By 1968, voters had tired of the failed Great Society of Lyndon Johnson. Four years later, the 1972 Nixon reelection re-emphasized that a doubled-down McGovern liberalism was even less of a viable agenda.
In that context, in 1974, obsessing on Watergate and a demonized Nixon were wise liberal alternatives to running on a positive left-wing vision, given the growing conservative backlash of the 1970s.
After Watergate and the Ford pardon, Jimmy Carter squeaked to a close victory and a one-term presidency — before the country tired of his strident liberalism poorly cloaked in conservative clothing. Bill Clinton’s third-way centrism eventually was a winning Democratic alternative to regain the presidency — albeit with help from two Ross Perot third-party candidacies. Given these historical reminders, the current efforts at Trump character assassination may be the best — or only — progressive pathway back to political power.
In the last few days, the Democratic party lost its fourth special House election; most of the four were billed in advance as likely negative referenda on the contentious first six months of the Trump presidency. Post facto, the uniformly unwelcomed results were written off as idiosyncratic outliers of no importance.
Shortly before the Georgia election, a hard-left-wing killer attacked the players at a congressional baseball practice, intent on the assassination of Republican legislators, whom he had targeted on his hit list. The shooter was foiled, but not before seriously wounding Steve Scalise, the current Republican majority whip in the House.
The two events in saner times might have prompted introspection about why the Democrats keep losing elections and why a hard-core progressive supporter would seek to assassinate key Republican leaders. Indeed, for a brief moment, there were calls on both sides of the aisle to scale back inflammatory rhetoric that in theory might push such politicized would-be shooters over the edge. One might have hoped that self-reflective Democrats could begin to grasp why voters distrusted them more than they feared Trump.
Such moments quickly vanished. Progressives saw any remedies to identity politics as worse than the disease of electoral defeat. Elizabeth Warren, with her trademark rancor, was once again talking about Republican “blood money” — as if her opponents in the Congress were legislative assassins rather than the recent targets of such. An increasingly addled Hillary Clinton (she had loudly joined the “Resistance”) accused the GOP of becoming the “death party,” reminding the country why progressive fanatics such as James Hodgkinson might think rifle fire is the only answer to conservatives who traffic in blood.
Meanwhile, another day, another Hollywood celebrity dreaming of, or advocating, the assassination of Donald Trump: This time a disturbed Johnny Depp (playing the role of Kathy Griffin or Snoop Dogg) mused out loud about repeating a John Wilkes Booth–style shooting. Since January, left-wing pundits and celebrities have alluded that Trump might be decapitated, stabbed by a mob, shot, punched, hit with a bat, blown up, strung up, and flipped off. Incineration and drowning are about the last modes of Trump mayhem left unsaid.
Barack Obama, amid the assassination chic and the obscenity of key Democrats such as Kamala Harris, Tom Perez, and Kirsten Gillibrand, recently remonstrated about the evils of inequality and the need for more diversity — at $10,000 a minute to largely white, Wall Street audiences, while whining about the ongoing recalibration of his failed Obamacare project. That is what passes for 21st-century progressive community organizing.
Left unsaid was that Obama had virtually destroyed the Democratic party, which during his tenure lost more than 1,000 state and local elections and both the House and the Senate. Obama left a personal legacy of a party agenda that had no popular support, an incoming Republican presidency, a conservative Supreme Court, a tenure to be systematically overturned, and a one-time progressive electoral paradigm that could work only for himself while imploding almost any other candidate foolish enough to try to replicate it.
And progressives oddly loved him for all that.
It is said that Democrats are in an existential crisis because of their obsessions with Donald Trump — suing over the election, trying to subvert the Electoral College, dreaming of impeachment and the 25th Amendment, filing briefs under the emoluments clause of the Constitution, stalling appointments, relying on deep-state insurrectionary bureaucrats, cherry-picking liberal judges for obstructive passes, and going from one conspiracy theory to the next as collusion begat obstruction that begat witness tampering. More outsider advice is for Democrats to focus instead on their agenda.
But nothing could be more paradoxical. Or rather, what agenda?
Of the Democratic policies once envisioned under Bill Clinton (opposing illegal immigration, dreams of abortions as rare, balanced budgets, workfare, being tough on crime), few are left. In other words, progressives logically obsess about Trump, because otherwise they would have to defend agendas that most Americans simply do not support.
Would Americans wish to be lectured about transgendered restrooms by those who as late as 2011 opposed gay marriage?
Do voters think that progressive administrators, whiny indebted students, and the end of campus free speech and free assembly are models for higher education and arguments for federal bailouts?
Of course, Watergate actually happened, unlike what the liberals are obsessing (often falsely) over nowadays.
The left is OBSESSED with celebrity and personality instead of substance and ability. Thus, right now, they are in celebrity purgatory, unable to find the “charismatic” personality to cling to. So, they continue to trot out their only favorite, Barack (I think they have FINALLY given up on Hillary).
The left is morally bankrupt. Their agenda has failed so totally that they cannot attract supporters by offering to actually FIX problems, because those fixes all ultimately cause pain to someone. Solving crime puts criminals in jail, solving illegal immigration prevents illegal immigrants from swarming in droves into the nation to squat. Solving the terrorist threat puts our youth in harm’s way and kills terrorists. Solving economic disparity (and despair) involves individuals to be personally responsible. Besides, Republicans do all this much better.
So, liberals have been relegated to spreading hate and offering free rides and that has become apparent, obvious and tiresome.
Whoever the next gimmick the Democrats foist up will be, the media will do it’s best to transform them into a viable candidate and a close race. But, due to the erosion of the influence once wielded by the corrupt liberal media, they will lose… again.
Te Dems choose smaller and smaller minorities, stabbing the most loyal to the progressive agenda in the back. The smaller minorities seem to have issues with reality, proven history and facts.
So Those that have always voted Dem find themselves as outsiders, too conservative. Pro abortion but not for selling shredded preborns, your out.
Labor unions, you are out
Attend church, out with you.
Support traditional marriage, be gone.
Think people should pay for what they want, a cell phone, education, GTFO.
How about the constitution GTFO and stay out!