What Do Democrats Stand For?
Not much, other than being against Trump if you look at a wide variety of polls. Even 44% of those who identify as Democrats think the party is out of touch with people’s concerns. In short, the party has no identity. Its become less of a party and more an anti-Republican fund raising organization. These numbers have been around for some time, but they’re lost on party leadership, even so-called progressives such as Warren and Sanders. Both continue to oppose any “litmus test” or “purity test” to support a Democrat running against a Republican. In fact, Warren said so just this week.
The reason always given is that imposing any degree of standards on party members makes it too hard to find candidates that can win elections in Republican strongholds. Never mind that this lack of identity is one of the very reasons the party has been losing elections. Never mind that the real problem is lack of turnout for the Democrats. The percentage of no shows to vote in the 2016 elections dwarfed the tiny percentage of votes that switched from Republican to Democrat, yet that is the bloc that Democrats continue to pursue, religiously.
Pick any issue and you can find Democrats on either side and who vote that way. Nothing exemplifies this more than the 2016 campaign with Clinton promising that she would would not support pending trade deals. Meanwhile, Obama, the head of her own party, was pushing hard for them, even knowing, as he surely must have, that it played right into Trump’s hands. No wonder voters wondered where Democrats stood on this issue and so many others. No wonder so many Dems just gave up and stayed home.
Trump is leaving a huge void in the electorate, but Democrats still cling to their desperate “anything goes, just bring money” thinking to fill it. Party leadership seems far more concerned about not appearing controversial in the eyes of their corporate and billionaire voters than about what their own rank and file members need and want. Trump doesn’t need to expand his base to win in 2020, he just needs Democrats to continue down their soulless path and, so far, party leadership is obliging.