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OPINION: Untold Truths – What Democrats Know, But Won’t Say

democrats democrat flag democrats communists nation partyIn the wake of Super Tuesday, five important truths ring clear.  Democrats and the media will not discuss them, but here they are.

First, “young” and “new” voters are not turning out for these Democrat primaries and caucuses.  Unlike both Obama elections, young Americans are uninspired by Democrat choices.  Sanders – who touts a “young” following – flopped, falling behind in delegates.  Biden, more interested in race than age, lost the young too.

On the numbers, young turnout (ages 18 to 29) was down 16 percent from 2016, for example, in New Hampshire – which was less than 2012 and 2008.  The number is emblematic.  Three inferences follow:  Perhaps the Socialist manifesto of Sanders and Warren (who just dropped) is not so exciting.  Or maybe young voters are not pumped to elect a 78-year-old Sanders or a 77-year-old Biden, who forgets where he is half the time, and the other half, forgets what to say.

Or maybe, just maybe, low turnout among young Democrats reveals something else.  Maybe they see a better, more promising and diverse job market – read: brighter future – under the Trump-led economy.  Free stuff is great, but not as satisfying as a good, solid, well-paying job.  Older Americans already vote more conservative; maybe younger ones will too.

Second, the best Democratic candidates never ran.  The Democrat Party today offers no Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Henry “Scoop” Jackson, Sam Nunn, or reasonable, competent, seasoned, smart, respectful and centrist candidate.  They did not run. Those possibilities got sidelined by an angry mob.

The Democratic Party, after Trump’s 2016 victory, chose the low road – seeking to delegitimize an elected president, in part because so many expected jobs in a Clinton Administration.  Losing is bad enough; losing when you expected a job is worse.  Even the defunct candidate cannot keep quiet.  She rips into the Democratic field with strange, misplaced glee.  Her time is over, and she does not know it.

The Angry Bird Party then reshaped to become unapologetically partisan, less about America – our history, exceptionalism, positive and optimistic temperament – than about “getting” Trump.  That strategic choice, made four years ago November, was an error.  Many know it now but won’t say so.

An anger-riven, radicalized Democratic Party became a misguided missile, taking forays into a spurious “Russia collusion probe” – that came up empty; then launching a partisan impeachment, which revealed Democrat disdain for due process; finally embracing Socialism – an agnostic “Hail Mary” pass thrown backwards, toward the old Soviet Union.  These stratagems were abject failures.

What the Democratic Party cannot admit, but would be well to, is that these choices were poor – and devastating to the party.  They rested on negative motivation – toppling an elected president mid-term, creating a contrast so sharp, stark and indefensible that most Americans cannot give it a second look.  Low Democratic primary turnout reflects disinterest in candidates, exhaustion with anger.  It also foreshadows low Democratic voter turnout – young and older – in November.

Third, while national media play the horserace between leftist Sanders and doddering Biden, something profound is happening.  The Democratic Party is splitting, creating an ideological fissure within the ranks that is unlikely to heal by November.

Sanders supporters sense they are again being sideswiped by Democratic insiders.  Debate rules were altered to permit rich-man-moderate Mike Bloomberg on stage, before he dropped.  Old Biden surrogates are appearing to coyly suggest Sanders is a nut, Biden cogent enough to lead.

The effect of this sudden bidding-up of Biden is having an effect.  Maine offers an example.  Biden pulled off an uncelebrated upset in that primary, turning a 20-point deficit into a curious if shallow primary victory.  The Anyone-But-Sanders crowd turned out to beat the Anyone-But-Biden crowd.  Not great motivation for a unified November turnout.

What many Democrats know is that Sanders voters will not support Biden, nor Biden voters rollover and support Socialist Sanders.  Chances are better for nailing Jell-O to a wall.  Neither camp has any love for the other, and both have portions more inclined to vote Trump – as many Sanders voters did in 2016 – than salute smartly for a flailing candidate they disdain.

Fourth, the outpouring of love for Biden this week reveals a certain cynicism in Washington.  What it says – without expressly saying so – is:  We all know Old Joe is only half with us, but if he wins, we get gifts.  We get rid of Trump, jobs in a Biden Administration, reinstatement of establishment liberals, end the Sanders Socialist schtick, and get a younger candidate in 2024.  The bond is weak, but that’s the motivation in a nutshell.

Finally, this week – amid sloshing between giddy Socialists and Biden boosters – we know another fact.  Beyond low voter turnout, especially among the young; beyond having no reasoned, seasoned candidate; beyond deep ideological party fissures; and beyond the pivot to Biden, there is one additional reality.

Every time an attack on Trump is launched, lands and fails, Trump’s prospects in November get stronger.  The more times false information is lofted, and rejected, the more people turn to what they know – for sure.  What is that?  The US economy is flying high, 401(k)s, 529s, prospects for job growth, investment and retirement income, low inflation and projected returns.  The border is more secure, national security stronger, Supreme Court and federal bench less activist.  In the end, as dust settles, the real winner this week may have been Donald Trump.

Robert Charles is a former assistant secretary of state for President George W. Bush, former naval intelligence officer and litigator. He served in the Reagan and Bush 41 White Houses, as congressional counsel for five years, and wrote “Narcotics and Terrorism” (2003) and “Eagles and Evergreens” (2018), the latter on WWII vets in a Maine town.

