The election in 2020 will present a starker choice than voters faced in 2016, writes Victor Davis Hanson. Donald Trump will run on the premise that he is “the only thing standing between voters and socialism.”
Who gets into the White House will depend on (1) whether the Democratic presidential campaigners continue their hard-left trajectory or (2) the eventual Democratic nominee manages to avoid getting tagged with what are as of now extreme progressive talking points.
Progressive Talking Points
- The Green New Deal
- A wealth tax
- A top marginal income tax rate of 70%
- Abolition of ICE
- Abolition of the Electoral College
- Legal infanticide as abortion,
- Cancellation of student debt
- Free college tuition
- Medicare for all
- Banning private insurance plans
If the Democratic nominee embraces most of these fringe advocacies — or is forced by the hard left to run on some of them — he or she will lose. If the Democrats nominate Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders or Sen. Cory Booker, Trump will seem moderate by comparison and have more relative experience at both presidential campaigning and governance.
An Assault on the Sanity of an Electorate
So far, this cocktail is an assault on the sanity of an electorate and could reduce the Democrats to splinters.
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Originally posted on March 22, 2019.