Democrats are big on “talking points.”
Whenever there’s a congressional hearing on nearly any subject, Democratic leaders fire out a list of talking points to the party’s lawmakers. That leads to highly repetitive — and exhausting — speeches from Democrats, all of which sound almost exactly alike.
Take the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh by President Trump. Even before he was named, leftists and liberals everywhere had already written their press releases, accusing the nominee — it didn’t matter who it was — of hating women and minorities, immigrants and gays. They’d already declared Trump’s nominee would set back the course of human history with Neanderthal thinking, would be in the back pocket of those evil corporations. He’d strip health care from millions, kill the unions, and run roughshod over civil rights.
And so it all came to pass, on cue.
“In selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, President Trump has put reproductive rights and freedoms and health care protections for millions of Americans on the judicial chopping block,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said in an email at 9:07 p.m. — minutes after Trump had named Kavanaugh. “This nomination could alter the balance of the court in favor of powerful special interests and against working families for a generation, and would take away labor, civil, and human rights from millions of Americans.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi read from the same talking points, calling the Kavanaugh nomination “a clear and disrespectful assault on the fundamental rights of women and on the quality, affordable health care of the American people.”
“Judge Kavanaugh’s long history of opposition to the full, fundamental right of every woman to make her own decisions about her body, family and health care poses a grave threat to women’s rights and to our founders’ promise of liberty and justice for all,” she said. “If he proves as eager an executor of the president’s bitter campaign to overturn Roe v. Wade and sabotage Americans’ health care as his record suggests, a woman’s right to choose will be repealed and the health coverage and economic security of 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions will be in grave peril.”
Perhaps the two leaders of congressional Democrats are just so in tune that they often echo each other. But on Christmas Eve day, they both posted the exact same tweet on Twitter — word for word.
“It’s Christmas Eve and President @realDonaldTrump is plunging the country into chaos. The stock market is tanking and the President is waging a personal war on the Federal Reserve—after he just fired the Secretary of Defense,” Schumer wrote.
It's Christmas Eve and President @realDonaldTrump is plunging the country into chaos. The stock market is tanking and the President is waging a personal war on the Federal Reserve—after he just fired the Secretary of Defense.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 24, 2018
“It’s Christmas Eve and @realDonaldTrump is plunging the country into chaos. The stock market is tanking and the president is waging a personal war on the Federal Reserve — after he just fired the Secretary of Defense. #TrumpShutdown,” Pelosi wrote.
It's Christmas Eve and @realDonaldTrump is plunging the country into chaos. The stock market is tanking and the president is waging a personal war on the Federal Reserve — after he just fired the Secretary of Defense. #TrumpShutdown
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 24, 2018
Schumer tweeted first, 23 minutes before Pelosi. So does that mean Pelosi plagiarized Schumer, or were they both just typing the same emailed talking point into Twitter, minutes apart?
Your guess is as good as ours. But one thing we do know: Democrats need talking points in order to express their opinion. And that’s a little scary.