MIRS subscription newsletter in Lansing asked last week whether longtime Democratic political guru James CARVILLE is right in arguing that “wokeness” is hurting the Democratic cause – and, if not corrected, will it kill his party in 2022?
Could it be that even some progressive-leaning voters believe “it’s gone too far” when Dr. SEUSS books are recalled for being politically incorrect and the 1940s song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is labelled an invitation to date rape?
Carville, who also suggests some progressive activists need to go to a “woke detox center,” is not the only Democrat sounding the alarm. In reaction to election losses earlier this month, some moderate U.S. House Democrats lay the blame at the feet of alleged “too far left’ colleagues. Progressive calls for “defund the police” and “LGBTQ bathroom rights” are specifically pointed out as “political poison.” Let’s try to answer this question:
Question 1): Political consultant James Carville blames the Democratic Party’s recent election woes on what he calls “this stupid wokeness.” Is his analysis correct? If so, how can Democrats fix the problem without alienating a significant portion of their voting base?
Answer 1): Yes, the Left is coming across as anti-American, anti-capitalist, anti-free speech, anti-liberty, pro-globalist, pro-lockdown, pro-socialist, pro-COVID-19 hysteria, pro-climate hysteria, pro-mask and pro-gender-bending. As John Feehery has pointed out in an article in The Hill, “The Democrats have become very easy to run against.”
Feehery contends that explains why Republicans will win all across the board a year from now. All the GOP has to say is “We are not them!” and they will have a very good election. Feehery says the GOP can simply point out: “We are not crazy. We are not socialist. We are not hysterical. We are pro-family, pro-freedom, pro-economic growth, pro-getting people back to work. Case closed.”
Feehery may be ‘pushing the envelope’ a little too far. A lot can happen between now and November, 2022. Democrats may realize they are in dire straits unless they get their ‘progressives’ under control and fix their messaging. If they don’t, though, they’re in big-time trouble.
Question 2):. Southeast Michigan businessman Kevin Rinke launched his gubernatorial campaign in earnest last week and claims he has millions of dollars to spend. Nonetheless, former Detroit Police Chief James CRAIG still has the inside track for winning the GOP nomination, right?
Answer 2): No, not by any means. Democrats are insisting that “As of Rinke’s launch day, Craig is still the favorite.” They argue that “Craig is the frontrunner by default at this point.” Well, yes, because Craig is the GOP nominee the Democrats want.
The Republican argument goes like this: “Craig does have advantages. He has the experience of having operated a government organization — the Detroit Police Department — and he has a lot of establishment support. Kevin Rinke personally is not recently so well known, although his family auto dealer name has been a fixture in Metro Detroit for decades.We’ll have to wait and see how he does as a candidate. What we don’t want to see happen is a fringe candidate getting the nomination. If that happens, we could blow one of the best opportunities we’ve had in a long time.”
Well, yes, the way is opening for a ‘fringe candidate’ because Craig has been a flop so far as a potential nominee. He’s obviously not ready for prime time, and his campaign manager, John Yob (who, remember, managed Rick Snyder’s gubernatorial effort a dozen years ago), has just been fired or quit, because he realizes Craig is a loser, and other people behind the Craig candidacy refuse to acknowledge that he’s a dud.
The dozen declared GOP gubernatorial candidates (most will never file) lack experience in elected office and still have much to prove. Craig and Rinke and the entire Republican field are a collective conundrum. Is Rinke the new Rick Snyder? That is really the question that should be on everyone’s mind in the Republican camp.
Snyder was another successful businessman/political newcomer who ran for governor, starting a dozen years ago. In 2010, he won the GOP nomination against four other candidates who were better-known (at least in the beginning), all of them elected officials, spending $6 million of his own wealth (Rinke has said he’ll spend at least $10 million).
Rinke’s family has a history of business achievement, but an unanswered question is how much of the dealership success is because of Rinke himself as opposed to others in the family. He’s not a “self-made man,” like Snyder or George Romney. But his appearance on WKAR.org’s “Off the Record” last week-end gives people a sense that he’s not a right-wing ‘crazy” and could capture the type of Republican voter in a GOP primary that Snyder did in 2010. Remember — it’s a first-past-the-post primary where a plurality prevails. Snyder won with only 36% in 2010, but it was still 10% ahead of the runner-up.