Daily Caller: Democrats are in a frenzy. They’ve finally nailed the blueprint for defeating Republicans in Trump Country.
“If we’re going to take the majority, it’s going to be because we win districts like that,” Texas Democrat Rep. Filemon Vela said in a Beltway news story that claims incoming Democratic Rep. Conor “Lamb’s success could provide a blueprint for other Democrats in tough races.”
The Democrats, to be sure, will win seats in the midterm elections, and might even take the House, but not the way they took Pennsylvania 18.
The “blueprint” goes something like this: Run a young, handsome Marine, make sure he’s pro-Second Amendment, make sure he’s anti-Nancy Pelosi, make sure he’s quiet on plans for amnesty, make sure he says he’s personally against abortion but runs like hell from any specific questions, and make sure he’s quiet about Democrats’ anti-energy agenda.
Sound unlikely in today’s Democratic Party? It’s preposterous. That might not seem apparent to giddy D.C. election consultants, so of course it didn’t dawn on the gossip-mongers of Washington’s press corps, but three things –Democratic leadership, the party’s faithful, and the man in the White House — conspire to ensure this blueprint never happens on any kind of national scale.
For sixteen long years, Nancy Pelosi has led the Democratic Party. Her first partner was Democratic Sen. Tom Daschle, who voted to ban partial-birth abortion in 2003, but lost his seat (and his post in Senate leadership) to Republican Sen. John Thune a year later. After Daschle, Pelosi led alongside Sen. Harry Reid, who entered the post with a 20 percent rating from abortion cheerleaders NARAL and a 69 percent from the NRA, but ended his career with a 100 from NARAL and a perfect score for expanding background checks from the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence.
Today, the two leaders of the Democratic Party, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, are far more pure than the slow, politically motivated converts who came before. Since advocacy groups began their rating systems, the two have hovered between a 0-percent and 7-percent rating from the NRA, and neither has dropped from below a 100-percent record with the abortion lobby.
And the party machine has taken the cue. In 2016, the official party platform called “unequivocally” for “legal abortion.”
The year after that, the DCCC, the party’s congressional campaign coordinator, broke with precedent and declined to endorse one of its own, seven-term Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, against a challenger from the left. Lipinski’s sin is he is anti-abortion and a member of the all-but-extinct moderate “Blue Dog Coalition,” while his challenger is an abortion enthusiast endorsed by a whole host of fellow travelers, including sitting Democrats in the House and Senate. But the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee isn’t an outside, progressive organization or a single politician, it’s “the official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House of Representatives” and “the only political committee in the country whose principal mission is to support Democratic House candidates every step of the way to victory.”
Unless, it appears, that Democratic House candidate strays from the one true faith.
But then Pennsylvania’s Conor Lamb prepared to win a House seat in a Trump +20 district supporting late-term abortion but publicly saying he thought it was bad. As his win approached, the DCCC changed it’s tune, and a week before the Pennsylvania special election they decided to remember Lipinski and support their embattled colleague.
“CONGRATULATIONS are in order for @ConorLambPA and Pennsylvania Democrats — they just made history and FLIPPED #PA18, a district Trump won by 20 points!!!” the DCCC tweeted upon victory. “RT if you’re ready to repeat this victory, district by district, all across the country!”
But no amount of retweets can change the trajectory of the Democratic Party this year. Why? MORE