WASHINGTON, DC, July 25 — Will DINO [Democrat In Name Only] Joe Manchin and like-minded Democrats in Congress help trigger a landslide win for Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections? It certainly looks that way.
Oddly enough, Sean McElwee, a progressive political strategist, admits that Manchin’s moderation “makes a lot of sense. People who vote for Republicans are not like, ‘I’m voting for Republicans because local companies in West Virginia just need the right tax breaks.’ No, they’re like: ‘I believe that government spending is too big. Too many people don’t work. And social change in this country is happening too quickly.’ And I don’t agree with those things, but that’s what those voters believe. And Manchin’s the only one who really speaks to those broad ideological concerns.”
In an interview with the Epoch Times, Jamie Wright, who describes herself as “a millennial attorney and political pundit,” seems to think so. As Wright put it, the Democratic Party’s “[moderate voting] base is becoming increasingly disenchanted with what seems to be the ongoing failures of the Biden administration on major party platforms such as rising inflation, gas prices, and a pretty weak economy.” Wright went on to say that, although they don’t get much attention in the mainstream media, the fact is “There is a real power struggle between the moderates and the extreme left within the party. However, moderates still make up the majority,”
Another political consultant, Josh Wilson, says the moderate Democrats will either give the election a pass, or some of them may bite the bullet and vote Republican. “Democrat members of the Congress seem to be trending more to the left but Democrat voters are not,” Wilson explained. “To be more specific, Democrats in D.C. seem to be putting social issues ahead of economic issues. [However,] most voters want the government to focus on things that impact them daily,”
Let’s face it. Joe Biden and his Congressional minions — “woke” movement or not — have made a mess of our economy and voters are in pain. The president’s approval rating is in the tank. It stands at a mere 30% who think he’s got it right. Even leftist publications such as Time Magazine think so, having earlier this year published an article with the headline: How the Biden Administration Lost Its Way.
Ryan Crocker, former U.S. ambassador in Kabul put it this way: “An Administration that pledged to restore competence and normalcy seems overmatched and reactive. Biden has been caught flat-footed by not one but two COVID-19 variants. He has repeatedly failed to close the deal with the Senate he boasted of mastering. The former chair of the foreign relations committee has presided over escalating tensions with Russia and China as well as a chaotic pullout from Afghanistan. The consequences to America’s credibility abroad could be lasting.” Crocker added, ‘What could be more damaging to internationalism in this country than an internationalist who is perceived as having just completely screwed the pooch?”
Indeed, the traditional give and take of American politics wherein when the party in power bungle things up for the electorate it cedes control of Congress in the midterm elections and it eventually leads to the loss of the presidency.
In conclusion, the New York Times published an exceptionally lengthy discourse on what might happen should a Red Wave of Republicans take back the House and the Senate come November. Author Jason Zengerle points out that “The bigger, more consequential question — not just for the moderates but for all Democrats — is whether this projected midterm wipeout is merely a cyclical occurrence or the manifestation of a much deeper and more intractable problem. Over the last decade, the Democratic Party has moved significantly to the left on almost every salient political issue. Some of these shifts in a more ambitiously progressive direction, especially as they pertain to economic issues, have largely tracked with public opinion: While socialism might not poll well with voters, Democratic proposals to raise taxes on corporations and the wealthy, increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and lower the age of Medicare eligibility do.”
Zengerle quoted in his article Will Marshall, the president and founder of the Progressive Policy Institute, a moderate Democratic think tank, who said “The Democratic Party moved left but the country as a whole hasn’t.”