September 19, 2019

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Trump’s Total Culture War.

Trump has so enraged his Democratic adversaries that the candidates to replace him have moved farther to the left than any primary field in memory. They loathe Trump, but in their abject hatred he has goaded the various Democratic candidates into revealing their support for the crazy Green New Deal, reparations for slavery, relaxed immigration policies and trillions of dollars in new free stuff.

In a way, the left-wing Democratic presidential candidates understand Trump best. If he wins his one-man crusade to stop the progressive project, they are finished, and their own party will make the necessary adjustments and then sheepishly drift back toward the center.

Would even that do it? Since the rise of the New Left in the mid-1960s, Democrats have moved increasingly “back and to the left,” back and to the left,” as Oliver Stone would say. Bill Clinton campaigned as a moderate, but didn’t govern like one in his first two years, leading to the GOP recapturing both the House and Senate for the first time in decades. In this current era of the punitive left’s Obama Disappointment Syndrome, how do they recapture their sanity?

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