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Trump has a secret weapon. It's called the Democratic Party.

Ruben Navarrette Jr. on

SAN DIEGO -- The Democratic Party is the gang that can't shoot straight.

The front-runners for the presidential nomination -- Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren -- are all defective in some way. In fact, they are all defective in the same way.

The defect fits a pattern of arrogance mixed with incompetence.

First, Democrats lose the 2016 presidential election because their nominee -- Hillary Clinton -- couldn't find her way to Rust Belt states like Michigan or Wisconsin. Having become the party of coastal elites, Democrats promised to roll up their sleeves and devise an economic plan for the working class. That never happened.

Next, Democrats spent three years pushing the narrative that the only reason Clinton lost to Donald Trump was because the Republican colluded with the Russians. This would be the same Clinton who, while serving as secretary of state, made a show of presenting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with a red "reset" button in March 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland. The point is, both parties have cozied up to Moscow.

Then, House Democrats impeached Trump for allegedly offering the Ukrainian government a quid pro quo in July 2019 if it would investigate Biden and his son. In the process, a story emerged about what happened a few years earlier when Biden said he would withhold aid from Ukraine unless it fired a certain prosecutor. Hecklers are calling out "quid pro Joe" at Biden rallies, and the former vice president has slipped in the polls in Iowa and New Hampshire.

 

Also, by not completing the process and sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi advances the notion that the whole circus was nothing more than an election-year stunt to depict Trump as morally deficient and unfit to serve as president. Clinton used that strategy in 2016. Rather than make the case for why she was the right person to be elected president, she spent most of her time arguing that Trump was the wrong person. How did that work out?

In the Democratic primary, the front-runners are all broken because they're cravenly inconsistent. The person they are in December doesn't match who they pretend to be in January. Who knows who they will be in February?

Warren became part of the top 1% by helping wealthy corporations make more money as a lawyer and consultant, and now she rails against the wealthy and targets Buttigieg for courting rich donors.

Nowhere are Democrats' inconsistencies clearer than with the sticky issue of immigration.

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