Who will be the Democrats’ Corbyn?

Further to my previous post, there is another grave mistake the Democrats and their supporters are making, one which has parallels in the UK.  Consider the article I linked to earlier:

Hillary supporters believe in a diverse America; one where religion or skin color or sexual orientation or place of birth aren’t liabilities or deficiencies or moral defects. Her campaign was one of inclusion and connection and interdependency. It was about building bridges and breaking ceilings. It was about going high.

Trump supporters believe in a very selective America; one that is largely white and straight and Christian, and the voting verified this.Donald Trump has never made any assertions otherwise. He ran a campaign of fear and exclusion and isolation—and that’s the vision of the world those who voted for him have endorsed.

More virtue-signalling, more condescension, more insults, more lack of awareness.  They are doubling-down on the very things that cost them the election.

For another example, look at this:

Note there is no attempt to understand the opposition, to reflect on why their labelling everyone with whom they disagreed as a racist, sexist, homophobe, etc. didn’t bring them the electoral success they were so sure of.  Instead they’re just repeating what they said throughout the campaign, only now from a losing position.

Finally, via Tim Worstall, a reporter’s email:

“The Democratic Party must go through a reckoning. Donald Trump tapped into the profound economic anxiety that so many people feel deeply in their lives. Progressives warned repeatedly that Republicans could outflank Democrats on trade, jobs, Wall Street, and corporate greed — and they did. This race should not have been so close, and Democrats will lose in the future — over and over — if they don’t go through a serious ideological shift and follow Elizabeth Warren’s lead — fighting against the rigged economy in a truly authentic and real way.”

As Tim says: “The way forward for the Democrats is more Elizabeth Warren?  Jeebus”

When Labour got trounced by the Conservatives in the 2015 UK General Election the immediate reaction of Labour and their supporters was twofold:

1) Repeat the insults they had flung at the opposition all the way through the campaign period, only louder and with more swearing.

2) Complain that the brilliance of their message “hadn’t been heard” and hence they ought to be more radically opposed to the winning side.

The result was that the lunatic fringe of the British Left hijacked the Labour movement and took the party way out into the long grass, convinced that their views were mainstream.  In doing so they have all but guaranteed continuous Conservative rule until the party is taken back from the headcases or a new opposition party formed.

The lunatic fringe of the American Left appear to be making the same mistake by thinking that their views are mainstream, and if the moderate Democrats are not careful they could find their party is also captured by hardcore elements – the Bernie Sanders mob, crazed college students, mental feminists, etc. – and find themselves elbowed out into the political wilderness indefinitely.  Of course, such warnings have been issued before in relation to both Republicans and Democrats, but it appears to have happened for real in the UK and the political landscapes on both sides of the Atlantic are shifting in ways we wouldn’t have thought possible just a few years ago.

Much as though I’d laugh if the Democrat party did go down this route, I’m not sure a Republican party facing no serious opposition would be a good thing for anyone.

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8 thoughts on “Who will be the Democrats’ Corbyn?

  1. Perhaps the author didn’t realize that the US has a majority made up of white, straight Christians.

    If anything this was more of the adults putting their foot down. For the last 8 years we have seen nothing but tantrums, and screeching from a small minority made up of children. Perhaps we have been a little too tolerant of this nonsense. Hillary promised more of the same. Trump, despite all of his faults, has promised to try to take on the very real problems all Americans face.

    Children often resort to hyperbole, and histrionics, these authors certainly have it down.

  2. Everyone keeps calling this a referendum on hate. While the, I think alt-right is the current name, did vote for Trump they aren’t the ones we should be focused on. The people we need to focus on are the unemployed steel worker in Youngstown or the college grad who can find anything better than being a barista. Globalization, while good for most people in the world, has really harmed the American worker. As long as they aren’t getting their share of the economic benefits, and those benefits are concentrated in a small number of cities, they will keep voting for change, just like they voted for Obama. Many of the unemployed/underemployed would have stayed home instead of voting for the racist if they didn’t hope to get their jobs back.

