If there was a one thing the Democratic field can agree on other than hatred for President Trump, it’s that they shouldn’t be attacking each other with “Republican talking points.” It was mentioned on both nights by various candidates as a way of dismissing otherwise important and substantive questions, like “How will you pay for it?”
“Let’s not devolve to using Republican talking points,” someone said. I say “someone” because a variation was uttered so often by different candidates, I’m not sure which one used those exact words.
This marks a huge problem for Democrats as they’re essentially deflecting questions by saying, “Let’s not point out our flaws among this group of good guys. The bad guys will have plenty of opportunities to go after one of us with these talking points.
Unfortunately for Democrats, it’s true. When one of them says they shouldn’t be proposing plans that will force people to switch from their current private health insurance, it’s a Republican talking point that none of them address properly. When one of them notes the unpopularity of open borders, they’re accused of using he Republican talking point that most Americans aren’t okay with illegal immigrants being given free rein over the border. When a candidate points out the silliness of trying to tackle climate change with every resource America has, they’re just climate deniers using Republican talking points.
One of these candidates is going to have to face these Republican talking points. It would behoove them to prepare each other by forcing answers to the questions now. But that’s not going to happen. They’re wanting to publicly put forth a unified front while quietly undermining each other. This is fine for those of us who support President Trump. It’ll be great to hear whoever the nominee ends up being answer some of these tough questions for the first time in the middle of debate with him.
The funny part is they’re actually making the case for Republicans. What they’re calling “Republican talking points” are actually real concerns American citizens have. In fact, only the radical progressive base who will blindly follow any candidate over the socialist minefield are truly disinterested in answers to questions being categorized as Republican talking points. Most Americans actually do want to know the answer to the question of whether Medicare-for-All will raise middle class taxes. We want to know if climate change is really going to affected even if we throw more money at it than every other policy proposal combined. We want answers to tough questions, and the Democrats are shifting away from those answers by being aloof and blaming Republicans.
If one Democrat tells another Democrat to stop using Republican talking points, what they’re really saying is the actual answer won’t be popular with the people so stop trying to expose the truth at this point. It’s a sad display of opacity.
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