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Dems Lack Personnel to Moderate and Win Back Middle America

Dems Lack Personnel to Moderate and Win Back Middle America
Flanked by members of the House Democratic leadership, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) checks her watch on Capitol Hill, June 27, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 01:39 PM Current | Bio | Archive

What has happened to the Democratic Party? After losing several special elections to the Republicans in the last twelve months, Democrats are beginning to reassess what they might do to improve their chances of winning elections. Some Democrats say, "Nancy Pelosi is not sending a good message — or we need to change our message."

For the Democrats the salient word is "message." They seem to believe all they have to do is change the messenger at the top (Pelosi) and merely adjust what they tell the voters!

Shakespeare comes to mind.

Glendower: "I can call spirits from the vasty deep."

Hotspur: "Well, so can I; or so can any man; But will they come when you do call for them?"

Mere talk and promises may be a viable strategy while campaigning for office, but once elected, some voters demand performance. The Democrats, led by Obama as president, executed their liberal policies based on their liberal ideology. To any objective observer it becomes obvious that the Democratic path and method to reach its policy goals resulted in massive failures. The Democratic ultra-liberals ideology did not translate into benefits to America. In short, they had been peddling snake oil and once the citizens began drinking it, the nation and the world was sick.

The massive failures of the far-left Obama administration not only caused many Americans to suspect Democratic ideas were not working, but also the failures drove the far-left into an unsettling state of dissonance, doing anything to deny that their ideas are no good. It would be like arguing the world was flat, staking all your credibility on a flat earth, and then finally sufficient evidence proves otherwise — the earth is round. In a word, the Democratic Party now takes its place in the flat earth society.

To make matters worse for the Democrats, Obama discouraged and drove away middle-of-the-road members of the party, leaving it with mostly extreme left-wingers. At the state level, during Obama’s presidency, the Democrats lost approximately 1,000 elected offices across the United States. The Democratic Party in 2017 is dominated by factions and individuals that are far left of center. This new Democratic Party is now trapped and encircled with ultra-liberal beliefs, and significantly, most of the Democrats currently elected to office are far-left.

The ultra-liberals, dominating the Democrats, makes it impossible for the party to return to more moderate policies. The Democrats lack the personnel to moderate. And if they claim to be moderate, as Jon Ossoff did in the recent Sixth District Georgia special election, the claim is not credible and it is not believed. For certain, should they win, once in office they will return to the same business as when Obama was president. In brief, the Democrats are now stuck with the moniker of a far-left party, and a party whose ideas failed to deliver outcomes that improved America.

Is it possible in the future for the Democrats to win the presidency with a far-left campaign? The answer is "yes."

If an election becomes a choice between (1) Republicans, concerned with fiscal responsibility, lowering crime, keeping America safe from terrorists and nuclear attacks, and almost everything Obama failed to do, and (2) a Democratic coalition of voters desiring a government welfare state, at any price — it is possible the Democrats could win with Nancy Pelosi because the Republican concerns will not change the vote choice of this Democratic coalition.

The 2017 Democrats have cobbled together a possible coalition that is a drastic departure from the 1932 Franklin Roosevelt coalition that endured for decades and struggled on into the latter part of the twentieth century, in a last gasp electing Bill Clinton. The Roosevelt coalition was comprised of labor union members, blue collar workers, ethnic groups, such as Italian and Jewish, Catholics, and much of the South. Over the decades the Democrats lost its iron-lock on Southern voters, labor unions lost members, the ethnic groups blended into the society, and blue collar labor declined as an occupation. If there was an ideological thread to the Roosevelt coalition, it was a larger government that provided compassionate assistance, such as social security, to the people.

In the wake of a crumbling coalition, the Democratic Party in 2008 nominated and won the presidency with a charismatic candidate, Barack Obama, who emerged from the most loyal segment of supporters, African-Americans.

The new Democratic coalition, when all the smoke and rhetoric clears away, desires government that manages almost all facets of life, including the size of soft drinks, and what people have for lunch.

The Democratic Party of 2017 is now largely comprised of the following groups: extremely wealthy individuals, movie stars and artists, individuals receiving government assistance, minorities, particularly African-Americans and citizens of Mexican origin, and stragglers who do not fit these categories.

The Democratic Party under Obama hoped to win elections with the support of the half of American citizens not paying income tax (many of these on welfare), minorities, and then adding ten million new citizens and voters who recently had been illegal immigrants. With this hoped for coalition, the Democrats stopped courting Middle America and its workers. One may recall statements such as the one Hillary made when told her policies would be harmful to the small business owners: "We can’t worry about every undercapitalized business in the nation."

In many respects the Democratic effort was a cynical move to reposition itself with a new electoral majority coalition that would forever change America into one dominated by a welfare state mentality, and a Democratic political class prepared to confiscate for themselves the reduced resources of the nation.

The Democratic plan came closer to success than many may realize. Democrats failed for the following reasons: 1) the illegal immigrants did not achieve citizenship to vote; 2) the federal system of government did not work to the advantage of the Democrats because its likely supporters are concentrated in a few stronghold states while in the large geographic expanse of the nation, Democrats are less popular; 3) the Democrats are so internally corrupt (a very bad sign when choosing what party to run the government), they nominated a candidate under FBI investigation and knee-deep in obvious dishonesty. Such a candidate did not have wind at her back, and what is unnerving is the large degree of support Hillary did have. The corrupt Democratic Party was all-in to elect a corrupt president; and 4) the Republicans nominated a candidate who was a tough enough sheriff to take on all the nation’s problems.

Although Trump and the Republicans won the presidential election, it is possible the new Democratic coalition could deliver victory in the future — it has about fifty percent of the electorate. The voters in the Democratic coalition will not be deterred by the disastrous Democratic policies — real freedom and long range issues will not be paramount in these far-left minds. The question then becomes how the electorate will choose if the Democratic Party promises more bread and circuses.

John Havick has a Ph.D. in political science. He was a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology for many years, authored several books and a number of articles, including the widely cited "The Impact of the Internet on a Television-Based Society." His work has appeared in The New York Times, and his recent book, "The Ghosts of NASCAR: The Harlan Boys and the First Daytona 500," is available at ghostsofnascar.com. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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