Conservatives aren’t the only ones who think the Democratic Party is moving way too far to the left. Even the party’s own insiders are warning that this is the case.
Swing-state voters won’t vote for a candidate who wants to initiate a gun grab, or shut down the fossil fuel industry. Sadly, these voices of reason may go unheard because, unlike Rep. Ocasio Cortez and other prominent far-left politicians, these individuals don’t have large social media platforms and tens of thousands of dollars to spend on advertising and campaigning for progressive causes.
Former Maryland Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney recently noted that Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other far-left candidates are essentially promoting a government takeover of the private economy. He also accurately noted that even many voters are happy with private health insurance, and won’t want to give it up for a plan that raises their taxes to give everyone healthcare.
Democrat Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who represents a Michigan district that President Trump won in 2016, ran for office on the idea that something needs to be done about climate change. Even so, she says that the Green New Deal takes matters too far. The plan mandates massive social change that really has nothing to do with reducing greenhouse gas emissions. She notes that the voters in her district are pragmatic by nature, and have voiced their concerns that the Democrat Party is leaning too far to the left.
Swing-state voters, on the other hand, aren’t as polite as moderate Democratic Party members. Many of these voters are registered Democrats, but have said that they voted for President Trump in 2016, and would most likely do so again in 2020.
When journalists recently interviewed a group of Pennsylvania workers, one man complained that it seemed like every Democratic presidential candidate wanted his gun. Others noted that the Green New Deal, which has been embraced by almost everyone running, would be disastrous for the region if it ever became law. They pointed to the recent construction of a massive petrochemical plant nearby, noting that it employs thousands of workers who would most likely be out of a job if the Green New Deal became law. Only one voter said that he was interested in Sen. Elizabeth Warren, but took his statement back when colleagues pointed out she would have to raise taxes on middle-class voters.
Democrat activists working to win over these voters are trying to get candidates to focus on jobs and education instead of pie-in-the-sky socialist dreams, but it’s unlikely that they’ll be successful.
The Democratic Party seems intent on moving as far to the left as possible in the hope that doing so will somehow enable it to regain the White House and the Senate. However, those who are paying attention realize that this move is a massive mistake that will almost certainly lead to President Trump winning another term in 2020.