Joe Biden is the presumptive President-Elect of the United States, but the government he will preside over will be divided on partisan lines.
The hype concerning a “Blue wave” came to a crashing halt after Republicans defended the Senate and not only kept the Democrats from making gains in the House, but also narrowed their majority.
Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns of the New York Times observed that “leaders in both camps are acknowledging that voters seem to have issued not a mandate for the left or the right but a muddled plea to move on from Trump-style chaos.”
Due to the growing urban vs. rural divide in America, the country is going through a significant political realginment were traditional political strongholds are now up for grabs. Martin and Burns noted that the “election also represented a continuation of this trench warfare between two parties that are increasingly defined by their activist flanks and limited to only incremental advances.”
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“We are more divided than any other time in my lifetime,” declared Haley Barbour, a former governor of Mississippi. “But usually when we’re at parity we’re bunched up in the middle — now we’ve got parity but with extreme polarity.”
The biggest highlights for Democrats was how they flipped Arizona and Georgia, states that used to comfortably go Republican. However, Republicans maintained Florida and Ohio — two states that Democrats could occasionally turn blue — and consolidated their gains. Most importantly, Republicans denied Democrats a federal trifecta by keeping the Senate.
Democrats’ radical embrace of defund the police movements along with the progressive faction’s obsession with socialism and the anti-working class push to destroy the natural gas industry alienated many potential voters who would have pulled the lever for Democrats under normal circumstances.
Florida Congresswoman Donna Shalala, who was ousted by Maria Elvira Salazar on November 3, observed that the Democrat party did not distance itself from the socialist label.
“Defund police, open borders, socialism — it’s killing us,” declared Congresswoman Vicente Gonzalez. The Texas Democrat who represents the 15th district in South Texas only won 50.7 percent of the vote, after dominiating his race by a vote of 59.7 percent to 38.8 percent in 2018. “I had to fight to explain all that,” Gonzalez stated.
Gonzalez argued that the “average white person,” connects socialism with Nordic countries. However, for Asian and Hispanic migrants, socialism reminds them of authoritarian “left-wing regimes.”
Chuck Rocha, a veteran Democrat consultant and campaign adviser to Vermont Senator Bernie Sander,s is of the opinion that too many white Democrats “see Black and brown people as the same” instead of talking to Hispanics like they are swing voters who need to be convinced.
“Our community is not a get-out-the-vote universe,” declared Rocha. “We’re a persuasion universe and should be treated like whites.”
The Democrats’ constant appeals to political correctness perhaps have limits. In addition, radical anti-business and ant-law enforcement likely puts off many independents, centrists, and minorities. If Democrats actually want to see blue waves, they should probably tone down their message.
In the meantime, Republicans should continue painting their opponents as radicals and offer policies that actually benefit middle Americans.