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Monday, July 24, 2017

Democrats have a message for voters. That's the problem

I confess. I got caught up in this Democrats-have-no-message rhetoric.

Oh, they do have a message for voters. That's the problem.

Democrats hate the middle class.

This disdain has been there all my life, best described by Malvina Reynolds in her 1962 song, "Little Boxes":
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.
Ticky tacky.

I am of that generation that watched "Ghoulardi" on Channel 8 in Cleveland as he played that song and made fun of Parma, the super suburb of the city.

There is nothing wrong with making fun of the middle class, I suppose, but as a political campaign strategy, it sucks.

So all my life, Democrats have shaded their true goal from the public.

But the disdain never went away.
And the people in the houses
All went to the university,
Where they were put in boxes
And they came out all the same,
And there's doctors and lawyers,
And business executives,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.
Democrats want a land of the rich and the poor. Look at the territory they control. Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago. In city after city there is an oasis of great wealth and skyscrapers surrounded by ghettos, or soon-to-be ghettos.

The white flight into the suburbs no longer is a guarantee of protection from liberalism. Look what happened in Ferguson, Missouri.

It's not that the Republicans were much better. President Bush 41 with his insistence that he liked pork rinds and hated broccoli was an over-the-top attempt to be an every man.

You do not have to be middle class to connect with the middle class.

Both Reagan and Trump were never expected to eat pork rinds. Reagan was a movie star, and Trump was a playboy living a marble-and-gold fantasy in the middle of Manhattan.

But from Nixon through Trump, Republican presidents embraced the middle class, or more precisely gave sanctuary to those refugees from a party that once marketed itself to the workingman.

The last election shell-shocked Democrats because they thought they had rid the nation of the middle class, or at least reduced it to a size where it no longer held political power.

They had it all figured out. Pander to the nation's aggrieved constituencies -- pro-abortion women, homosexuals, and minorities, minorities, minorities -- and win election for the next one thousand years!

From Ronald Brownstein on November 7, 2012:
Obama's unprecedented effort to reshape the electorate's composition, boosted by the tailwind of changing demography, also paid off: According to the exit polls, the share of votes cast by minorities increased to 28 percent (just as Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, had predicted for months). The president captured an overwhelming 80 percent of those voters, including not only more than nine in 10 African-Americans, but also about seven in 10 Hispanics, and about three in four Asians.
The long-term plan for Democrats was to lock in the vote of the people of color, whose numbers were growing.

Democrats positioned themselves for unrivaled power when white people finally slid from a majority to a plurality of the population.

Furthermore, they siphoned of gay whites and pro-abortion whites. It was the most cynically racist political scheme in America since the Dixiecrats fell in the 1960s.

The irony is the "Little Boxes" that Democrats fit their voters in:.
There's a brown one and a pink one
And a black one and a yellow one,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.
But that only works as long as nothing changes. That only works as long as a person thinks of himself as an Aggrieved Green Person in a society that never will treat Green People right.

And worse, what happens when everyone thinks of himself as an Aggrieved Person, regardless of color?

That is where we are today.

Trump voters stunned Democrats by behaving just like the various Aggrieved Person groups.

But the problem goes beyond skin color. Democrats suffer a middle class backlash.

Democrats promised that if you borrowed enough money and went to college, then you would graduate and get a job that not only paid off that loan but got you a McMansion, sports car, and vacations in Cancun.

The factory worker's children would go to college and skip the struggle.

But now they are back home, and living in the basement.

Democrats have nothing to offer the kid in the basement because he was just a scheme to get money to the university professors who would indoctrinate them.

Democrats sold student loans like used cars. What happens after the car leaves the lot is not the salesman's problem, right?

So now you have a huge Aggrieved Person group whose complaint is with the very party that is built on Aggrieved Person groups.

Meanwhile, the party has run out of ideas. Democrats have nothing that is next.

In Vanity Fair on July 19, Ken Stern wrote:
The six months of Donald Trump’s presidency may have been invigorating, what with all the marches and the resistance summer hashtags, but it has done little for the feckless reputation of the Democrats.
A Washington Post-ABC poll earlier this month showed that only 37 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that the “Democratic Party stands for something” while 52 percent rallied to the belief that the “Democratic Party just stands against Trump.” Among Independent voters, it was even a bit worse, with only 32 percent agreeing that the party stood for something and 55 percent merely viewing it as the disloyal opposition.
It is a terrible long-term position for the party, to be defined by what you are against, not what you are for, and this reputation is clearly influenced by the failure to develop a coherent economic message. In the short-term, you can be sympathetic to Tom Perez, the chair of the D.N.C., and the party leadership for wanting to stand by while Trump immolates the Republican brand.
Yet the Trump wildfire also has the potential of destroying not only his party and his presidency but public faith in both parties. And even if the pendulum swings and the Democrats claim power, it is difficult to govern when you have defined yourself entirely by opposing someone else, as Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have recently found out to their chagrin. For the Democrats to both win and govern, they will need to convince the public and themselves that they have a vision to grow the economy for the benefit of all. Right now, they are a long way from achieving that goal.

