David Brooks the premier Never Trumper who left the Republicans to rejoin his real friends on the Left, is now warning the Democrats that in order to avoid disaster in 2024 they will have to pretend to be Republicans. At least until after Election Day.
“We all make mistakes; the question is, do we learn from them? Over the past couple of years people on the left side of the political and cultural spectrum have made their share. These have contributed to the Democrats’ extremely bleak political prospects going into the midterms. Far worse, it is now quite plausible that Donald Trump could win re-election in 2024.”
Notice how the real danger is that Donald Trump could get back in the White House.
Now he gives his pals the benefit of his vast knowledge of conservative lore that he still has from his years as a fake conservative. He gives them a laundry list of progressive talking points that have made them radioactive with the American voters.
“If we’re going to prevent that kind of catastrophe, it might be a good idea to learn a few relevant lessons:
- It is possible to overstimulate the economy.
- Law and order is not just a racist dog whistle.
- Don’t politicize everything.
- Border security is not just a Republican talking point.
- “People of color” is not a thing.
- Deficits do matter.
- The New Deal happened once.
Year after year Democrats imagine that if they can hand people checks and benefits, they will be rewarded with votes, allowing them to build a dominant majority coalition. It’s not that simple. I enthusiastically supported many of these policies, but we live in an age in which culture, values and identity issues drive politics at least as much as policy.”
But if you look at that list, it’s the whole Democrat campaign platform. If you take away all of those things all they have left is graft and corruption without even a fig leaf.
“The Democrats’ largest problem is this: We are living in an age of fear, insecurity and disorder on an array of fronts. The Republicans have traditionally been known as the party of toughness and order. Democrats are going to have to find a posture that is tough on disorder, and tough on the causes of disorder.”
This is hilarious. Here is Brooks trying to tell his Democrat friends that everything about them is causing the electorate to run screaming to the Republicans. And not just Independents. Whole chunks of the Democrat coalition are peeling off. Hispanics, black men, Asians, Jews, even suburban women are splintering off from the Democrat vote in significant numbers. And so, since Brooks isn’t a Republican any more, he’s looking to shore up the only side left open to him.
But of course, they can’t pay heed to his warning. He’s asking them to give up their religion. And so, November will be a powerful experience. Well maybe David Brooks can get a job at Reason Magazine.