Glenn K. Beaton: Is an electable Democrat not nominable, and a nominable Dem not electable?
The Aspen Beat
The Democrat field for president may see its second billionaire, Michael Bloomberg. The former New York City mayor laments that the current field of Dems are “not the way to run a railroad.”
Indeed. The guy in charge of baggage on this railroad is named Joe, and he has a lot of it. He’s been toting his baggage in and around the political tracks for most of his long life.
He’s never become the train engineer because he still hasn’t learned to stay awake at the switch. He’s a serial plagiarizer and thinks FDR went on TV in 1929 to talk about the stock market crash even though TV hadn’t been invented yet and Roosevelt didn’t become president until 1933.
He told a false war story extolling his courage and permits his smarmy son to sell political influence around the world for millions.
Up near the front of this Dem choo-choo is a Harvard Law School professor. That sounds good, but at the time of her hiring she clearly had the worst resume on the faculty and perhaps the worst resume of any law professor in the entire Ivy league.
But she was Native American, she said.
Harvard has a policy in hiring to “attract appropriate diverse individuals.” And so Harvard hired her and boasted that this blond-haired, blue-eyed woman was a Native American.
But in politics, people don’t trust a resume. When pressed on her Native American-ness, she stalled and accused her skeptics of racism. She finally, triumphally, tweeted a DNA test showing … (drum roll) … she had about as much Native American in her as the average American white person, or maybe less.
She later quietly deleted her DNA tweet and apologized to real Native Americans. Oops.
She didn’t apologize to her skeptics whom she’d labeled racists, however, and didn’t give back the Harvard job.
Harvard now says that her bogus claim to be a minority had nothing to do with hiring her anyway. Never mind their written policy that says it should, and never mind that they had earlier boasted about her being a minority.
She has a plan for everything, especially running for president. Her most recent plan is to raise taxes by dozens of trillions in order to take away Americans’ employer-provided health insurance and their doctors. Even her fellow Dems say her numbers don’t add up.
Back to that standing-room-only train. Most of the riders are secret socialists, but one cranky codger actually admits it. Like a lot of socialists, he’s angry about the cards that life has dealt him but noticeably quiet about how he’s played them. He has no chance of winning but he’s on the train anyway, just as he was last time, because it’s free and at each station he gets an audience to shout at.
He mostly shouts that he’s not a billionaire, and so billionaires are bad. He’s only a millionaire with three houses and a fat contract for a book in which he complains about that. To right this wrong, he wants to make America more like Venezuela.
Others back in the coach cars include a bright and likeable 37-year-old mayor from somewhere in Indiana who may grow up to be a great statesman, or not. And a military veteran who thinks war is violent and risky even though President Trump also thinks so.
Reinventing herself as a militarist, Hillary (she’s baaaaack!) Clinton has labeled this veteran a “Russian asset.” This is the same Hillary who in 2009 bought a big red button labeled “re-set” and made an asset of herself by presenting it to the Russians.
But that was before the Dems declared a second Cold War on the Russians — over a half-century after the first one began and decades after the rest of us won it.
Already thrown off the train is a white guy who goes by an Hispanic nickname. The media adored him when he ran for senator against a Republican. Against other Dems, not so much.
The Dem crazies still on board want open borders, loans that don’t have to be repaid and free stuff of all kinds. Except guns, free speech, due process and plastic straws, all of which they’ll ban.
Even leftish Dems like Nancy Pelosi worry that these hijackers are derailing the Dem train over a leftward cliff.
Enter Bloomberg. He could conceivably avoid wrecking the train and instead run it right over Trump.
Yes, Bloomberg did once ban big sodas in New York. But in general, he’s not crazy, not stupid, not a socialist, not promising to abandon the borders, not inexperienced and not Hillary.
Maybe in today’s Democrat party, those are all liabilities in securing the party’s nomination. Maybe no electable Democrat is nominable, and no nominable Democrat is electable.
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