In case you haven’t noticed I am very entertained by the tension between the various segments of the Democrat coalition. It is becoming increasingly apparent that there is more than one party within a party. Some of the coalition has decidedly socialist views while others cling to classical liberal values that include the underpinings of a capitalist society.
People much smarter than me break this down in various ways. Jordan Peterson seems to think that liberals lost the battle in academia. Now they are reaping the whirlwind of not containing the Marxists. Ben Shapiro asserts it is a drift away from the fundamental values of Western culture and a deterioration of the social fabric. I suspect both ideas have merit.
But I won’t pretend I am not entertained by the collision unfolding between the two large Democrat constituencies. And how desperate they are to unseat Trump no matter the cost. So desperate they don’t even have to agree with the candidate as long as they think the nominee can beat Trump. According to USA Today:
As the 2020 presidential field takes shape, Democratic voters by double digits say they are more interested in nominating a candidate who can defeat President Trump than one they agree with most on the issues, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds.
By 55-35 percent, the Democrats surveyed endorse electability over ideological purity even though they also embrace progressive priorities such as the Green New Deal. They are even inclined to be open to a nominee who espouses socialism.
Here’s the bad news in the poll:
There is cautionary news for Democrats in the poll. In a hypothetical match-up, Trump edges out an unnamed Democratic nominee, 39 percent to 36 percent, with 11 percent supporting an unnamed third party candidate. Fifteen percent are undecided.
So for those Independent voters open to a third party candidate, what are their thoughts?
- Among independent voters who consider themselves liberal, one in three now support the third-party candidate
- Close to three-fourths of independents say they wouldn’t be satisfied with a Democratic candidate who espoused socialism
Unfortunately, Democrats who make up the largest share of primary voters espouse a number of socialist ideas. They overwhelmingly prefer a presidential candidate who:
- Supports higher taxes on the very wealthy at 87 percent
- Medicare-for-All at 81 percent
- Free higher education at 74 percent
- Prefer a candidate who wants to break up the big tech companies 49-28 percent
- Support the Green New Deal by 53-16 percent
And who did Associated Press declare the frontrunner today? You guessed it. Declared Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is quieting critics who questioned whether he could recapture the energy of his upstart 2016 campaign, surpassing his rivals in early fundraising and establishing himself as an indisputable front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Less than two months into his second White House bid , no other declared candidate in the crowded Democratic field currently has amassed so many advantages: a $28 million war chest, a loyal and enthusiastic voter base and a set of clearly defined policy objectives.
The early signs make me fully enthusiastic about two things. First an actual run by Howard Schultz. He’s a liberal, but not a socialist and given these numbers, should make Democrats nervous. Second, I am very pleased to live in an open primary state. I will be more than happy to help the Democrats pick their nominee if I think I can contribute the chaos.
Buy stock in popcorn. You may need it.