Biden and the Democrats can spin all they want, but voters see the results of their policies. Open borders, inflation, crime on the rise, international humiliation, and a war against parents are just some of the policies that will likely deny Joe Biden a second term in the White House. Former Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz details the story.

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Chaffetz: The Democrat shellacking in last week’s elections has predictably spawned countless discussions, tweets and think pieces analyzing what went wrong. That Democrats must have a messaging problem has been the common denominator in many of these conversations.

I would suggest that what Democrats actually have is a policy problem; not a messaging problem. And that’s a much harder problem to fix. Their agenda simply isn’t working for too many Americans. And their arrogance in refusing to consider that possibility will continue to cost them.

On the issues of education, racism, inflation, energy, immigration and even foreign policy, Democrats are not aligned with where voters are. They’ve tried to cover for it with deceptive messaging. Lockdowns are good! Inflation is transitory! The economy is growing! Afghanistan was a victory! Voters just aren’t buying it anymore.

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When the messaging doesn’t match what voters can see with their own eyes, it stops working. They can message that no school is teaching critical race theory all they want. Voters sat home with their kids for 18 months during COVID lockdowns. They know what is being taught. And they don’t like it.

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe simply made the mistake of admitting out loud what parents were experiencing in their own schools. The policy of indoctrinating kids about politics while they’re still in grade school was happening whether their parents liked it or not. Calling parents racists was just more deceptive messaging in the face of the historic elections of the first Black female lieutenant governor and the first Hispanic attorney general.

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Likewise, voters aren’t buying the messaging of a positive economic outlook. They know they’re paying more for everything. They see gas prices going up. And they can make the connection between those gas price increases and the president’s energy agenda. The problem isn’t the messaging, it’s the policy.

On immigration, we’re hearing lots of happy talk about keeping families together and welcoming the downtrodden. But it doesn’t match the images people are seeing on the border of unvetted masses, untested for the coronavirus and drawn from some of the most violent places on earth.

In Virginia, a state with 19 military bases and hundreds of thousands of veterans, it wasn’t the party rhetoric on getting out of Afghanistan that doomed Democrats with these voters. It was the actual policy of leaving Americans behind in a war zone.

No amount of optimistic messaging can obscure what every military veteran knows: this is a radical departure from American values. We left behind people who had been loyal to us and brought home people we hadn’t bothered to vet…

Going forward, the winning formula for the GOP will be running good candidates who talk about good policies. Republicans did that in Virginia – a state Democrats should have won hands down. It’s not the messaging that’s killing them. It’s the policies.