This article highlights the dissent within the Democratic Party. This isn’t a riff between 2 competing but similar wings of the party. It’s the type of article that rips the mask off the Democrats.

The setting of the first story is Allegheny County. The article talks about “committeewoman Heather Kass, who is running for the state House. Several years ago, Kass posted on social media criticism of Obamacare and the distribution of free Narcan for addicts—and insinuated support for President Donald Trump.”

The article then talks about the criticism Kass received:

Fortunately for Kass, she received 49 votes from the committee to secure its endorsement. Her opponent, liberal activist Jess Benham, received just 19. That’s when things got interesting. Darrin Kelly, an influential local labor leader, issued a statement blasting Kass’s previous statements. The party hierarchy followed that up by saying her social media history was disqualifying.

The fight soon unraveled in many different directions and tested a party that has comfortably come together and built a force that helped keep a Democrat as the chief executive officer for five consecutive terms and keep a majority of the county council seats. Now accusations of disloyalty and closet Trumpism are being tossed around by the liberal wing of the party. The factions that once worked together well enough to enjoy a healthy coalition are splintering.

Party Chairwoman Eileen Kelly held a press conference defending the endorsement process and encouraging forgiveness of Kass’s past social media posts. But in response, locally elected Democrats including two of the county’s congressmen, Representatives Mike Doyle and Conor Lamb, demanded her resignation.

What’s with that? I thought that Lamb was a centrist. Now he’s demanding the resignation of a party chairwoman who’s defended the endorsed candidate. That’s the opposite of being a centrist. This helps explain why the Democrats are falling apart:

Places such as Allegheny and Lancaster counties have made strides in elections with Democratic candidates who ran and won as centrists. Once they are elected, however, local party apparatuses start to demand more fidelity to liberalism, and the national party stresses it in messaging. But these are the kinds of places where any gains that were made since Trump was elected may start to fall apart.

This fits with my theory that moderate Democrats are Democrats while they’re running for office the first time. After they’ve served one term, they accumulate the worst thing a centrist can acquire — a voting record. That’s what I call Tarryl Clark Disease, named after the woman Michele Bachmann gave the nickname Taxin’ Tarryl Clark. Here’s how she became famous:

Conor Lamb isn’t a moderate. He’s just moderate compared with crazies like Maxine Waters, Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler. That trio are looney toons. Despite the Democrats’ foolishness, Republicans must work hard. Republicans need to run like they’re 1 point behind with 3 weeks left in the race. If they maintain that attitude, they’ll win. If Republicans get complacent, they’ll lose. It’s that simple.

Leave a Reply