Howie Carr wrote a column the other day called “There’s a Reason The Call Them Dumbocrats. “ Howie is the radio guy who used to read police reports with Hispanic names and play Mexican music in the background in this not so subtle way of suggesting to his mainly white audience that Hispanics were criminals. In his column he referred to individual Democratic elected representatives, highlighting as you’d expect Muslim, Hispanic and black women. Racism anyone?
Is Howie going to reproduce D. W. Griffith’s racist movie the “Birth of a Nation?” Apparently he is close to doing it pointing out where someone of color or of a non-Judeo/Christian misspoke. His biggest libel on the Democrats is his statement: “Given the Democrats’ sordid record with the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow, massive resistance, etc.,” That is, of course, written for those illiterates who have no understanding of American history. Those Democrats that were involved in those sordid policies all left the Democratic Party and became Republicans. They may have changed their stripes but not their beliefs. I suggest there is not one Republican of Lincoln’s time, especially the radicals, who would recognize today’s Republican Party. Howie, of course, depends on his dumb audience not to know that.
I have a different reason for suggesting the Democrats may be dumb. It comes from what happened recently at a Democratic caucus meeting. Apparently up to two dozen Democrats voted with the Republicans on a couple of occasions when they submitted amendments to bills that were about to be enacted. Most of these Democrats are from swing districts, one of those rare Congressional districts. People in Massachusetts would be unaware of those areas where candidates of either party have a chance of being elected
Under the Republican Rule never did a Republican vote on an amendment the Democrats proposed. Republicans deeply fear bolting from the heavy hand of its leadership. Perhaps, that is why the Republicans in the House became a minority in sticking with the Party’s blind support of Trump. The swing-district Democrats told Speaker Pelosi that they came to Congress to represent their home districts and those amendments were what their constituents would want enacted.
During the Democratic caucus one of its members, the new media heart-throb, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman Democrat and noted spokesperson for the far left of the party spoke up. Apparently Pelosi said nothing when she suggested to the swing district Democrats that they better fall in line or else she will have other candidates run against them in the primaries. I’m sure they thought as she was saying that: “it was hard enough for me a moderate Democrat to win my district, there is absolutely no chance anyone from the far left to do it.” They had to wonder if Ocasio-Cortez had any idea what she was talking about.
Fortunately House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina split with Speaker Pelosi. They “suggested that moderate members can vote with Republicans if they think it will improve their political standing.” Both long-term members of the Democratic Party and Congress they recognized something neither Speaker Pelosi or Ocasio-Cortez apparently appreciate which is they are in the majority in the House because they won the swing districts.
The Democrats will become Dumbocrats if they don’t understand that simple fact. Those progressive and far left Democrats in Congress are coming from safe districts. Their constituents would vote for Mac the Dog if he had a D after his name. If the Democrats want to stay in the majority they have to stop the tug of the far left and anchor themselves closer to the middle. If they don’t, not only will they lose the house they’ll keep Trump as president.
I’ve mentioned before that Ocasio-Cortez defeated an old white Irish guy in a majority Hispanic district which was surrounded by Hispanic districts represented by Hispanics. Had the candidate been a Hispanic conservative then he or she would also have won. There is no stomach in this country for the far left programs advocated by her. The way she acted at the Democratic caucus with her demand for progressive purity from all members and her threat to out and shame them brought back memories of the Duma in Russia where the Bolsheviks also demanded purity of belief.