(RightWing.org) – The last year has not been kind to Democrats. They failed to convince Americans that they stand for making people’s lives better and creating real opportunities for people to get ahead. Instead, the country was stuck with Democratic infighting over President Joe Biden’s semi-socialist Build Back Better proposal that would have raised taxes, increased the welfare state, blew a bigger hole in the federal deficit, and created more inflationary pressures.
Unfortunately for Democrats, divisions are growing now that we’re in the primary season. The new developments are profound and threaten the future of the Democratic Party. That’s excellent news. However, over the weekend, that’s not what the liberal media wanted to focus on. Instead, they pointed at the Republican Party in an effort to salvage the Left’s unfolding nightmare.
AOC Heads to Texas to Oppose Moderate Democrats
While Democrats try to move on from the disaster of 2021, they just can’t seem to make a clean getaway. In September, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told Progressives if they want to cancel his vote, they would need to elect more Progressives to the Senate. Well, that may not be feasible. Still, on Friday, February 4, Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is dispatching herself to south Texas to try and elect far-left progressives over moderate Democrats to the House.
Good luck. South Texas Hispanics are trending Republican. If AOC is successful in primarying moderate Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), she could be playing right into the GOP’s hands. It’s a great thing for Conservatives that she isn’t wise enough to analyze districts and their makeup. Ultimately, she could help Republicans take back the House, as all they need is to pick up five seats.
If the GOP wanted to have some fun, they could greet AOC’s plane at the airport with signs welcoming her to the Lone Star state and thanking her for the help.
Still, what AOC’s visit to Texas symbolizes is the widening rift between Progressives and Democratic centrists. That kind of symbolism only sharpens the GOP message that Democrats are no longer interested in talking to the majority of Americans. After all, only 25% of Americans identify as Liberals. A whopping 71% identify as Conservatives (36%) or Moderates (35%).
Schumer Is Clueless on How to Unite Senate Democrats
Further exacerbating the Democrats’ electoral problems, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) can’t unite Democrats under his failed leadership. Instead of working with Manchin last summer and fall, Schumer all but ignored him. Well, kind of… last summer the majority leader asked Manchin what he could agree on. Manchin provided a list, signed it, and so did Schumer.
What did Schumer do? He hid it from President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). When they kept calling out Manchin, he finally told them to talk publicly with Schumer about their agreement. They were blindsided by Schumer’s withholding of Manchin’s agreement with him. Ultimately, it created a significant rift over a lack of trust between both the Democratic leadership and Progressives.
How bad are things between Schumer and Manchin?
Schumer is refusing to say if he would endorse Manchin in 2024. That’s an unheard-of move by a Senate party leader.
It gets more interesting… On Sunday, Manchin endorsed Republican incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). When was the last time a Democrat endorsed a Republican? One would have to go back to President George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign when several moderate-right Democrats backed Bush over then-Sen. John Kerry (D-MA).
While the Democratic base is in shambles and the party is deeply divided, the GOP is picking up momentum. Republicans welcome the Democratic infighting. The media will continue to strike a narrative about Republicans, Trump, and January 6 as the party unites. While it may hurt some Republicans with voters, will it be enough to overcome the Left’s radical agenda and their failed attempts to transform America’s economy, society, and government?
Will the socialist, progressive playbook backfire?
It would seem to anyone observing that it’s better to be in the GOP’s position than the Democrats’. Still, there is only one way to end the long-term divisions in America caused largely by the Progressives and Socialists. Voters must defeat them at the polls as often and as much as possible — once and for all.
Only then will the other extreme divisive issues subside.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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