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Poll: 57% say socialism is incompatible with American values

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I mean, I knew Bernie was done but I didn’t realize he was done-done.

Nah, I’m just kidding. Surely there’s enough statist garbage in our national electorate to give this old pinko a fighting chance in the general election. There’s certainly enough such garbage in the Democratic primaries to make him viable there. For instance, when Monmouth asked in its new survey whether people’s view of capitalism is positive, negative, or neutral, Americans split 39/17/40 overall and Democrats split just 18/24/53. In both groups, in other words, more people view capitalism neutrally than favorably. And on the left, more people view it *negatively* than positively.

And socialism? That’s a 10/42/45 proposition among all Americans thanks to strong opposition from indies and overwhelming opposition from Republicans. But among Democrats it’s 15/15/67, a neutral verdict. Just 38 percent of Dems agree with the statement that socialism takes away too many individual rights (55 percent disagree) whereas a supermajority of 76 percent(!) agrees that “socialism is a way to make things fairer for working people.”

You don’t think Bernie can win a primary with those numbers? Check this out:

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You can see why the S-word will figure strongly in Trump’s message next year and why even lefty candidates like Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren are staying away from it. It’s a liability — in the general. In the primary, though, they’re facing voters who split 50/32 on the issue with another 10 percent willing to say “it depends.” I’m tempted to call that a “Bernie effect,” with Sanders’s 2016 run and his ostentatious self-branding as a socialist responsible for mainstreaming the ideology among the left. If you like Medicare for All and it so happens that Medicare for All is the centerpiece policy of a guy who’s so devoted to socialism that he won’t even join the Democratic Party because of it, then maybe you end up concluding that socialism’s okay.

But I’m not sure there is a “Bernie effect.” I googled for some old polls on this subject and ran across this one from Gallup:

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Fifty-three percent of Democrats had a favorable view of socialism in 2010. It so happens that that poll was taken in the thick of the ObamaCare wars, at a moment when tea-party Republicans were warning Democrats that a government revamp of the health insurance industry was the first step in the eventual socialization of medicine even though private insurers would stand to gain financially from this round of reforms. Democrats may have internalized that message: “I like ObamaCare, the right says ObamaCare is socialism, therefore I guess I like socialism.” Call it the “Obama effect.”

Monmouth actually asked about universal health care as part of today’s new poll and got an interesting result, though. A majority of the public supports the goal — 58 percent overall, with 60 percent of indies in favor — but their views of whether it’s a socialist or a capitalist policy differ:

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Republicans, who strongly oppose universal health care, are highly likely to view it as “socialist.” Democrats, who strongly support UHC, are highly likely to view it as neither socialist nor capitalist. So maybe the “Obama effect” isn’t as strong as we suspect either. The ObamaCare wars may not have convinced Dems that the particular policies they like are socialist — there may still be enough of a stigma of radicalism around the term that liberals flinch when it’s applied to programs which they personally support. But clearly the stigma has weakened enough that they’re willing to say they view socialism favorably in the abstract. Bernie’s task this coming year will be to shred what’s left of the stigma by convincing Democratic voters that their own preferred policies are actually quite socialist indeed. Whereas Trump’s task will be to have a sort of “values” referendum on the subject, reinforcing the stigma by insisting that “socialism,” however you define it, just can’t be compatible with making America great again.

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Trump’s new 2020 strategy: Run against Ilhan Omar

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A basic rule of politics, turbo-charged in an age of intense negative partisanship: The more villainous your opponent is, the higher your side’s turnout will be. It worked like a dream for Trump in 2016 but there are no easy villains in the current crop of Democratic candidates. The closest thing they have is Bernie Sanders, I guess, but Bernie’s too much of a grandpa to project villainy despite his ideological tendencies. He comes off as an eccentric yet beloved college professor who should have eased into emeritus status a few years ago more so than a storm-the-ramparts revolutionary.

Who else? Elizabeth Warren? Meh. She’s the librarian who scolds you for talking too loudly. Kamala Harris? Harris was a prosecutor. She put bad guys away! Beto?

Beto’s not a villain. He’s a furry.

