Democrats know their wokeness is a problem, but are afraid to talk about it because they will risk getting canceled.
Take James Carville, for example. He’s a seasoned political consultant who, despite his affinity for guiding Democrat candidates such as Bill Clinton to political victories, is becoming increasingly worried that the left’s obsession with woke, unrelatable rhetoric such as “Latinx” and “communities of color” is distancing them from voters.
“Wokeness is a problem and everyone knows it,” Carville recently told Vox News’ Sean Illing. “It’s hard to talk to anybody today — and I talk to lots of people in the Democratic Party — who doesn’t say this. But they don’t want to say it out loud.”
This quiet acknowledgment, Carville continued, is simply because Democrats are scared they will be “clobbered or canceled” by the mob which is fueled by the culture war monsters they created.
“I always tell people that we’ve got to stop speaking Hebrew and start speaking Yiddish. We have to speak the way regular people speak, the way voters speak. It ain’t complicated. That’s how you connect and persuade. And we have to stop allowing ourselves to be defined from the outside,” Carville concluded.
This isn’t the first time Carville cautioned those on the left side of the political aisle to refrain from using “patronizing” language and actions when approaching voters, especially those not in urban areas.
“You know how f—ing patronizing that is to people in the South or in the middle of the country?” Carville asked. “We can’t win the Senate by looking down at people. The Democratic Party has to drive a narrative that doesn’t give off vapors that we’re smarter than everyone or culturally arrogant.”
In leaked calls released late last year, President Joe Biden and Democrat leaders in the House led onto this same concept and acknowledged that it was woke talking points such as “defund the police” and socialized medicine that kept their winning margins small in 2020.
“That’s how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we’re talking about defunding the police,” Biden told civil rights leaders in December.
“[If] we are going to run on Medicare for All, defund the police, socialized medicine, we’re not going to win,” House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina said in November.
Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia echoed Clyburn’s concerns, saying that if leftists couldn’t reevaluate the platforms they relied on for the Nov. 3 election, they would lose in a landslide in the 2022 midterms.
“No one should say ‘defund the police’ ever again,” Spanberger said. “Nobody should be talking about socialism.”