The 2019-2020 Democratic presidential primaries might turn out to be the most entertaining in memory. Democrats in the Golden Shower State of California moved up the date of their primary to claim a far more significant role in choosing the party’s presidential nominee. That change made the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention a BFD, as Joe Biden would say, even though the Democratic frontrunner couldn’t take the heat and chose not to attend.
Most of the candidates – 14 of them – dutifully prostrated themselves before the unruly and merciless gaggle. After all, California is rich in many things, not only in homelessness, disease, environmental catastrophe, and public defecation but also in delegates.
Imagine a three-day open-mic event at a comedy club where neither the audience nor the performers have a sense of humor: That’s exactly what the convention was like.
The Hate-Trump Convention
It is barely worth reviewing the performances of each candidate. Most of them, after all, are only running for president to line their pockets and earn the right, in the future, to be introduced on TV and at swanky cocktail parties as “former presidential candidate … “
Almost all the contenders attempted to outdo the others with how much free stuff they planned to give away and how much they hated the current occupant of the White House.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) told the crowd that the next general election is “a fight for who we are as a people.” It is worth remembering that when a Democrat says “we,” he or she is not talking about all of America but only those who share the values – such as they are – of the Democratic Party. “It’s a fight for the highest ideals of our nation,” she went on, “and, Democrats, with this president, it’s a fight for truth itself.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) claimed President Donald Trump was “tearing apart the moral fabric of this country and turning our most cherished principles inside out.” Like all Democrats, Gillibrand’s lack of self-awareness is stunning. There is no simpler way to induce a brain hemorrhage than to describe the moral fabric and cherished principles of today’s progressives.
Not to be outdone, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker spoke of the “normalizing of mass murder in our country.” Booker knows a thing or two about murder; he has to look only at how well he is currently polling.
Harris had the microphone snatched away by a bearded hipster who crashed the stage in the name of animal rights. It was the highlight of the senator’s speech since hearing her talk is not unlike listening to a chess tournament on the radio while removing one’s own toenails with a circular saw.
If there was a single moment, though, for which this convention will be remembered, it was the chorus of boos sparked by former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. The reality is that the Democratic Party is no longer divided between moderates and progressives; it is now a struggle between progressivism – which is the new “moderate” – and totally crazy. Most of the 5,000 or so delegates and guests at the California convention obviously fall into the latter category.
Hickenlooper suggested that, if the ultimate goal was to defeat Trump in 2020, then socialism was not the answer. This is what sparked the booing, which continued for some time as the former governor continued to speak, warning the disapproving crowd that adopting a socialist platform would ensure Trump’s re-election.
Hickenlooper was quite right, of course, and the crowd’s response to him speaks volumes about the direction his party is taking. After President Obama, the pendulum swung back to the right, sweeping beyond establishment Republicanism and giving the nation Trump. The radical left is hoping the Trump presidency will cause that pendulum to swing back to the left, going much further than it has gone before.
The sight of California Democrats booing one of their own for expressing doubts about socialism will be a great campaign ad for the president. There has been much speculation that Trump will portray the 2020 contest as a battle between capitalism and socialism. Left-coast extremists now have handed him that narrative on a plate. This humble author suggests, though, that the president put on some surgical gloves before taking the plate: It’s from California, after all.
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