Over the weekend, a cataclysmic storm continued to build, threatening massive destruction. I don’t mean the hurricane in the Gulf, but the escalating battle in Congress between the old line House Democrats (the “hide what we really believe until after the election” faction) and the regressive “progressive” Democrats who’ll come right out and tell you they want open borders, sky-high taxes, no prosecution of criminals, no deportations of illegal aliens, and socialism replacing capitalism. They think that’s a winning platform, while the old line Democrats think it’s the kind of platform that drops out from under you when you get hanged.
That link recaps some of what led up to this, plus the latest development in which Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Chief of Staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, suddenly catapulted from the shadows to center stage by accusing other Democrats – including black and Native-American Democrats – of being racists and white supremacist sympathizers. This is what happens when you develop a bad habit: you just can’t stop doing it even when it makes no sense whatsoever.
(To refresh your memory, Chakrabarti is the guy who’s usually photographed wearing a T-shirt with the face of a radical, Nazi-sympathizing Indian leader on it. He's a ringleader of the Justice Democrats, the far-left group that got AOC elected and hopes to repeat that nationwide using the same strategy: target low-turnout Democratic primaries in one-party districts and run stealth campaigns for radical leftists who defeat incumbents whose supporters assumed they’d win so they don’t bother to show up at the polls. This is how America got AOC in Congress, thanks to just 16,898 primary voters in a Bronx district with nearly 700,000 residents. I plan to keep warning people about that until the word gets out, so we can stop the rising tide of America-hating Congress members and D.A.’s who refuse to prosecute 90% of crimes.)
This is great spectator sport for Republicans, but it’s not healthy for one of the parties in a two-party system to be tearing itself apart, particularly when its young up-and-comers are ignorant of history and want to impose policies that have been proven tragic failures everywhere they’ve been tried.
And while Speaker Pelosi and her supporters try to tamp them down and point out that they are only four votes in the House, this news must send chills down her spine:
A poll taken in May (even before all the publicity over the Dems’ civil war ramped up) of swing voters that the Dems will need to win back from Trump found that the Democrat whose name they most recognized was AOC. Among swing voters, 74% knew AOC, and 22% approved of her. Likewise, 53% knew Ilhan Omar, and 9% approved of her. Also, 18% viewed socialism favorably, and 69% disapproved of it.
Remember how I told you that the far-left platform was like the platform you get hanged from? Well, if the Dems who mount that platform do swing for it, then it may be swing voters dropping the trap.