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Kurtz: Why the “abolition of ICE cream” mass hurt the left
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on how the Democrats play space risk with hardball tactics on immigration and the recent Supreme court decisions.
The democratic party has suddenly lurched to the left in a way that may be self-destructive.
And it is largely up to 2020 policy.
Two or three weeks, the Democrats were on a wave of moral outrage and favourable reporting in the media. Most of the country agreed that President Trump policy separates families at the border was wrong, and quite heartless. The White house was flooded with conflicting messages and some of the leading conservative voices demanded that the President cease to be a policy, which, he insisted, he had no power to stop it. When Trump returned, it was a rare victory for the Democrats, who control nothing in Washington and for the journalists and commentators who invested were emotional in the border issue.
But then the Democrats went too far. Several senators, who are all campaigning for President call to be abolished launched for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency, or with something else replaced.
We heard from Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris. Their calculation is, without a doubt, is that the Democrats, out to vote in the 2020 primaries loathe not only the President, but his policy on immigration. This view was reinforced by the 28-year-old Latino a newcomer to the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-socialist, who knocked off house Democratic leader Joe Crowley called
But the problem is that “the abolition of ICE” is exactly the kind of attitude that sells the moderates and independents who want some of the cross-border enforcement. It is easy to caricature as a call for open borders, and Trump has not hesitated to that argument. “You get rid of ICE, you are going to have a country that you are going to be afraid to walk out of her house,” President Fox told Maria Bartiromo.
The rhetoric, the Democrats reminds me of when Ron Paul, in his crusade against oppressive taxes, would call for the elimination of the IRS.
And it takes time to explain to the politicians that we really only that the reform of the Agency in a more humane bureaucracy.
So instead of a case against the young children separated from their parents, have the Democrats moved the debate to the existence of a border patrol Agency, basically because, the animated your liberal voters.
Two other developments have the Dems on the defensive.
Many of the liberal voices defending the persecution of Trump administration officials, by Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Kirstjen Nielsen, Stephen Miller. When Maxine called the Waters, for a continuation of the “harassment” of trump Cabinet officials, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi had to distance himself from their rhetoric. While the Democrats pretty much can retort, Trump used rough language and tactics, do you really want to position their party as the personal harassment of officials?
And with the departure of Anthony Kennedy, a media, sparked debate, and the challenge of liberal commentators that the Democrats are blocking the vote on a trump-nominated this year. Of course, the Democrats say it is payback for what Mitch McConnell has in the stiffing Merrick Garland in the year 2016. But just as obviously, by pick up this attitude well in front of trump next week, you can be open to charges of obstruction.
The Washington Post has recognized these problems in a front-page story from yesterday:
“Growing liberal agitation about a Central Supreme Court retired and a semi-leave at the end of crisis on the immigrant-child-separation, to keep democratic leaders scrambling, the political outrage would you be counted on to fuel the midterm-election wins is always a liability for the party.”
The paper also noted that Bernie Sanders-style, and rhetoric, including “costly guarantees from the government jobs, free medical care and free College could backfire in parts of the country, in which Trump won in 2016, and where Democrats win in November reclaim control of Congress.”
And that is the problem. What’s playing in the Bronx is politically toxic in West Virginia and North Dakota, which is trying to the States, where moderate Senate Democrats to hang on to your seats.
A handful of presidential aspirants do not speak for the whole party. But you get oversized attention of the media, if you include positions how to get rid of the ICE, especially in a party, which is now closed, out of power, and has no natural leader.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.