DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE AND THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY: Allegations of bigotry and calls for impeachment rock College Democrats.
The kids are not alright.
The College Democrats of America — the Democratic Party’s national organization presiding over 500 chapters on campuses across the country — is in turmoil.
The group’s leaders are publicly firing off accusations of anti-Blackness, Islamaphobia and anti-Semitism at each other. Impeachment proceedings are now in the works against the organization’s new vice president, Nourhan Mesbah, who is Muslim. College Democrats say that screenshots of tweets that their peers sent in adolescence spread rapidly through group texts, which already caused a student running for president of the group to withdraw their candidacy in September. And national advocacy groups for Muslim and Jewish Americans are now weighing in with criticism.
The conflict has gotten so messy that the Democratic National Committee is considering disaffiliating with the national collegiate organization altogether and creating a partnership with the state groups underneath the national umbrella, according to a Democrat familiar with the discussions. The DNC declined to comment.
If Democrats combined the desire for a secure social-safety net with guarantees of actual economic and physical security, they’d be hitting the political sweet spot. But denying political reality is a surefire way to squander any opportunity being presented by a Republican Party that’s catering to its own extremes. Dissatisfied voters always punish the party in power, and right now Democrats will bear the brunt of a disillusioned electorate.
There’s one exception to that rule, however. Manchin, a Democrat representing a state where Trump won 69 percent of the vote last year, is still one of his state’s most popular figures. A new poll from the GOP firm MBE Research found that Manchin holds an enviable 61 percent approval rating, while Biden’s approval is a dismal 33 percent.
There’s a powerful lesson in those numbers: If even in this rough environment for Democrats, a moderate maverick can remain popular in a ruby-red state, there’s still plenty of time for the party to turn things around by moving to the middle. But if Democrats don’t get the message—and there’s little sign they’re receiving it in the wake of this month’s elections—they’re whistling past the political graveyard.
h/t Ed Driscoll