James Carville, Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTwo years in, Trump’s re-elect ratings are quite similar to predecessors who won second terms The hoax is on us: Smollett exemplifies celebrity justice Cheer up, Democrats: The Mueller report is good news MORE’s political director, famously said, “It’s the economy, stupid,” in trying to bring laser focus to a winning message. As the Democrats ramp up for the next presidential election, to them, “It’s Trump, stupid!” The president is their one and only issue. Sure, he is abrasive and awkward, thin-skinned and often embarrassing, and any credible, experienced, articulate and slightly left-of-center Democratic candidate could seize the middle, attract independents and surely win. Which leads to the obvious question: Why are the Democrats blowing it so badly and launching themselves into hyperbolic, extremist space, which in all likelihood will lose them the White House?
Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersEndorsements? Biden can’t count on a flood from the Senate Trump unleashes on critics in fiery glimpse of 2020 campaign Poll: 84 percent of Dems don’t see race, gender as big 2020 factors MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump rally crowd hits Ocasio-Cortez with ‘AOC sucks’ chant in Michigan Warren, Ocasio-Cortez, tweet about lunch together Ocasio-Cortez blasts DeVos for saying she ‘loves’ the Special Olympics MORE (D-N.Y.) will not lead Democrats to the Promised Land. You can’t be both extreme and wrong. The “12-years-until-doomsday” speech won’t work for presidential candidates. For example, anyone who has actually read the five United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports knows several things.
First, these reports always express certainty. Second, they drastically change “certainties” and predictions from report to report — the science is anything but “settled.” Third, they do not say that “time’s up” in 12 years; they say that we need to begin to reduce carbon emissions after 12 years. That means the premise of the Green New Deal is nonsense. Fourth, there is not universal, scientific consensus on the assertions in the changing IPCC reports. And fifth, it is very rude to ask presidential candidates, or “environmentalist” dinner party guests, if they have actually read these reports.
The other problem with the candidates is that they overuse the word “existential.” Never ask if they’ve read Sartre or Camus and understand that a central existential principle is that you need to be authentic. Making massively incorrect assertions, drawing hyperbolic conclusions, and proposing ways to wreck a very well-running American system is neither authentic nor good politics. As Sens. Sanders, Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill’s Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump rallies for second term on `promises kept’ Endorsements? Biden can’t count on a flood from the Senate On The Money: Wells Fargo CEO steps down | Trump vows to keep funding for Special Olympics | House panel approves marijuana banking bill | Controversial Fed pick gains support in Senate MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEndorsements? Biden can’t count on a flood from the Senate Poll: Biden leads Democratic primary field McConnell blasts Democrats over talk of court-packing MORE (D-Calif.), and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEndorsements? Biden can’t count on a flood from the Senate Dem report questions State Dept. decision to revoke award to Trump critic Poll: Quarter of Republicans don’t think Trump has sufficiently distanced himself from white nationalists MORE (D-N.J.) try to take even more extreme positions, one wonders if they really think this will defeat Trump. Or does anyone really think that Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenThe Hill’s Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump rallies for second term on `promises kept’ Endorsements? Biden can’t count on a flood from the Senate Poll: 84 percent of Dems don’t see race, gender as big 2020 factors MORE — arrogant and snarky in the 2012 vice presidential debate with Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Dem candidate says he faced cultural barriers on the campaign trail because he is working-class Former House candidate and ex-ironworker says there is ‘buyer’s remorse’ for Trump in Midwest Head of top hedge fund association to step down MORE, and who claimed that Republicans want to put African-Americans “back in chains” — is the calm voice of truth and reason?
In the 1960s, I took courses at Stanford on the population bomb. At the time, it was “settled science” that by 2020, humanity (at projected rates of population growth) would form a crust around Earth accelerating outward at a radial velocity of the speed of light. Huh? The progressive Dems could have run with that one! It also was accepted wisdom that communist China and socialist India would starve to death by the year 2000 (Mao Zedong, of course, facilitated that forecast with centrally directed socialist policies that starved nearly 50 million of his fellow citizens to death). Ironically, the sale of state-owned companies to the private sector, more open markets, and capitalist policies made India a net exporter of food by 2000. Similar policies set the stage for China to become the dynamic economy it is today.
How did American politics get to this strange state of affairs? Part of the problem is that America has spent trillions of dollars since 1960 to deal with “social justice,” the environment and other serious problems. In the 1960s, many people faced grinding poverty and major shortages of food and housing, the air in Los Angeles burned your lungs, fellow students from Stanford went to the Deep South to protest huge civil rights issues and some were killed, and the Soviets really considered using nuclear weapons on us. Today, lower-income Americans are more likely to die of obesity than food shortages, the air is relatively clean, nuclear war is unlikely, and the major civil rights issues of the 1960s have been addressed through laws and huge social change. And it certainly is not “the economy, stupid,” because the economy is doing well, unemployment is at record lows and wages are rising.
Manufactured issues are nothing new and people love “causes,” but most Americans are smart enough to see through them. So what should Democrats do? Exactly what most Americans want them to do: Abandon divisive identity politics and absurd calls for socialism. Stop hearings and start hearing the people. Go off script and quit trying to find elusive or non-existent micro-issues, or yet another example of “unfairness.” Recognize that the American system has been working very well — certainly better than any other system — and inflict optimism on the voters. Find a smart, happy, confident, experienced, tough, moderate candidate and win.
Grady Means is a writer and former corporate strategy consultant. He served in the White House as a policy assistant to Nelson Rockefeller and as a staff economist for Secretary Elliott Richardson of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
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