According to the left-wing news site Axios, many Democrats are worried that the party has become too woke and are turning off the voters all across the country. The voters are getting tired of hearing that The Lion King, Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and the American flag along with every white person are racist.
Thirty new pronouns are not real popular either. Neither is having your children come home and tell you they were taught that their whole family is evil because they are white.
A growing number of Democrats are ringing the alarm that their party sounds — and acts — too judgmental, too sensitive, too “woke” to large swaths of America.
- Why it matters: These Democrats warn that by jamming politically correct terms or new norms down the throats of voters, they risk exacerbating the cultural wars — and inadvertently helping Trumpian candidates.
The funny thing is that this was not caused by the election of The Squad. Democrats have been doing this type of culture war for years, so, oddly, they are now acting surprised. They have shoveling this crap down people’s throats for a long time. It’s just that it’s gotten so much worse than it ever was before. The upcoming midterms have Democrats walking the floor at nights and the policies of Joe Biden have made things so much worse for their party.
Conservative columnist Peggy Noonan wrote this week in the Wall Street Journal (subscription) that she believes the left is misreading its position and “overplaying its hand.”
- She cited a new essay by Kevin Drum, formerly of Washington Monthly and Mother Jones, who wrote: “[T]he truth is that the Democratic Party has been pulled far enough left that even lots of non-crazy people find us just plain scary — something that Fox News takes vigorous advantage of.”
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While watching the Democrats go mega-woke — especially this year — I’ve wondered aloud whether any of the party’s Beltway elite have recently had a conversation with a Democrat in flyover country. It would seem not.
It’s not unthinkable that Dems running next year would do a temporary 180 on wokeness to dupe people into voting for them. In recent weeks, we’ve seen them pretend that it was Republicans who wanted to defund the police and also try to convince the public that they’ve always been fans of voter ID. If they’re now worried about the extremely woke look on top of those two issues, the internal polling must really be rattling them.