Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is taking a different approach to winning the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. Instead of jumping on the free-stuff-bandwagon, he’s taking a more measured approach similar to the stances of previous Democratic presidents. Will it work?
Based on early poll results, no, it’s not working. He fails to register on nearly half of the polls since his name was first floated earlier this year, hitting 1% most of the time with the occasional 2% thrown in to give him hope. But unless there’s a major shakeup that benefits him between now and the Iowa caucuses, he’s not going to be able to secure a single delegate.
He made his perspectives known in a recent NPR interview:
Hickenlooper, one of the 23 candidates running for the Democratic Party’s nomination, told NPR why he doesn’t believe in some of the party’s major policy proposals, such as the Green New Deal and “Medicare for All.”
“If we don’t stand up and say that we Democrats don’t stand for socialism, we’re going to end up reelecting the worst president this country’s ever had,” Hickenlooper said.
The days of moderate, capitalism-minded Democrats may be behind us. The only reason I say “may” is because there’s a chance if a socialist is nominated and subsequently spanked into oblivion in the general election, the Democratic Establishment may do as the GOP did following Barry Goldwater’s failed attempt to reinvigorate conservatism on the national stage in 1964.
But it really may be too late for the Democrats. They’ve gone down the path set by the Justice Democrats much more rapidly and easily than I would have expected two years ago. Not only are radical lawmakers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib getting all of the headlines, but the bulk of the major Democratic candidates for president seem like Bernie Sanders ideological clones wrapped in different physical packages. It’s actually quite amazing how well they’ve done in a short period of time.
One might even think there were demonic forces behind their rise. Hmm.
“I don’t think we’re going to address climate change by guaranteeing every American a federal job, which is what part of the Green New Deal was. I don’t think we’re going to address the spiraling inflation in health care by forcibly telling 150 million people that we’re going to take away their private insurance. These are what a lot of Americans look at as facets or aspects of socialism.” – John Hickenlooper
The oddest thing about the New Democrats isn’t that so many of the candidates have adopted the anti-American, demonstrably failed tenets of socialism. The oddest thing is that so many Americans are actually embracing them.
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