The Democrats Are Foolishly Swinging Left—Without Even Noticing America's Not With Them | Opinion

As I watched the Democratic debates last week, something struck me that I believe will prove important in 2020: The candidates have nothing they can defend and nothing tangible to attack.

The American economy is in great shape. Unemployment remains incredibly low (historically low for African Americans and Latinos, in fact). And despite clear hurdles, Republicans have been taking proactive steps to fix the biggest problems in health care—consistently the No. 1 issue on the minds of Americans.

So the Democrats have been aggressively on offense and pulling from the radical left's playbook. What they seem not to realize is most of the American people aren't with them.

Consider Senator Elizabeth's Warren's comments:

We need to call out white supremacy for what it is—domestic terrorism—and it poses a threat to the United States of America.... We live in a country now where the president is advancing environmental racism, economic racism, criminal justice racism, health care racism. The way we do better is to fight back and show something better.

Recall that this is a candidate who lied about her own ethnicity to advance her career. Then couple this with recent calls by Warren and other Democrats to tax Americans to pay reparations for slavery. (Slavery was indeed a horrible, un-American institution in our nation's history—but no one alive today was a slave or a slave owner).

I'm fairly certain that average Americans don't consider themselves racists. They probably don't think getting a raise makes them racist. They likely don't think driving a gas-powered car makes them racist. They probably don't think wanting to choose their own health insurance or doctor makes them racist. And I'm certain most don't believe it's racist to not go along with a zany genealogical reparations scheme.

The Democratic candidates are using this aggressive, radical language and name-calling because it fires up their base, and they've got nothing left to attack (save occasional comments from President Donald Trump, which they distort). It's too hard for them to come to grips with the fact that the Mueller story collapsed. So calling everyone and everything racist gets them applause from diehard audiences and helps the candidates to avoid thinking.

Meanwhile—when they aren't declaring American tradition, history and culture inherently racist—the Democrats are promoting open borders, free health care for people who enter our country illegally, the end of private insurance and choice in health care, and the death of our economy through fanatical environmental regulations.

I suspect all these ideas would be widely unpopular when you take them nationwide. But in their mania (which is bolstered by much of the mainstream media and liberal echo chambers), the Democrats are dragging themselves further and further to the left.

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Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks as Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Representative Beto O'Rourke listen on July 30 in Detroit. Justin Sullivan/Getty

As I've mentioned before, I believe we are heading toward another Nixon-McGovern-style landslide.

When Richard Nixon won the presidency in 1968, many on the left were convinced the Democrats needed to go as radically left-wing as they thought Nixon was right-wing. They nominated George McGovern, who was exactly the kind of radical they believed they needed. In 1972, Nixon won with more than 60 percent of the vote—the most in modern history. The McGovern movement had completely alienated most Americans.

Similarly, the Democrats today are on track to nominate the most radical candidate they can in 2020. Watch as the few moderate, center-left candidates in the massive field become more and more marginalized.

Because of this, the big winner of last week's Democratic debates was Trump. The Democrats are unbelievably invested in adopting policies and creating a country that average Americans simply don't want.

The potential for a Trump landslide in 2020 is growing by the day.

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich is the chairman of Gingrich 360, the host of the Newt's World podcast and author of the New York Times best-sellers Understanding Trump and Trump's America.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.