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7 months ago

I totally agree with what you say, BUT, we cannot for one moment relax and assume a Trump victory is a done deal. Every person in this country who truly cares MUST get out and vote and encourage others to do the same.
I don’t trust the democrats, and I know there will be dirty dealings from now until November. We must be vigilant and fight back.

The Freezing Senior
7 months ago

Then I’ll say it.
The words DEMOCRATS and truths should NEVER be used in the same sentence
as they have nothing in common.

GBA/KAG #TRUMP2020 – Deus Vult !

7 months ago

Lets hope the Dems continue to trash Trump which only serves to make him stronger and stronger. Trump trashing will continue and that is a key assurance that he is re-elected. The dems twisted election rules every way possible to allow Bloomberg to run but he could not stand the kitchen more than 3 weeks. Pitiful. How do rich fools such as Bloomberg, Soros, and Steyer continue to throw quadra-billions at anti-Trumpism with no result ? It makes one wonder how they become successful businessmen. Lets see now. I pick a Communist delerict or a senile has-been. Thats all you… Read more »

Lawrence Greenberg
7 months ago

“Untold Truths – What Democrats Know, But Won’t Say” The Democrats won’t speak of, or even admit to themselves, one very profound truth: there is no more Democrat Party. Over the last three or four decades, the Democrat Party, never any friend to this nation or its citizens, has morphed into The New Communist Party of the USA. They have been doing everything possible to hide this and remain in denial, and that is why they are so deathly afraid that Bernie will win the nomination, because if that happens, they know that their lies and denials will no longer… Read more »

Diana Collins
7 months ago

This sounds spot on! Well put and substantiated by actual events. Can you imagine “President Biden” trying to overwhelm and manage G. Putin? What a joke. Putin would stop “President Sanders” with, ” We know pure socialism does not work , so back off.”
The only MAN running is President Trump!

Diane O
7 months ago

Interesting article and to the point. My only concern with the Democrats is who will be chosen for Biden’s running mate. The young voters may become “inspired” to get more involved by a younger popular running mate (even if not really qualified for such a position). I’m not sure who they could pull out of the woodwork tho……. Michelle? ….then the Obamas are back….( but it looks like they’re enjoying their Hollywood friends too much to get back in the thick of it)…..or who else?? Otherwise, TRUMP 2020. Hopefully, the anticipated House and Senate changes will make it easier on… Read more »

7 months ago

The two leading democrat candidates in the primary leave me concerned: In Biden’s case it is that when he was in the state legislature there, some residents in Delaware referred to him as NATO. That stood for No Action, Talk Only. Is it possible that thus far in the primary, NATO JOE has only done what he does best . . . talk? In the case of Sanders, his socialist philosophy scares me but what concerns me more is that the man has had a heart attack within the last year. If he were to have another as president, he… Read more »

7 months ago

An independent filmmaker should produce a spy thriller about the sleepers created and currently being used in the USA by relics of the old USSR Communist faction. It might open the eyes of our youth, who hav e no need forhistory.

7 months ago

While true the democrats remain relentless for control and share a deep hatred for Trump. It’s not unreasonable to connect dots and believe they may have cut a deal with China to release the coronavirus, reduce world population to counter climate change while destroying the economy to defeat Trump. They have no positive campaign planks.

Mike Lantz
7 months ago

Also the voter counts was significantly higher in uncontested Republican primaries. For instance President Trump got more primary votes in Texas than all the democrats combined. That does not bide well fir whoever the dems put up against Trump.

Darlene Dennison
7 months ago

Well written and easy to follow. Thank you

el Dorko
7 months ago

They don’t know all that much and they hate a lot.

7 months ago

The Democratic Party relies upon the so called poor or uneducated voter for their support. The good economy, inclusive of both Blacks and Latinos, has taken away the steam, if not the base, of their Party. Today, anybody can get a job, if they want it. That includes the self-imposed homeless that prefer to camp out on the streets of San Francisco and other major cities. I used to feel sorry for the “homeless” man who sat at a stoplight with a sign looking for handouts. No more, as 99% of them I feel are capable of getting a job.

7 months ago

It should also be pointed out that it was former President Obama that was making phone calls to get candidates out of the Democrat’s primary to help ensure Biden gets the bid and Obama keeps control of the NDP.

Alida Tompkins
7 months ago

Very well spoken and clearly to the point!

Joy Bostian
7 months ago

Great article!

Bob De Line
7 months ago

What they are not saying is just as, if not more than, what they do say. Obama was willing to surrender our sovereignty; we can expect a big push by either Democratic candidate to follow through on this should the Democrats win the White House. The media knows this, too, and is keeping mum about it.

Robert Knapp
7 months ago

This is why I am a member of AMAC. Articles that are factual and to the point without any crap. Today the Washington Post main story was TRUMP insults the governor of Washington. Big deal he has been a thorn in Trump’s side since he took office. No one is saying anything about Chuck Schumer and his threats on the Supreme Court. He thinks he is God or something.

7 months ago

Losers all vote democrat. The biggest losers vote socialist. The democrats and democrat socialists are totally worthless losers with absolutely nothing to offer America except Venezuelan style Marxist garbage.

Martie Ferguson
7 months ago

right on point!

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