Democrats have no idea where to turn.
They simply weren’t prepared for Hillary Clinton to lose, and now they’re struggling to find a path. Do they reach out to the blue collar white voters they lost to Donald Trump? Do they double down on the Obama coalition, hoping that changing demographics sweep them to victory? Do they choose new leadership in the hopes of drawing more young enthusiasm? Or do they go with tried and true leadership, hoping that trends will carry them forward in any case?
One thing is clear: they won’t be moderating their positions any time soon. And that’s an enormous mistake. Here are some of the angles the DNC is considering:
More Racial Politics. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was recently called an unacceptable pick by the leftists at the Anti-Defamation League for his anti-Semitic comments about the role of Israel in foreign policy. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Ellison has a long history with the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam, has spoken of 9/11 as a Nazi-esque Reichstag fire, and has defended the worst sort of Jew-haters, including Khalid Abdul Mohammed and Louis Farrakhan. The Democratic Party has spent the last several years moving in a significantly anti-Israel direction; in 2012, the DNC infamously overruled its own members to avoid removing Jerusalem from their platform as the capital of Israel. The Obama administration has been the most anti-Israel administration in history, and Ellison is an extension of that.
But at least he’s a minority! He’s black and Muslim, and according to some Democrats, that’s the important thing. He’s got the support of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Harry Reid. As former Sanders spokeswoman Symone Sanders said, “We don’t need white people leading the Democratic Party right now.” No wonder Trump won the white vote in historic fashion.
More Big Government. Dean is losing, but his entire pitch is fundraising and doubling down on Obamacare. Obamacare has now lost Democrats the 2010, 2014, and 2016 elections. South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison worked for the Podesta Group, the Clinton-dominated outlet involved in typical pay-for-play Clintonian politics.
Leftist Social Issues. One of the possible new DNC chairs Ilyse Hoge is president of NARAL, a pro-abortion interest group. Hillary pushed issues ranging from transgender bathrooms to same-sex marriage extraordinarily hard during this election cycle, and voters in swing states simply didn’t care – they wanted to hear how she’d make their lives better. Democrats are obviously most passionate about social issues, but that’s not true of the rest of the country.
The Democrats are, thank God, in disarray. And they don’t understand that their contempt for regular Americans has a large deal to do with it. They can’t present a face that isn’t invested in identity politics or big government shilling. No wonder they’re becoming a regional party.