The disarray in the Democratic party is a golden opportunity for Republicans to pounce and fire up voters to keep President Trump in the White House, the newly elected state Republican party boss said.
“We need to energize folks … like the Democrats just did to win back the House,” said MassGOP chair Jim Lyons. “The Democratic party has gone so far to the left it doesn’t represent the mainstream people in Massachusetts, let alone on the national level.”
Lyons hit back at Democrats after a freshman representative apologized Monday for remarks that were seen as anti-Semitic, while a Green New Deal from another new member remains under attack and Virginia’s embattled governor and lieutenant governor refuse to leave office.
The unrest also comes as 11 Democratic candidates and counting are running for president in 2020, including Bay State U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Lyons said some of the “radical views” coming out of the U.S. House of Representatives is emboldening Democrats.
“They want to take their radical socialist agenda public,” he added, “but Republicans need to get our message out on freedom, as Ronald Reagan taught us.”
But Lyons and some Democratic party stalwarts agree on one thing — the 2020 primaries are far enough in the future to allow the landscape to change.
“Democrats are going to be undisciplined. The genius of (Speaker) Nancy Pelosi is she will get discipline in the House,” said Democratic consultant Scott Ferson, who added the “rebels” will move to the middle to survive.
Former Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman Phil Johnston said the “heightened political environment” is drawing attention to Democratic control of the House. He also said Pelosi is up to the challenge.
“This is all hitting very early in the process,” Johnston added. “The fact that people are getting much less in tax returns is much more important.”
The average tax return is coming in down 8.4 percent from last year, with the Treasury Department on Monday saying a small sample size is to blame.
But Democrats acting badly continues to top the news.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) apologized under pressure from Pelosi for implying that Republican support for Israel is fueled by “the Benjamins baby” from pro-Israel groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) claim that Green New Deal documents had been “doctored” was slammed by fact-checkers. Her proposal included ending air travel and paying people who are “unwilling to work.”
In Virginia, both Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax — gripped by a blackface scandal and sexual assault allegations, respectively — are refusing to step down.
Tad Devine, who was on U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016, said the bad apples need to be “taken on.”
“This party finds its footing … but we’ve got to agree on what the boundaries are,” Devine said. “But the Democratic Party is coming together. The recent election speaks for itself.”
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