It’s your ideas that are FUBAR!
We have said it before. Republicans would be their own worst enemy — Donald Trump, especially — were it not for Democrats. It seems the party of my youth is compelled to rip its issues platform from the university sociology and race & gender studies syllabus.
The New York Times is fretting that Democrats are handing Donald Trump and Republicans victory in 2020. “Democrats! Stop helping Trump!” bleats David Leonhardt. The Timesman notices that the generic party enjoyed a 53% favorable to 42% unfavorable among the electorate while Republicans were 43% good to 52% underwater. But that was then — a year ago.
Democrats today have frittered away that advantage to 45% favorable to 52% unfavorable. Exactly the same as Republicans, as measured by Pew Research Center. The GOP actually improved a smidgeon.
Blaska Policy Werkes would argue causation is three-fold: Democrats got a wedgie on Russian collusion, they continue to promote impeachment, and their presidential candidates are on the telly.
In particular 67% of voters in an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll despise decriminalizing illegal border crossings. A fever dream, the NY Times sobs, supported by most of the Democrats. Similarly, slavery reparations: 63% bad idea. Abolish private insurance: 55% bad idea (40% good idea).
So, last night, MSNBC (yes, I tune in) reported the results of a North Carolina special congressional election. An image flashed on the screen and then disappeared almost before registering in the mind’s eye. For the Republican had won and by a larger margin against another can’t-miss Democrat. But MSNBC had more Trump bashing on its agenda so it was time to move on.
Leonhard this morning is vexed. “The Democratic Party’s performance is moving in the wrong direction.”
Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report tweets: “Dems underestimate how much room there still is to fall with these anti-elite voters at their own peril. It’s easy to see a very liberal, coastal Democrat faring much worse …”
Worried that you might be a Democrat?
Can’t sleep at night? Trouble urinating? Crush on Rachel Maddow? You might be a Democrat if you support:
- The boycott & divest campaign against Israel
- Free college
- No national borders/abolish ICE
- Going door-to-door to confiscate guns
- Reparations for slavery
- Guaranteed national income
- Abolishing private insurance
- Abortion up to birth
- Paid for by taxpayers
- Emptying prisons
- Throwing money at Baltimore and other troubled cities
- Transgender bathrooms
- Handcuffing the police
- Al Sharpton
- Higher taxes
- Creating new classes of victims
- Green New Deal
- Shutting down school choice
- Abolishing football
- Banning fossil fuels
- Kicking police out of schools
- Legalizing marijuana
- Shouting down speakers with whom you disagree
- Believing every allegation of sexual misconduct
- Sanctuary cities
- Destroying historic monuments
If you checked one or more you may well be afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome. If so, call your nearest Republican party hdq. Operators are standing by.
Blaska actually got this on his Facebook feed: