If there is such a thing as a blue wave, Lindsey Graham just smashed it and scattered the wave to the winds.
“Boy, you all want power! God I hope you never get it. I hope the American people can see through this sham, that you knew about it and you held it. You had no intention to protect Dr. Ford. She is as much a victim as you are,” Graham shouted to his Democratic colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee during a contentious hearing into whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford when they were teenagers.
Lindsey’s outburst, less than a month after crying at John McCain's memorial about being more bipartisan in the future, poignantly emasculated the leaderless Democratic Party. He gives the Republican Party a one-two punch teamed with the political savvy communicator Donald Trump.
If Democrats have any hope in gaining that power Graham is praying to God to prevent them from obtaining, they will have to select a point man with the energy and take no prisoners approach that Trump and Graham display. A point person who will go toe to toe with Graham and Trump. A street brawler who does not mind mixing it up with the GOP. Perhaps Nina Turner and Symone Sanders. Two political operatives who are not scared to speak up and are quick on their toes.
Otherwise, the mid-term win, that is the Democrats for the taking, will disappear faster than the win that was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s in 2016.
The Republicans are not playing. They are taking names and kicking political ass.
The Democrats are playing patty-pat with each others. With the midterms 50 days away, the Democrats have yet to define a theme for why they should be selected over Republicans.
Demos believe that everyone in the country feel the way they feel about Trump. This could not be further from the truth. Trump did not win by a fluke. A significant number of Americans love Donald Trump. He won in ’16 because he distracted Democrats with bombastic statements, while outworking them in the nitty-gritty trances of politics.
And they are doing it all over again. Trump and Graham are making a case to conservative Americans that they should never give up the power they wrestled away from the liberals in 2016, not in 2018 midterms and not in 2020.
Young Black Americans, who stand to gain under a Democratic control government, are not inclined to vote or to vote for the blue wave. This summer, I participated in a voter’s registration drive in Atlanta, Georgia.
Several twentysomething Black men snarled at me, as mean as the snarl on the face of Brett Kavanaugh during the Christine Blasey Ford hearing, and ordered me out of their “mother……. face.” Others had that look, if I came an inch closer, they would feel justified in removing me from their space.
In the 1970s, I felt this same hostility from whites who did not want me out registering Black people for the voter rolls.
A forty year old Black voter told me he was voting for the Republican candidate for governor. At the time of his statement, the Democrats had nominated a Black woman for the first time as their candidate and the Republicans were engaged in a run-off to determine who would face her. It did not matter to this voter, he is voting for the Republican who appears on his ballot in November.
This voter said that Atlanta went downhill when it elected its first Black mayor. When pressed he could not name the first Black mayor of Atlanta.
When pressed further, he was not born when Maynard Jackson became the first Black mayor of Atlanta. Also, he confided in me that he liked the business savvy of President Trump and would trust him not to make a mistake before he would trust Stacy Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, not to make a mistake.
These are among the deep-seated issues confronting the national Democratic Party that they are not aware exist and are not addressing. Not to mention the fact, that this week former Vice President Joe Biden cancelled a campaign appearance in Atlanta with Abrams over a scheduling conflict. What could be more important to Democrats than electing the first Black woman governor in the nation’s history.
Meanwhile, Republicans have a populist President and now an old southern lawyer beating the drum of making American great again dashing what should rightly be a blue wave sweeping across the land.
If Blacks, white women, progressives, and immigrant Americans want to bring diversity back to America again, they will have to get busy organizing a massive voter turnout in the midterms and again in 2020. The red storm is real and it is rising.
Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist. He is a Contributor at The Hill, SCLC National Magazine, Southern Changes Magazine, Medium and Black College Nines. He can be contacted at email@example.com