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NYT panics over 2020 race

Tom Friedman screamed out to his readers in the New York Times this morning in panic. He told them the Orange Man will win if we don't do something. We gotta do something. Now, now, now.

He sees the problem as a divided Democrat Party.

He is totally wrong, but his solution was so simplistic that it amused me. He said build a Team of Rivals, the phrase Gore Vidal used to describe Lincoln's cabinet. Doris Kearns Goodwin revived the term for 21st century TV audiences.

Friedman's prescription was to have the nominee (Mini Mike or Breadline Bernie) tell the nation, "I want people to know that if I am the Democratic nominee these will be my cabinet choices — my team of rivals. I want Amy Klobuchar as my vice president. Her decency, experience and moderation will be greatly appreciated across America and particularly in the Midwest."

Translation: we need a woman to balance the ticket, and she is the least insane choice available.

Going further, the nominee would say, "I want Mike Bloomberg (or Bernie Sanders) as my secretary of the Treasury."

Only in Friedmandonia would a capitalist CEO be interchangeable with a communist congressional lifer.

The column went on, "I want Joe Biden as my secretary of state."

Biden's expertise is in trading foreign aid for million-dollar, no-show jobs for family members.

The column went on, "I will ask Elizabeth Warren to serve as health and human services secretary. "

She has no experience in this field. She does know business law and banking. But she is a woman and women make great nurses, right?

And on Friedman went, recommending Kamala Harris for attorney general, even though she was a disaster as a California attorney general who went after pot smokers and racked up false convictions. Cory Booker, the failed mayor of Newark, would head HUD. On the list he went with a superficiality one might expect from a liberal. He ended with William H. McRaven as defense secretary based on a column he wrote in the Washington Post.

With the exception of Mini Mike and Admiral McRaven, they are all senators which means they have no management skills. The deep state will run itself again.

But this is a bad prescription for the wrong problem.

Democrats are united as never before. The debates and the recent assemblages of legislatures in New York state and Virginia have made that clear.

They stand for:
Open borders
Gun confiscation
Welshing on student loans
Wealth confiscation
Ending bail
Pooping in the streets
Banning automobiles
Banning plastic
None of those things appeals to most Americans. Combined they are a disaster for the party.

The problem is not that they are divided. The problem is that they are united behind bad, counter-productive, and idiotic ideas.

He ended his column, "If they don’t join together — if the Democrats opt for a circular firing squad — you can kiss the America you grew up in goodbye."


This is the America we grew up in, where drag queens host readings for toddlers at libraries? Where a judge in Texas orders a 7-year-old boy to be doped up with hormone-bending drugs because his mom wants to get back at her ex by turning his son into a daughter? Where a CEO loses his job because of a $1,000 campaign donation to a popular cause? Where the government sues the Little Sisters of the Poor to force them to buy birth control? Where a president is impeached not for any crime but over a phone call? Where the previous president tells laid off factory workers their jobs are not coming back, ha ha ha? Where saying all lives matter is racist but saying black lives matter is not?

I do not know what America Friedman grew up in, but if it were anything like the one we are in now, I feel so darned sorry for him because surely, as his column showed, it gave him PTSD.

Team of rivals? Try team of rejects.

Panic has set in because Democrats are about to be wiped out like Republicans were in 1932. Americans may not like the tweets and the taunts, but they do like the jobs and the patriotic pride Donald John Trump promised and delivered. The effect will last longer than Reagan's because Mike Pence is no George H.W. Bush, and Democrats have no centrist like Kennedy or someone who can pretend to be centrist like Bill Clinton.

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