Sen. Dick Durbin said Sunday that the Democrats could wind up giving President Donald Trump another four years in office if they miscalculate the mood of the American public going into the 2020 election. Durbin, without specifically naming names, told a Chicago radio show that the Bernie Sanders/Elizabeth Warren “progressive” side of the party was not going to put Democrats back in power.
Asked about comments made by Rep. Cheri Bustos, who warned Democrats not to veer off too far to the left, Durbin said he agreed with that cautionary advice.
“We need to be balanced,” Durbin said. “She’s right about that. And as a downstater like her, I understand she represents a challenging district. We don’t give up on our values, but we better be sensitive too that there are people with more moderate views, and people who may disagree with some parts of the Democratic platform as they as they are presented. We’ve got to be open to that possibility.”
“So you could lose it by being too liberal?” the host asked.
“You can,” Durbin replied. “I think you can overdo it. We have to really appeal to that sensible center. It’s a thin stripe now. It used to be a lot wider stripe, but it’s an important and determining factor in most elections.”
There is an ideological split down the center of the Democratic Party that its leaders are doing everything in their power to avoid addressing. By keeping the focus of the media and the American people trained exclusively on Donald Trump and the Republicans, they are attempting to downplay this division, perhaps in the hopes that it will go away naturally before the candidates start campaigning for the 2020 election. We’ll see how that goes. Every day in every way, hard-left voters are getting more and more radicalized on the internet and on college campuses. You really think they’re going to stand by and watch the party nominate another centrist liberal with a record of supporting Wall Street? A moderate Democrat who doesn’t support the actions of Antifa? No way in hell.
So whoever ultimately gets nominated is going to have to turn their campaign into a referendum on Trump to have any chance of uniting the voters. The only thing is…we already saw what happened when a candidate tried that approach. Her name was Hillary Clinton and she got smoked. Granted, Democrats could throw on a blindfold and blindly pick a better candidate than Clinton, but still, if they think “Trump is bad” is the only message they’ll need to beat him, they’ve got a surprise coming. Big league.