In apparent acknowledgement that the party has a ‚ÄúGod problem,‚ÄĚ the Democratic National Committee has hired a religious outreach director and will hold listening sessions with faith leaders leading up to the 2020 election.
FoxNews.com recalled a headline during the Democrats‚Äô 2012 presidential convention, ‚ÄúDemocrats boo God,‚ÄĚ and the heckling of a preacher during an opening prayer in 2016. Further, in 2016, nominee Hillary Clinton‚Äôs campaign was criticized for not reaching out to faith groups.
Now, the DNC has hired a former pastor, Rev. Derrick Harkins, who held a similar position in 2012. He‚Äôs a former senior vice president of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, which recently celebrated ‚Äúrejoicing in the queerness of God,‚ÄĚ Fox News pointed out....
Mark Shields wrote: ...at great political cost, the Democrats, without any help from the Republicans, with total objection and resistance, passed it in 2010, under a Democratic president, Barack Obama. And ever since then, five consecutive elections, Republicans have run on, we're going to repeal it, going to repeal it.
As a consequence, Democrats ‚ÄĒ public by 2-1 thinks the Democrats are better on health care. So what do the Democrats suggest? We're going to get rid of it. We're going to get rid of it, going to get rid of ‚ÄĒ you like private health insurance that you have and guaranteed for preexisting conditions covered under the Affordable Care Act, we're going to get rid of private insurance.
I mean, and this is a party, let's be honest, in a polarized Washington, couldn't pass an adjournment motion, but they're going to pass this national health. [ ]
So I would say ‚ÄĒ I would say it was impractical, unhelpful, and flirted with open borders on immigration. And I just ‚ÄĒ I just think the whole image coming out of that was not of a party that was responding to voters, but responding to its own interests and its own constituencies. [ ūüĎé ]