Weird stuff does occasionally happen in politics. But mostly not. People vote the way they’re supposed to give their background and socioeconomic status. For the two major parties, it doesn’t get better, when they’re on a downswing, until it gets a lot worse. That’s where the Democrats are.
As Newt Gingrich points out below, the Democrats are looking at a shellacking in 2022 and 2024 because they refuse to learn from defeat. Let’s hope, at least in the electoral sense, that they don’t learn again for decades.
Tax Policy Center — hardly a conservative source — finds that BBB would break Biden's tax pledge: “Taking into account all major tax provisions, roughly 20 percent to 30 percent of middle-income households would pay more in taxes in 2022,” https://t.co/1tAyUEnoP4
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) November 11, 2021
Gingrich: Democratic Party defeat last Tuesday was followed by an even more ominous report on the job approval of the two leading Democrats.
Recall, last week, Democrats lost Virginia in a remarkable sweep. They lost Assembly and Senate seats in New Jersey – and almost lost the governorship. A Republican was elected city attorney in Seattle (that’s right, Seattle). They lost a Texas state legislative seat in a district that is 73% Latino. Republicans swept to victory in Long Island, while New York voters rejected three different Democratic referenda to make elections less secure. Now, an even more ominous indicator has hit the Democrats nationally.
A USA Today poll showed President Joe Biden at 38% job approval. Even more dismally, Vice President Kamala Harris at 28% job approval (one must wonder who the 28% who actually think she is doing her job are, but that is another column). If the Biden-Harris team stay in the polling basement, it will have a devastating effect on the Democrats in 2022. I think you could end up with House Republicans gaining 40 to 70 seats (a reasonable sweep based on the experiences of 1994 and 2010).
At the same time, Senate Republicans may find themselves with four additional members and a real opportunity for Sen. Joe Manchin to switch parties and join the rest of West Virginia in becoming Republican. The initial evidence is that the Democrats learned nothing from their repudiation last week.
Washington Democrats and their news media and lobbyist-donor friends seem to have gathered together to reassure one another that passing legislation will cure everything. It is a tribute to how Washington-centered the Democrats have become that they believe the pain of the grassroots can be solved by passing texts in Washington that will have no significant impact for years – although many Americans may experience immediate negative impacts economically, philosophically or culturally…
Of course, as bad as President Biden is, Vice President Harris is much worse. She may be the least effective person ever to serve as vice president. Her performances with paid child actors on building enthusiasm about space travel was humiliating. Her total failure on the border is unforgivable. She will be an even bigger liability than President Biden. These two approval ratings, 38% and 28%, mark the beginning of a political disaster for Democrats, which I predict will get steadily worse for four years.