How Trump is a Boon for Democrats
Democrats do not have a good word to say about Donald Trump so it is surprising to find someone who does but for all the wrong reasons, if you catch the drift.
In an eye-catching article chockful with backhanded compliments, CNN’s John Blake lists his reasons why the president serves the interests of the Democratic Party rather than frustrates it.
He kicks off with the provocative statement that Trump is a more effective catalyst for progressive social change than Obama.
Unlike the No Drama Obama, the Trump administration represents change through chaos and crisis explains Blake.
Political moderation is a spent force, only radicals or utopians can address the challenging issues of the day, because change doesn’t start at the center but at the fringes, in other words with those considered the crazies.
Change works in even more mysterious ways.
Trump is, in some ways, unintentionally doing what Obama was supposed to do.
Let’s Count the Ways
. Trump campaigned on the promise never to cut social security as well as raise taxes on the wealthy garnering even moderate Republican support, proving even conservatives support some Democrat economic policies.
. Once in office, Trump made Obamacare popular by waging a yearlong campaign to replace it, resulting in a backlash with people realizing the importance of some big government programs.
Now Dems are talking about expanding Medicare and Medicaid, also about creating a Green New Deal, and they have major public backing, in fact support for left wing policy has reached a 60-year high.
The Democrats’ new presidential model is not Reagan but their greatest President: Franklin D. Roosevelt.
They are embracing what one historian called a “Rooseveltian vision of activist government.”
Meanwhile Trump has emboldened Democrats even more.
A CNN commentator once coined a memorable phrase to describe the reason for Trump’s election.
“This was a white lash against a changing country,” Van Jones said on election night in 2016.
“It was white lash against a black president in part. And that’s the part where the pain comes.”
. Three years later witness the Trump lash, a ferocious backlash against the President that has boosted progressives and weakened conservatives in several ways.
. Trump has operated at times like an Oval Office double agent, a conservative by virtue of his rhetoric, but one whose actions tend to hurt his cause.
. He’s pushed more progressives to get involved in politics.
. His rhetoric against women resulted in a record number to run for the house in 2018, the same against Muslims spurred more to run for office than ever before.
. He’s pushed voting blocs into the arms of Democrats.
. His attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census also appears to be turning Asian Americans into reliable Democratic voters.
. He’s even damaged some powerful conservative interest groups like the National Rifle Association.
Trump also helped do something else that Obama could not.
. He revived the Obama Coalition, the group of young voters, women and racial minorities that first put Obama in office.
. The 2018 midterms saw the largest voter turnout among the youth in some time.
. The prediction for the 2020 elections is that it will see the largest progressive turnout, some say since 1908.
Where to from here, staring into the Abyss
One commentator called the current political climate “a hideous loop of hate” and all sides of the political divide would agree with his words.
America’s drastically changing demographics, especially among under- eighteen year-olds, will only feed into this loop well into the future.
Did Republican Skeptics have it right from the start?
There has always been this skepticism in some Republican circles about the 2016 election of Donald Trump.
The pervasive question of ‘what’s the deal,’ is it to placate Conservatives in ‘throw the dog a bone’ style, in other words is it just an interlude, a temporary but deliberate change in direction toward the broader scheme of things.
The WikiLeaks revelations citing Madame Clinton’s appraisal of the Republican presidential frontrunners as Pied Piper candidates only seemed to confirm such misgivings, proving Trump, and other candidates, were tools to destroy the conservative wing of the party.
That sentiment still holds.
Shocker; a major conservative publisher switches sides
The Gateway Pundit, a conservative news website accused Matt Drudge of becoming the latest Never-Trump casualty, and loosing up to 200 000 subscribers in the process.
Drudge hasn’t come out yet but Gateway alleges his articles lean toward an increasingly Democratic bias with his latest offering claiming 52% now support the impeachment of President Trump which mirrors Nixon’s figures.