June 24, 2017

In the wake of the Democrats’ latest loss in the Georgia special election, Sen. Bernie Sanders called for a “fundamental restructuring” of the Democratic Party “in terms of how it does business and what its points of view are.” He’s right, that’s sorely needed; but he would restructure it in a way that would make both the Party’s electoral prospects and its effect on America even worse.

Sanders falls into the same trap as many other far-left Democrats, believing that the problem isn’t their philosophy or policies but a failure of marketing. If only they could communicate how wonderful their big government, class-warfare philosophy is, Americans would flock to them. Despite outspending Republicans 7-1 in Georgia and owning Hollywood, Internet companies and about 95% of the media, the Democrats just can’t get their message across. Bernie wants voters to know that the Democrats “feels the pain” of working families and will challenge the rich. He and his followers can’t grasp that working families have first-hand experience with his policies, from the US to Venezuela. They’ve long since figured out that those policies cause their pain, and when leftists talk about soaking the “rich,” they define “rich” as anyone who makes a dime a year more than they do.

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Charles Krauthammer recently made an excellent point: for all the talk of the Republican Party being split over Trump, most Republicans still support Trump, even if some do it grudgingly; but it’s the Democrats who are genuinely split in two incompatible factions. The Bernie “progressives” believe in high taxes, big government, wealth redistribution and all the other leftwing dreams. The Clinton faction panders to various identity groups in hopes of stitching enough of them together to squeak over 50% of the vote. Their problem is that many of those groups have opposing interests (for instance, blacks and blue collar workers don’t want to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants and lose their jobs to them; many blacks are religious and don’t support LGBTQ rights, etc.) The Clinton faction has no philosophy to run on, other than “Republicans are evil and we should be in power.” The Bernie faction has a clear, coherent philosophy, but it’s insane and doesn’t work.

Their only real marketing problem is that according to Marketing 101, you first need to have a good product to sell. Everyone already knows only too well what the Democratic Party’s two products are, and most of us think they both need to be recalled.


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  • Willliam eister

    06/26/2017 10:31 PM

    Why say "blacks" and not "African aMericans"?

  • Tim Skiles

    06/26/2017 12:30 PM

    I think we should change LBGTQ to GQBLT...

  • Rosemary Scott

    06/25/2017 10:11 AM

    Any chance that the reason they can't get their message across is that they have no message ? And Americans actually have a brain and common sense ( well, except for Hollywood) and can see through their crap?

  • Cindy Bluett

    06/24/2017 08:04 PM

    Love, love, love your comments!
    Keep up the good work!

  • Richard Puter

    06/24/2017 06:27 PM

    President Trump has now been in office for 5 months and 5 days. While he has accomplished much and any honest American would concede that he is up to to the tasks before him, he is sorely lacking in ONE arena: Israel !!

    WHY is the US embassy still in Tel Aviv? WHY has Mike Huckabee not been banging the drum LOUDLY about the fact that Jerusalem is the ancient capital of Israel, and should be openly and forcefully declared to be so in 2017? When the President was in Saudi Arabia, he had no qualms in dressing down his hosts about the depredations of ISIS in killing far more Muslims than any other group! Is it because openly declaring Israel to be a nation we're willing to go to war to back isn't politically correct? Not the President Trump that delights in baiting and dissing the media into temper tantrums on a daily basis.

    Help Trump Make America Great Again...back Israel today, tomorrow, and until the cows come home.

    C'mon Mike...let's get with the program.

  • Lisa Chambers

    06/24/2017 06:26 PM

    I'm so tired of elections being won by the person with the most money and name recognition. Karen Handel won the Primary because she had been a candidate in many previous elections (for Governor; Senate; etc.) so voters knew her name. But many people in the Republican party said that she was not the best candidate -- which may be why she barely won. 52% to 48% is not a huge victory. Voters need to start paying attention to a candidate's real qualifications and not just vote based on their name.

