In a CNN town hall, little-known 2020 presidential candidate Seth Moulton said that there was only one way to explain why Stacey Abrams was not currently the governor of Georgia: Rampant, systemic racism. The Massachusetts congressman said that it was necessary to pass voting rights legislation to make sure that such a result never happens again.
“We have a problem with racism in America today,” said Moulton. “If this country wasn’t racist, Stacey Abrams would be governor. Because people of color are being systematically denied the most basic right in a democracy, which is the right to vote. That’s why we need a new Voting Rights Act in America.”
There is, of course, no evidence whatsoever to suggest that people of color were unable to vote in Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial election. Indeed, Abrams herself has often spoken about how many black voters came out to the polls to support her in her failed bid to defeat Brian Kemp. At the same time, unfortunately, Abrams has refused to concede her election loss, insisting that were it not for this mysterious “suppression,” she would have won. She has provided exactly zero evidence to prove this claim.
According to Moulton, reforming of voting rights would include getting rid of the Electoral College, automatically registering every American to vote, bringing an end to the practice of gerrymandering, and making D.C. and Puerto Rico states.
It’s not clear how any of this would have helped Abrams cover the distance between herself and her opponent.
But that’s the beautiful thing about Democratic Party policies: They don’t have to be tethered to reality in any clear, logical way. As long as a thing sounds good and is supported by the right activist groups, it’s the right thing to do. You see this all the time in gun control politics, but it’s no less prevalent in identity politics (which is of course what this is). How are black people helped by the removal of Confederate statues? We don’t even need to explain it, because it just feels right. Same here. Why are black people helped by the removal of voter ID laws? No one can explain it, and no one actually needs to. All that matters is that Black Lives Matter supports it, and black Democrats say it’s the right thing to do. So, there you go.
Take solace in the fact that Seth Moulton has about as much chance of being the next president as Oscar the Grouch. Then again, don’t take too much comfort in that thought: Whoever does actually get the Democratic nomination will undoubtedly believe in this stuff as well. Identity politics, free of logic and reason, is the bread and butter of this corrupt party.