Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Democrats in Crisis: Rabid Minority Makes the Calls

 

As Mark Steyn pointed out years ago, in normal times, majorities matter. But in times of crisis, you don’t need a majority: you just need to care more. In crisis, passion and commitment always beats the silent majority.

This beautifully describes why the Democrats are off the rails. Most Democrats are not radical revolutionaries or socialists or believe that it is impossible to be pro-life and still a Democrat. But the current crisis has driven the entire party far to the left, so much so that Bernie and his Gulag supporters are now leading the field. They care more, so they can win – even though socialists are clearly not the bulk of the Dem-demographic.

This looks like a fundamental problem, solved only by abandoning the crisis mentality that the entire party has worked itself into. That is probably impossible this election cycle.

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  1. Profile Photo Member

    I disagree that this is a problem. In the long run it will be healthy for the country and the Democratic party to make this choice. I’m hoping the party apparatus does not rig this election against Bernie so that a clear choice can be made. If Bernie wins, so be it. Let the Democratic voters decide unencumbered from Clinton henchman chopping Bernie off at the knees. Also, if Bernie is nominated and wins the general election, then we all deserve to pay the price of his terrible policies and vision for the country. I’m hoping and praying that the country makes the right choice but the socialism and woke grievance culture has been festering and a Bernie nomination might be the fastest cure. Let the people decide….

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    • February 12, 2020, at 9:21 AM PST
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  2. GrannyDude Member

    Jdetente (View Comment):

    I disagree that this is a problem. In the long run it will be healthy for the country and the Democratic party to make this choice. I’m hoping the party apparatus does not rig this election against Bernie so that a clear choice can be made. If Bernie wins, so be it. Let the Democratic voters decide unencumbered from Clinton henchman chopping Bernie off at the knees. Also, if Bernie is nominated and wins the general election, then we all deserve to pay the price of his terrible policies and vision for the country. I’m hoping and praying that the country makes the right choice but the socialism and woke grievance culture has been festering and a Bernie nomination might be the fastest cure. Let the people decide….

    Weirdly, I agree. So many of my left-leaning friends have yet to pay the slightest attention to the Democratic primary; they vaguely believe Bernie is “let’s be more like Sweden” and he’s a cute old coot, so whatever. Also—and this is important—they are laboring under the misapprehension that Bernie is “honest” and an “outsider.” He also—in the past—was pro-2A and against illegal immigration…and most voters don’t actually realize that he has “evolved” on this. In other words, Bernie is the Democrats’ version of Trump. 

    And he was in 2016, too. Given that the Democratic establishment had to screw him, out of the nomination, and then went on to lose to DJT…how has the Democratic elite (plus NeverTrump fellow travelers) managed to miss the blaring message of 2016? “We don’t like you!” might as well have been written on giant billboards from sea to shining sea. 

    Obama believed he was a superior person, and that he represented superior people, the clever, educated ones who deserved to run the world for all the rubes. Historians will surely marvel at his combination of arrogance and sheer, staggering incompetence, and wonder at the numbers of supposedly intelligent people who not only fell for it, but eagerly and publicly emulated him. That the snotty, Don Lemon gigglefest could still take place, 3.5 years after the “deplorables” made their displeasure known is just…astonishing.

    I have a conversation, often, with a “client” who has gotten him or herself into a pickle, and is experiencing some natural consequences. “Right now,” I’ll say, “God is tapping you on the shoulder with a chopstick. Are you going to pay attention to the chopstick, or are you waiting for the two-by-four?” 

    The Democrats are—still!—waiting for the two-by-four. Or the huge, steel beam-in-the-face, or a whole building falling on them from the sky…

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    • February 12, 2020, at 9:44 AM PST
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  3. aardo vozz Member

    GrannyDude (View Comment):

    Jdetente (View Comment):

    I disagree that this is a problem. In the long run it will be healthy for the country and the Democratic party to make this choice. I’m hoping the party apparatus does not rig this election against Bernie so that a clear choice can be made. If Bernie wins, so be it. Let the Democratic voters decide unencumbered from Clinton henchman chopping Bernie off at the knees. Also, if Bernie is nominated and wins the general election, then we all deserve to pay the price of his terrible policies and vision for the country. I’m hoping and praying that the country makes the right choice but the socialism and woke grievance culture has been festering and a Bernie nomination might be the fastest cure. Let the people decide….

