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Ever since election night 2016, the Democrat Party — I won’t deign to call something that elitist “democratic” — has been in full-on meltdown mode. Denuded of power at the state and local level, the last bastion of their hopes for political relevance was retaining the Presidency, which was denied them by Donald Trump. We’ve all seen the depths of the psychopathology which have been on display in the wake of that defeat.
However, electoral consequences of that mass-freakout hadn’t had the chance to come to fruition until last night. Primary Season is Crazy Season, and for Democrats, it’s a chance for their assorted nuts and flakes to strut their stuff. Witness the defeat of the number-four-ranking House Democrat, Rep. Joe Crowley, by 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a self-described “Democratic-Socialist” in the Bernie Sanders mold. Here’s her platform:
Also notable was the victory of Jared Polis in the Colorado Democrat Gubernatorial Primary. Polis, one of the richest members of Congress, ran on a straight-up Progressive platform including state-wide single-payer healthcare and is vying to become the nation’s first openly homosexual Governor. He might even win.
None of this should come as a surprise. My favorite explainer GIF shows exactly what’s been happening to the Democrat Party for 20 years better than any words could:
— Pew Research Fact Tank (@FactTank) October 23, 2017
The average Democrat has moved sharply left over that period of time, creating a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy: In order to win a Democrat primary, you pretty much have to either be a leftist radical or a multimillionaire — or in Polis’s case a leftist radical multimillionaire!
All of this brings to mind the old saw (cut by Pat Caddell) that the Republican Party was the “Stupid Party” and the Democrat Party was the “Evil Party.” Today, however, the Democrats are busy shaving points off of their political IQ by moving relentlessly to the Left, shedding civility, and even any attachment to sanity. This ugly turn has even precipitated a movement among frustrated center-left types to Walk Away from the Democrats.
Brandon Straka, founder of that movement, said the following:
Today I’m kicking off the #WalkAway campaign by releasing my video about why I am walking away from liberalism and the Democratic Party. It is my sincere hope that you will join me in this campaign and that we may start a movement in this country — which not only encourages others to walk away from the divisive left, but also takes back the narrative from the liberal media about what it means to be a conservative in America. It is up to all of us to make our voices heard and reclaim the truth.
The Democratic Party has taken for granted that it owns racial, sexual, and religious minorities in America. It has encouraged groupthink, hypocrisy, division, stereotyping, resentment, and the acceptance of victimhood mentality. And all the while, they have discouraged minorities from having independent thought, open dialogue, measured and informed opinion, and a motivation to succeed.
To put it mildly, this all represents a huge opportunity for Republicans and conservatives. The last thing we should do is stand in the Democrats’ path as they walk towards political oblivion. Let’s just hope that “stupid” doesn’t find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory come November.