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Biden and the Dems Are Repeating Terry McAuliffe’s Failed Strategy on a National Scale

AMAC Exclusive – By Seamus Brennan

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As Joe Biden’s political fortunes continue to worsen and the Democratic Party’s prospects in November grow increasingly bleak, Democrats bewilderingly appear to be turning to a strategy that is almost guaranteed to end any hope they have of turning their poll numbers around: trying to make the election all about Donald Trump, rather than addressing the real issues Americans are facing.

This week’s January 6th hearings—a now familiar hate-filled co-production of the media and partisan Democrats in Congress—are only the latest example of this anti-Trump obsession and the party’s failure to engage with the public’s genuine concerns.

That Biden and the Democrats should turn to this strategy now is all the more puzzling because when Terry McAuliffe tried the exact same strategy in Virginia last year, it lost him a state that Biden had won by 10 points only 12 months before.

Famously, McAuliffe’s 2021 gubernatorial campaign against Glenn Youngkin went out of its way to avoid the actual issues on the minds of Virginia voters, most prominent among them education and COVID-19 restrictions. Instead, much of McAuliffe’s messaging was centered around one person, and one person only: Donald Trump. The McAuliffe campaign focused its energy almost entirely on tying Youngkin to Trump, convinced that it would be enough to secure the election.

“Virginians, let’s come together to REJECT Trump,” McAuliffe tweeted in October. Even though Trump had been out of office for nearly 10 months by the time Election Day rolled around, McAuliffe failed to make it through seemingly a single campaign event without invoking the former president and the supposed existential threat he posed to the people of Virginia. Throughout debates, speeches, and other appearances, McAuliffe repeatedly referred to Youngkin as a “Trump wannabe” or “Trump in khakis”—a sentiment echoed by Biden when he stumped for McAuliffe last July. During another 17-minute speech Biden gave for McAuliffe in the weeks leading up to the election, he mentioned Trump’s name a whopping 24 times. As Youngkin observed about McAuliffe during the second debate: “There’s an over/under on how many times you’d say Donald Trump. You’re running against me. It’s Terry McAuliffe against Glenn Youngkin.”

For McAuliffe and the entire Democratic establishment behind him, it was quite a shock, then, to see Youngkin emerge victorious last November. Far from discouraging support for Youngkin, McAuliffe’s strategy of tying him to Trump seemed to backfire, with key constituencies in rural areas of the state turning out in huge numbers for Youngkin. One Democratic Senator lamented the result as a “colossal failure on the part of the Democratic Party to have anything for voters to rally behind.”

Yet, in the months since Election Day 2021, there is little evidence to suggest Biden or others in his party have heeded the lessons of that colossal failure, as Democrats appear to be adopting precisely the same strategy heading into the midterms. In recent weeks, Biden has trotted out a series of bizarre anti-Trump talking points that echo McAuliffe’s desperate attempts to malign the former president as some kind of unique danger to the nation—but ultimately, they are falling embarrassingly flat.

For instance, after six months of “research” into the most effective ways to damage Republicans, Biden reportedly settled on the term “ultra-MAGA” as an apparent affront to the former president. “Let me say this carefully: I never expected the ultra-MAGA Republicans, who seem to control the Republican Party now, to have been able to control the Republican Party,” Biden said. Trump himself has since embraced the term, and the National Republican Congressional Committee is now selling t-shirts brandishing the phrase alongside an image of Trump’s face. In an equally puzzling choice of words, Biden also referred to Trump as “the great MAGA king,” a title for which Trump thanked Biden on his newly-launched Truth Social platform. As a Republican political adviser said of the left’s newfound obsession with Trump-related slogans, “It’s almost like they are trying to harm themselves.”

But aimlessly pointing fingers at the former president is not the only similarity between Biden’s and McAuliffe’s floundering political approaches. Just as McAuliffe spent the waning days and weeks of his campaign pushing Critical Race Theory and the idea that parents should have no say in their children’s education, Biden too seems to be going all-in on divisive cultural issues while blithely ignoring or rejecting the existence of real problems of concern to voters. In the last two months alone, Biden has pushed for the cancellation of all student debt, codification of abortion-on-demand into federal law, and cutting off Pell Grants, meal funding, and other federal funds from any school that refuses to succumb to the left’s radical gender ideology. Meanwhile, Biden continues to downplay the devastating effects of inflation and sanctimoniously blame the previous administration for his own failures.

All of this happened even before the Democrats’ January 6 Committee hearings began this week, underscoring for voters that the party believes the former president is truly the most important threat facing the nation—even at a time of soaring gas prices, rampant inflation, war in Europe, and a host of other crises. By all appearances, Congressional Democrats are set to keep beating the January 6th horse all the way through Election Day, apparently convinced—against all evidence and reason—that they can successfully turn the midterms into a referendum on Donald Trump.

