Voters Send Messages to Democrats and Republicans
Tuesday's election message was loud and clear. Knowing the answer in advance, I asked anyway: Is Anyone Listening?
Sensible people are fed up with "free" Socialist programs that turn out to not be "free".
Don't expect that message to be heard. Instead, Progressives will whine about Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.
Expect Bernie Sanders to double down on Medicare expansion, free school, etc., even though the system is broke.
Two Key Messages
- Voters are sick of progressive issues including CRT, education, and other "free" programs.
- Republicans are far better off ignoring Trump
Youngkin smartly distanced himself from Trump, refusing to be seen with him.
Ignore means just that. Pretend Trump does not exist. Don't engage him, encourage him, or mock him. Don't appear on the stage with him. Walk around Trump as you would a homeless beggar in LA.
Republicans, please pay attention. Stick to winning messages and just let Trump be.
We have the Democrat's answer already, and sure enough instead of subtracting from socialist nonsense, they added to it.
House Democrats Add Paid Leave, State-and-Local Tax Deduction to Bill
Despite Senator Joe Manchin protesting the expansion of programs, despite the election in Virginia and the near miss in New Jersey, Democrats heard they did not do enough.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said House Democrats would add a paid-leave measure to the party’s education, healthcare and climate package, trying to revive a provision that had fallen out of the $1.85 trillion legislation after opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin.
The proposal gives four weeks of leave to parents, the sick and caregivers.
Mrs. Pelosi (D., Calif.) wrote in a letter that House Democrats would present an additional set of changes to the legislation on Wednesday. Democrats have been racing to wrap up negotiations over the package this week, resolving a disagreement on prescription drug pricing on Tuesday as they try to close out their final issues.
Message Not Heard
Some Democratic lawmakers said the party’s loss in the Virginia governor’s race Tuesday underscored the need to quickly pass both the social spending and climate plan and a parallel infrastructure bill that has been held up in the House.
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said Wednesday that Democrats should move briskly after the results Tuesday night, which he called disappointing but not surprising. “We’ve spent enough time talking, enough time thinking and enough time suggesting to America that good things are coming. Now we gotta prove it,” he said.
“The D in Democrats should stand for do-er, not delay, dithering, do nothing, division,” said Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, who blamed all sides of his party for being purists and not giving party candidates policy wins before election day.
Manchin Sniff Test
Those measures already failed the Manchin sniff test, yet Pelosi added them back in.
In a nod to New York Representatives, Pelosi raised the $10,000 cap on State-and-Local Tax (SALT) deductions to $72,500 even though that primarily benefits the wealthy.
Why stop there?
A group of House Democrats insisted that the bill must have provisions to aid the millions of undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the US.
Of course, Pelosi said OK even though it's clearly against reconciliation rules and will be struck down by the Senate Parliamentarian.
After Spending Just $153 on Campaign, Republican Truck Driver Beats NJ Senate President
In the hoot of the day, please note After Spending Just $153 on Campaign, Truck Driver Beats NJ Senate President.
New Jersey’s longest-running state Senate president has lost his seat to a truck driver who spent only $153 on Dunkin and paper fliers over the course of his campaign.
Steve Sweeney, the Democratic Senate president in NJ, has lost to Edward Durr, a furniture company truck driver. With 98% of the vote counted, Sweeney remained about 2,000 votes short of Durr when The Associated Press called the race Thursday morning.
The loss by one of New Jersey’s most powerful politicians will result in upheaval of political power in the state, forcing the Senate to find a new president. Sweeney has been the chamber’s leader since 2010.
Sweeney's loss came on the same election as his fellow Democrat, Gov. Phil Murphy, nearly lost a re-election that polls and political experts in the Garden State long had predicted as an easy victory. It was anything but: Murphy was finally projected as winner on Wednesday evening when he was up by only 19,000 votes over his Republican challenger out of more than 2.3 million ballots cast.
Minneapolis Voters Resoundingly Reject Measure End Police
Approximately 57% of voters rejected a ballot question that would have removed the Minneapolis Police Department from the city charter, replacing it with a "public-health oriented" Department of Public Safety.
Biden Can't Hear or Think
Here's Biden's election takeaway: Election Defeat Shows Urgency of His Agenda
“People want us to get things done,” Biden said in remarks at the White House. “People are upset and uncertain about a lot of things, from Covid to school to jobs to a whole range of things. The cost of a gallon of gasoline.”
But Joe Manchin, a crucial moderate vote, said the takeaway from Tuesday’s votes was to pump the brakes. “I would just say that we better be very careful and be very, very transparent so so people know what’s in them,” he said. “Don’t even set a timeline until we thoroughly, thoroughly vet this bill.”
Manchin can hear, Biden can't.
Message From Carl Rove
In a post that came out after my take on election messages, Carl Rove said nearly the same thing in Youngkin Clears a Path to Victory for 2022.
Mr. Youngkin blanketed the airwaves with positive ads so Virginians would know why the fleece-wearing businessman who coached his kids’ basketball team was running, and he started doing it before Democrats tried making him President Trump’s Mini-Me. The campaign ran 18 different positive spots to highlight his agenda; 12 to attack his opponent, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe; and five contrast ads comparing the two men’s records—an unusually positive mix.
He whacked Mr. McAuliffe for opposing Virginia’s right-to-work law, lowering education standards as governor so no school received a failing grade, and appointing parole board members who became mired in controversy. Mr. Youngkin punched particularly hard when issues of critical race theory, the role of parents in their children’s education, and school safety emerged.
Mr. Youngkin kept a distance—not disrespectful but also undeniable—from Mr. Trump. He praised the former president’s policies when he agreed and voiced his disagreement where needed—as when the former president dialed into a mid-October “Stop the Steal” rally where Steve Bannon appeared in person and repeated Mr. Trump’s false claims that he won in 2020.
Congratulations, Governor-elect. Pay attention to how he did it. He focused on what he’d do for voters and kept a respectful distance from Trump.
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