political signs are pointing toward a dystopian, totalitarian
political future for the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, it looks
like a slow-moving political suicide - where it will unwittingly
promote a Republican autocrat (likely Donald Trump) back into power.
The Party’s polarized factions apparently cannot see themselves
headed toward a cliff.
Pramila Jayapal is still prancing rather than leading the House’s
Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC); and Rep. Alexandra
Ocasio-Cortez - ‘head of the Squad’ - is still supporting
the Justice Democrats (a group dedicated to ousting House Democrats
who do not back their political positions).
Democrats are leaving the fractious Democratic caucus, including
Democrats who wield power, chair important House committees, and
possess the House’s institutional memory and have had past
success working with Republicans - Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX),
G.K. Butterfield and David Price (NC), John Yarmuth (KY), and Ron
Kind (WI). Their combined tenures exceed 100 years.
disgusted with the political behavior of their colleagues, because of
their loyalty to Speaker Pelosi and the Party, most have remained
quiet about their angst over the self-inflicted wounds to the Party
by its own members. We have seen these political implosions before:
Herbert Hoover and the Republican Party in 1932 during the
Depression, Lyndon Baines Johnson and Hubert Humphrey in 1968 during
the Viet Nam War, Richard Nixon in 1974 after Watergate, and Jimmy
Carter in 1980 after the Iran crisis.
Pelosi scheduled to leave the Speakership and the House in 2022, and
possibly her top lieutenants, Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn doing the
same, the Democratic Caucus will be in chaos. There will be no one
around to herd the recalcitrant Democratic cats.
House’s leftist insurgency will make a determined bid for those
positions, if they are open or not, causing additional Democratic
frictions and paving a clearer path for a Republican takeover which
is already predicted by nearly all the polls and political analysts
following these races. The Senate’s Democratic Whip, Dick
Durbin, has already written the House off as flipping to Republicans.
the power shift occurs, the Republicans will immediately rush to
implement voting, electoral, and justice Apartheid that will parallel
that of South Africa prior to 1992 and assign minorities to even more
segregated spaces than they are in today. Election outcomes will be
preordained (as in Russia), America will devolve to a police state,
and the funding for public schools will collapse as these school
systems will serve over 90 percent+ low-income, ethnic minority
students. Suffering and injustice will proliferate.
is the future that the CPC and other left-leaning and politically
naïve Democrats will bring about, many of whom are in their
first four terms in the House. They are on the brink of alienating
Democratic voters who gave them the out-sized support and allegiance
that enabled them to take control of all three branches of the
elected federal government in 2020.
disturbing is the fact that these same Democrats have, perhaps
unintentionally, sabotaged the presidency of Joe Biden. No matter how
hard he has worked to bring Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten
Sinema (D-AZ) on board to support most of his progressive
legislation, CPC Democrats and their allies could not contain
themselves and accept a win.
CPC and Rep. Jayapal somehow concluded that they could pressure the
two Senators by appealing to the small liberal constituencies in
their respective states without recognizing that they had strong core
bases of support. This is especially the case for Sen. Manchin who
won reelection in 2018 after Trump won West Virginia with 68.5% of
the vote in 2016, his largest share of the vote in any state. That
Manchin won reelection two years later is a testament to his
political fit with the state’s citizenry.
Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Cori Bush, Ritchie
Torres, Mondaire Jones, Antonio Delgado, other ethnic minorities, and
liberal House members are following the CPC, and like Susan Sarandon
and Geena Davis in the 1991 movie, Thelma
are headed into an abyss. Democrats are confident that they are on
the right track - to nowhere.
the history of this period gets written, it will conclude that the
Democrats willingly and unflinchingly handed political power to the
Republicans without a whimper. Democratic strategists are
unobtrusively spreading the rumor that Biden will not run in 2024 and
criticizing the leadership of Vice President Kamala Harris to cut her
off at the political knees and open up a lane for Sen. Elizabeth
Warren to run for president in 2024.
their collective opinion, Progressives will ascend to power without
the annoying interference of Democratic centrists and moderates. But
in the end, the CPC and its allies may wind up on the same autocratic
plantation as the Democrats who went along with them.