How bad was the showing for Democrats in this week’s debates?
Well, if you believe polling – in this case, the Rasmussen poll – there is an answer:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 25% of Likely U.S. Voters consider most of the announced candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination to be about the same as they are in political terms. Fifty-four percent (54%) say most of these candidates are more liberal than they are, while only 13% think they are more conservative.
Does it make sense that Democrat presidential candidates are so far from the mainstream of the country?
Politically speaking, yes it does – to an extent.
For the most part, the Democrat party is to the left of center. Since the 20 Democrat candidates we saw this week are vying for primary voters rather than the general electorate, and primary voters tend to disproportionately be hardliners, the political logic is veering left to win the nomination..then veering back toward the center for the general election.
But the missing piece in that strategy (apart from disassociating the campaign from what a candidate actually believes – a little something worth mentioning here) is that, to win today’s Democrat nomination, candidates have to veer so far left/so far from the center, it is hard to see them veering back in any credible way.
That is what you saw in the debates this week. Candidates – and I’m talking about the major ones, not the hangers-on – going full tilt to the left in a way that can alienate mainstream voters so completely there is no way to come back.
How, to cite just two examples, how do you come back from pledging to repeal the tax cuts put in place last year, and pledging to give “free” health care to illegal aliens?
Democrats have a problem. A huge problem. The eventual winner will – at least as things now stand – be running against an incumbent who has given us a booming economy, lower taxes, and is readjusting international trade deals in our favor.
What is the Democrat nominee’s answer going to be? “We’ll repeal your tax cuts and give free stuff to people who have no legal right to be here in the first place”?
Which side of that issue would you want to run on?