Are Democrats listening?
Did they hear the thunderclap message sent in New Jersey – a state with one million more Democrats than Republicans – where incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy’s race against a no-name GOP rival was too close to call the next morning? A race that was not even on the radar until just a couple of weeks ago, when Republican Jack Ciattarelli began to cut into Murphy’s formidable lead?
Are they able to understand how Glenn Youngkin, a long shot candidate for Virginia’s Democratic nomination, upset Terry McAuliffe as Democrat in a state in which no Republican has won a statewide win since 2009?
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In the face these shocking results, Democrats will say to each other: If we had passed $3.5 trillion Build Back Better bill these contests could have been won. They will decide it’s all Joe Manchin’s fault; they will blame the moderate West Virginia Democrat for blocking Joe Biden’s progressive agenda which, they will insist, is what voters really want.
The rare Democrat who gets it will be one of the few that understands the truth: We are wrong on our tracks. We are not paying enough attention to issues Americans care about most. Our extreme-left agenda has been a distraction for voters.
That’s what the polls have been saying for weeks, but Democrats have ignored the polls. Now, that’s what these elections say. They will be ignored by Democrats, as well.
They will and here’s why: progressive ideologues like Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are driving the Democrats’ bus; they are so convinced they are right, so entrenched in their views, that they cannot pivot.
It is no longer a secret that the elites of the Democratic Party don’t listen to ordinary Americans.
Even as inflation has become the nation’s number one concern, Democrats continue to push giant spending bills that Americans rightly think will drive prices even higher.
As an acute labor shortage has driven up wages and inflation, and even with the labor participation rate the lowest it has been for over 40 years, they insist that what we really need is more welfare programs that will incentivize more Americans to sit on the sidelines.
What is the point of being so ignorant?
Because the Democratic Party elites don’t even listen to the average American, who is alarmed at the rise in gasoline prices of 50% and the fact that schools are teaching their children to be sorry for their White skin, crime in big cities, and the illegal entry of a million Americans in a year, they are completely clueless.
These are not the problems Americans worry about, but racial equality or transgender bathrooms and climate change. These are fringe issues that most Americans don’t care about, but which matter to elites who control Silicon Valley, academia, liberal media, and the Democratic Party.
There are elites that can spend their time worrying about income inequality, but most of us have to be concerned about our income.
Republicans need to also learn from the experience: Education can win on the campaign trail. People saw the impact of the pandemic on the education of their children, as well as the benefits that powerful unions have for teachers and our children.
Democrats cannot address the stranglehold that the teachers unions exert on our schools; they receive tens of millions of dollars every campaign cycle from those groups. They respond to inner-city schools that are failing by spending more per student than any other nation. Even as the world continues to fall in quality education,
Republicans should be active in their campaign to address this issue. There is overwhelming support, even from minority groups, for school choice. Campaigning to give parents vouchers or other opportunities to improve their children’s education would attract more Black and Hispanic voters, and the GOP should get on board.
Education was a key topic in the Virginia race, which helped Republican Glenn Youngkin to the finish. McAuliffe gave him an opening the size of the Grand Canyon when he notoriously argued in a September debate that “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what to teach.” Youngkin was mercilessly slapped by his opponent for this tone-deaf comment, and he had a point.
The parents are furious and protesting at the school boards meetings all across America. Merrick Garland, Attorney General, threw more fuel into the flames when he issued his famous memo in which he directed the FBI to look into the parents who are “domestic terrorists”. It only got worse.
Amazingly, McAuliffe called Randi Weingarten from the American Federation of Teachers to attend his final rally. This was despite the fact that most Americans see the teachers unions not as part of the solution, but part of the problem.
McAuliffe, convinced he would easily win in a state where he had near-universal name recognition and that went for Biden by 10 points in last year’s presidential election, ran a lazy campaign. McAuliffe followed the 2020 strategy, wanting the race to be all about Donald Trump.
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On Election Day, Terry McAuliffe’s campaign sent out an email to supporters with this headline: “Trumpism is on the march in Virginia.”
Of course, this was false. Glenn Youngkin kept his distance to the former President, though he still addressed conservatives with positive messages regarding taxes and freedom.
McAuliffe was desperate that the race not become a referendum on failing Joe Biden, for obvious reasons, but instead wanted the citizens of the Old Dominion State to remember, every minute of every day, how much they hated Donald Trump.
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Trump was not in the headlines for many months, so it was a serious error. Tech billionaires who blocked Trump from using social media should be credited for helping to keep him out of Virginia.
Joe Biden could be a strong leader and retake his party’s control. But he isn’t. They are the progressives and they will continue driving the bus.
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