How DC-Based Dems Like Coons and Carper Validate GOP Talking Points & Reduce Voter Turnout

Filed in National by on July 13, 2018 10 Comments

This isn’t a mystery.  DC-based Democrats like Coons and Carper validate the GOP by pushing a watered down version of GOP talking points.  In contrast, Harris is a new breed of Democrat that sees through the GOP’s media game. Harris and other insurgent Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are fighting for basic Democratic values in part by ignoring the GOP’s nonsense.

But put a pin in basic Democratic values for a second, and let’s take a step back and look at how and why Coons and Carper constantly push GOP talking points.  Are they are slightly watered down GOP talking points?  Yes.  But they are GOP talking points nonetheless, and they have a pernicious effect on Democratic strategy and unity.  

Eschaton provides this tidy summary of how DC-based Democrats like Coons and Carper are played by Republicans, (or perhaps simply play along with the GOP to serve their own ends).

The Right is good at making any issue into the issue of the day. There isn’t one single reason for that, though the why/how isn’t the point of this post. The point is that they make an issue a thing, and then there’s a tendency by too many Democrats (elected and pundits) to agree that the issue is actually an issue. Then they’ve already lost. For example, when Trump says we need to build a wall, and Chuck Schumer comes out bragging that some bipartisan bill is a much better way to achieve needed better border security because of all the wonky rea[zzzzzz…] all voters hear is “we need better border security” and what they conclude is “wow I guess we need that wall.”

…once Democrats start telling voters that they’re better at delivering what the Republicans say they want, they’ve lost. The Republicans have already made it their issue, the Democrats have agreed the Republicans are correct but we’re just arguing about the details, and voters who think that issue is important know who to vote for.

And voters who disagree don’t have any champions. It isn’t true that if you give the voters a choice between a Republican and a Republican they’ll vote for the Republican every time. Plenty just won’t vote at all.

When DC-based Democrats like Coons and Carper identify themselves as ersatz Republicans, the voters stay home in droves. How do I know that?  I have eyes.  

But if my word isn’t good enough for you,  just check out Trump v Clinton vote totals.  

 

The media likes to report that Clinton’s share of the popular vote was 51%  – but that isn’t accurate.  Her real total was 26%, because 48% of eligible voters voted “no thanks.”  

When Dems act like Republicans, they allow Republicans like Trump to win with vanishingly small popular vote totals.  

This is the predictable out working of turning Democratic messaging and policy making over to Sean Hannity. So in addition to championing basic Democratic values, this election provides us all an opportunity to help Harris and other insurgent Dems break the cycle of media dysfunction that DC Democrats like Coons and Carper have foisted on the country.  

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  1. And Big Corporate rewards this behavior by feeding centrist DEM campaigns.

    “The American Bankers Association, which has spent months overhauling its political operations, for the first time is running television ads in support of incumbent lawmakers from both parties who have backed industry-friendly policies. Another group organized as a super PAC, Friends of Traditional Banking, is calling on its 22,000 members — mostly from red states — to give to the campaign of Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) — the first time it has backed a Democrat.” https://politi.co/2L5j5QT

  2. jason330 says:

    BTW Nancy – Thanks for the link to Eschaton.

  3. Gigi says:

    I’m tired of the same old establishment hacks, with the same old failing ideas, patting progressives on the head and telling us to be realistic, and let the adults handle it. They have relegated themselves to propping up dinosaurs, and protecting power over actual principles.

  4. jason330 says:

    I’ve heard that DC-based Dem, Chris Coons, has a TV in his DC office playing Fox News all afternoon. It is totally believable. Even if it is MSNBC he is hearing some version of GOP talking points all day, every day.

  5. Dana says:

    Actually, Hillary Clinton received 48.2% of the popular vote, and Donald Trump 46.1%; the rest went to minor party candidates and write-ins.

    You also got the vote totals wrong: Mr Trump received 62,984,828 total votes, and Mrs Clinton 65,853,514.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2016

  6. Jason330 says:

    Fuck you moron. I’ll probably ban you tomorrow for continuing stupidity.

  7. Paul says:

    We started this journey for human rights a long time ago, in the 1900s. As we accrued numbers through organized labor, we won great victories like social security. Medicaid, Medicare, more great victories. Since the 1930s, those victories have been attacked incessantly. An early loss was the Taft-Hartly Act, which limited the legal authority of workers to strike. The president could decide that workers had to go back to work, without the benefit of a new contract. This fall’s election could well keep workers chained in unfair conditions, beginning with pay. A conservative/oligarch-controlled court could rule, for example, that minimum wage laws are all unconstitutional. Voila! An idea by Michele Bachman floated early in the 2016 campaign and dropped is back and is now the law the land. This fall’s elections have enormous consequences for working people. All of them.

  8. Dana Garrett says:

    Great post, Jason. Right on the money. It’s true. Democrats accept Republican penises about issues and try to present differences of detail about “solutions” as fundamental philosophical differences when clearly they are not. Chomsky once said that the differences between Republicans and Democrats is fairly equivalent to the differences between two sides on an issue in a corporate board room. Both want to achieve the same end and only differ on the means. And unfortunately the same end for Republicans and establishment Democrats is the fulfillment of wealthy elite interests.

  9. puck says:

    “Democrats accept Republican penises about issues ”

    I can’t decide if this is a cell phone typing error, a Freudian slip, or just accurate reporting. Maybe all of the above.

  10. Dana Garrett says:

    Lol. I assure you you it was an error. Accidentally a sagacious one.

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