As the official heads of the Democratic Party, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will be in general charge of the party until about this time next year. Then a nominee will crawl out of the primary ooze and make their power felt amongst the various malcontents, authoritarian socialists, and Frankfurt School Marxists who comprise the majority of the disloyal opposition.
As such, the duo will have a lot of say in what the tactics and strategy are going into the contest. Given the economy may still be robust and the much vaunted congressional hearings will likely be an ineffectual yawnfest, where do they go for a message?
Barring a war or another headline-grabbing event, if current trends continue Trump is on his way to a win. So Pelosi and Schumer are faced with two sad options. One, just give the thing to Bernie, let him get his ass kicked, and be done with him. Or retreat into fantasy and let the shrill PC warriors have their way and emphasize identitarian issues only important to the margins of society. There is a third option. Nominating a relatively traditional candidate like Biden, giving the second slot to the winsome Tulsi Gabbard (who the press would go wild over and the GOP would be hard-pressed to portray as a complete loon), and running towards the middle where victory resides. Probably still lose, but they would set Gabbard up strong for 2024.
But Joe is too white, old, garbled, male, and moderate and Tulsi is not Bolshie enough. Thus, they will go with door number two and go full-bore SJW. Though, keep your eye on Gabbard. She could surprise.
Even though pros and honchos will warn against steering loony left, the PC base who fights for issues not remotely important to average Americans has a stranglehold on the party and will permit nothing else. Pelosi and Schumer know this is a dumb move but have no choice. If they tried to inject pragmatism into the message they’d be ideologically lynched by their own counterfeit Robespieres. This is evidenced by a majority of the declared candidates now playing a game where one goes far left and another sees them and then raises by going farther towards the distant frontiers of sanity.
No one gets around to my left, seems to be the battle cry. That the electorate is nowhere near that ground does not phase them, engorged as they are by their own words and echo chambers in the press and party. Just for the primaries, you say. Any one of them will run towards the center after they get the nod. And risk a revolt from Dem Trots and Tankies who run the party base? Not on your life.
Plus, they actually believe that stuff.
So next fall expect the president to be talking about the economy, national security, and law and order. Expect the Dems to be talking about reparations for mollusks that lost out in the evolutionary cycle and the abolishment of all municipal police forces, to be replaced by citizen committees of “social safety monitors” who would report directly to the DNC.
Ask me again next October.