March 01, 2019
If Democrats kicked off their 2020 campaign today, they'd have some pretty interesting bumper stickers. "I heart socialism!" "Killing newborns is a choice!" "Non-binaries for Bernie!" "Friends don't let conservatives become friends!" They're the party of no babies, no borders, no God, and now -- as Joe Biden so painfully reminded everyone -- no decency.
A day after Congressmen Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) surprised everyone with their unusually close friendship, the former vice president made it clear that there's no room in his party for mutual respect. Hours after referring to Mike Pence as a "decent guy" during a forum in Omaha, the man who may have been the party's best shot at moderate voters, walked his comment back.
LGBT activists like Cynthia Nixon were furious, tweeting that Pence is "America's most anti-LGBT leader... Please consider how this falls on the ears of our community." Chastened, the former VP apologized. "You're right, Cynthia. I was making a point in a foreign policy context, that under normal circumstances a Vice President wouldn't be given a silent reaction on the world stage. But there is nothing decent about being anti-LGBTQ rights, and that includes the vice president."
This is the man who was supposed to be the party's counterweight to liberal fanaticism. The grown-up in the room who's likeable and understands the value of bipartisanship. As far as most people were concerned, that was Biden's only path to the nomination -- distinguishing himself from the party's extremism, not embracing it. Now even he's exposed as just another pathetic puppet of the radical Left. "If Biden enters the race only to spend the next year apologizing for being insufficiently 'woke,'" the Washington Examiner's Philip Klein writes, "he'll just look like a complete buffoon, without convincing any skeptics who will have plenty of alternatives to choose from who are younger and more in touch with contemporary sensibilities on the Left."
All because he couldn't bring himself to stand by a benign nicety to a fellow vice president. Biden didn't endorse Pence's views or lavish praise on his leadership. "'Decent,'" Aaron Colen half-joked. "Perhaps the most lukewarm compliment that's ever been paid to another person." And yet, in this brave new party, even that was inexcusable. Folks, this is significant. Not only does it show what's in store if the Left regains the levers of power in America, but it also proves the intense stranglehold that abortion and LGBT activists now have on the Democratic party. This isn't just a war on common courtesy. It's a war on moderation. And it's a harbinger of things to come.
Joe Biden's pitiful capitulation is proof -- there is no space in government or public life for people who disagree with the radical rejection of biblical and historical morality. This is the "deplorables" on steroids. "You cannot be civil," Hillary Clinton said last October, "with a political party that [doesn't agree]." That angry mob approach may work at fancy fundraising dinners, but it doesn't translate to mainstream America. Most people are tired of the dehumanization and division. They're sick of the fighting and vitriol. And they aren't on board with this trip to the final frontiers of sexuality, gender, immigration, and infanticide. And that include some who make up the historical base of the Democratic party.
This is a hole Democrats started digging for themselves back in 2016 when it adopted a platform that alienates as many as 77 percent of its own party. "You're killing us," rural Democrats told headquarters. "Tell me how in the world Nancy Pelosi, or some of those folks in Congress," one local Democrat told Politico, "how would they even be able to sit there and talk with [the pro-life, pro-God Democrats here]? Do they even know [they] exist? That's why I say that the East Coast elitists have forgotten America. They've not been to America, they forgot America, they forgot about certain parts of America. Maybe they've done it intentionally," Terry Goodwin, the leader of the Indiana caucus said soberly. "I hope not."
A perceptive Republican party would seize on this opportunity by pursing the policies outlined in the GOP's platform, which couldn't provide a clearer contrast between the two parties. From God to life and parental rights to public restrooms, the GOP's vision of America is 180 degrees from the Left. And that vision will be central in attracting disaffected Democratic voters in 2020.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.