Incoherent rage among
Democrat diehards threatens the very existence of their party. Howard
Dean has made a clear choice to pull his party as far to the Left as possible.
The danger to Democrats of him succeeding is much greater than losing a McGovern
America is the only nation in the world which emphatically rejects Leftism.
Democrats have survived and thrived in American politics by conspicuously
blurring the Leftism of their party and by purging the sort of pure Leftism
that Dean espouses. Now many smart Democrat politicians are saying
that their party is too far to the Left.
Zell Miller has been marginalized within his party. Is this because
is a token Democrat? Hardly. Zell campaigned hard to reelect
Senator Cleland and Governor Barnes in 2002. He supported Bill Clinton
and Al Gore in the last three presidential elections.
Is Zell just too conservative? The American Conservative Union rates
members of Congress, and Senator Miller received only a 47% conservative
voting record in 2002. Miller is a genuine moderate, whose voting record
is to the left of almost every Republican in the Senate.
Zell has announced that he will vote for President Bush next year.
Pointedly, Senator Miller has not said that he would vote for President Bush
if Howard Dean is nominated. Miller will vote for Bush even if John
Edwards, a fellow senator from neighboring North Carolina, tops the Democrat
ticket and if Bob Graham, a fellow senator from neighboring Florida, is at
the bottom of the Democrat ticket.
John Breaux will not run for reelection, but he has chosen not to resign
(which would have allowed Democrat Governor Blanco to appoint someone to
take his place, and which would have given Democrats a much better chance
of holding that senate seat.) Breaux has also said that Howard Dean
will be a disaster for Democrats in the South.
Like Miller, Breaux has been a loyal Democrat. Had John Breaux not
campaigned hard in 2002 and 2003, Democrats would have lost a senate seat
and would not have gained a governorship. John Breaux campaigned for
Clinton and for Gore. The Senior Senator from Louisiana has a moderately
liberal voting record. And yet he may well end up not endorsing the
Democrat nominee; he may even vote for Bush.
Ed Koch was a very liberal Congressman from New York. He was a popular
mayor of New York City. Koch campaigned for Clinton and Gore; he also
campaigned for Hillary in 2000. Yet Ed Koch has announced that he will
vote for President Bush.
What does that mean? It means that if Joe Lieberman, a pleasant
and polite man, a liberal Jewish Democrat from the Northeast, like Koch,
heads the Democrat ticket and if Hillary Clinton, who Koch supported just
three years ago, is the vice presidential candidate, then Koch will vote
for President Bush.
These are startling political signals and more may follow. Leftists
within the Democrat Party appear not to have really grasped the significance.
Will Ed Koch be able to swing New York to President Bush? Only is there
is already a Bush Landslide. Could Miller have swung Georgia to the
Democrat column or Breaux Louisiana to the Democrat column in 2004?
Only if the Democrat nominee was going to win anyway.
But how on earth can Dean or any other Democrat call President Bush an extremist
when moderates and liberals within the Democrat Party are supporting Bush?
Democrats simply cannot credibly say that Koch, Breaux or Miller are closet
Republicans with ultraconservative positions. The Democrat nominee,
even if it is Joe Lieberman or Wesley Clark, will have to concede that the
Democrat Party is unapologetically Leftist.
America is unapologetically conservative. The last three Battleground
Polls show that sixty percent of Americans call themselves conservatives,
while only about half that number call themselves liberals. Bill Clinton
never ran as a liberal, but as a moderate or a pragmatist. Even so,
he never got a majority of the popular vote.
Democrats have allowed hatred to overwhelm good political instincts.
Nominating Dean, most understand, will lead to a nuclear meltdown.
His stupid comments and his surreal comments about Hussein and bin Ladin
Derailing Dean will create anger and infighting. Most pundits are focusing
on whether Dean can be stopped now, and whether Democrats can make up behind
a Gephardt, Lieberman, Clark or Edwards if Dean is defeated. But that
is not the big story.
The big story is that Zell Miller and Ed Koch have already passed judgment
on the Democrat Party. Whether Dean supporters prevail or Clinton supporters
win does not matter. Raw, red Leftism has captured the soul of the Democrat
Party, and now anyone who seeks position within the party must act like a
malevolent lunatic (i.e. a Leftist.)
This is not about Howard Dean. It is about a party that did not bounce
off congressional committees Marxists like McKinney and Lee, when those two
congresswomen make surreally evil statements. It is about a party which
haggles over defense appropriations while our brave men are fighting to deliver
us from evil. It is about a party that has either lost its soul or
has unmasked its true nature.
Leftism wins only in small, odd polities -- San Francisco, Vermont, Manhattan
-- when Leftists try to create a Thunder on the Left, as the bookend of the
Goldwater movement of 1964, they will create instead a massive Blunder on
the Left. The cost to Democrats will be staggering.
Bruce Walker's articles can be found at the Conservative Truth.