If you plan to vote for Donald Trump in 2020, the standard response when asked which Democrat you’d prefer to face him is, “It doesn’t matter.” Republicans want to exude confidence, so we shouldn’t really care who the Democrats throw up against us, right? But reality must go beyond talking points. We have to be practical and face the possibility that despite the booming economy and demonstrable obstruction committed by Democrats, particularly with border security, it’s possible that a manipulated electorate driven by leftist mainstream and social media can hack the coming elections and put a Democrat in the Oval Office.
Conservatives are faced with a dilemma. A conundrum, if you will. Do we root for the Democrats who would do the least damage if they defeated the President, or do we root for the radicals who, logically, would have a harder time in the general election with their extreme progressive proposals?
This is more than just Biden versus Bernie. Elizabeth Warren has a real chance of not only beating Bernie Sanders for the far-left vote, but also beating Sanders as the looniest leftist. She’s busy throwing proposals against the wall that, if implemented, would fundamentally change America. That’s not a prediction of apocalypse if all of her proposals came to pass. That’s a prediction of catastrophe if ANY of her proposals saw the light of legislative day.
As for Joe Biden’s hold on the “middle” lane, I’ve long said he’s going to veer left like the rest of his competitors. But even veering left for Biden still falls short of the communist utopia some of the candidates have planned. But he’s vulnerable. He doesn’t have an intersectional bone in his 76-year-old straight white male body. His time truly may be up, which opens the door for one of the less-radical competitors to fill his lane. Pete Buttigieg has always been the candidate I believe on paper has the best chance of taking on President Trump. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard before becoming a Rhodes Scholar. He served in military intelligence, speaks more languages than Melania Trump, and handles himself well in front of a podium. The fact that he’s “just a mayor” is a false negative pushed by pundits that won’t be seen as a negative in the eyes of voters. Remember, Donald Trump was “just a businessman.”
But Buttigieg isn’t really a moderate. He tempers his radical ideas by sounding more pragmatic than the competition, but he has an agenda that is much more radical than it’s being billed as by his supporters. His campaign is playing the middle against itself while flashing occasional progressive credentials when the audience is ripe for it. If it weren’t for a police shooting incident in his home town of South Bend, he would probably be soaring in the polls even faster than he is.
Then, there’s the enigma of Kamala Harris. She reversed herself three times on abolishing private health insurance. Oh, wait. A new report just came across the wire… yep, today she reversed her reversal from last night.
Harris has sounded nearly conservative at times in regards to law and order. As a District Attorney, that was her job. But now she’s been running from her record – the only redeeming quality about her to many in the middle and on the right – and is staking her claim somewhere between radical progressive and mushy moderate. She’s able to have such a wide ideological facade because her focus hasn’t been on policies. Instead, she’s been busy pointing out her status as a woman and a racial minority, highlighting not her credentials but the fact that she’s the most intersectionally-gifted candidate among the frontrunners. In other words, she’s playing the victim card.
It’s still possible some of the other candidates can emerge, especially once the field is whittled down. John Kasich was nowhere in the polls before he was suddenly coming in second in the first New Hampshire primary. Technically, he came in second in the nomination race, not by primary victories but by virtue of being the last person to suspend his campaign.
Can Beto O’Rourke fight his way back to the spotlight? Can Cory Booker, Andrew Yang, or Tulsi Gabbard emerge from obscurity? It’s possible, but if I were forced to make bets I’d say we have our five semi-finalists already.
Every name mentioned in this article poses a different existential threat to the United States. All of them. There is no safe moderate. Even if Biden can keep his campaign from plummeting, he’s quickly becoming a more extreme version of President Obama. He has to in order to keep the leftist base from destroying him, at least that’s what he thinks. And since he’s the candidate I believe has the best chance of securing Independent voters, I won’t give him any advice. But he won’t read this, so I’ll go ahead and tell you, dear reader. If Biden wants to win the nomination, he has to abandon the notion of trying to appease the radicals. He’d have to say something bold such as, “If you support radical policies that are as far to the left as President Trump is to the right, then I’m not your guy. If you want a socialist nation, there are two dozen other candidates to vote for in the primaries. But if you want common sense policies and progress for America, you’ll vote for me.”
Would he make the most vocal Democrats upset? Definitely. But if he wants to learn from President Trump, he’d notice that candidate-Trump pitted himself against the field and it worked miraculously. Biden should do the same if he wants to win. But he won’t. And that’s a good thing.
All of this brings us back to the original question. Should conservatives hedge their bets by rooting for someone less radical? No. We should be cheering for the candidates who offer the sharpest departure from President Trump’s policies. The fact is, his policies are working. He’s not doing everything perfect (I’ve had my share of complaints throughout his presidency) but generally things are much better today than they were under Obama. That means we need to run against someone in the general election who is the ideological opposite to conservatives. Then, we put our ideas up against their ideas. If the result is four more years of President Trump, then there’s hope in America. If the Democrats win with a radical today, any thought that a false-moderate like Buttigieg or Harris would have been safer is just denying the leftist trends in America. They would have delayed the inevitable, not stopped it.
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There is no “safe” Democrat in the race. Conservatives must abandon the notion of hoping a “moderate” wins the nomination, just in case President Trump loses. There are no moderates left. It’s do or die, Trump or bust, for the sake of the nation.
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