The democrat malaise over their 2020 prospects is palpable. If you missed the Live Stream from Radio Row yesterday, Skip shared a story about how most of the media there think Trump will win and they’re just arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
Enthusiasm is down (based on the Iowa Caucus turnout) and longtime left-wing spokespersons (like Clinton Political bag Man James Carville) are despondent.
Look, the turnout in the Iowa caucus was below what we expected, what we wanted. Trump’s approval rating is probably as high as it’s been. This is very bad. And now it appears the party can’t even count votes. What the hell am I supposed to think?
Carville has nothing positive to offer about anything going on this cycle.
- We have candidates on the debate stage talking about open borders and decriminalizing illegal immigration
- They’re talking about doing away with nuclear energy and fracking.
- Bernie Sanders talking about letting criminals and terrorists vote from jail cells.
- …talking about that is not how you win a national election. It’s not how you become a majoritarian party. . .
Carville, a Democrat, is also very concerned about how far left this field of candidates has gone. How concerned?
Sean Illing: So your complaint is basically that the party has tacked too far to the left?
James Carville: They’ve tacked off the damn radar screen. And look, I don’t consider myself a moderate or a centrist. I’m a liberal. But not everything has to be on the left-right continuum. . .
Here’s another stupid thing: Democrats talking about free college tuition or debt forgiveness. I’m not here to debate the idea. What I can tell you is that people all over this country worked their way through school, sent their kids to school, paid off student loans. They don’t want to hear this sh*t. And you saw Warren confronted by an angry voter over this. It’s just not a winning message.
Keep in mind, the issue is not whether you support these far-left policies or ideas, it’s that you are advertising them. It’s okay to have them. It’s okay to advance them form elected office. But you’ll never get elected if you talk like this and neither will any other Democrat.
That’s the secret ingredient. When Carville says that’s not how you win an election, he really means that Democrats need to lie about who they are because America is not interested in these things.
Do I need to repeat that, or do you know what you now need to do?