Tara Reade: The reason Democrats lost is breathtakingly obvious
The reason Democrats are losing public support is not because of identity politics, progressives, Covid, the struggling economy, failing infrastructure, or even Donald Trump.
As someone who worked for the American Democratic Party and drank all the Kool-Aid – even giving it to others – I can tell you definitively that they do not need the Republicans to make them lose; the art of self-destruction seems embedded in the ethos of the party.
The basic lack of collective self-reflection is obvious in the media duck-and-cover after every crushing election loss.
It is astounding that even with the majority in the House, Senate, and the White House, Democrats still appear as losers, unable to pass legislation about animal welfare, much less tax reform. The bold left calls to tax billionaires became watered-down defensive bleats at Senator Joe Manchin’s yacht. The limousine liberals with all those wealth tax ideas threw all of those out along with the campaign literature after securing their seats in Congress.
🔴BREAKING: Blanca, an AZ immigrant youth confronts @SenatorSinema inside her classroom, where she teaches @ ASU. "in 2010 both my grandparents got deported bc of SB1070...my grandfather passed away 2 wks ago & I wasn't able to go to Mexico bc there is no pathway to citizenship." pic.twitter.com/JDZYY2fOD2— LUCHA Arizona (@LUCHA_AZ) October 3, 2021
The political troll farms light up on protection patrol for the status quo, fueling more divides and general chaos. All of this leads to where things stand now.
Democrats are losing because the lack of leadership led them to break campaign promises, lie to voters, and get nothing done. They are losing because they have to spend so much energy and money protecting the elites in the party from the exposure of their unchecked corruption.
The sexual misconduct by the former governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, and Biden are patterns well worn in the Clinton tradition, which is haunting the party who waved the MeToo banner and marched with ‘pussyhats’, apparently in between visits to Epstein’s island.
The hypocrisy is breathtaking and catching up fast, as even the corporate media is having to report more out about the elite’s nasty malfeasances.
If you're tweeting about Cuomo but gave Biden a free pass, it's not about the principles, it's about the politics.#MeToo isn't there for your political convenience.— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) February 28, 2021
The Democratic Party’s wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing approach to politics has voters turning away. Ironically, most voters want to be sheep; they do not want to have to critically think, they want Ma and Pa media to tell them their world is taken care of by those certain politicians they elected.
It is not just the Democrats with corruption issues, of course. The Republicans have their own deep-seated challenges and infighting in all the same ways the Democrats do. But there is a difference: Republicans know their candidates are human and make mistakes, you get what you get. In contrast, Democrats are always claiming they own the moral high ground, and that is also less than endearing to most citizens. As even loyal Democrat pundit Van Jones stated, Democrats have indeed become annoying.
Van Jones says Democrats' problem is that they're annoying. Which, fair enough. pic.twitter.com/hUpP1Olh88— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 3, 2021
The sanctimonious positions leading the way to cancel culture are a cover for their own rotten core values. The whole thing has grown as tiresome as the anti-Russia narrative. American voters have real domestic concerns. They want healthcare, jobs with a living wage, freedom from educational debt, affordable housing, and solutions regarding climate change.
Conversely, the establishment Democrats are about protecting their own access to wealth and not investing in the base values of most of their own party.
The ‘Democratic’ party and its corrupt leaders keep saying they are “for the people” but all you have to do is check their FEC filings to see that it’s a lie. They are for Wall Street, Big Pharma, Big Oil, the military industrial complex & the billionaire class just like the GOP.— Ryan Knight ☭ (@ProudSocialist) August 16, 2021
As the world faces the climate change crisis, world leaders toss coins (oddly symbolic) for luck into an Italian fountain. Alarmingly, Covid-19 variants are spreading. All of this has led to distrust of systems. Citizens have lost confidence in the government’s ability to effectively solve problems.
There is a collective loss of faith by citizens with the American Congress and White House due to the gridlock of legislative movement. Meanwhile, the media feeds from the trough of political division. The empty promises made by the Democratic candidates in the 2020 campaign of paid family leave, forgiving student debt, and expanded Medicare for all made fools of voters that followed, for believing the election rhetoric once again and voting for the “lesser evil.” I think I can speak for my fellow citizens when I say we are all tired of wading in evil as we mark our ballots.
Why Democrats Lose (cont.)Just look at the ludicrous Build Bigger Billionaires "negotiations." Despite Dem control of two branches, the bill keeps shrinking and shrinking. From $10T to $1.75T."It's Manchin!" they yell. "It's Sinema!" "It's the Parliamentarian!"Please. pic.twitter.com/RSbpUZZzy3— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) November 3, 2021
Political tribalism is permeating the electorate so deeply that authenticity is lost behind the rhetoric to win with no substance involved. Democrats have a clear choice: continue to be disconnected from their voter bases and keep losing, or clean house at the leadership level.
Winter is coming, and then the midterms. Unless the Democrats stop blaming the symptoms and go for the cure, the 2022 midterm elections will be a bloodbath for their candidates.
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