(Presidentialwire.com)- Failed liberal candidate Tim Ryan said that the brand of his Democratic Party is “toxic.”
Speaking recently on the “Real Time with Bill Maher” program, Ryan – a former member of the House from Ohio – said that the overall national feeling about the liberal party is one of the main reasons why he lost his bid for a seat on the U.S. Senate in the midterm elections to Republican J.D. Vance, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
As Ryan said on the program:
“The Democratic brand, in so many areas of the country, is toxic. There is a woman who ran for Supreme Court in Ohio, sitting Supreme Court justice. Two years ago, she ran and won, got on the court, you didn’t have to put a D or R by your name. There’s a county in southern Ohio, she got 51%.
“Two years later, Republicans changed the law. You had to put a D or R behind your name. Same woman, same court, same message, same candidate. [She] lost, and in that county got 31% instead of the 51% she got when it was just, do I like that candidate?”
Ryan’s loss to Vance in the Senate election last November is a good representation of his opinion on the state of his party. In the past, it would have been unthinkable for a former member of the House to lose to a relatively unknown political newcomer.
Yet, that’s exactly what happened when Vance captured the seat that was vacated with the retirement of Senator Rob Portman.
On the program, Ryan said there are many liberals in his party who “take the bait” on hot-button issues such as Critical Race Theory, which basically says that the U.S. is systemically racist. CRT looks to hold certain swaths of people accountable for the actions their ancestors took. The people who back the theory are pursuing “anti-racism” by adopting policies that are race based.
Ryan said that Democrats who are embracing CRT are ignoring the fact that parents just want their children to be taught “reading, writing, arithmetic.” When liberals decide to spend time trying to defend Critical Race Theory, what they’re doing is taking attention away from what parents want as well as other important issues such as pensions, jobs and safety.
Maher agreed with Ryan, pointing out that criticisms that Republicans have of the country’s educational system are “partly true.” He added that the country is spending tax dollars teaching children that the United States is “evil” and that things have “gone too far.”
According to Ryan, members of the Democratic Party have gone too far, and it’s starting to reflect in the public opinion of Americans. While some would say that Democrats are faring well — seeing as they largely avoided a Republican red wave in the midterm elections — they’ve still fallen very short in many areas.
Democrats had a chance in the first two years of the Biden administration to make some real changes for the positive, but most people would agree that they let that opportunity pass them by.