Have you noticed how many Republicans want to give the Democrats advice?

Conservative Republicans giving progressives "advice on how to win" has become a cottage industry.

There's a growing trend of Republican and conservative pundits offering unsolicited advice to the Democratic presidential candidates.

Usually it comes from "Never Trump" Republicans, who share a common interest in beating President Donald Trump in 2020. I'm glad that these Republicans are on the team, but I hope none of the Democratic presidential candidates take the bait and listen.

Of course their advice is always the same: This is what Republican voters want to hear.
And that's great for Republicans.

But we all know that Republicans will never, ever vote Democrat. Not in a million years.
At least not in numbers to justify demotivating the progressive base and discouraging voter turnout on the left. Yet they keep concern trolling the left.

There is an old saying that it is permissible to walk with the devil when crossing a narrow bridge. Welcome, progressives, to the 2020 presidential election.

Yeh, Fuck That! Go back and vote for Trump again (like you probably did last time).
Progressives don't want your advice nor your vote.

Democrats are already guaranteed a nominee that will excite their base and drive a big turnout. His name is Donald Trump. Getting activists “excited” by bold policy positions is a waste of time.

And how exactly will that work this time, when under the exact same circumstances it didn't work last time?!?

In case you've noticed, there's one thing missing from all this.

No progressive is bothering to give advice to Republicans

Isn't that odd?
It's not like everyone thinks that Republicans have it all figured out and don't need any advice.
So what's going on here?

For starters, it means that these very same "helpful" conservative Republicans are either: a) happy with the state of the GOP under Trump, or b) they are unable to influence the GOP into something they like.
If it's (a) then they are trying to bullsh*t us. If it's (b) they aren't in touch with the average conservative voter, and thus their advice is useless.

As for no progressives giving advice, there are a lot of takeaways.

1) real progressives know that hard-core Republican voters are too indoctrinated into the cult to be reached. It makes more sense to appeal to people who rarely vote.

2) there are very few actual progressive pundits in the media, nor in politics.

3) the battle for the minds of the public is happening on the left. the battle is over on the right.

4) the only real change that is possible will come from the left, and that's what the establishment wants to stop. that's why it's gaslighting.

Any other takes?

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The GOP con game is strong. There is zero hint of a platform in that party, and aside from a mission of To Make Donors and Special Interest Friends Wealthier, they are merely the contrarian to anything the Democrats try to muster up (which isn't much). They are raking it in fundraising-wise, have media propaganda machines working very effectively, their base doesn't need to be begged and coddled to show up to the polls, accountability is non-existent, their supporters do not question them at all - one would think these people were actual saints beamed down by God himself to save us all. At this point, I think the advising is open mockery; they are having a laugh at the Democrats. Everything that the GOP currently has going for them I am certain that the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Co. see and wistfully sigh while thinking "how do I get that?"

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Wally's picture

. . . wouldn't take the advice of Republicans:

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edg's picture

I've also noticed that the advice from helpful Republicans and helpful Democrats and helpful Independents and helpful Rastafarians (well, maybe not them) is that progressive candidates need to sell out and move to the center or center-right. Geez, where's Joe Biden when you need him? Oh, right.

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Bisbonian's picture

is get a banjo player on the ticket. Yeah, that's the ticket.

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"I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” —Malcolm X

Shahryar's picture

and the corporate news outlets, too

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earthling1's picture

It's open mockery.
Actually, more like trolling us progressives.
Much like Putin telling Trump he would sell the US some of Russias hypersonic cruise missiles.
The Democrat establishment doesn't get the it. Over their heads.
Real progressives know we're being made fun of.

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

Ken in MN's picture

...finally manage not to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, win back power, and then all of the "moderate" Republican'ts come out of the woodwork to warn Democrats not to "overreach". (They, of course, fall for it Every. Single. Time.) Nevermind the fact that Democrats only seem to win after Republican'ts have burned the house down and then pissed on it in a feeble attempt to put out the fire. It's why I say, "The trouble with Democrats is that when they have power they refuse to use it. The opposite is true for Republican'ts..."

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I want my two dollars!