By Dave Andrusko
With a handful of exceptions, the major media outlets are extensions of the Democrat Party . As such, they not only promote their candidacies unceasingly but also feel free to offer advice and counseling when they see their party running off the rails. And after pro-abortion Dan McCready lost to pro-life Dan Bishop in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district Tuesday, you could almost hear the cries to put on the brakes.
As pro-abortion, pro-Democrat New York Times columnist David Leonhardt wrote today (in the understatement of the year), “Democrats aren’t having a very strong 2019.” He begins “Democrats, Going in Reverse” with the party’s incessant (and unsuccessful and unproductive) efforts to delegitimize the Trump presidency and then swings into elections, specifically the umpteen candidates running for President.
Leonhardt writes, “The party’s presidential candidates have also chosen to support — and in some cases emphasize — a few policies that are deeply unpopular.” He doesn’t mention abortion, but in fact its position on abortion is a perfect representation of the Democrat party in 2019 and illustrates how utterly estranged the party is from much of America.
E.J. Dionne, a Washington Post columnist, captured the panic in a story I read reposted in the (Minneapolis) Star-Tribune. The headline captures his argument—“Sorry, but Thursday’s debate is about electability’’—but in so doing, illustrates why Democrats are in such dire straits.
He makes the impossible to argue with point that “For now, nearly two-thirds of Democrats support one of the three leaders”—pro-abortionists Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Sen. Bernie Sanders—and lays out what each must do, in his view, to prevail.
Biden? Well, he has to sound less goofy and out to sea. Warren must battle latent sexism (as if nothing else can explain resistance to a far Left Harvard professor) so her brilliance can shine through. As for Sanders, a self-described Socialist, the question is “whether he can break out beyond his seemingly rock-solid base of loyalists.”
Dionne is as reliably pro-Democrat as Leonhardt, so the prism through which he sees the party’s presidential candidates allows him to see only certain colors: pro-abortion (Dionne wants throwaway, meaningless assurances of moderation to assuage his conscience), a kind of European socialism, and, most of all, someone able to defeat Donald Trump.
But Biden is a ticking time bomb, waiting to explode. His inability to speak coherently (let alone remember accurately) is an existential threat to any candidate, but especially one with a long, long history of “gaffes.”
Warren is the choice du jour. A Washington Post theatre critic, whose work I ordinarily admire, went off the deep edge in analyzing a speech she gave in Tempe, Arizona. Here’s the opening (and I assure you, as much as you might think otherwise, I did not make this up):
She enters in an ordinary blouse and slacks, not a toga. And yet, when Sen. Elizabeth Warren takes the stage of a music hall in this sweltering Sun Belt city, it is with a command of the occasion that might have “Julius Caesar’s” Marc Antony taking notes.
The vocal modulation. The oratorical rhythm. The instinct for a good story: She’s got the ingredients for a magnetic performance. And she delivers. When Warren speaks, you lean in.
“’Friends, Romans, countrymen’ is not exactly where the talk goes in her 45-minute strut upon the Tempe stage on this August evening in the Marquee Theatre, capacity 2,500. It is so packed, some of the crowd must remain outside in the 100-degree heat. Still, the sense of drama Warren radiates replicates the momentum of an actor at the climactic point of a play. Her speech may not convey the compact lyrical eloquence of Marc Antony, but the sights and sounds of her presentation deliver the centrifugal emotional force of a potent soliloquy.”
How long can anyone pass that off as “criticism”?
Bernie Sanders? Nothing else need be said.
Tomorrow’s debate is going to test the mettle of even the hungriest political junkie. Three hours, from 8-11 EST, from Houston, Texas, on ABC. All the major candidates will be on the stage for the first time together.
It could be wild.