What the hell is this racist cringe pic.twitter.com/J49CQ7T7OW— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) December 17, 2021
In between inflation and gas prices, the vaccine mandate, the crime wave, open borders, censorship, “trans,” the assault on civil liberties, the fetish for toppling monuments of the Founding Fathers, cultural degeneration, a 24/7 show trial on cable television, Wokeism and the usual mainstays like guns and abortion, those rural margins are going to be uglier than ever in 2022.
“In the vast rural expanses of Southwest Virginia, Democrats were once at the top of the political pecking order. For decades, Rick Boucher, a Blue Dog Democrat, represented the Commonwealth’s conservative 9th congressional district, consistently winning over voters who were increasingly supporting Republicans at the presidential level. First elected in 1982, Boucher won most of his House races rather handily — in 2008, he even ran unopposed in the general election.
However, by 2010, the headwinds against Democrats had become too much to overcome, with Boucher losing his reelection bid to Republican H. Morgan Griffith. Across the country, a multitude of rural Democrats — which included House stalwarts like Reps. Chet Edwards of Texas and Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota — were defeated. Fueled by the Tea Party backlash against then-President Barack Obama, Republicans picked up 63 House seats and gained six seats in the Senate, winning control of the lower chamber in the process.
In 2012, Democrats had a strong showing in rural America. Obama won Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — which all have substantial rural populations — in his successful reelection campaign. And Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Jon Tester of Montana won their respective Senate races that year. Heitkamp — who served as state attorney general from 1992 to 2000 — won her Senate race by roughly one percent even as Obama was losing North Dakota by nearly 20 percentage points. In the upper chamber, she struck a bipartisan tone, relentlessly advocating for rural issues like energy independence and broadband access. However, in 2018, she lost her reelection bid to then-Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer. …”
Joe Manchin is the real president.
What do Democratic strategists have in their arsenal that can compete against “Let’s Go Brandon”? If we are being honest, they have nothing that can address that level of alienation.
All the social conservative, economic populist Democrats who used to represent rural America and who could outvote Joe Manchin are gone now. Those people have gone over to Trump and people like Josh Hawley since 2008. The Democrats have made their choices and are left with this.