Retiring Democrat Issues Dire Warning to Party about Looming 'Extinction'
Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) says Democratic Party heading for doom
A retiring Democrat congressman has issued a dire warning to fellow party members about what is coming in the near future.
Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), who is not seeking reelection in this year's midterm elections, warns the Democratic Party is "facing extinction."
Cooper says his party is heading straight toward "future dangers" if it continues in its current direction.
The 67-year-old congressman announced late last month that he was retiring after his district was redrawn during redistricting.
Speaking during an interview with a local newspaper, Cooper warned that the Democratic Party is "facing extinction" because Democrats are self-righteous and tell other people what to do.
"As usual, Democrats are not alert to future dangers," Cooper told the Nashville Scene.
"The biggest danger we face in an off-year election after we won the White House is the 100-year trend toward the other party," Cooper continued.
"Redistricting is small potatoes compared to that historical trend.
"Our party needs to improve its management capabilities.
"We do not anticipate and organize and plan.”
"We’re addicted to telling other people what to think,” he later added.
"You can’t really win many elections if you’re that self-righteous.
"It’s important to be in communication with your constituents, not to be their boss.
"You’re their representative.
"We’ve got to get this formula right.
"The Democratic Party in Tennessee is basically facing extinction.
"We’ve been on a long downhill slide for a long time.”
Cooper’s comments come as Democrat Joe Biden’s approval rating dropped below 40% for the first time ever this week in the RealClearPolitics average, which is an average of all the major national polls.
"For the first time since taking office, Biden’s approval rating — based on an accumulation of polling data — fell below 40%,” Fox News reported.
"A Real Clear Politics average of all the most recent national surveys measuring Biden’s standing put the president’s approval at 39% and his disapproval at 54%.”
In the race for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District, former Trump administration official Morgan Ortagus is widely seen as the favorite to win the GOP nomination after President Donald Trump endorsed her.
"In President Trump’s Administration I fought for conservative policies that put America first, but now, we must fight harder than we ever have before to push back against the Democrats’ extremism,” Ortagus said in a statement.
"We built the wall, created a strong economy, stood up to our adversaries, and promoted freedom at home and abroad, but the Biden Administration and their radical Democrat allies in Congress are dead-set on undoing that good work.
"As a U.S. Navy Reserve Officer, I am answering the call to service, and I will never back down from fighting for my country and the good people of Tennessee to stand for American greatness.
"I’m grateful to have President Trump’s support, and I look forward to earning your vote and standing with you to protect our conservative values.”
Trump’s said in an endorsement of Ortagus that he "couldn’t be happier because she’s an absolute warrior for America First and MAGA!”
"Morgan was fantastic in her role working with Secretary Mike Pompeo at the U.S. State Department and understands the threats posed by China, Russia, Iran, and others, and will be tough, not just roll over like the Democrats and RINOs,” Trump added.
"She serves in the U.S. Navy Reserves and will fight for our Military.
"She won’t bow to the Woke Mob or the Leftist LameStream Media."