From Harvard-Harris comes an interesting poll question requiring respondents to choose from two possible policy platform bundles the one they’d prefer to see in a presidential candidate. Though each bundle is not explicitly described as “Democrat” or “Republican”–that would undercut the intention of stripping away partisan affiliations to get at ideological predilections–it will be so blindingly obvious to readers here which bundle corresponds to which major party. In reflecting on that, dwell on the reality that to many voters, it wouldn’t be so obvious.
The Democrat bundle:
“A presidential candidate who stands for the green new deal on climate change, Medicare for all, free college tuition, opening our borders to many more immigrants and raising taxes to pay for these programs.”
The Republican counterpart:
“A presidential candidate who stands for lower taxes and reduced government regulations, strengthening our military, strengthening our border to reduce illegal immigrants, standing up more to China and Iran and seeking better trade deals for the US.”
Stacked column results:
This illustrates what has been remarked upon by many commentators on the right side of things–the rhetoric of the Democrat presidential field is out in far left field. Combining open borders with Medicare for all really may be a bridge too far.
The template for Republican electoral success is staring the GOP in the face. To the response that the poll puts forward an unfair characterization of the generic Democrat platform, such as it exists three debates in, who on the Democrat side would object to any of these things if said things were put to them directly? There might be some mild pushback on “raising taxes”, but only in the sense that it would be equivocated away (“we’ll raise taxes on the idle rich but reduce them for working Americans”). On the other things, no candidate would dare dissent.
The cuck within wants to cut the Republican brain trust a little slack for trying so indefatigably to bring a chunk of black voters over. If color didn’t matter and only ideology did, the GOP would be able to pull more than 8% of the black vote.