    Another presidential candidate made this point perfectly clear in 1992. Sadly Hilary didn’t learn this important lesson from her husband’s campaign. While we can blather on about glass ceilings and bigots the truth is that Hilary was a terrible candidate promising more of the same. With the full backing off the Democratic Party Sanders, Stein, or Johnson could have easily beaten Trump because they offered something, anything, that wasn’t the status quo.

    In case it isn’t clear, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

  3. The Democrats have been captured by the socialist elements in their party. That Bernie Sanders was a contender speaks to that. In fact, I’d argue that without Clinton’s machinations, he would have won the primary. The reason Hillary lost bigger than any democrat in 28 years is simple: she was a terrible candidate. She had zero charisma, zero ability to connect with people and couldn’t even fake it. She was pushed along as the heir apparent for 30 years. She never had a toughen up and take stock of what’s what. The media think they’re doing their own party a favor by mollycoddling their candidate so they don’t get bruised. Wrong. That’s how you get terrible candidates who cannot see their other side of the argument. The axiom of “Republicans think Democrats are wrong and Democrats think Republicans are evil” has never been more true.

    They belong in the wilderness unless or until they can have their own reckoning. I hope they’ll field a respectable candidate next time around. Competition makes everyone better.

  4. Note there is no attempt to understand the opposition, to reflect on why their labelling everyone with whom they disagreed as a racist, sexist, homophobe, etc. didn’t bring them the electoral success they were so sure of.

    I’m actually seeing quite a lot of exactly this type of self-examination coming from lefties right now. So much so, in fact, that I’m starting to get suspicious: if so many people can correctly identify the mistake they’ve been making so quickly, it makes me wonder whether they actually knew it before Wednesday.

    When lefties throw around words like “racist” and “homophobe”, there’s always been the question of whether they were being cynical or ludicrous, i.e. were they sincere?

    If, as might be the case based on my extremely unscientific sampling, they knew all along that it was wrong to do it, then we might have an answer.

    It’s a shame they’ve only learned that it’s poor tactics, rather than poor ethics. What might they try next instead?

  5. How strange that the ‘deep division’ in US society moaned about by Democrats has almost entirely been caused by their idol, Obama, over eight long years and then promised to be continued by the delegate who failed (once again) to win election.

    Those ordinary people who weren’t so besotted with Obama and then Clinton — a pair who incidentally were the keenest of enemies in 2008 and probably never really liked each other much — were apparently the ones to blame for ‘division’ solely because they wouldn’t go along with the crass, selfish and utterly deluded politics of the left. The ordinary people, the ones who did the everyday things to keep society together rather than sit back like spoilt children and blubber while they aired vague and unappealing waffle about ‘rights’ and ‘vibrancy’ and endless ‘phobias’ and all the rest of the crap, were called names, labelled as deplorable and regarded by the elite as not worth bothering with.

    The elites got what they never saw coming, and it makes them cry.

    I don’t care if the Dems get their Corbyn, because I think they will still flounder on looking to support the things that will eventually degrade America. The ethos of the left in America is to reduce its huge national energy and demean the desire to make the nation whole. The Dems so this by firstly by promoting self-intreat groups that have no intention of making anything but trouble and secondly by not listening to the people who bear the brunt of the chaos caused.

    I have no doubt, in the cycle of politics, the Dems will come again but when they do I know it will only be to chip away, once more, at what makes America what it is.

  6. Seems wilderness time to me for the Dems. Should the SCOTUS also fall, then that might be it.

  7. @ Ninja Turtle,

    When lefties throw around words like “racist” and “homophobe”, there’s always been the question of whether they were being cynical or ludicrous, i.e. were they sincere?

    Both. When the smarter ones who make up the leadership of SJW groupings use it, they know it’s BS. For them it’s just a tool. But the dumber followers, they’ll believe it.

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