If the rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, and other progressive politicians didn’t already have the Democratic Party looking nervously into the future, the outcome of New York’s primaries on Thursday should surely do the trick. While Gov. Andrew Cuomo handily overcame a socialist challenge from actress Cynthia Nixon’s, his was one of the few triumphs of “moderate” liberalism against the far-left in the state. Elsewhere in the election, 6 fringe candidates proved that in 2018, democratic socialism is on the menu. At least in places like New York…
From the New York Times:
Years of anger at a group of Democratic state senators who had collaborated with Republicans boiled over on Thursday, as primary voters ousted nearly all of them in favor of challengers who had called them traitors and sham progressives.
The losses were not only a resounding upset for the members of the Independent Democratic Conference, who outspent their challengers several times over, but also a sign that the progressive fervor sweeping national politics had hobbled New York’s once-mighty Democratic machine, at least on a local level.
Whatever this might mean for local New York politics, it is a dreadful sign for anyone who wants the Democratic Party to regain power in Washington. In other words: it’s fantastic news. Let’s put it plainly: these democratic socialists and their “ban ICE,” give away free college, free healthcare, fight the patriarchy, Antifa nonsense don’t cut it once you move three miles inland from the coast. Dead. In. The. Water. At a time when the Democratic Party’s only chance of success is to move to the middle, they are losing their party to the nutjobs on the far left. And they have only themselves to blame for this slow-motion catastrophe.
This is what happens when you pander to the college crazies who have been upending campus life in California and New England. This is what happens when you uncritically praise and support a terrible movement like Black Lives Matter. This is also what happens when you go balls-to-the-wall for a corrupt establishment candidate whose only recommendation for the White House was that she was a woman. The Democrats have gently and eagerly courted the far left for years, and now they are reaping what they have sowed.
Judging by the current landscape, there’s a better-than-even chance that the Democrats will nominate an extreme leftist for the presidency in 2020.
Hope ya like the look of those gold curtains in the Oval…