As the saying goes, insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Though Democrats apparently lack the self-awareness to realize it, with Biden’s new “messaging strategy” and this week’s hearings, they are setting their party up for a massive midterm defeat that mirrors McAuliffe’s loss last November—this time on a national scale.


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Tom Claridge
1 month ago

IMO the Democrats believe that the constant, further, demonizing of all Trump World will increase turn out for them! But why would it as he is no longer in office and the constant reminders of him
only serves to have many, Democrat or other wise, invite comparison with how things a NOT going now as opposed to how things, ARE, not going now! i.e. NOT WORKING with the Dems constant
reminder of exactly that! Truly Dumb & Dumber!

Nick Patriot
1 month ago

Not was, Henker. IS.

Nick Patriot
1 month ago

In Phila., Poll watchers would be met with violence and hatred.

Backwoods
1 month ago

Until 2020 is fixed I have no faith in the elections that take place. We the people have to come out and vote in person in such great numbers they can not cheat. This election year needs to be outright steamroll on all Democrats and RINO politicians.

Bill on the Hill
1 month ago
Reply to  Backwoods

Backwoods, I do agree with you, however I thought we did just that in the 2020 elections, ballot trafficking was off the charts & they literally flipped the election results during the wee hours of Nov. 4, 2020 with those truckloads of ballots arriving at the polling places in those key ( 6 ) states between 1:00 am & 5:00 am… ALL Dominion machines including their off brand machines absolutely cannot be used ever again in this country…
So in essence I do agree with you, the 2020 election fiasco has to be fixed & yes people need to get out & vote in person, not by mail…Long overdue to rid ourselves of the democrats & RINO’s alike…
Bill… :~)

JEFFREY JONES
1 month ago

SAVE THE U.S.A…Exterminate the leftie loonies in America!!!…its time for a new civil war against the commies and socialists in the U.S.A.

Steve
2 months ago

I travel a lot for both my profession, my wife’s businesses, and personal trips and everywhere I go and talk with people, no one is talking about January 6th or President Trump. What they are talking about is inflation, the prices of things, supply chain issues, higher crime rates, anything except what the Left is trying to get people to pay attention to. Even though I am not thrilled about another do-nothing except be a speed bump for a minority Democrat Party to run over at will GOP in November, I do believe that the results are going to be such a repudiation of the Left that their hysteria will reach levels that will far exceed what we see today, if such a thing would be thought possible. They are going to absolutely refuse to believe the results.

Nick Patriot
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve

You would think. UNLESS they found a way to rig the election…..

Myrna Wade
2 months ago

This is reassuring: it doesn’t just look stupid to me. Gossiping about “hate Trump” worked on some people but there are other issues that a campaign to hate one candidate ignores. Any person with clarity of thought notices what is ignored.

tika
2 months ago

Trump’s rough edges are the only way to defeat the communists in our government. i cringe sometimes but he has proven that he has what is needed for this job in these times. along with his rough edges comes a great economy and prosperity, skilled, strong America First issues leader who isn’t taken advantage of by any other world leaders, WTO, UN, IMF etc. the alternatives to Trump are conservative leaders who are kinder, gentler that the American communists “eat for breakfast” like the past 30 years.

Fred
2 months ago
Reply to  tika

You are very correct! Being politically correct in the past hasn’t gotten us anywhere! A little rough around the edges works. People are just to damn sensitive these days!!

Patty
1 month ago
Reply to  Fred

Exactly, everything is about “feelings” today. A few mean tweets sound pretty good right now with the price of gas and everything else going on in the world today!

Mike Palmer
2 months ago

What’s really happening here is the Dems are conceding the 2022 elections and trying to implement a strategy for 2024. They know there’s nothing they can do to fix things in 5 months, so they’re thinking long term. That’s not gonna work either. Trump isn’t the boogie man anymore. Biden and his stagflation are.

Paul
2 months ago

Democrats are counting on our broken media campaigning hard for them in the midterms. With billions of free campaign support from their cronies at the networks, Democrats have convinced themselves that they can sell anything to the rubes. Of course, after the shameful acceptance of lost liberty during the great scamdemic, Democrats just may be correct in their assumptions. I’m hoping the voters who decide elections are paying attention.

Becky
2 months ago

The Commie Party isn’t “setting up for defeat”!
They plan on stealing any additional election that comes along.

Weary
2 months ago
Reply to  Becky

Agree-they’re Counting on it!

Fred
2 months ago
Reply to  Becky

I watched a post about the mules, something really needs to be done about that. It’s just outrageous they would stoop so low.

PIDL
2 months ago

Hurray! I hope the Dems keep it up. The Jan 6 committee is a joke. I saw an article that said Ivanka thought the elections was not stolen. They did not say that was because she believed Barr.

Barr is not a computer software expert. He did not investigate the elections as he should have. Mike Pence should have called for a forensic investigation of the voting machines right after the election when all of these allegations were surfacing.

The fact that all of these machines were being “wiped” after the election is proof enough to show they were hiding something. The lied to us about the machines not being connected to the internet.