    Weirdly, I agree. So many of my left-leaning friends have yet to pay the slightest attention to the Democratic primary; they vaguely believe Bernie is “let’s be more like Sweden” and he’s a cute old coot, so whatever. Also—and this is important—they are laboring under the misapprehension that Bernie is “honest” and an “outsider.” He also—in the past—was pro-2A and against illegal immigration…and most voters don’t actually realize that he has “evolved” on this. In other words, Bernie is the Democrats’ version of Trump.

    And he was in 2016, too. Given that the Democratic establishment had to screw him, out of the nomination, and then went on to lose to DJT…how has the Democratic elite (plus NeverTrump fellow travelers) managed to miss the blaring message of 2016? “We don’t like you!” might as well have been written on giant billboards from sea to shining sea.

    Obama believed he was a superior person, and that he represented superior people, the clever, educated ones who deserved to run the world for all the rubes. Historians will surely marvel at his combination of arrogance and sheer, staggering incompetence, and wonder at the numbers of supposedly intelligent people who not only fell for it, but eagerly and publicly emulated him. That the snotty, Don Lemon gigglefest could still take place, 3.5 years after the “deplorables” made their displeasure known is just…astonishing.

    I have a conversation, often, with a “client” who has gotten him or herself into a pickle, and is experiencing some natural consequences. “Right now,” I’ll say, “God is tapping you on the shoulder with a chopstick. Are you going to pay attention to the chopstick, or are you waiting for the two-by-four?”

    The Democrats are—still!—waiting for the two-by-four. Or the huge, steel beam-in-the-face, or a whole building falling on them from the sky…

    Unfortunately, a whole building from the sky will probably hit us too.

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    • February 12, 2020, at 1:49 PM PST
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  4. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Quite honestly I wouldn’t wager anything on how things will turn out. The Democrats have whipped themselves into such a frenzy that I don’t know if any of our citizens know who believes and supports what. What a mess. I have some certainty that Trump will win–and it might be because no one can figure out what any of the Dems believe!

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    • February 12, 2020, at 4:27 PM PST
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  5. Seawriter Contributor

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    The Democrats have whipped themselves into such a frenzy that I don’t know if any of our citizens know who believes and supports what.

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    • February 13, 2020, at 7:25 AM PST
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  6. MarciN Member

    I just read something in WSJ that is very exciting to me:

    The share of disabled people ages 16 to 64 who were working or looking for a job rose to 33.6% in January from a recent low of 30.2% in 2014, according to Labor Department data. Among all working-age disabled people, 20% were employed in 2018, the highest share in almost two decades, according to an analysis by Harvard University economist Nicole Maestas.

    All of these wonderful things that the Trump administration has done such as removing eight existing regulations for every new one enacted are slowly but surely allowing prosperity and hope to seep into every corner of American life. 

    This is the very simple explanation for why he is doing so well politically. To see disabled people trying to improve their situation in life is as powerful a statement about the Trump administration as the rise in support for him among blacks. 

    Trump is doing well because we are doing well as a nation.

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    • February 13, 2020, at 9:29 AM PST
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  7. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Moving left after losing control of the White House has been the default reaction of the Democrats over the past half-century since the current primary system came to dominate the nomination process. They did it in 1972, 1984 and in 2004, and it’s based on the refusal to accept after one election loss that the voters rejected your ideological platform.

    It’s always the bumbling idiot they nominated for president the last time who the voters rejected, not their political positions. And as bumbling as Hillary Clinton might have been, it’s the same mindset that is behind the left’s “Real Socialism hasn’t been tried” canard, anytime it’s pointed out that Socialist governments around the world have always failed. It’s never that their ideology was faulty, it was the people running it who messed things up.

    So the party’s lurch left for 2020 is actually normal, the only possible difference here is Hillary was such an awful candidate she swelled Bernie’s support outside of what an avowed Socialist normally would have gotten, if there had been other options for voters in the 2016 primary. That was sort of borne out on Tuesday in New Hampshire, when running against a field of ‘Not Hillary’ options, Bernie lost about 40 percent of his 2016 vote.

    But even with that, the race is still similar to 1972, when the left convinced itself that a wave of Socialist Baby Boomers would sweep McGovern into office. Just substitute millienals and changing demographics for the Boomers (who the left now wants to die off because they support Trump too much), and the 2020 mindset is pretty akin to the one the left had 48 years ago.

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    • February 13, 2020, at 10:15 AM PST
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