It's time to play a game called "Name That Party." I'll provide a quote, and you tell me whether it was a Republican or a Democrat who said it. Here it goes:
"To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States — financed through both public and private capital."
How about this?
"We should ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage ..."
"My administration wants to work with members in both parties to make child care accessible and affordable, to help ensure new parents have paid family leave, to invest in women's health and to promote clean air and clear water, and to rebuild our ... infrastructure."
Or this one?
"Historically black colleges and universities are incredibly important institutions, woven into the fabric of our history just about like no other ..."
Ready for round two? What about these?
"You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking!"
"Sorry ... I was running on C.P. (colored people) time."
"Minister (Louis) Farrakhan is a role model for black youth."
Ladies and gentlemen, let's see how you did.
If you didn't watch President Donald Trump's first joint address to both houses of Congress on Tuesday, you may be surprised to learn that the first three quotes provided above were all made by Trump in that speech. The fourth was from the signing of an executive order in the presence of the presidents of 60 HBCUs in the Oval Office earlier last week.
So what about the other statements?
Former Vice President Joe Biden (Democrat) made the crack about Indian accents. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (Democrat) joked about his delayed endorsement of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying he was on "colored people time."
The last statement was made by freshly elected Democratic National Committee Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison, a U.S. senator from Minnesota. If you are unfamiliar with the writings and speeches of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, it might interest you to know something of the things he has said:
"Osama Bin Laden didn't destroy the Twin Towers. That was a false flag operation to take the world's attention away from the great disunity in America after George W. Bush stole the election."
Ellison has repeatedly distanced himself from Farrakhan's positions, particularly the virulently anti-Semitic ones. But the concerns still loomed large enough for Tom Perez, former secretary of labor under President Obama, to edge Ellison out for the top seat in the Democratic Party.
Here's the point: Democrats purport to care about things like rebuilding America's infrastructure, a cleaner environment, family leave, child care and improved educational and economic opportunities for black Americans. According to the narrative, it's Republicans who are racists and who don't care if our cities rot.
What happens with the narrative runs headlong into reality? Do Democrats embrace policy initiatives from across the aisle that seem to coincide with their own priorities?
Not if recent events are any indication.
Democrats' infantile behavior was on full display Tuesday evening. Some refused to greet the president when he entered the chamber, booed and hissed him, remained seated through his entire speech. OK, fine — that behavior was directed at him.
This behavior sends a clear message to average Americans: The leadership of the Democrats is so wedded to their narrative, they will do whatever it takes, even if it is at others' expense.
The Democrats had the chance to put the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, in charge, and I'm profoundly sorry they didn't. "Mayor Pete" is young, dynamic and personable. He's a soldier who has fought for his country. Most important, Buttigieg understands the needs and concerns of people in "flyover country" at a time when the Democratic Party desperately needs to demonstrate that it can speak to (and for) anyone other than coastal elites.
If the Democratic Party is serious about wanting to lead anything other than anarchic protests, ivory tower hissy fits or cosplay vulva marches, it needs to tap thoughtful men and women who can unite people behind solid ideas, no matter where they come from.