I believe it was the great Danish thinker Kierkegaard—or maybe it was Jesse Kelly, I can’t quite remember—who said, “All the Democrats have to do is not be insane, and they can’t do it.”
Example # 2,172: The Washington Post just ran an op-ed by Paul Waldman, formerly of Media Matters, that waxed philosophical about campaigning for office in the Age of Trump. The article itself is behind a paywall, but the Daily Caller has the highlights, in which Waldman has some advice for Democrats who think they can change the hearts and minds of Republican voters by actually, ya know, trying to persuade them: Don’t bother.
In the endless search for the magic key that Democrats can use to unlock the hearts of white people who vote Republican, the hot new candidate is “respect.” If only they cast off their snooty liberal elitism and show respect to people who voted for [President] Donald Trump, Democrats can win them over and take back Congress and the White House.
Because, apparently, only white people dislike it when they feel disrespected—or something. Waldman goes on:
The right has a gigantic media apparatus that is devoted to convincing people that liberals disrespect them, plus a political party whose leaders all understand that that idea is key to their political project and so join in the chorus at every opportunity.
Whew! It’s a good thing that the left doesn’t engage in tactics like that. Who knows what would happen if the liberals in the mainstream media, the public school system, the universities and Hollywood all tried to demonize conservatives as mean, nasty people not even worthy of civil discourse?
And that Democrat Party—a model of restraint. You’d never see them tar a Republican nominee as a dog-hating, gay bashing, war-on-women waging miscreant. Wait, is that grandma getting pushed off the side of a cliff by Paul Ryan?
[W]hite Republicans are not going to vote for you anyway, and their votes are no more valuable or virtuous than the votes of any other American.
Again with the whitey thing. Does that mean it’s okay for Democrats to try and reason with Republican voters of color? Or is Waldman merely trying to insulate himself from racial criticism by making sure his readers understand explicitly that it’s only white Republicans he finds deplorable?
The mind reels.
Meanwhile, Tom Steyer—a billionaire man of the people, if there ever was one—is at it again, this time in Iowa where the biggest piles of manure weren’t to be found at the local stockyard, but rather at the town hall he was hosting. There, a woman in the audience suggested that she couldn’t see a whiff of difference between Donald Trump and—insert record scratch—Der Führer?
Ah, that Nazi Chic. It never gets old, does it?
I do love how Steyer, instead of telling the lady that her comparison was just a tad overwrought, only manages a feeble, “Well, sure, but remember that Trump hasn’t gassed millions of people like Hitler did.” But then, upon hearing the boos from the audience afather pointing out this somewhat significant fact, he tosses in a quick rejoinder about how Congress needs to impeach Trump before he can get around to the actual genocide. You’re a real profile in courage, Tom.
And what’s with the whole Trump, like Hitler, could give a really good speech comparison? Didn’t we just come off a whole eight years of a president who didn’t know how to do anything but give a rousing speech? Does that mean Barack and Adolph are also kissin’ cousins? And what about Bill Clinton? He was so glib, it was said he could charm the pants off a billygoat. I don’t recall anyone comparing “Ah feel your pain” to “Sieg heil!” as a result.
If that’s what we can expect from the coming Blue Wave, the Democrats better hope it’s made out of Johnnie Walker—because they’ll be drowning their sorrows in it come November.