It’s not often that you see this kind of blue-on-blue violence coming from Capitol Hill, and it’s extremely rare that you see it coming from the “right,” as it were. We’re accustomed to seeing the radical-socialist noisemakers like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez throwing bombs at the “moderate” Democratic Party establishment, but it’s not often that you see those bombs getting returned. But that’s exactly what happened on Thursday’s edition of “Morning Joe,” where Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) lamented some of the policy positions being taken by the leading 2020 presidential candidates.
“I think some of the lead candidates have taken positions that will lose 48 states, and I’m trying to figure out what the two are we’re going to win,” said Ryan. “I mean, if you’re talking about free health care for undocumented workers, and the average person in some of these states that we have to win are busting their rear end to provide health care for their own families and paying a lot of money for it.
“I think decriminalizing at the border is a mistake,” Ryan continued. “If you want to come into the country, you’ve got to ring the doorbell and it should be a crime to just try to walk into the United States. I think the single-payer idea of telling people they can’t have their private health insurance, you’re going to go to all these union people in the industrial Midwest and tell them they’ve negotiated away wages to get really good health care, and you’re going to tell them we’re going to take that health care from you because we’ve got a better idea in Washington, DC? I think that’s a mistake.”
What may have escaped your notice, of course, is that Ryan himself is one of the 1,000,000 Democrats running for president. We say it might have escaped your notice only because, well, no one ever talks about him. He has no online following like Andrew Yang, and his remarks aren’t supernaturally bizarre like Marianne Williamson. As such, he’s been shut out of the third nationally-televised Democratic debate on ABC next month.
There’s just not a lot of appetite on the left for a guy who thinks that maybe…just maybe…it’s a political catastrophe to endorse ideas like the decriminalization of the border which have very little support among the broader American electorate. The base wants extreme, and that’s what the base is likely going to get from its eventual nominee. Extreme, or, at best, gaffe-filled, “I know Obama” style nonsense.
Oh well, there’s always 2024, Tim. That is, if your party is still nationally viable by that time.