Trump likes his villains like he he likes everything else, from “central casting.” AOC would have done fine — she’s radical, pugnacious, clearly hates the right, and seems to believe utterly in the inevitable victory of socialism. She’s also a living reminder that America’s future is certainly less white and almost certainly more left-wing than it is now. But Ilhan Omar meets all of those same criteria and is a devout Muslim prone to saying crankish things about Israel, “the Benjamins,” and the supposedly suspect loyalties of supporters of the Jewish state. She’s also a refugee, someone to whom Trump can point and tell righties that supporting softer asylum policies will eventually lead to them being governed by more Omars and fewer Dan Crenshaws.

What does “Make America Great Again” mean to voters if not reversing the economic and cultural tide of early 21st century life? Well, then, find a prominent Democrat who best embodies that tide and run against that person. If Omar hadn’t been so willing to share her thought-farts about Israel that Democrat would have been Ocasio-Cortez. As it is…

Mr. Trump and his team are trying to make Ms. Omar, one of a group of progressive women Democratic House members who is relatively unknown in national politics, a household name, to be seen as the most prominent voice of the Democratic Party, regardless of her actual position. And they are gambling that there will be limited downside in doing so…

Privately, Mr. Trump’s advisers describe Ms. Omar as his ideal foil. Her remarks about the power of the pro-Israel lobby in the United States, combined with her role in a progressive contingent of freshman House Democrats who have sparked intraparty battles, have been treated as a gift by Republicans.

Trump aides and allies say they are pleased that some of the Democratic hopefuls for the 2020 presidential nomination are defending her against the president’s attacks, claiming they think it will be damaging for them in the general election.

That was published in the Times a few hours before this new Trump tweet, which essentially confirms its thesis:

Omar as the “leader” of the Democratic Party. The interesting thing about that is the terrible dilemma it creates for Pelosi and the eventual Democratic nominee as to how fiercely to defend Omar from Trump’s attacks. On Friday night, after he posted his Twitter video about Omar’s 9/11 comments, progressives on the platform demanded that the 2020 candidates and other party leaders speak up on Omar’s behalf against what they thought was deliberate incitement by the president — but not generically, they insisted. They wanted those professing to stand with her against Trump to defend her *by name* to show that they won’t be intimidated politically into keeping their distance from her. Pete Buttigieg initially posted something generic about Trump’s video…

…and then scrambled 20 minutes later to mention Omar specifically after lefties complained:

That’s what Trump wants, to force Dems to hug Omar ever more tightly. David Frum noticed the strategy and warned Democrats not to fall into “the Ilhan Omar trap,” as if they have any choice if they want to remain in good standing with progressives:

Omar, in her turn, has been a target of extremist criticism, some of it verging on incitement. She should be free to express her thoughts about Jews, about 9/11, about her distrust of the democratic opposition in Venezuela without fear of harm. But now the combined operations of Trump and the ultra-progressive edge of American politics have put them beyond normal political criticism within the Democratic Party, sticking her co-partisans with responsibility for whatever outlandish remark next tumbles from her lips.

It cannot be pleasant for Omar’s colleagues to have to wonder and worry what that next remark will be—knowing that Donald Trump and his Twitter feed will be waiting to blame all Democrats for the provocations of one. But by not putting themselves on record about Omar when they could, Democrats now find themselves bound to her for the duration. This problem will get worse, and its political consequences will become ever more costly for Democrats who want to win national elections and govern the country.

Here’s what’s waiting for them among progressives if they take Frum’s advice:

Pelosi did eventually speak up in Omar’s defense but it’s not coincidental that she was on “60 Minutes” last night insisting that the AOC/Omar wing of the House caucus is “like five people.” Just like it’s not coincidental that Steny Hoyer keeps running around complaining to audiences that “three people” in the freshman class seem to get more attention than the dozens of others elected last fall. That’s how they’re going to play both sides here: They’ll spend one percent of their time expressing solidarity with Omar when she pops off sporadically about something and 99 percent of their time emphasizing that she’s an extreme outlier among Democrats. That’s the only way they can even partially counter Trump’s message that Omar’s the de facto leader of the party, if not the party as it is today than the party as it’ll be tomorrow.

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