“We need to talk about what people think about when they wake up in the morning, and it’s not Russia,” Sragow said. “The more we talk about stuff that voters don’t truly care about in their daily lives … it confirms that the Democratic Party’s brain has been eaten by the elites in Washington who have been sitting fat and happy for a lot of years while working Americans have lost their jobs and lost confidence in the future.”
I’ve always felt that the push over the Russia scandal was bizarre. The whole concept of a foreign state influencing a country which is still as mentally insular and provincial as this one is strange to begin with. It gets stranger when we profess moral outrage over someone else influencing our elections while at the same time we meddle in others. And, of course, we’ve always been unjustifiably obsessed with the Russians. They just don’t have as strong of a hand as it looks to us.
I think the Democrats have it in their minds that if they can conjure images of the Cold War in the old white voters that put Trump in the White House, they can sink him, and at the same time put their own reputation as soft on national security behind them. But that’s fighting yesterday’s war. The best they can hope for is to hog airtime with this campaign of theirs.
The biggest problem the Democrat left has had my entire adult lifetime is what we used to call the “limousine liberal” phenomenon, i.e., an elite-directed party trying to connect with people who are entirely different from them in outlook. That’s another place where the trials of the Anglican-Episcopal world are instructive. In the 1960’s and 1970’s we had the likes of Ian Mitchell and my prep school chaplain trying to raise the social consciousness of an élite institution, and ending up with an institution that is still élite and now in decline. Until they figure that out, the Democrats’ dream of closing the deal with the American people and making this country a de facto one-party state will remain beyond their grasp.