A more accurate version of Michelle Obama's famous rallying cry before the presidential election last November — "When they go low, we go high" — would sound something like, "When they go low, we'll pretend to go high for a few months, give up when it doesn't work, and then just keep going low without the pretense."
The latest indication that decorum is falling out of fashion with Democrats quicker than choker necklaces in 2017 comes courtesy of Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden, who reacted after Jon Ossoff lost his House race on Tuesday by tweeting, "One important lesson is that when they go low, going high doesn't f**king work."
Tanden's revelation comes as powerful Democrats from DNC Chairman Tom Perez to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., have taken to peppering their passionate pledges to #Resist with expletives.
As the New York Post Editorial Board noted on June 12:
In recent months, leading Democrats from national chairman Tom Perez on down have been unleashing f-bombs, s-bombs and everything in between as they try to rally their party to "resist." And New York's junior senator seems to be leading the charge.
"If we are not helping people, we should go the f - - k home," Gillibrand told the Personal Democracy Forum at NYU last Friday. Of President Trump, she asked: "Has he kept his promises? F - - k no."
As my colleague Becket Adams observed in April, the DNC is actually selling t-shirts that say "Democrats give a sh*t about people."
The swearing, in particular, is an obvious ploy to create the illusion that Democrats are relatable and authentic enough to represent the interests of America's working class even as their allies traffic in language about intersectionality and the gender binary. What else, one might wonder, could "going low" entail for the Democratic Party?
I expect we're about to find out.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.