When Nancy Pelosi (age 76) was reelected minority leader of the House of Representatives, I was scarcely surprised. As her colleagues well know, the net worth of this great spokeswoman for ending income inequality places her in the top one-tenth of one percent of the country. When your team’s in trouble and you’re completely out of ideas, the access to serious money, always important, suddenly becomes tantamount to a lifeline.
I bet they’d nominate George Soros (age 86) for president next time around, if he hadn’t been born in Hungary. He’s richer than Trump and you might as well go directly to the source for your cash flow, especially in tough times.
Regardless, there’s no question their Democratic Party and its ideology — liberal, progressive, whatever misnomer you want to choose — are out of ideas, flat out. That is the secret behind the failure of the Hillary Clinton campaign that no one on the side nostalgically known as the Left — once FDR’s party of the working class, now the party of the coastal rich — wants to admit. People, even her own staff, kept complaining that she didn’t have a reason for running (see WikiLeaks) and that’s because she didn’t.
Bernie Sanders (age 75) had something of an idea — “democratic” socialism — but where has that ever worked? Considering what’s going on in Europe these days, no one wants to advocate that bureaucratic nightmare with a straight face.
And speaking of Democratic Party fogeys and the coastal rich, how about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (69, can you believe it?) whose answer to his party’s ideological doldrums appears to be “laser-aimed boycotts” at the The Venetian (not other Vegas properties — gambling’s okay with “Cap”) because its owner, Sheldon Adelson, donated to Trump’s campaign. And then there’s Madonna (still only a spring 58), whose contribution to progressive political thought is to dress up like a clown and lambaste Trump by singing a Brittany Spears cover.
No wonder their party is in trouble. It’s not just the paucity of a “bench.” It’s the paucity of a brain.
Besides the catastrophic, to Democrats, state of affairs that 32 legislatures and 33 governorships out of 50 are now Republican, not to mention the presidency, the Senate, and the House, the real problem for the Dems, the real difficulty…