What else were they lying about?

I did not hear one discussion about the computer findings in this committee meeting. That is because the plan all along was to blame Trump, the same guy they started to talk about impeaching before he was even sworn in to office.

We know the Steele dossier was false and other Clinton campaign officials were guilty too.

The problem there is they will never be found guilty in our corrupt judicial system.

It is just like everything else they do. They just want to cover up and hide the truth.

Mike
2 months ago

IMO, the Dems are doing everything they can to make sure Trump is the GOP nominee in ’24. Those in the Jan 6 “committee”(great Soviet term), that want to end Trump’s political career now, are Cheney and Kinzinger, but the Dems want it to end in November 2024.
If any Republican leader can separate MAGA from Trump, that candidate (see Gov deSantis) would be unbeatable!

Stanley Castleberry
2 months ago

Just like to say if you wonder why there is going to be a tampon shortage, see tranny. If you’re wondering, why gas prices are higher asked why they keep blowing up manufacturing plants (Texas biggest go blow up). If you still vote rino and dem, maybe, you should not vote.

Tucker7518
2 months ago

The Dems and the rinos should sit this election out.

Sean Richman
2 months ago

We patriotic AMERICANS really need to get our stuff together and”wup their a$$e$”,before it’s too late and then when that’s done we need to run the sick sorry butt soros out off our AMERICA.How about tar and feather,perfect solution for a disgusting anti AMERICAN.

Ted Shepherd
2 months ago
Reply to  Sean Richman

“Tar and feathers” is cruel and unusual punishment. That is contrary to the United States Constitution and repugnant to the consciences of most Americans. Please, let’s show our support for that Constitution by supporting it even in the face of severe provocation.

PIDL
2 months ago
Reply to  Ted Shepherd

So is keeping people in jail for the Jan 6 protest.

Becky
2 months ago
Reply to  Ted Shepherd

No, it isn’t. It’s the purest American statement possible of the reprehensibility and disgust we feel toward today’s corrupt politicians.

EDWARD
2 months ago

playing to the “useful idiots”! lenin would be proud!

ibsam
2 months ago

The ultra-maga patriots love these goofy show trials, that try but always fail to hurt their great maga king. Neutered disciples of the woke cult, Sleepy Joe, Pelosi, and Schiff, think that it will be different this time because now they have an ABC producer and giant video. They think that a showier show trial will move the needle and round up the last few trainable neocon lapdogs to join Lizzy and Little Kinsie. But, as always, their woke notions have very little correlation with reality. They fail to understand that the ultra-maga patriots feel good when Lizzy scolds them for not kneeling down and kissing the butt of the woke mob as she does, time and time again, over and over. Lizzy scolds that kissing woke butt is honorable, and not kissing woke butt is dishonorable. But that’s precisely where the ultra-maga patriots disagree with Lizzy. Ultra-maga patriots believe that kissing woke butt is the most weak and craven act imaginable, performed only by cowardly souls who have lost all sense of honor. Whose version of reality will emerge from the brutal civil war now being waged in the space of mind and soul and will persist unto eternity? Answer: the one that is true, just, and free of every trace of evil. All know the truth. The 2020 election was not free and fair by any just standard. Future historians will marvel at the clumsy suppression polling, Hunter laptop censorship, Zuck bucks, sloppy mail-in ballot counting, and statistically impossible voting patterns. Thus, while the ultra-maga patriots acknowledge the temporal stranglehold the woke cult has on media and federal government, the ultra-maga patriots are happy and confident because they know with certainty that they are on the winning side of truth, justice, and liberty. And they also know that their great maga king is invulnerable to sissy jabs of the woke cult and will step out unscathed from every confrontation.

Willie
2 months ago

Biden and democrats are evil and they keep doing what they think is right and they will start a war and the real American people will win.

papayec
2 months ago
Reply to  Willie

The communist/fascist “Democratic Party” and Deep State never do what is right. They hate what is right.

Tim Toroian
2 months ago

If the American people can’t see that these Soviet-style show trials exist to taint Trump and the GOP for mid-terms and 2024 is because they HAVE NOTHING THEY CAN LEGALLY HANG ON HIM they would deserve whatever hell would befall them. Well over a year and there have been no leaks of any kind that would imply legal jeopardy. If it existed we’d have heard something by now. Stupid people didn’t realize the Russia collusion was when it didn’t appear in any impeachment papers. The modern Democratic party act like Soviet SCUM. The kind that’s on the BOTTOM of the swamp, not floating on it.

tika
2 months ago

dems can’t even do socialism right.

Tim Toroian
2 months ago
Reply to  tika

Socialism? how about wiping their butts?

PIDL
2 months ago
Reply to  tika

Socialism is impossible. It can never be done right! Prove me wrong! It will always be communism, the Elites vs. the others, being deplorables, flyover country inhabitants, the poor, the minorities, and everyone else not on this “elite” list. And guess who gets all of the money and power?

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