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Democrats are a bunch of sorry candidates.

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Democrats are a bunch of sorry candidates.

Democrats are a bunch of sorry candidates.
November 25
21:28 2019

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a longstanding supporter of “stop and frisk” as an effective means of fighting crime.  Now that he wants to be President of the United States, he faces the reality that the police practice is VERY unpopular among black and many progressive voters.  In other words, there ain’t no way he can become the standard-bearer of the Democratic Party as a law-and-order candidate.

So, what does he do?  He apologizes.

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He comes to the microphone to lament his wayward ways in those past days. He was wrong. He did not understand the impact of his actions.  He is now an enlightened soul.  He is woke.

Time will tell if this particular apology will work (I am betting not).  But Bloomberg is not alone.  In fact, apologizing seems to be the Democrats’ strategy de jure.

Pete Buttigieg has apologized for his handling of racial matters as mayor of South Bend, Indiana.  So far, it has not worked for him.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren apologized for claiming some sort of tribal status based on her incredibly small percentage of indigenous DNA – which could be ­­­­­­­Native Mexican rather than Native American.  Although she has not said so, Warren is probably truly sorry for ever having been a Republican.

Former Vice President Joe Biden seems to be apologizing for everything he did in the past.  He has done a public mea culpa over his treatment of Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings.  He is abjectly sorry for supporting the 1990s crime bills that packed America’s prisons with low-level defenders.  He made a video apology for creeping out women.  Maybe he needs to apologize for using his office to get his son, Hunter, all those high-paying positions.

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro apologized for using his position on the debate stage to intimate that Biden was losing it.  Castro’s apology may be the most insignificant because hardly anyone noticed.  And why should they?  He is currently struggling to break through the one percent polling number.

Beto O’Rourke forewarned we the people that he was coming for our guns. (He will be disappointed when his Gestapo gets to my house since I do not own a gun.)  His apology – in the form of a clarification – did not save his campaign.

Two candidates offer up what might be called sort-of apologies.  They know they’ve done wrong – at least according to radical left orthodoxy.  They are not apologizing as much as promising not to do it again.

California Senator Kamala Harris got ripped from the left for her aggressive prosecutorial conduct as California Attorney General.  Her shift from hard to soft on crime had all the earmarks of an apology.  Judging from her falling polling numbers, the left is not in a forgiving mood.

In a similar situation, New Jersey Senator took a tough position on crime when he was mayor of Newark.  In fact, he brought in former New York Mayor Rudy “Stop and Frisk” Giuliani as an advisor.  Like Harris, Booker did not prostrate himself in an act of contrition, but he did indicate he was not going to do it again.  Also, like Harris, his promise to reject his past policies has not moved his polling numbers into double digits.

So, what does it all mean?  Maybe that the Democratic Party has a lot of sorry-ass candidates – and public apologies do not always work.  In fact, they seem to rarely work.

So, three ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Rick
    Rick November 27, 19:09

    Beyond being sorry-ass candidates, they are sorry-ass people. There is not a honorable person among them.

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  2. John Abbott
    John Abbott November 27, 22:50

    It appears that the Democrats, like their name sake are deceptive. Maybe we need to teach the Democrats where the name democracy came from and what it means?

    Reply to this comment

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