So apparently messaging still doesn’t seem to be the
Democratic Party’s strong suit. In fact, the left seems committed to ensuring
that the biggest enemy they face in convincing the public that they are honest
and trustworthy is themselves.
While it’s true that, like any political party, there are a
wide variety of interests and perspectives that are represented across its
membership, you’d think that at least at the national party level they would be
capable of speaking out of just one side of their mouths.
Take this current impeachment inquiry as but one example.
The party’s de jure leader, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was explicitly clear in
speaking to reporters that the Democrat-driven impeachment effort was not
political, but patriotic. It wasn’t about revenge or electoral gamesmanship, it
was about doing what’s in the best interest of the country and our shared
Yet somehow, that memo never made it onto the desk of the
Democrats’ de facto leader, socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who went on CNN
well, pretty much the exact opposite:
“At the end of the day, we have to be able to come together
as a caucus, and if it is this Ukrainian allegation that is what brings the
caucus together, then I think we have to run with however we unify the House,”
Ocasio-Cortez told Wolf Blitzer, who asked the Congresswoman whether she hoped
other potential violations by Trump would be considered in any articles of
“. . . We also need to move quite quickly because we’re talking about the potential compromise of the 2020 elections,” Ocasio-Cortez ended. “And so this is not just about something that has occurred; this is about preventing a potentially disastrous outcome from occurring next year.”
To summarize, Cortez sees the impeachment process as serving two purposes: uniting Democrats and ensuring their electoral success in 2020. That isn’t patriotism, it’s partisanship.
Please understand that I’m not so naïve as to think that
there isn’t going to be a political component to any impeachment inquiry. There
was a political calculation in the 1998 impeachment of President Clinton. It
can’t be avoided when you’re dealing with a perilously polarized environment
And to be fair this may be less a Democrat issue and more
another Ocasio-Cortez implosion. Remember it was just a couple weeks ago that
the Congresswoman was yawning at the impeachment inquiry, suggesting it was
time to move past it and get things done for our future (whatever that means).
Now, she’s beating the drums of impeachment (again) all for the sake of her
party’s electoral prospects.
The more I think about this, it may be less a messaging
issue for Democrats and more just an increasing imperative to find a way to get
Representative Cortez to stick a sock in it.