Since Trump’s election, arguably the most effective political opponents he has faced are the conservative “establishment” republicans who routinely rip him to shreds on twitter.
There is John Schindler, a former NSA analyst:
Then there is Rick Wilson, who had his daughter threatened with rape from the “civil” Trump crowd during the election season:
And we have Steve Schmidt, who recently announced he is leaving the GOP, after having managed many high profile GOP campaigns, some with much success.
It is a sad commentary on liberals, progressives and establishment democrats that the most effective critics of Trump so far have been right-wing pundits and strategists. While it’s been fun to watch the conservatives eat their own and see them savage Trump, people on the left tend to forget that the conservative Trump critics are conservatives. They don’t agree with you, they didn’t like Obama, they want a right-wing radical on the supreme court, they don’t want Medicare for all, they don’t want more social services, because they are conservatives.
People on the left forget this and instead get their feelings hurt when their conservative political brothers in arms against Trump turn their fire to the left. Don’t be. Take a lesson from their effective attacks, but ignore all their garbage when they attack democrats and liberals. The left has to come up with its own agenda, it’s own alternative vision for the country. And while we can rely on conservatives Trump critics to attack Trump, they can’t be relied upon for advice on how democrats win or what democrats should stand for.
Take a page from Bernie Sanders and other liberals, and realize that you have to present a clear vision for the future of this country to get voters to buy in and support you. You don’t have to be a socialist, but you do have to tell voters what you want to do if you are elected. Being I’m not Trump is not good enough.
With the latest primary win by a democrat socialist, it’s confirmed. She did not win because she is a socialist, she won because she was very specific on what she wanted to accomplish: impeach trump, medicare for all, college for all. Her democratic establishment opponent (who himself is fairly liberal) didn’t even bother to show up for a debate and offered no clear plan (just like Hillary never bothered to show up at mid-west states she needed to win and never bothered to tell American voters specifically what she wanted to do as a leader).
Still don’t get what I’m saying? Tell me three specific goals Hillary Clinton said she wanted to accomplish if elected president . . . if you’re like me you probably can’t even come up with one, even though you voted for her. The only thing that comes to mind immediately is “not Trump.”
Now tell me three specific things Trump was for? The Wall. Mexico pays for it. Fight China.
If the democrats can’t get their messaging straight and only take the position that they are not Trump and rely on conservatives to do the effective political attacks against Trump, then the democratic party doesn’t have much of a future. The republicans play for keeps, they are willing to violate the constitution to ensure they get a Trump flunky appointed to the supreme court, prevent people from voting, and refuse to say one bad word against Trump. But you know exactly what they stand for because they repeat it over and over again until you memorize it like a catchy commercial. They want to win, whatever the cost.
Democrats don’t need to play dirty, but they need to start making sure people know by heart what the party stands for and they need to start playing tough and act like they actually want to win because they have something they actually want to accomplish beyond “I’m not Trump.”