2020 Messaging Has Already Started; Backfire Expected

The Kremlin Fanbois, er, Republicans are going long on framing the Democrats as socialists* out to destroy capitalism, and what they see as freedom (to make steal as much money as they can from the rest of us).

Axios (strage emboldening and idiosyncratic formatting is theirs):


For the first time since the midterms, Republicans find themselves playing offense as they push “socialism vs. freedom” as an opening 2020 message.

  • The Green New Deal introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a powerful symbol of the issue that President Trump teed up in his State of the Union address when he said: “[W]e renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”
  • The liberal proposals of Democrats’ 2020 candidates, most notably Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “wealth tax,” give Republicans more ammunition.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tells Fred Barnes in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece about Ocasio-Cortez: “I can pretty safely say this is the first time in my political career that I thought the essence of America was being debated.”

Of course what’s funny is that Republicans have long branded us filthy, dirty hippies as commies, but the tide seems to be turning in favor of socialism.

Axios again:


  • Polling shows younger Americans are souring on capitalism, and don’t find the label “socialist” so scary.
  • And an Axios/SurveyMonkey poll last month found 70% of voters want the economic system reformed, with 58% saying it’s skewed toward the wealthy.
  • So soaking the rich may turn out to be pretty darn popular.

Here’s the thing: given the backfire on the Billions for Billionaires Bill and the Trillion Amero Deficits, and the 2008 Miracle of Chimpy’s Economy and subsequent crash,  and all the rest of the financial malfeasance that the Fourth Reich has committed, the GOP might be setting up their own trap. I know that there is a certain ossified Fox News listening demographic that looks fondly on the Cold War, but the generational shift is already here, and the Yutes of Today don’t have the reference point of breadlines in Red Square to keep them up at night.

The screwing of the millennials is driving this, and they are ascendent.

So, anyone want to wager that this GOP messaging is going to eventually backfire? I got some Quatloos.

*Yes, I know Communism is not the same as Socialism, please spare us all the update; the artwork is funny.

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11 Responses to 2020 Messaging Has Already Started; Backfire Expected

  1. tomshefchik says:

    Fred Barnes in the Wall Street Journal? That ass rag? I had not heard of him in a long time. I was hoping that that liar and fraud was dead. And McConnell should be put in front of a firing squad along with the rest of the fake president’s crime family. The treasonous Lindsey Graham as well.

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  2. Dennis Cole says:

    “The essence of America…” Could that be Teen Spirit I smell?

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  3. the Yutes of Today don’t have the reference point of breadlines in Red Square to keep them up at night.

    Nope, they have the reference of food banks all over, Remote Area Medical focusing on the United States, and a lifetime of indentured servitude undischargeable student loan debt, and an understanding that No socialism isn’t all venezuela and soviet breadlines.

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  4. donnah says:

    I hope the Democrats get both hands around the definition and practical applications of “socialism”. They have to spell it out in non-prejudicial terms or get another name for it, because “socialism” and “communism” will never play well in the current society, especially among older voters.

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    • MDavis says:

      “Shared Responsibility”. Isn’t that what the right wing protesters are clamoring for? Let’s five it to them, convince them that this is what they wanted all along.

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  5. w3ski4me says:

    The youth of today has a vivid picture of food lines. And I would also say a really bad view of predatory capitalism. Just like in my youth when “Anti War” became an issue and not just an idea.
    My generation stopped a war, once we came of voting age. I have so much hope for this coming generation.
    So many issues to tackle but I am hopeful they will concentrate on the winnable ones.
    I am so for the “yutes” of today.
    They finally give me hope again!
    w3ski

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  6. Redhand says:

    “I can pretty safely say this is the first time in my political career that I thought the essence of America was being debated.” [Mitch McConnell]

    I would agree with him if he was talking about the GOP drive towards fascism,. for which he is Trump’s legislative handmaiden, but I don’t think that’s what the corrupt old bastard is referring to.

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  7. Osirisopto says:

    Sex and communism… add a little magic powder and it sounds like a weekend in the ‘80’s that I’d forgotten.

    Mmmmmmmmm, collectivism. 😈

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