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Are They Coming Apart?
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A rare snippet of truth surfaced on MSNBC Monday morning, and it came from a somewhat shocking source.

You’re aware of Donny Deutsch, right? He might win the prize for the most typical ruling-class Democrat in America. Deutsch comes from the advertising field — he inherited a New York ad agency from his father, which he unloaded on a larger company and pocketed $265 million. What did Deutsch like better than crafting advertising messages and placing media? Going on TV, of course. CNBC gave him a show from 2004-08, and then it was canceled. Since then, he’s gotten more chances to fail as a TV host than the Van Gundys have had as NBA coaches. Finally in 2019, he had his last gasp with a Saturday night show on MSNBC. That lasted 13 episodes.

Deutsch is also an author. That hasn’t gone particularly well either. His 2005 business motivational opus Often Wrong, Never in Doubt — Unleash the Business Rebel Within was panned vigorously by Publishers’ Weekly, which noted in a review that the book was filled with quotations like these: “I’m not going to f**k somebody for business…. unless she’s really hot. Why not? I’d f**k her if we weren’t doing business.”

He also fathered a child out of wedlock. Because of course he did.

Donny Deutsch is the guy who said that one-third of the country “must be racists” last year if they believed Donald Trump about COVID-19 or any other subject. That happened during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show, which continues to be Deutsch’s remaining pipeline to the airwaves.

Given that history, it’s somewhat telling that Deutsch might have finally gotten something right while on TV Monday. It’s even more telling what it was that he was correct about.

“I live on the Upper East Side, Manhattan — it could not be more navy blue — and this is what I am hearing,” Deutsch said in response to a prolonged rant by host Joe Scarborough about how the Hard Left is killing the Democrat Party. “By the way, they were Bill Clinton voters. They were Barack Obama voters. They weren’t Joe Biden — they were anti-Trump voters, all right? And Joe Biden does not have the hearts and minds of this country. And the other Democrats that we’ve seen being paraded for the AOCs of the world or the far left are suicide for the Democrats. So, the Democrats better get some new faces, and the Democrats better figure out that this world lives just right of center or on a good year, just left of the center, and it’s this the socialist kind of pulling all the way to the left is a disaster. And we are staring at a democracy in peril.”

“If we don’t get this right in 2024, it ain’t ever going to be right. You should be sounding the alarm bells of what’s going on now,” he concluded.

It isn’t just washed-up ad executives and former RINO congressmen sounding the alarm. Longtime Democrat pollster Doug Schoen, who has for decades warned his party about going too far to the left, penned an op-ed at the ruling class’ house organ The Hill warning that gubernatorial elections in Virginia and even New Jersey are losable for the Democrats as the party’s fortune sinks under the weight of the bad policies and worse governance of Joe Biden and his compatriots:

The recent drop in support for President Biden and his administration has imperiled Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Virginia and New Jersey, according to recent polling conducted by our firm, Schoen-Cooperman Research.

We find that, in Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe leads by four points, 47 percent to 43 percent, and in New Jersey, Democrat and incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy leads by nine points, 50 percent to 41 percent.

Though Biden won both states by double-digits in 2020, our data indicates that the president’s declining ratings — brought on by his stalled domestic agenda, the botched Afghanistan withdrawal, the southern border crisis and the unchecked surge of progressivism — have demonstrably weakened Democrats in both races.

To that end, our poll found that two key likely voter subgroups — those who say they are absolutely certain to vote in November and those who say they vote in all gubernatorial elections — are less likely to support their respective Democratic gubernatorial candidate. This signals that both Democrats may be in an even more fragile position than most overall voter polls make it seem.

Schoen went on to note that Glenn Youngkin, the Republican running against McAuliffe, is actually ahead by a 49-45 count among chronic voters in Virginia gubernatorial elections. The race is tied at 47 among voters who say they’re absolutely certain to vote. What he doesn’t say, but implies very heavily, is that he thinks Youngkin is going to win that race because the Left, to whom McAuliffe has been pandering, is scaring the pants off of Virginia’s voters:

On the other hand, Youngkin’s approach is clearly motivating Republicans and conservatives. Youngkin’s strategy has been to attack Biden’s failures and stoke cultural anxieties about the rise of progressivism — especially as it relates to education and critical race theory in schools, which has become a divisive issue in the race — without directly tying himself to Donald Trump.

As Washington Post’s James Homann observed this week, “railing about [critical race theory] lets Youngkin appeal to his coalition of Never Trumpers and Forever Trumpers without talking about Donald Trump.”

“Republicans are in striking distance of winning statewide in Virginia for the first time since 2009, and Democrats seem to be sleepwalking into disaster,” Homann added.

You’ll notice something about both of these two examples — for brevity’s sake, this column doesn’t include countless similar others from the past week. Namely that Trump derangement seems to be the only thing which holds these people together. That’s so true that over the weekend, the Democratic National Committee put out geotargeted ads for the Virginia governor’s race not aimed at Newport News or Roanoke or Falls Church but … Mar-A-Lago.

Which is in Florida, and not Virginia.

The ads sought to troll Trump for not campaigning for Youngkin. Nobody would have even noticed but for the fact the left-wing political press — The Hill, POLITICO, and Business Insider — gave them fawning treatment.

And the nonstop demonization of the former president worked in California to save Gavin Newsom from losing a recall election, so it’s what they’ve got.

It’s all they’ve got. They don’t have policy or performance to sell, and accountability for their shortcomings is a little more than a year away. They’re very aware of that, which is why the first trickles of what’s likely going to be a flood of congressional retirements have begun.

And when the Trump derangement has played itself out, which it might already have given that Trump is starting to poll better than Biden around the country, all that’ll be left is that accountability.

You’re already seeing the old-school Democrats, the ruling class shills like Deutsch, screaming at the Hard Left with whom they’ve allied in pursuit of political power. They’re lining up to scapegoat Bernie Sanders and the Squad for what’s coming.

They aren’t wrong, but nobody should sympathize. That bed is well made and ready for lying.

Scott McKay
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Scott McKay is publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics. He’s also a writer of fiction — check out his three Tales of Ardenia novels Animus, Perdition and Retribution at Amazon. Scott's other project is The Speakeasy, a free-speech social and news app with benefits - check it out here.
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