I think we are way beyond that. Trump is in the White House, shielded by 62 million voters. Good luck impeaching him.

But that seems to be the only plan Democrats have for 2020. Impeach Trump, beat Pence.

Not many people think the plan will work.

Byron York, who saw the Trump rising from the beginning when he drew big crowds in Iowa months before he ran, looked at the bottom line.

From York:
The numbers are striking. In June, the RNC raised $13.5 million to the DNC's $5.5 million.
For 2017 so far, the RNC has raised $75.4 million to the DNC's $38.2 million.
The RNC started the year with $25.3 million in cash on hand. Now it has $44.7 million. The DNC started the year with $10.5 in cash on hand. Now, that has fallen to $7.5 million.
As of June 30, the RNC reported $0 in debt. The DNC reported $3.3 million in debt.
A look inside the numbers is even worse for the DNC. Looking at collections from small donors — that is, those who contributed less than $200 — the RNC raised $10.5 million in the months of May and June. The DNC raised $5.3 million from small donors in the same time period.
Democrats may have a hope. Most billionaires are Democrats. And there is always the possibility that Congress will let the DNC accept EBT cards.

Unfortunately, Trump's election has shown the limitations of campaign money. Clinton spent twice as much, but took only 20 states to his 30.

Democrats have a message: Screw the middle class.

That is why she took 20 states, and he took 30.

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  1. I've been worried about 2018 and how bad it would be for the MAGA agenda we voted for with Trump if the do nothing GOP Congress goes Democrat (which, even their doing nothing -- -- at least has the promise of approving Trump judges and appointments if McConnell ever makes the Senate vote on them).

    But, maybe, based on the over-the-top hatreds of Waters and now Guiterrez, maybe the 2018 elections will be a referendum on impeaching Trump. If that's all the Democrats are about, I'm much more confident Republican voters will turn out and we'll hold the Senate, at least, and maybe the House too!

    1. Don't think so. Most folks are sick of rino lies. Yeah, they swore they were going to repeal Obamacare, right? What have they done? They play act, but in actuality, they're socialists.

    2. I don't see blue dog Democrats being the standard bearers for the Dems. The do nothing GOP may find they are challenged in the primaries, especially if there is a vote on a health plan and those that voted for the one in Dec. 2015, knowing Obama would veto it, are exposed as not voting for the 2017 GOP plan.

    3. Dude,
      You only posted once.
      You only posted ince

  2. When I voted for Trump I clearly understood that the Republican Party is dead. Stick a fork in it. I went for Trump, and I voted for a clear Independent slate otherwise. You see, I've voted for Republicans since Reagan. No more. Essentially, the average rink is a socialist.....perhaps not in speech, but in inaction.

    The democratic party has been taken over by marxists. Yeah, they've got a real message all about perverts in your daughters bathroom? How about selling baby parts? Settling savages all over this country? Yep, folks are paying attention. This whole Russian thing is a straight up attempt to impeach Trump. That's how their money guys get paid back for losing in such a stupid way.

    1. it is all about the money guys. A billion in the sink wasted. Clinton turned out to be like Madoff but there is no claw back available, only revenge and damage control

  3. When will some capable humans help Trump accomplish something? Or rather, help him understand that he HIMSELF is impeding every single objective from his campaign, and making the whole thing SEEM like a bit con job? Better leadership from the White House would go a LONG way... it's how the Dems got Obamacare passed -- lots of work from Obama, including arm-twisting and deals. Trump is supposed to know how to make deals, but we've seen no evidence in 6 months!

    1. You used "work" and "Obama" in the same sentence. Wow.

    2. What's even more "wow" is that you are impressed by that. Do you have a point, MKelley?

    3. "Work" and "Obama": Both words are unlike the other.

    4. Yeah, Oblabla was really a hard worker. He sure twisted those Repub's arms all right! He twisted 'em so hard that NOT ONE single Republican voted for Obamacare.

      Oh, and Hussein was a noted "dealmaker" too, wasn't he? Let's see now, the GOPe wanted to work with him on the stimulous package; he replied, "I won. Deal with it."

      Yeah, that Kenyan fraud was sure a hard-working, arm-twisting deal maker, wasn't he. NOT.

  4. I watched Ghoulardi when I was 14 in Wadsworth, Don. ;-)

    Just one small point. "Meanwhile, the party has run out of ideas. Democrats have nothing that is next."

    Democrats haven't had a decent idea since Daniel Patrick Moynihan. It's been a steady march to the left to the point where if my Yaller Dog Democrat grandfather were alive today even HE would be appalled.

  5. Speaking of "Little Boxes":

  6. Don this reminds me of a posting a couple of years ago that regarding a new advertising campaign for dog food of some sort, and after much investment and hoop-te-doo, sales hadn't budged. After some research into the flop, the message back to the ad men about the new product was "The dogs don't like it." I still use that line and it seems apt in this instance.