Best Column I've Read in a Long time

George KGeorge K Super ModeratorPosts: 10,208 Senior Member

By David Brooks, one of the Times' resident Republicans. It's worth reading in full.

"I could never in a million years vote for Donald Trump. So my question to Democrats is: Will there be a candidate I can vote for?

According to a recent Gallup poll, 35 percent of Americans call themselves conservative, 35 percent call themselves moderate and 26 percent call themselves liberal. The candidates at the debates this week fall mostly within the 26 percent. The party seems to think it can win without any of the 35 percent of us in the moderate camp, the ones who actually delivered the 2018 midterm win.

The progressive narrative is dominating in part because progressives these days have a direct and forceful story to tell and no interest in compromising it. It’s dominating because no moderate wants to bear the brunt of progressive fury by opposing it...

... (Democrats) are good at pointing to Trump’s cruelties, especially toward immigrants. They are good at describing the ways he is homophobic and racist. But the rest of the moral case against Trump means hitting him from the right as well as the left.

A decent society rests on a bed of manners, habits, traditions and institutions. Trump is a disrupter. He rips to shreds the codes of politeness, decency, honesty and fidelity, and so renders society a savage world of dog eat dog. Democrats spend very little time making this case because defending tradition, manners and civility sometimes cuts against the modern progressive temper...

...Right now we’ve got two parties trying to make moderates homeless."

Keep your stinkin' government hands off my Medicare.


  • sherbsherb Senior Member Posts: 4,567 Senior Member

    Second, there is the economy. All of the Democrats seem to have decided to run a Trump-style American carnage campaign. The economy is completely broken. It only benefits a tiny sliver. Yet in a CNN poll, 71 percent of Americans say that the economy is very or somewhat good. We’re in the longest recovery in American history and the benefits are finally beginning to flow to those who need them most. Overall wages are rising by 3.5 percent, and wages for those in the lowest pay quartile are rising by well over 4 percent, the highest of all groups.

    Bad news for the dems. Actually, its bad news for any challenger, really.

  • creekyguycreekyguy Posts: 361 Senior Member

    I think Dems can compete on economic fairness issues (particularly Warren) and on foreign policy issues. He is nowhere close to getting any substantial results, has hurt many workers, And has put us at risk of war. But the outrage against Trump has caused the focus of the media to be on the left and complaints about border issues and minority rights, all of which failed in 2016. If the Dems don't try to recapture working class whites, they will likely fail. That means backing Biden or one of the younger moderate dems.

  • George KGeorge K Super Moderator Posts: 10,208 Senior Member

    Yesterday on PBS Brooks repeated his 35-35-26 % observation, and I think he is correct.

    Watching these intransigent lefty Dems - with whom I agree on a lot of things - I cannot help but believe that many of them have forgotten the tried and true axiom that politics is the art of the possible. They seem to think it is the art of choosing a hill to die on.

    Keep your stinkin' government hands off my Medicare.
  • fishingcomicfishingcomic Senior Member Posts: 25,020 Senior Member

    Tell me how much is 3.5% of $10. / hour? And how many of those got nothing at all. We were promised $4k more a year.

    'I've spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still.'" Ronald Reagan

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