The damage done to the Democratic party is driving people away in droves
For the past four years, the national story about the Republican Party has been that President Donald Trump has damaged it, if not destroyed it; that it is in utter disarray and rife with internal dissension; that its voters are fleeing; and that the party must distance itself from Trump if it is to survive (with more pessimistic commentators predicting that it will not survive, no matter what).
But I hear far less discussion about the damage that's being done to the Democratic Party.
For most of my life, I've lived in parts of the country that lean strongly Democrat, and I've worked in an overwhelmingly Democratic profession (academia) for nearly 30 years. The Democratic voters I know are cops, teachers, firefighters, professionals and business owners. They are patriots and parents. They love this country. They are devoted to their families and communities, supporters of law enforcement and the military. And, yes, they strongly support equality and civil rights (as do my Republican, Libertarian and Independent friends and colleagues).
They love the Democratic Party they know from their past. But the Democratic Party I am seeing these days does not represent them anymore. It has been wholesale hijacked. And while some see it, many don't.
The most critical problem facing the Democratic Party is the lack of a core message. Other than despising Trump -- and being willing to do anything to get rid of him -- what does it stand for?
While Democrats still bill themselves as representing "the little guy," the party abandoned those voters years ago. Bill and Hillary Clinton bear much of the blame for this; their lust for money led the Democratic Party to pander to big-money interests on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley and even in foreign countries. This shift in position has filtered down to the press, which used to expose corruption but has become the Democratic National Committee's de facto propaganda arm, with all that entails. Consider the protection given by the media to Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein and Ed Buck, for example -- all big Democratic pals, donors and fundraising bundlers.
More ominously, the Democratic Party has allowed itself to be infiltrated by Marxists and other extremist groups whose intentions are expressly to dismantle the American political and economic systems. They have embraced activists from the antifa and Black Lives Matter movements, thinking that this will pull more voters to the party. The DNC apparently assumes it can exploit the protests, unrest and violence for its electoral purposes and then turn them off like a spigot if/when it wins the White House and Congress.
This is a dangerous game and likely wrong.
To the extent anyone's asking about the Democratic Party, it's "What will happen if the Democrats lose in November?" But the real question is, "What will happen if they win ?"
The answer is that all these splinter groups the party has courted will expect their payoffs.