal Democrats. “Someone’s got to take the Democrats into the real world,” Mr. Carnevale said. “There has to be a middle there.”
Others, like Nick DiCaprio voted for “pro-life” Democrats like Rep. Conor Lamb in the last election, but scoffs at ideas like Senator Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.). “He wants to take everything off the rich and give it to the poor: That’s communism.” Ed Rendell, former Democratic governor, warned, “The more we have presidential candidates or newly elected congresspeople talking about the Green New Deal, talking about ‘Medicare for all,’ talking about socialism, the more that plays into the Trump campaign’s hands.”
The Democrats are going to have to own a lot of controversial ideas heading into next year. But refusing to acknowledge that there are decent people on both sides may be the hardest to overcome.
As seen here at Family Research Council: Tony Perkins’ Washington Update. Posted here with permission.
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