Today’s paragraphs come from the latest commentary by Victor Davis Hansen, writing for amgreatness.com.
Mr Hansen has taken notice of where the Democrat Party is traveling and who seems to be leading it in that direction. Based on that, er, intelligence, here is Mr. Hansen’s analysis of President Trump’s likely 2020 campaign strategy:
Trump in 2020 might have controversially slurred his future Democratic rival as a socialist, radical late-term abortion advocate, open borders chauvinist, a Medicare destroyer who wished to make it free for everyone, or wacko environmentalist intent on banning gas and diesel engines.
Now he won’t have to smear anyone: the Democrats have largely done that to themselves. Policy-wise the 2020 choice will be between Trump’s mostly doctrinaire conservatism, spiced with populist trade and immigration agendas, and what is a now a new Democrat orthodoxy of Bernie Sanders’ adolescent socialism and incoherent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Neverland something or other.
Trump legitimately will be able to say of a 2020 opponent, “Candidate X wants over the next 10 years to junk your present car, to scrap your combine, to stop your jet travel, to ban your cruise ship, to take away your lawn mower and snow blower, to outlaw your snowmobiles and jet skis, to shut down the fracking industry, the heavy equipment manufacturing sector (I doubt there will be a replacement battery-powered Cat D-11), the pipeline and rail business, and to make every homeowner an indebted remodeler, refitting his house while for all his green trouble and expense he still will be paying more for solar and wind-generated electricity.
Trump can legitimately also say to an independent or swing voter, “You may not like my tweets, but you will really won’t like infanticide, a 70 percent income tax, a diluted Medicare for everyone including those who have never paid a dime into the system, open borders, and guaranteed incomes for all.”
Could President Trump possibly run for re-election by making such loony-bin claims about the Democrat Party?
Probably not – if they were loony-bin claims.
But, based on the “New Green Deal” and how many Democrats have immediately signed onto it, those aren’t loony-bin claims at all. That is the Democrats’ loony-bin platform.
Victor Davis Hansen wins Paragraphs Of The Day honors for laying this out so clearly that the Trump campaign (assuming he runs for re-election – you never know) could probably lift it, verbatim and use it as a stump speech.