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Democrats struggle with wokeness

Stacey Lennox writes at PJMedia.com about the impact of the Democratic Party’s march to the left.

It started directly after the 2020 election with losses in the House that many purple district Democrats attributed to the radical proposals of the Squad, especially around policing and the summer riots. These more moderate Democrats, responsible for the bulk of the blue wave in 2018, may be in for a startling comeuppance again in 2022. The radical proposals are now coming from President Biden, and Americans are taking note.

Biden’s 100-day approval numbers showed the only majority support his policies have gained are in response to COVID-19. The administration’s scores on race relations, taxes and spending, China policy, and gun policy are all underwater with Americans. The first to put out a figurative distress signal was longtime political consultant James Carville. When Vox asked him to comment on the first 100 days of the Biden administration, he quickly turned to conversation to his concerns regarding the Democrat Party by criticizing “faculty lounge” politics. …

… Carville said continued wokeness will prevent Democrats from building out their coalition and allow them to be typed by the Republicans as an urban, coastal, arrogant party because of how they talk. …

… “Speak plain English. That’s a good bumper sticker.” Unfortunately for Harris and Carville, this is something the Democrats’ most media-savvy members cannot do. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and other Progressive Caucus members cannot frame anything other than through the lens of some kind of justice, be it economic, racial, or environmental. These phrases and the policies attached to them all lead to a massive redistribution of wealth and increased federal government control.

The party’s other problem is that Democrats will not simultaneously appeal to college-educated suburban voters and working and middle-class Americans. The former can only be referred to as decadent voters. …

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...