Sometimes I come across news articles that share a common theme. In the last few days I have seen several stories that describe the new Democratic Party.
It is headed by a group of elitists. They obtained their position through a combination of education, wealth, political accomplishment and media exposure. Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii made a point that Democrats have trouble connecting on an emotional level. Her reason was because they are really smart. She said “We Democrats know so much”. Comments like that and Nancy Pelosi calling $1,000 crumbs show that they are out of touch.
You don’t have to be one of the people to connect with them. Donald Trump (or someone in his organization) saw that millions of Americans were hurting economically and responded accordingly. The Clinton campaign showed no signs of knowing or caring about their problems.
The rules don’t apply to them. Bernie Sanders didn’t seem too concerned about climate change when he spent $300,000 on private planes in October. As elites, they decide what the problems are and come up with solutions. The American people, not them, bear the impact of those solution.
Identity politics rules. They do whatever is necessary to appeal to their target groups. Recently New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said “the future is female”. They believe that women, blacks and other groups should vote solely on the basis of their identity. As a white male, I clearly don’t fit in their groups. The closest I come is being visually impaired and physically handicapped. My physical challenges have no more to do with who I am as a person than my eye and hair color.
I don’t have a story to go with the last point. Clearly, hate is a big part of their message. Virtually the entire Clinton campaign was attacking Trump and Republicans for being racists, sexists, etc. They should tell people what they are for, not just what they are against.
My intention is not to attack the party or any of its members. I want to point out what I see as their basic strategy. They couldn’t beat Donald Trump, the least liked presidential candidate in our history.
Republicans shouldn’t take much comfort. They have climbed aboard the SS Donald Trump and are captained by a loose cannon. They lost the House because he made the election about himself and immigration.
Right now, I don’t think either party is capable of winning in 2020. Like 2016, it will likely go to the one that screws up the least.