Today’s paragraph comes to us from the reliably leftward Democrat stalwart/Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen.
The first paragraph of Mr. Cohen’s latest commentary is an angst-ridden summary of how the Democrat Party, by lurching further and further to the extreme left, is wreaking havoc on his fervent wish that Donald Trump will be unseated in 2020.
Here, see for yourself:
I don’t quite know what a handbasket is, but the Democratic Party is in one headed toward electoral hell with its talk of socialism and reparations. Given a Republican incumbent who has never exceeded 50 percent in Gallup’s approval ratings poll, and who won the presidency thanks to a dysfunctional electoral college, the party is nevertheless determined to give Donald Trump a fair shot at reelection by sabotaging itself. In fact, it’s veering so far to the left it could lose an election in 1950s Bulgaria.
Now there is a man in agony.
Mr. Cohen’s comment about a “dysfunctional electoral college” is ridiculous to me, for reasons I’ve discussed here and there over the years (maybe I’ll do so again in the near future).
Regardless of what he, I or anyone else thinks of it, this is how presidents are elected, and have been for over 200 years. Therefore, in the immortal words of that great philosopher, Jimmy Durante, “Dems is da conditions dat prevail”. Heck, even Mrs. Calabash would agree. Wherever she is.
But, as Mr. Cohen correctly perceives, when there are almost a dozen Democrats vying for the presidential nomination by trying to out-left each other to the party’s hardline basis, what you get is the potential for electoral disaster.
And where are Chuck Schumer, and Dick Durbin, and Nancy Pelosi, and Steny Hoyer, and James Clyburn as it is happening? What hibernation colony are they all ensconced in?
When do they wake up and realize how this plays to voters – including a great many Democrat voters who already made it clear in 2016 that, if pushed, they have no problem voting for the other side?
Richard Cohen wins Paragraph Of The Day honors for understanding the dynamic that is unfolding right in front of his eyes…a dynamic that, it would seem, Democrat Party leadership remains oblivious to.