It’s Not the GOP Making Extremism the Face of the Democratic Party: Liner Notes

I have a new column posted at The Federalist, “Data Shows Democrats’ Increasingly Rabid Leftism Is Driven By White People.” Not exclusively white people, but disproportionately so. Such is the nature of headlines.

What got left out for space? I considered mentioning that while the GOP has been spotlighting Democratic extremism for the past month or so, I’ve been doing it for months and months. But I thought it might sound like protesting too much.

I also considered discussing the basic silliness of top Republicans discussing their “strategy” with the New York Times, as if anything good would come of it. Although Pres. Trump loves to trash the NYT, it remains the case from the top on down that GOPers still have a love/hate relationship with the Gray Lady — and the love part remains very much unrequited.

I could have added a bit more about how big an issue Israel is going to be for 2020 Dems, despite the fact that fewer than a third of them in any of the ideological groups say they sympathize more with the Palestinians than the Israelis, and despite Dems as senior as Chuck Schumer having declared Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement anti-Semitic as recently as last year.

There is also too much to add about the subtext of promoting figures like Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and Tlaib in the context of generational politics, as Millennials and Gen Z (or iGen, or whatever we’re calling post-Millennials). Younger Dems are more likely to hold or be sympathetic to a variety of extreme and illiberal views, but an examination of the possible reasons for it is a much larger discussion than could be had in today’s column.

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