For this week’s Democrats Suck, Katie takes issue with Democrats “punching left,” citing a leaked conference call among House Democrats where some Dems reportedly blamed the poor results in Congressional elections on leftist policy agendas.
“Their libertarianism is compatible with their anti-permitism,” quips Katie.
Thomas Frank rejoins the show to discuss the past, present, and future of the Democratic party.
The three discuss a shift in the demographics for both Republicans and Democrats, and how the left seems to be emerging as the “wealthy” party. They also debate whether a Biden-led party will shift agendas from the priorities of previous administrations.
“Their complacency, it just bulls you over. They really don’t think they have to serve any of their constituencies,” says Frank. “This has been a year for icon smashing, and the tearing down of statues. The Democrats could use a dose of that.”
Frank also continues his proposal that the term “populism” is widely misused in current discourse, and that the Trump version is a misrepresentation of the idea.
“It’s like the ‘Pizzagate’ of the intellectual elite. It’s like this myth that they’ve invented that they all believe,” says Frank. “Populism was not this racist demagoguery. That’s something else.”