Dems Nightmare Over – Yang Qualifies for the Debate
Until late Wednesday, it looked as though the December Democratic presidential debate stage would contain all white candidates, ranging from ivory to pasty. But the newest Quinnipiac poll just created some diversity by adding entrepreneur Andrew Yang to the list of qualifiers.
According to ABC News, “Yang cleared the polling threshold after receiving 4% support among Democratic voters and Democratic-leaning independent voters in a national Quinnipiac poll released on Tuesday.”
“Yang brings the total number of qualifying candidates who have crossed both the polling and grassroots donor hurdles up to seven for December’s matchup, according to ABC News’ analysis.”
And while this news is sure to bring some relief to the Democratic Party and the DNC, we aren’t sure it will have the same effect on White House hopefuls like Cory Booker, who has already been a critic of the lack of diversity within the debate’s qualifications. An Asian-American millionaire might not have been precisely what Booker had in mind.
Last week, when talking about the DNC’s lack of diversity on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe,’ he said there was a severe problem by having more billionaires than black people on the stage. And while Yang isn’t quite a billionaire, his millionaire status might make him close enough for Booker.
NPR’s Diversity Watch explains that while Yang’s addition does bring some diversity, Booker may not be the only one dissatisfied with the debate stage’s coloring or lack thereof.
“The Asian American candidate also brings some needed diversity to the debate state amid criticism that the event could feature only white candidates after California Sen. Kamala Harris, who had already qualified, dropped out last week…”
“Those benchmarks exclude New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who made the November debate, along with former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, who hasn’t debated since October. Their absence leaves the stage without an African American or Hispanic candidate – both demographics important to the makeup of the Democratic Party. Neither has registered a qualifying poll so far and with only two days left to do so the likelihood of making the cut is slim.”
And indeed, both the Hispanic vote and that of the African American community are vital to winning the nomination. So it is interesting that neither community will have a representative on the December debate stage. I would have thought that the diversity caucuses of the Democratic Party would have rallied behind these candidates more.
The question is: why haven’t they?
For both Kamala Harris and now Cory Booker, they say it has to do with the amount of racism among voters. According to them, America is apparently too racist to have a black president, male or female. However, that doesn’t explain how the last Democratic president was black, does it?
A more practical reason is that voters are putting their support behind candidates who they think will actually do the most good for them, regardless of their color or heritage. This means that as much as some candidates want to pull the race card and talk about identity politics, the fact of the matter is America really isn’t buying it, outside of Academia and the Beltway.
What voters actually care about is policy and electability. That is why most black Democratic voters have put their support behind Joe Biden. At the end of the day, it’s all about what he plans to do for the country. They don’t care that he is white. And they don’t really even care that Booker is black. Sure, there are probably some who would tend to swing in his direction but only up until a certain point. After all, it isn’t your physical characteristics that make you a good or bad person. It is your personality, your strength, and your heart.
Democratic candidates need to learn that loyalty from their voters is not earned by simply being of a particular ethnicity or even having a specific title and popularity. Hillary Clinton proved that in 2016. Her ‘You Owe Me the Presidency’ campaign didn’t win voters to her. And neither does Booker’s ‘I’m a Minority so I Deserve This’ act.
And as far as the money goes, it appears America doesn’t hate those who are filthy rich. Their millions mean they are successful and influential. And who doesn’t want those traits in a president? So maybe the liberal left should stop trying to eat their rich and instead embrace what they can do for America.