With Democrats gathering this week for their second presidential debate, New York Times pundit Thomas B. Edsall observes that "The Democratic Party is actually three parties. They have different constituents and prefer different policies. Satisfying them all will not be easy."
To describe this medically, the Democratic Party has one body with three heads, possessed by three contradictory personalities.
What liberal Edsall could not bear to admit is that the Democrats' multiple personalities create an internal contradiction that could be fatal to the party's hopes of victory in 2020 and beyond. This one big party could easily split into three small parties.
The three loosely-united parties we call the Democrats include a "very liberal" faction obsessed with radical causes such as climate extremism and unlimited abortion; a "somewhat liberal" left wing devoted to race, gender and immigration issues; and, largest of the three, a party of moderate and conservative voters focused on "creating jobs" and (gasp) "lowering taxes."
Radical young Democrats want a party of hard-left ideology and identity politics, whose followers think of themselves not as individuals but collectively as members of gender, racial or class groups. Democrats debating this Tuesday and Wednesday will vie to be farthest left.
Today's Democratic Party refuses to debate on Fox News, where candidates would face tough questions about their Achilles heel, their most vulnerable spot.
Democrats have repudiated white working-class voters. They depend utterly on winning supermajorities of minority voters – black, Latino, Asian-American and other collectivized groups. This is why their media auxiliaries CNN and MSNBC boosted the number of times they call President Donald Trump a "racist" to above 2,000 a week.
But who, exactly, is a "racist"? According to Columbia University's John McWhorter, when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her socialist coven hurl this epithet at Donald Trump or Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, their "2.0 meaning of racist" is "that which is offensive, for any reason,to people of a race." (Emphasis added.)
According to July polling by Rasmussen Reports, 32 percent of Democrats think it is "racism any time a white politician criticizes the political views of a politician of color." (Emphasis added.)
"That's just speech-stifling, freedom-chilling crazy," writes Cheryl Chumley of the Washington Times. "That's racism in itself … to claim white politicians can't criticize black politicians simply because of skin colors."
According to Edsall, the Democratic Party's "more moderate wing, which is pressing bread-and-butter concerns like jobs, taxes and a less totalizing vision of health care reform, is majority nonwhite, with almost half of its support coming from African-American and Hispanic voters." (Emphasis added.)
In other words, if a white leftist criticizes moderate Democrats, that leftist is criticizing Blacks and Hispanics. And to criticize the political views of Blacks and Hispanics is – by the same crazy one-way definition used to smear President Trump – racist.
The most racist people in American politics today are therefore leftists. But this should not surprise us. The Democratic Party began as America's racist party of the slave-owners, Ku Klux Klan cross-burners and lynch mob terrorists, and has always used race as a divide-and-conquer means to power. Historian Paul Johnson documented in his book "Intellectuals" that Karl Marx was a viciously anti-Semitic and anti-black racist.
This label "racist" is rapidly losing all credibility. If everyone is a racist, then nobody is. And for Trump to argue with minorities exactly as he does with whites is a sign of equality, not paternalistic discrimination.
So as we approach the 2020 election, what winning weapons do Democrats have? Days before the Mueller hearings, a Politico/Morning Consult poll showed that 42 percent of Democrats as well as 42 percent of Republicans skeptical of the two-year Mueller probe into Trump, believe it was conducted "unfairly."
With Mueller revealing during the hearings that he was unfamiliar with his own report, and appeared to be suffering mental problems, support for anything like Trump's impeachment is fading among all but the most left-wing partisans.
Can Democrats win on issues? Not likely, given the extremist positions that even "moderate" former Vice President Joe Biden, has taken. A liberal July NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll found that giving free health care to illegal aliens is opposed by 62 percent of voters, including 47 percent of moderate Democrats and 67 percent of independents. Reparations and ending private health insurance are strongly rejected. Open borders is opposed even by 37 percent of progressive Democrats, and opposed by everybody else. Fifty-five percent of Hispanic Americans want a Census question to identify non-citizens. Watch which heads prevail in this week's debates.
Lowell Ponte is a former Reader's Digest Roving Editor. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and other major publications. His latest paper co-authored with Craig R. Smith, "Protecting Your Wealth in Today's America: How You Invest Your Savings Requires New Thinking," shows how to rethink several areas of investment to protect and grow your savings in our new schizophrenic politics. For a free, postpaid copy, call toll-free 800-630-1492.