The Democrats' "Structural Advantage"
they are in it for the power and the money
Over at Powerline they have an analysis of the 2022 election in Minnesota, a very Democratic state. Here are the bullet points:
Dems are financed by a few big-dollar donors, GOPs by lots of small donors.
A first-time Dem candidate raised $150,000 from out-of-state donors. And he had a full-time campaign manager.
For Democrats, politics is a profession, a career, and they act as if their jobs and livelihoods hinge on the results of every election. Because they do.
For DFL megadonors, the investment is small, the odds favorable, the potential payoff is massive and the payoff accrues exclusively to the donor.
MN Democrats have hundreds (thousands of people if you count public unions and nonprofits) of staffers who do politics full-time, year-round, election years and off years, alike.
As for GOP candidates, the would-be citizen legislators, what is the value proposition? "Lets see, I get the death threats, the character assassination, AND I get to lose money, hand over fist?"
As I say, the average middle class person is not that interested in power. But the average educated-class person is very interested in power.
But you understand why the notion of Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt applies, that the political is the distinction between friend and enemy. The whole Democrat political firmament is starred with people dishing bennies out to each other.
And in their free moments they dish the race card out to Republicans with the help of their friends in the ruling-class media. As one commenter on Glahn’s Twitter thread said:
The only way this changes is through economic and/or social collapse. Which may be well on its way. There might be a few states where the GOP is beginning to treat politics this way, but change barring catastrophe is virtually out of the question in Democrat-controlled states.
I think that the piece rather clearly shows that, while the Democratic narrative is that “we care about the people,” in fact, as with any political regime, the game is really looting the place for the benefit of friends of the regime. And that is all.
And the game that Democrats play with the lower class is to appeal to their race or class or ethnic group. As Joe Biden so correctly said back in 2020:
[I]f you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.
And that is all.