The Democrats haven’t hit rock bottom with White voters in rural America, and you’re laughing. Those “Assad-like margins” among White voters in rural areas combined with declining margins with Democratic Leaning Working Class (DLWC) voters is raising the electoral bar too high for Democrats with other voters, and you’re laughing. What are we going to do?
“HOT SPRINGS, Va. — The increasingly liberal politics of Virginia had been a sore spot for residents of this conservative town of 499 people nestled in the Allegheny Mountains. But this past week, as Republicans stormed to marquee victories powered in part by turnout in rural areas like Bath County, local voters cheered.
“We got our Virginia back,” said Elaine Neff, a 61-year-old resident. “And we haven’t had a win in a long time.”
Ms. Neff said she cried from a mix of happiness and relief after the election. She does not want to take the coronavirus vaccine and believes Glenn Youngkin, the winning Republican candidate for governor, will relax state mandates. Outside a nearby grocery store, Charles Hamilton taunted the Democrats.
“We’re a county of old country folk who want to do what they want,” said Mr. Hamilton, 74. “They found out the hard way.”
Briefly, I am on the road and updating the site with my smartphone, but I recall saying here a few months ago that the Democrats had expanded the culture war from the traditional issues – Jesus, gun rights and abortion – to dozens of new fronts. There are dozens of culture war grievances now like the vaccine mandates, “Defund the Police,” censorship, “trans,” Wokeism, open borders, the destruction of historical monuments, etc. If the GOP can’t get your Gen X or Millennial vote with abortion, well, the Democrats have 20 to 30 new issues in their playbook to get you pissed off enough to vote Republican.
Hmm … I think we will campaign on … let’s see … I got it. We will burn the American flag, topple statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and spit on them and drag them in the dirt, sow gender confusion in little boys and little girls, pay reparations to illegal aliens, teach White children that they are born evil, censor all opposition on the internet, force people to take the COVID vaccine or lose their jobs and compare angry parents at school board meetings to domestic terrorists. We should run bold progressive ideas like “Defund the Police” or how eating a steak should be a luxury.
If you object to any of this, we will call you a “racist.” You’re the racist because you object to your children being taught that they are born evil and systematically oppress their classmates.
“As Democrats sort through the wreckage of their loss in Virginia, a familiar feeling is creeping over the dwindling number of rural officials left in the party: They have seen this show before.
Republican Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s performance in the suburbs, where he clawed back ground former President Donald Trump and the GOP had lost in recent elections, got the most attention before and after election night. But another key ingredient of his victory was blowout strength in the rural areas of the state, drawing high turnout, setting new marks for Republican support and squeezing Democrats to record-low shares of the vote in small county after small county. …”
Wouldn’t it be easier for Democrats to just reject progressive activists and realize that their ideas are profoundly toxic in rural America?
“Democrats have seen this movie before. An election takes place, they examine the results and suddenly lament their poor showing with rural voters. It has happened time and again and yet the party has neither a solution to the problem nor, it seems, a commitment to solving it.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe got wiped out in rural areas of the state, as Republican Glenn Youngkin rolled up margins and turnout in the gubernatorial race that approached or eclipsed those of President Donald Trump in 2020. Rural Virginia was not the only reason McAuliffe lost, but his performance in those counties highlighted the party’s continuing weakness. ….”
Hi, I am from the Democratic Party, and I have a laundry list right here of two dozens -isms and -phobias which make me morally superior to you.