Why does this keep happening? Part of it, I think, is that the Democratic Party is in a state where it finds it hard to get national TV coverage except when someone dies. I think that their behavior reflects another forlorn hope for regeneration. I guess looking at policies is out of the question, though.
Professor Reynolds is usually right, but here he is wrong. Democrats speak politics at funerals not because they think they will gain some practical advantage, but because they think it is moral. Leftist morality is entirely bound up in politics, as captured by the old feminist slogan, “the personal is political.”
Leftists hold sacrifice for the collective as the standard of morality. That is why they are socialists. If they were interested in practical results, they would be capitalists, as the last century has been a vast series of experiments showing the impracticality of state intervention in the economy. They don’t care if socialism doesn’t work; it’s the right thing to do.
Republicans are for free markets (or they used to be in the Goldwater days), so in the leftist imagination they must be bad people. The greedy right-wingers do not want to sacrifice for the collective! Democrats can think of nothing more moral to say at a funeral than an attack on Republicans.
Democrats in their moments of cynicism are not a threat. What is really scary is when they are true to their morality.