Despite indications that the Democratic Party still has at least a reasonable chance of winning control of the House of Representatives in November, It finds itself approaching the midterm elections largely on the defensive. In the absence of a sound economic platform for America, Democrats were relying almost exclusively on a message of resistance to President Donald Trump and to his agenda. This was a massive strategic error and the party deals with attempting to stifle its own radical progressive leanings and convince voters that it is not a party of extremism.
Many Democratic politicians find themselves having to assure the voting public that “we are not who you think we are.” Having jumped onto the ‘Resistance’ bandwagon, they now realize this is a wagon that goes only in one direction and circling back to rational policy and debate is difficult, if not impossible. Of course, most Democrats in Congress – as well as the ones who aspire to seats in Congress – are every bit as extreme as their political opponents make them out to be. To borrow from one of the most famous quotes in football history; the Democrats are who we thought they were.
From the day Bill Clinton departed the White House for the last time,
the party has moved steadily to the left and, today, the few remaining
moderates face extinction as even the party’s leadership veers further
toward the progressive wing in a desperate attempt to hold on to power.
Even in the face of this leftward shift, the most prominent Democrats and their friends in the media keep attempting to explain to the rest of us – and, perhaps, even a large segment of their own base – that they are not the extremists we have come to assume they are. At the same time, these half-hearted assurances draw nothing but scorn from the most extreme elements of the left who would rather they proudly proclaim themselves devotees of a collectivist, anti-capitalist movement more closely resembling the former Soviet Union that modern-day America.