Democrats 2020: The Maxine Waters Primary
Possible anti-Trump contenders will be hamstrung by impeachment-happy, Russia-obsessed base
The Democrats have announced their new party slogan: “A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages.” The fact Democrats chose an economic message instead of “Russia’s Gonna Get You,” “So Long, Democracy,” or “We Finally Understand Rocky IV” indicates they’re aware that the 24/7 “Trump-Russia” narrative is hardly helping them win majorities in Congress.
In a recent Bloomberg poll, “Russia” was ranked the most important issue facing the country by a mere 6 percent of respondents, while 48 percent ranked health care or jobs as most important. It will take more than a new slogan for Democrats to rebrand. Sherlock Holmes and a pack of bloodhounds couldn’t track down Democrats’ interest in working-class issues in recent months. Instead, liberal politicians have focused on acting like veritable PEZ dispensers of Russian hysteria and anti-Trumpism.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who has emerged as a vocal leader of the anti-Trump resistance movement, visited New Hampshire over the weekend triggering inevitable 2020 presidential chatter. Though she lacks the youth of a Bernie Sanders or the gravitas of a Hillary Clinton — a couple of pretty-hard-to-miss benchmarks — millennials love her, and her impeach-the-president-without-evidence rhetoric is fundraising gold. It’s made her a hero to reason-averse leftists. She’s the anti-Wonder Woman, attacking President Trump with her lasso of mendacity.
Waters is a walking, talking billboard for Congressional term limits. When she showed up in Washington, D.C., for her first term, Ted Danson was still tending bar on primetime television and Ken Griffey, Sr. — that's right, Junior's dad — was still hitting MLB home runs.
Waters has a political monopoly on California's 43rd District, where she's been elected to 14 consecutive terms and has never once received less than 71 percent of the vote despite being named one of the "Most Corrupt Members of Congress" by the non-partisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Even her statement in favor of the government taking over and running all the oil companies Venezuela-style during a committee hearing didn't dim the shine of her electoral success.
The warts don't matter to the resist-at-any-cost leftist base. All that matters are the warm fuzzies they get from Waters' unhinged anti-Trump rhetoric.
She's been calling for the impeachment of the president for months, saying things like "Donald Trump is someone that found his way to the presidency of the United States of America — I still don't know how, but he's someone that I'm committed to getting impeached!" She also told a crowd, "He's a liar! He's a cheat! He's a con man! We've got to stop his a**!"
The millennial hipsters she's exploiting with this insane, destined-to-go-viral rhetoric call it "throwing shade," and Maxine Waters— or Auntie Maxine, as she's now affectionately known — is the unofficial Queen of the shade toss.
The fact that Maxine Waters herself is unlikely to run for president in 2020 is irrelevant in 2017; what is relevant is whether or not we're building up to a fact-free, Auntie-Maxine-style, anti-Trump extravaganza.
It's pointless to speculate about 2020 candidates so far in advance, but it's safe to bet that the 2020 Democratic primary will be clown-car-style packed, leaving the candidates with less legroom than Ann Coulter on a Delta flight. After losing the House, the Senate, and over a thousand seats nationwide under Obama, 2020 will be a referendum on the party identity going forward. (go to page 2 to continue reading)