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Monday, November 10, 2014

Civil War in the Democratic Party

Daniel Greenfield has an excellent article on the split in the Democratic party. This should provide some entertainment during the next two years. Greenfield writes:
There are really two Democratic parties. 
One is the old corrupt party of thieves and crooks. Its politicians, black and white, are the products of political machines. They believe in absolutely nothing. They can go from being Dixiecrats to crying racism, from running on family values to pushing gay marriage and the War on Women.  
They will say absolutely anything to get elected. 
Cunning, but not bright, they are able campaigners. Reformers underestimate them at their own peril because they are determined to win at all costs.  
The other Democratic Party is progressive. Its members are radical leftists working within the system. They are natural technocrats and their agendas are full of big projects. They function as community organizers, radicalizing and transforming neighborhoods, cities, states and even the country.  
They want to win, but it’s a subset of their bigger agenda. Their goal is to transform the country. If they can do that by winning elections, they’ll win them. But if they can’t, they’ll still follow their agenda.
These two factions, represented by Reid and Obama, respectively, are now at odds because the old Democrats believe that Obama's side sold them down the river, preferring electoral defeat rather than take a more moderate stance on political and social issues. The old Democrats are angry, and this will carry forward into the next two years. Greenfield predicts:
Obama has made it clear that he is willing to nuke his own party to get amnesty done. But for the first time his party seems less than eager to sacrifice its short term greed for the agendas of the left. And the only man who could tie the two wings together has emerged weakened from the Battle of Arkansas.  
Amnesty promises radical demographic change, but red state Dems want to protect their positions today. They aren’t doing it for the ideology. They want to stay in office. The mutual backstabbing ended in disaster for the Democrats and there’s no reason to think that the backstabbing is going to stop. 
Obama won’t just have to fight Republicans for the next two years. He’ll also have to fight Democrats.

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