The deadly liberal delusion
polls, with 39 percent calling themselves moderates and 35 percent conservatives.
Add the nature of the American system: House members represent individual districts that are often gerrymandered to protect the party in power; each state gets two senators, no matter its size; and the Electoral College determines the president, not the popular vote.
The math is undeniable and unrelenting: Democrats cannot take back the White House or Congress simply by building up large majorities in Brooklyn and Boston.
Politics is always about addition, not subtraction. Condemning moderates as “collaborators” and “enablers” will condemn the party to permanent minority status.
Groups like We Will Replace You are directly connected to Bernism, the mass mania that infected liberals during the Democratic primaries. They deluded themselves into believing that a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist, mouthing totally unrealistic slogans like “free college tuition,” could actually win.
Sure, Sanders backed Clinton after the conventions, but he stayed in the primaries far too long and convinced far too many of his followers that she was a flawed candidate not worth voting for. Yes, Clinton was a poor candidate, but without a doubt, Sanders helped elect Trump. He Lincolnized Clinton.
The fallout from Bernism is not just bad for the Democrats; it’s bad for the country. Moderates like Manchin, Heitkamp and Donnelly are an essential part of a functioning Senate. They are the dealmakers, the conciliators, the lubricators who make the legislative machinery run. Their shrinking numbers help explain why the Senate is imploding over Gorsuch’s nomination to the high court.
In 2005, a group called the Gang of 14 — seven Democrats, seven Republicans — brokered a pact over judicial nominations that avoided a partisan showdown.
Only three of those 14 Senators, all Republicans, remain in office. All the Democrats are gone, including four moderates from red states: Robert Byrd of West Virginia, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.
There was no deal this year, comparable to the one forged 12 years ago, because there are so few dealmakers left.
If the Democrats forget Blanche Lincoln, if they insist on purging anyone who strays from liberal orthodoxy, they will misread — once again — the nature of the American electorate. And they will weaken, not strengthen, their ability to resist Trump.
Steve and Cokie Roberts can be contacted by email at stevecokie@gmail. com. “Just Plain Neat Information” supplied by local reader
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