  • Robert Burton

    06/24/2017 04:45 PM

    "Bernie Turf"- Mike we (Vermont) know Bernie. That is He is a "nut job" who is an amazing politician. Bernie would have thrived in a covered wagon full of rattlesnake oil. Vermont is full of "immigrant flat-landers" (not illegal, unfortunately) who love him (they left NY and NJ to came here and make it worse than either (which they did). So Bernie thrives with imports from the "looney left" who tried the current California health care route (see your other post). We have another problem brewing. The "Deep State" in ICE is deporting a fully employed Mexican National who owns his own farm in Panton VT, is married to an American citizen, has two American children by his own wife, has no criminal record, pays taxes, is a positive community contributor, checks in with ICE on schedule as required, and supports four additional children (either adopted or foster), all because the "Deep State" in ICE either wants to embarrass Trump or steal his farm from his wife after he is gone. Do you know anyone who can do something about that? Bernie, "Leaky Leahy" and the ambulance chaser, Welch (named right) certainly won't since they think that they can tie that can to Trump's tail. FYI: Their neighbors have started a voluntary legal fund to keep this ICE deportation from happening. Hello?

  • Ricci Henry

    06/24/2017 03:20 PM

    Now Mike! You know Obamacare is just wonderful. All it needs is a tiny little tweak. About a kazillion billion $$$$'s and it's good to go. Right? Sorry! Didn't have a "leave me a comment." in the obamacare article.

  • Ricci Henry

    06/24/2017 03:12 PM

    Bernie's dilemma is basically, "How do I make everyone believe in my fairytale world and pay my fairytale salary so I won't have to work so hard to get it."
    Hillary's dilemma is, "How do I make everyone believe in my fairytale world so I can be the supreme fairytale commander, so that everyone else will worship me like in N. Korea."
    Either way. it's bad for us.

  • Leroy Becker

    06/24/2017 02:20 PM

    Ever since government began centuries ago, there have been only two kinds of government. The king's system, (king is just a nice word of dictator) where everyone, including our children, belong to the state.
    The other system is found in such documents as the American Declaration of Independence whereby everyone has a measure of freedom.
    But with freedom goes responsibility, and that takes effort along with a sense of fairness, and even in the Old Testament the people wanted a king.
    The king's system requires micro-management, and hence a vast bureaucracy and endless new laws and regulations, but it does not require responsibility and effort, and no one, neither preacher nor teacher, is teaching what America's children need to know. But this was taught for generations prior to the time the Declaration was written.
    The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution go together, but they have been separated in modern times. When they are separated, neither one means much and can mean almost anything.

  • Cecelia Stanfield

    06/24/2017 12:46 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, you know what really amazes me --- Bernie Sanders pretends to be a Democrat when it suits him, and a "whatever he is today - Independent?" when he doesn't want to be a Democrat! As you have mentioned in the past, socialism does not work yet Sen. Sanders continues down that road.
    (As a side note/question: I have returned to college (I'm in the 60+ age range!) and currently taking the required Political Science 1 course at my community college. Would you allow my use of an occasional comment by you [with the appropriate references of course]? If this is allowed, please send me a note via my e-mail ( [email protected] ) of approval/disapproval & any guidelines. I always enjoy not only your Huck Pack newsletter but always pay attention when you contribute on the various FOX News shows. Thank you. God Bless.)


    06/24/2017 12:43 PM

    Just my humble opinion, but the democrats through Academia and the Media continue to demonize capitalism and successful people, and even the least sophisticated and least educated general population see how wrong that is. Who own the businesses they work for? Who fund the charities that help their communities in so many different ways including health, religion, cultural and entertainment venues? They teach, incorrectly, that the well-off don't pay enough taxes and don't expose the bare facts of where the most taxes come from.
    To condone Academia teaching that capitalism is bad is what is dooming this country.
    Back in 1997 the Chinese Premier or President or whatever, said "we will have a Capitalist Economy and a Communist Government from here on" and look what they have done in 20 years!
    Please, Please try to get Academia et al to endorse our form of economy and government that put us where we are.
    Al Anderson

  • Lynda Grafing

    06/24/2017 12:33 PM

    Govenor Huckbee you are so right in your analogy of liberals. You make me smile and look at the mess their type of thinking has gotten the US into with a little less disgust and more hope. That and that we know WHO truly is in ultimate control.
    Thank you for your insight and that awesome southern humor that you share so beautifully.

  • Jim W

    06/24/2017 12:19 PM

    Right on! Excellent summary of liberal, progressive philosophy.

  • Lloyd Sanders

    06/24/2017 12:13 PM

    Just read your Saturday special. Enjoyed every word. Mr. Krauthammer had an excellent article in our Odessa American this week and he too has some very good between the lines commentary. It is refreshing to start the weekend with something other than Dim drivel. Thank you for taking your time to give us an unbiased conservative viewpoint on hot button topics.