Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, second from right, speaks to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, as Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, left, speaks at a get out the vote event at James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville, Ky., Monday, May 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A Tale of Two Parties

America witnessed two parties tonight — one dying and one struggling for life and reason. The first was represented by the former Governor of Kentucky. The latter by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Keith Ellison.

Steve Beshear, the former Kentucky Governor, objectively gave the best response to any President’s address in years. I personally cannot recall a more effective one since Christie Todd Whitman’s speech inside the New Jersey Capitol building during the Clinton Administration.

But Beshear speaks for a Democratic Party that no longer exists. It died when Democrats, to advance their leftwing agenda, threw the congressional Blue Dogs under the bus. Ben Chandler in Kentucky, Larry Kissell in North Carolina, Bob Etheridge in North Carolina, Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona, Charlie Wilson in Ohio, etc. all lost in a period from 2010-2012 as the Democrats moved left. The eradication of the Blue Dogs continued into 2014 to the extent now that there are more moderate Republicans in Congress than moderate Democrats and nationwide there are more pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage Republicans than there are pro-life and pro-traditional marriage Democrats.

Even in Kentucky, the state finally threw off the last vestiges of the Democratic Party. Steve Beshear’s Democrats no longer exist.

What does exist is the party of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Keith Ellison. During the two minutes standing ovation tonight for Ryan Owens’ widow and Owens’ memory, neither stood. Though neither may be the leader o the Democratic Party right now, they are far more representative of the party base than most might realize. The Democrats continue to drift further and further left — caring more about putting men in our daughters’ bathrooms than putting Americans back to work.

The Democrats on Capitol Hill could not bring themselves to applaud the idea of putting America first, keeping Americans safe from crime, or even rebuilding the military. They remain in denial about the effects of Obamacare. They demand an escalation in the culture war and a further march left. In that march, they leave behind the part of Steve Beshear and so many others. They leave behind the Democrats who voted for Barack Obama, but decided they had to vote for Trump to get jobs back.

The Democrats’ playbook right now is premised on Donald Trump shooting himself in the foot. But tonight, Mr. Trump became Mr. President, taking away their talking points and opportunity. Tonight, we watched the final breath of Bill Clinton’s Democrat Party and we watched Barack Obama’s party of hope and change turn toward anger and become the new “party of no.”

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Erick Erickson

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