When even outspoken leftist Bill Maher is lamenting the progressive positions of the Democrats, it’s clear the party has gone off the rails.
To be clear, the host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” is no fan President Donald Trump, Republicans, or conservatism.
He seems to fancy himself as a middle-of-the road intellectual, but most of his major positions place him squarely on the left side of the spectrum of political and cultural philosophies.
In his opening monologue on Friday’s show, Maher argued it should be easy to beat Trump in 2020, yet the comedian complained the Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot.
“All the Democrats have to do to win is to come off less crazy than Trump — and, of course, they’re blowing it!” Maher told his audience.
“Coming across as unserious people who are going to take away all your money so migrants from Honduras can go to college for free and get a major in ‘America sucks.'”
Maher meant his hypothetical as hyperbole, but his example is exactly the positions the Democrat candidates are raising their hands to support.
The Democrats support increasing the already exorbitant taxation on American citizens, the trillions needed to fund the Green New Deal, using tax dollars to fund a massive reparations bill, canceling student debt, ending private insurance, open borders, and much, much, more — programs that would fundamentally change America from a market-based, traditional economy to a socialist country.
Maher then said that former Vice President Joe Biden wasn’t the perfect candidate, but he may be the Democrats’ best hope to beat Trump since he’s the only one polling to beat Trump in Ohio.
Maher said Biden is like non-dairy creamer, “Nobody loves it, but in a jam, it gets the job done.”
Maher’s monologue reveals something very important about the 2020 election.
I agree with him that much of Trump’s support is rooted in a fear that the Democrats could lead the country quickly to a progressive system that won’t be easily undone. But unlike Maher, I don’t think that fear is misplaced.
It’s hard to overstate the extreme positions of the Democrats. Even Obama is “exasperated” at the Democrats move to the left, according to The Washington Examiner.
“He has not been surprised that aspects of his tenure are now being criticized,” CNN reported.
“Still, he also has privately expressed exasperation at some policy proposals and promises that he believes are unrealistic. And he and people around him question the wisdom in assailing the record of a popular ex-president rather than the unpopular-by-comparison current one.”
Moderate and independents voters who are frustrated with Trump’s eccentricities and unconvinced of the need for a strong position against Chinese economic threats could prefer a candidate who comes across as more centric.
But the Democratic Party, as Maher pointed out, abandoned “centric” a long time ago.
Trump’s challenge for 2020 will be to amplify his economic numbers and his record of keeping the promises he made in 2016.
While his base may enjoy his Twitter banter, that noise may distract independents from the hard numbers and policy messages needed to convince independents of the Democrat’s unprecedented sprint to the left.
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