Were the stakes not so high, it would be tempting to laugh at the pathos of the Democratic Party as it prepares to take on President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign leviathan. Since some of us still retain the vestiges of superstition, I'll dispense with smug musings, because to do so would be far more in keeping with the deportment of the opposition.
There are a whole lot of things that speak to the desperation of Democrats and leftists at large, and these have been in evidence since Trump was elected. While it's not something liberty-loving Americans can take to the bank just yet, at times one wonders just how much the shrill tones and hyperbole of the left will hurt Democrats in the next election. The public's en masse desertion of traditional media venues speaks to the public's increasing distrust of these organizations, which can only be a disadvantage to Democratic candidates running in 2020.
There has also been the well-publicized internal struggle within Democratic Party factions. While the idea of impeaching the president may appeal to rabid leftists within the party, polling has shown that this is thoroughly unpopular. Thus, those in the Alexandria Ocascio-Cortez axis of the party and the draconian socialism proposed by newbies like Pete Buttigieg and Eric Swalwell are a definite liability. Old guard power players like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are walking a very fine line between alienating lifelong Democrats who do not support socialism, and alienating leftists, who now represent a significant voting bloc within the party.
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The theme of this election cycle is quickly shaping up to be one of capitalism versus socialism, and, as radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh said Monday, that's probably a good thing.
Despite the major TV news networks still enjoying a well-established communications infrastructure (even if they're not enjoying viewers), skewed polling that shows the corrupt and creepy Joe Biden pasting Trump in the election and the tireless bleating of every Democrat politico in the country, many are developing a gut instinct that the 2020 election results are going to reflect a Trump landslide so humiliating to the left that it will spell their inevitable decline as a going political concern.
It appears that even more likely voters are paying attention and informing themselves than in 2016, and that Democrats retaking the House of Representatives in 2018 may simply have reflected their getting serious about the Trump threat and exploiting the dullards and miscreants who inhabit districts such as those taken by Ocascio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
Among the ridiculously packed field of Democrat presidential hopefuls, we are seeing an abysmal turnout at their rallies and fundraising events, whereas the president is enjoying an almost Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965 buzz at his own events. At President Trump's campaign launch in Orlando this week, his supporters began showing up at the venue nearly two days early; on the morning of the event, there had been more people waiting for a longer period of time than for all of the Democratic hopefuls thus far.
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As Mr. Limbaugh pointed out, there has probably never been a more opportune time for showcasing the dismal failure of socialism, particularly in the Western world. Right now, we have the quintessential capitalist serving as our president who, in a very short time, has positively energized our economy. Among likely voters and Trump supporters, the number who self-identify as former Democrats has to be producing tension on the Democratic side, particularly because many of these are millennials. One can only surmise that alternative media venues are picking up the viewers, readers and listeners outfits like CNN can't manage to keep.
The elephant in the room (no pun intended ... really) is one which probably distresses Democrats far more than Trump's camp, this being that although few are willing to articulate that a large measure of Trump's support is due to the socialist policies of Barack Obama, this also stymies the efforts of any Democratic candidate who would point to Obama's governance as a good reason to support them.
The case against socialism is also evident on the international stage. The influx of inassimilable migrants orchestrated by European politicians has rendered many urban areas dangerous for locals; these people having been sold out by their leaders is apparent to any American who isn't still drinking the establishment-press Kool-Aid. Despite a characteristic lack of coverage by the press, Venezuela's economic implosion – which has impacted the entire region – makes this nation the poster child for socialism's lack of viability.
While all of these developments are encouraging and indeed may be the harbinger of another Trump victory, we must remain mindful of the left's success to date, their tenaciousness and the fact that this socialist ascendency has been in the works for 100 years. The class of people who recently voted for Ocascio-Cortez, Omar and Tlaib will most assuredly be voting in the next election, as will any illegal immigrants who manage to evade the current administration's ICE net. We can also expect to see strong representation among dead voters and those who plan to vote early and often.
Finally, we cannot forget the short memory the electorate tends to have, nor the superficial appraisals voters often give political candidates. By this I mean that we will for some time remain vulnerable to the machinations of the left, particularly in the area of identity politics. Should Trump leave office in 2025 with a booming economy, high approval numbers and a happy electorate, we will still be in danger of being hoodwinked by the next cleverly marketed ethnic candidate or "favored" minority who runs as a centrist, but whose allegiance is to socialism.