The New Reagan Democrats and Joe Piscopo’s Farewell to the Dems


It’s interesting to note how some former cast members from Saturday Night Live, from back when it was funny, drifted over to the right.

Piscopo though isn’t in that category. Yet. What’s interesting though is what his departure article says about the independent voter.

When I met President Reagan, I felt inspired. I want to feel inspired again. Like Reagan, I think the time has come for me to leave the party I’ve been a member of my entire life — not because I want to leave it, but because it has already left me…

I don’t think I’m ready to become a Republican yet (although despite their lack of solutions, I still find myself rooting for the Republicans in the midterm elections for the first time I can recall).

There’s a familiar pattern here.

He’s disillusioned by what the Democratic Party has become without having any particular enthusiasm for the Republican Party. He’s rooting for the Republicans to win because they’re an alternative to a disastrous party, not because he likes what they stand for.

He joins a lot of Democrats turned independent voters who might have become Reagan Democrats in 2012 if there had been a Reagan running. But the Republican Party still has no real leadership and it hasn’t been able to articulate much in the way of a positive vision. Instead it spends much of its time playing defense or offense, games that the wider public doesn’t care much about.

But the open space is there.

Hillary’s new semi-conservative persona is all about trying to win back somewhat apolitical working class white voters. It’s the opposite of the Obama strategy which was to increase turnout by a committed base and demonize the opposition.

There’s a mishmash of things here.

I was a Democrat because I believed in civil rights, like Lyndon Johnson. I was a Democrat because while it was clear to me that the Republican politicians were out of touch and cared for only the upper class, Democrats like Franklin Roosevelt cared for the masses and helping the working man. I was a Democrat because I believed in a strong defense and opposed communism, like John F. Kennedy. And I was a Democrat because I loved the fact that Kennedy understood we needed lower marginal tax rates.

We can all poke holes in this, but that’s not the point. The point is how people think and what they want.

From where I’m standing, the party has largely abandoned its commitment to civil rights and instead allows race-baiters to be national power brokers…

I am hurt that there is not one Democrat in Washington who cares enough about the great inner cities of this country to help those in dire distress from poverty and crime. These cities are in worse shape than those countries from which all those illegal “children” crossing our borders daily are coming….

Most disheartening, though, is the Democrats’ weak commitment to a strong defense and maintaining America’s place in the world as the only superpower…

These are Dem weak points that the Republican Party has simply failed to exploit in any meaningful fashion. David Horowitz has written about it. So have others.

Some Republicans have managed decent messaging on point 3. Point 1 has been mostly ceded. So has Point 2.

Hillary’s people understand these weak points. She intends to close the messaging gaps on them, even if she alienates some on the left.

A serious Republican candidate is going to have to talk about them seriously.

  • Texas Patriot

    DG: A serious Republican candidate is going to have to talk about them seriously.

    There’s no question about that. I just don’t know who it’s going to be. Basically, I’d like to see a bare-knuckles political debate among the top ten contenders for as long as anyone could stand it. We need to get beyond the canned responses and the polished political personas down to the nitty gritty questions of Who Am I, Why Am I Willing to Put My Life On the Line to Lead the American People at this Critical Juncture in American History, and What’s My Plan for Dealing with All the Major Problems Facing America Today? Anything less is not likely to get the job done.

  • Yehuda Levi

    “the love, the appreciation and an unapologetic pride of being an American” Joe Piscopo

    This comment truly is a consequence of Obama’s presidency. The first American president who did not love his country or take exceptional pride in being an “American.” Instead, he apologizes for it.

    After almost six years of this, Americans are tired of being blamed for the world’s problems. This is a good country, we are a force for good in the world, but we don’t have a leader who believes that.

    The Democrat’s “Blame America First” foreign policy approach is not only wrong, it is demoralizing. If any Republican is to win, he/she will certainly need to be more of a believer in the greatness of America, in spite of its faults, and stress the inherent goodness of the American people as Reagan did.

    Reagan truly loved America. We need another president who feels the same way.

  • GSR

    Its too late to safe this country. “Civil rights”? What the hell does that even mean anymore?
    Mass immigration, legal and illegal has already changed the country 90% full of Arab/Muslim kids, fly Lebanese and Syrian flags (next to the US and Michigan flags) during high school graduation ceremonies.
    It’s too late. Diversity killed the USA not with a bang but with a slow, quiet whimper over the past 20 years of open borders and family chain immigration.

  • retired22

    I believe that the problem lies in the basic systemic differences between both parties.
    The Democrats are motivated by their political ideals & a large body of knowledge of the the world! The problem is that their Ideology is a bunch of crap & most of their knowledge is misinformation.
    The irony of it is that much of the Left’s cadre & it’s apparatchiks are victims of the same educational system they created to keep the general public ignorant & pacified & misinformed.In effect,aside from being ideologically pure,they are as ignorant & foolish as the rest of the public that attended Public Schools.
    This can be shown by the fantastic & other worldly policies they have promoted in the last 6 years,they really don’t know any better!These fools have turned the whole world upside/down.Today’s world has become a huge shooting gallery.War & misery have been unleashed on the world by a bunch of fools who can’t separate fact from their own delusions!
    However foolish their ideas are,they are motivational.The Democrats are motivated by what they believe & this gives them the strength to push their programs.
    On the other hand, The Republicans are apathetic,inert,& unmotivated.

    They cannot be motivated by the strength of their convictions,the only convictions they have are for speeding tickets on their drivers licenses
    PS: As Ralph Peters paraphrased could have said,”The Democrats may not be much,but they are something.You can’t beat something with nothing”!

  • quillerm

    Those that become front runners in the GOP will be brought down by allegations of wrong doing by the media. After they are removed, the allegations will disappear. That is the way to make sure NO Republican can run for higher office.

  • Christopher Riddle

    What took you so long,JOE?Need some”Bookings”???????????????

  • pete-unlinked

    you’d think the Conservatives could pick up millions of young ‘uns by simply reminding them of Mooch’s #WarOnChoice for school lunch…