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Commentary: Extremism Ignites the Democratic Party’s Death Spiral

By Dr. Tom Borelli originally posted at

The Democrat Party is in a death spiral, and efforts to save it from falling into the political abyss are doomed to fail.

Outspoken freshman Democrat representatives and the socialist-leaning 2020 presidential candidates are setting the policy narrative and labeling Democrats as the party for extremist politicians and polices. Medicare for All, reparations for black Americans, free college tuition, student loan debt forgiveness, the Green New Deal, wealth redistribution, and allowing felons to vote from prison are part of the Democrat narrative.

Compounding the move to the left-wing fringe, Democrats are using their control of the House of Representatives to attack President Trump and not to advance policy initiatives to solve problems facing Americans.

The finding by special counsel Robert Mueller that neither President Trump nor his campaign conspired with Russian officials to affect the 2016 presidential election had no impact on Democrats. Instead of addressing health insurance or the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, Democrats are demanding President Trump’s tax returns, and some are calling for his impeachment.

The lurch to the extreme Left and the efforts to investigate everything about the president bring with them a branding problem for Democrats that has the potential to backfire in the 2020 elections.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reported that Republicans closed the enthusiasm gap for the upcoming 2020 presidential election. According to the poll, registered Republican voters expressed a keen interest in the 2020 presidential race on a 10-point scale, reaching the same level of interest as Democrats. During the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats had the enthusiasm advantage.

Panicked by the surge of extremism, establishment Democrats are looking to former Vice President Joe Biden as their 2020 nominee to rescue the party from the political cliff.

In a parallel effort that realizes extremism is not a path to political victory, a group of Democrats launched an effort to rebrand the party. The group started Future Majority, a nonprofit organization dedicated to defining the Democrat Party in more moderate terms and helping the party communicate the new branding messaging.

To position Democrat politicians as mainstream, Future Majority promoted the newly elected members of the House of Representatives in a video on twitter highlighting their background as “community leaders and Purple Heart recipients, they are business women and entrepreneurs.”

Missing in the Democrat branding video were Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Talib, D-Mich., who represent the extremist arm of the party.

Concerned about Democrats being associated with socialism, Future Majority is advocating the idea of “Smart Capitalism,” which recognizes the importance of free markets but includes regulations and government as a “partner.”

The Green New Deal, aimed at addressing climate change, is notably absent from Future Majority’s strategy on “Smart Capitalism.”

The problem for Democrats is that actions and words matter, and Americans will judge the party by what its members say and do.

Recent polls show a troubling sign for Democrats. In February, a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll reported that 64 percent of registered voters believe that the Democrat Party backs socialism. That’s an important data point, because the socialism label is not viewed as a positive attribute by registered voters. According to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, socialism was the least desirable characteristic in a presidential candidate, with only 25 percent of voters viewing a socialist candidate as desirable.

The crisis at the southern border is also a problem for Democrats. As arrests of migrants illegally entering the U.S. are surging, Democrats are ignoring the crisis. In April, nearly 100,000 immigrants were arrested between the ports of entry along the border with Mexico, reaching a level not seen since 2007.

Democrat inaction on border security is showing signs of backfiring. A recent ABC/Washington Post poll reported a rise in the percentage of Democrats and independents who view illegal border crossings as a crisis. Since January, there was a 17-percent jump in Democrats seeing illegal immigration at the southern border as a crisis and a nine-percent increase among independents.

All the spin-doctoring in the world by groups such as Future Majority can’t hide the fact that extremism dominates the Democrat Party, and failing to address serious issues like the illegal migration crisis is a losing formula for the 2020 elections.

Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @tomborelli.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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