To be honest, the last thing in the world I want to do is give Democrats advice on how to beat Donald Trump. On balance, I think his policies have been a net positive for the country, even if the constant state of DEFCON-1 level agitation coming from the media grew tiresome right around January 21, 2017–and has only gotten worse since then. Also, there doesn’t seem to be a single candidate among the Democrat Horde that isn’t bat-guano crazy—which makes the prospect that one of them might become President a horror so unspeakable that even Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs would curl up into a fetal position.
But therein lies the rub: I’d much rather that the opposition party not be so hell-bent for socialism, because, as we all well know, the balance of power will shift back and forth over time, which means we’ll all have to live with policies implemented by the other team. The Founding Fathers, of course, designed our system so that political factions would have to hammer out their differences via compromise—and in days past, that’s exactly what they did. Ronald Regan, for example, faced an overwhelmingly Democrat Congress, and yet he still got tax cuts and an expanded defense budget. These days, however, the tribalism has grown so toxic that compromise has become more than a dirty word; it’s a virtual guarantee that party activists will come for your head, and primary your butt right out of that cushy Congressional seat.
Which is how the Democrats now find themselves in an untenable position. With the help of the news media, they’ve cast President Trump as Evil Incarnate, and have consequently squandered their new majority status in the House of Representatives searching for that magic bullet to bring him down. Instead of putting in the hard work of finding solutions to problems that people actually care about, they hold endless hearings on Russian collusion and try to subpoena Trump’s tax returns. And instead of trying to find middle ground with the administration, Democrats have made it their mission to destroy it through any means necessary—with the conspicuous exception of tackling Trump on the issues.
In other words, Dems will do anything by hook or by crook, but they just can’t bring themselves to take on Trump in an honest fight.
Ironically, this is where they might have better luck—but, like the sad sack always chasing the next Get Rich Quick scheme instead of getting a real job, they’d rather fight dirty. The problem for them is that Trump also fights dirty. Moreover, he enjoys fighting dirty—and he’s a lot better at it than they are. Having cast the Squad as the face of the Democrat Party, and having gotten the media to expose themselves for the partisan hacks that they are, Trump has effectively forced the Dems into doubling down on one extremist position after the other, to the point where the best they can offer is a full-blown, open-borders socialist agenda that almost nobody wants.
Next to that, Trump appears downright reasonable, like a guy who wants to solve problems—even to a lot of moderate Democrat voters. That’s because those voters actually want border security. They want the economy to keep humming. They want a level playing field where everyone has equal opportunity and the chance to pursue the American Dream. What they don’t want, though, is the federal government rationing energy through some Green New Deal. They don’t want people who never owned slaves to pay reparations to people who never were slaves. They don’t think taxpayers should be on the hook for nearly $2 trillion in college debt taken on by students who got worthless degrees that would never pay off their student loans. And for God’s sake, they don’t want a return to the bad old days of busing—all positions staked out by the current crop of Democrat presidential candidates.
In order for them to get on the same page as the majority of voters, however, Democrats would have to engage Trump honestly and fairly—and I honestly don’t think they even know how to do that anymore. Having the media carry their water has made them lazy and incapable, and placed them in a bubble from which the concerns of ordinary voters seem almost alien to them. They pin their hopes for victory on Robert Mueller. Joe Sixpack, meanwhile, couldn’t care less. They want to impeach Trump over some nasty tweets. Most of America, on the other hand, isn’t even on Twitter. So long as the job market is solid and pay is good, the squabbles between Trump and Ilhan Omar don’t matter a whit to the people who will actually elect the next President.
Democrats will never understand this. Donald Trump, however, understands very well. And it’s a fight he knows how to win.