Voters sent a message in the midterm elections to both Biden and Trump — will either listen?

  

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Via:  gregtx  •  2 weeks ago  •  6 comments

By:   Salena Zito

Voters sent a message in the midterm elections to both Biden and Trump — will either listen?
PITTSBURGH — Since 2006, I have covered four midterm elections in which majorities changed hands in the House or Senate. In 2006, Republicans paid the price for George W. Bush's wars and his response to Hurricane Katrina. In 2010, Democrats lost in response to the massive overreach of healthcare and climate change legislation they passed. In 2014, Democrats lost nine Senate seats because they still never corrected their overreach problem. In 2018, Republicans lost primarily because of...

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PITTSBURGH —Since 2006, I have covered four midterm elections in which majorities changed hands in the House or Senate. In 2006, Republicans paid the price for George W. Bush's wars and his response to Hurricane Katrina. In 2010, Democrats lost in response to the massive overreach of healthcare and climate change legislation they passed. In 2014, Democrats lost nine Senate seats because they still never corrected their overreach problem. In 2018, Republicans lost primarily because of then-President Donald Trump's comportment.

Each time it happens, I have written that voters sent the party in power a message by voting against them. That message usually wasn't that they liked the other party morebut simply that they were upset at the ruling party and wanted a change.

Each time, it also seemed that the winning party took only a few days to miss the whole point. They would typically start believing their own hype and misreading the meaning of their mandate. They often came to believe that they won because people really liked them, an attitude for which they would later pay a price.

In the 2022 election, the voters spared Democrats the usual shellacking, taking away the House by just a bit. They even left Democrats in power in the Senate. So you'd think Democrats would be both grateful and humble about it.

Except already, that isn't the case. President Joe Biden told reporters the following day he'd do "nothing" differently after the election because he's "confident these policies are working." He added, "I'm not gonna change."

Never mind that nearly every race was very close. Never mind that overall, more Republican voters turned out than Democratic voters. Never mind that seven out of 10 voters sharing the top overall concern, rising prices, opted for Republicans.

But two things stopped the expected Republican red wave. First, abortion was much more a significant factor in the election than either party expected, with 61% of voters saying they were unhappy with the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade; 70% of those voters backed a Democratic candidate.

The other problem was Donald Trump. He is a polarizing figure, you might have noticed. He also worked to suck up all of the oxygen days ahead of the election, talking about himself and his personal grievances at every opportunity. This was a wildly different approach from 2016, when it was all about the voter. It is hard to say just how many voters were turned off from Republican candidates by Trump's daily grievance-mongering. Here in Pennsylvania, voters looked at the candidates he had backed, saw that Trump could continue manipulating them for the next two years if they won, and said no thank you.

For many in the party, the leadership vacuum that Trump left behind when he left office has been filled by competent Republican governors such as Georgia's Brian Kemp, Florida's Ron DeSantis, and New Hampshire's Chris Sununu.

To date, the two people who have not gotten the memo from voters are the former president and the current president. Biden's decision to do nothing differently going forward is assuredly not what voters wanted; the same can be said of Trump's evident intention to make the next two years all about him.

In other words, one consequence of 2022 is that neither Trump nor Biden should be considered a sure thing for their party's nomination in 2024. We will see who is listening.


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GregTx
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1  seeder  GregTx    2 weeks ago
To date, the two people who have not gotten the memo from voters are the former president and the current president. Biden's decision to do nothing differently going forward is assuredly not what voters wanted; the same can be said of Trump's evident intention to make the next two years all about him.
 
 
 
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2  squiggy    2 weeks ago

I voted all D - my Pennsylvania ballot looked that shitty. I can't believe Trump is gonna play another hand.

 
 
 
Diablo Imperius
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2.1  Diablo Imperius  replied to  squiggy @2    2 weeks ago

You must have voted for this monster.

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2.1.1  squiggy  replied to  Diablo Imperius @2.1    2 weeks ago

It hurt, too, but along the way was a brief flicker of sincerity that the wizard lacked. Beyond that was the noise of Rick Scott, ( ironically, a product of Florida's old folks) and my perception of his wish to squeeze the life out of elder programs. The guy who pleaded the Fifth 75 times at a Medicare fraud trial that netted 14 felonies and a $600m fine wants to tell me I'm overpaid. I'll disrupt that any way I can.

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.1.2  Kavika   replied to  squiggy @2.1.1    2 weeks ago

Actually, I believe the fine ended up being $1.7 Billion. 

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3  CB     2 weeks ago
In 2006, Republicans paid the price for George W. Bush's wars and his response to Hurricane Katrina. In 2010, Democrats lost in response to the massive overreach of healthcare and climate change legislation they passed. In 2014, Democrats lost nine Senate seats because they still never corrected their overreach problem. In 2018, Republicans lost primarily because of then-President Donald Trump's comportment.

Each time it happens, I have written that voters sent the party in power a message by voting against them. That message usually wasn't that they liked the other party morebut simply that they were upset at the ruling party and wanted a change.

Each time, it also seemed that the winning party took only a few days to miss the whole point. They would typically start believing their own hype and misreading the meaning of their mandate. They often came to believe that they won because people really liked them, an attitude for which they would later pay a price.

In the 2022 election, the voters spared Democrats the usual shellacking, taking away the House by just a bit. They even left Democrats in power in the Senate. So you'd think Democrats would be both grateful and humble about it.


Ecclesiastes 4:12
12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

As this article opens before me, I just finished watching a Chinese movie done with English voice-overs and subtitles both that make it so much easier for be to do MORE when I don't have to set down and rivet my attention to every line of close-captioned text on the screen: I do it when I have to, nevertheless. Because, foreign movies, it terms out have a great deal of affection, meaning, wisdom, and expertise to share. The movie I just now finished watching: some of the most AMAZING graphics and computer-generated animals/demons:human interaction I have ever seen. How could I not be excited? At the end of this movie, the song choice was sang in Chinese, but their was an exciting and 'star-quality' rock guitar playing throughout. And it struck me that not only was this movie graphically 'literate,' wholesomely enjoyed, it was diverse culturally in its musical choices. Differences working together to put out one great featured movie.

Why do I bring this up. . . here? I will explain.

This article, the excerpt I have deposited in a quote above, points out an overwhelming 'fractured' state of our American body politic and a diverse citizenship! The quote identifies 10 years of "bull crap" treatment of the electorate where they did not get any opportunity to celebrate the best of what we are as diverse peoples settled/settling into one land mass. We amount to people in pods waging political warfare on each other's ideas and worldviews. Could it be we are in this moment farthest away from what the founders of this union envisioned?

We, the United States, fight each other politically too much. The battles are wearing us down. We no longer look to each other for peace through sharing what others have to give to the whole, but we simply want to go into state 'silos' and claim we're better blue or red. It's trifling. It's pathetic.

We need to do better. Why?

Because when we work in concert and let our differences positively work themselves out through the 'systems' of governance, we get more accomplished. We 'blend' and generate what we can not accomplish trying to annex portions of the country that are not inspired by other areas. In other words, liberals and conservatives, working together to tag-team problems in this country, in this national 'union,' this marriage garner much more success than when we are bull-headedly banging away against one another.

Our nation is sick politically. Which side should take the healing potion to heal what ails us a blended people, singular, collected from all over the world?

Will you, whosoever you are reading this, right now take the glass from my hand and drink to our national unity once more? Drink to our not being overpowered eventually for walking 'alone'; drink to our two partied political system remembering teamwork; drink it our unity being reestablished by letting diversity becoming one bind us together in love, peace, and faith of our own choosing?

 
 

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