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Donald Trump, Please Keep Talking

If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in ‘22 or ‘24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do. — Statement by Donald Trump, the former president, October 13, 2021.

 

Picture by Hilary Stone Ginsberg

I think I speak for all progressives and a good smattering of moderates when I say: Go, Donnie, go! Whip up your supporters into a frenzy of not voting. The more they heed you, the better. 

After all, the non-voting strategy worked well in the two Georgia Senate runoff races in January 2021. In early December, two Trump allies, Lin Wood and Sidney Powell, urged Republicans not to vote for either Kelly Loeffler or Davide Perdue, the incumbent senators locked in a tight race against Democratic challengers. “Don’t be fooled twice,” Wood said. “This is Georgia, we ain’t dumb. We’re not going to go vote on January 5th on another machine made by China. You’re not going to fool Georgians again.” 

Yes, sir, that strategy worked well! Georgia Republicans apparently are not dumb(?) and, heeding Wood’s advice, were not fooled twice. According to an analysis of the election results by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, more than 750,000 Georgians who cast ballots in the November presidential election stayed home during the runoffs two months later. More than half of the no-shows were White and many lived in rural areas, demographic and geographic constituencies that lean heavily Republican. As one Georgian said, “What good would it have done to vote? They have votes that got changed.” 

The non-voting strategy worked so well that Democrats now control the Senate, albeit barely.

With Democrats divided among themselves over advancing President Joe Biden’s ambitious agenda and given the traditional bounce the party out of power gets in mid-term elections, Democrats may need oodles of Republicans to stay home in 2022 if they are to retain control of both the House and the Senate. The current Democratic razor-thin majorities in Congress would benefit greatly from great numbers of Republican no-shows around the country. 

Trump phrased his communication as a declarative statement, announcing that Republicans will not vote because of alleged fraud. But, like much of what Trump says to his followers, the above statement is likely to be interpreted by many in the Trump cult as a command not to vote, which probably was Trump’s intention. 

To the members of the Trump cult, it matters little that neither Trump nor his lawyers or sycophants have presented a shred of evidence of electoral fraud. If the Grand Poobah of Mar-a-Lago says he lost because of fraud, then it must be so for his ever loyal and unquestioning followers. And, presumably, millions of Republicans will heed his orders and not vote. 

So, here is one progressive’s dream-like scenario. With millions of Trump followers not voting in 2022, the Democrats win overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate. Democrats win over 300 seats in the House and dominate the Senate by a margin of 67-33. The House easily passes a raft of progressive legislation, and the paltry number of Republicans in the Senate are unable to filibuster the Biden agenda. Not only are Senate Republicans and naked-Emperor Mitch McConnell (see previous blog post) rendered impotent, but moderate Democrats — like West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema — are overwhelmed and can no longer derail progressive legislation.

In early 2023, Democrats enact measures (or expand on the incomplete legislation of 2021) guaranteeing free community college for all, child care for toddlers, child tax credits, expanded Medicare and Medicaid (perhaps even Medicare-for-All), the Green New Deal, paid parental leave, and much more. Immigration is reformed, giving millions of the undocumented a pathway to citizenship. And, voting rights are protected by a bill that enshrines early voting and mail-in balloting, makes Election Day a federal holiday, and rolls back all the Republican-passed state laws that suppress and nullify the vote and disempower state officials in their roles in the electoral process.

Trump and his followers wake up and realize that not voting is not a very good idea. But, since they conceded the 2022 election to Democrats, the 2024 presidential election will be free and fair. Even as Republicans flock to the polls again, their votes cannot change the outcome. Tens of millions of Americans are pleased with the Democratic legislation that has brought the United States into the modern world, guaranteeing a social safety net comparable to that of other industrialized democracies. And, all those pleased Americans can now vote freely and fairly, without the threat of Republicans suppressing and nullifying the votes of those who tend to vote Democratic. So, Joe Biden sweeps to a landslide re-election and the Democrats retain their large majorities in both the House and Senate. 

Go ahead, Donnie, please keep issuing statements. You may be the Democrats’ best friend yet!

Posted October 15, 2021

A Muddled Election

 

It’s hard to figure out what the upcoming midterm elections are all about.

The big issues — immigration, tax reform, et al. — have disappeared; none of the candidates in the elections appear to be discussing substantive matters.

There is one remaining issue: The president, whose low poll numbers frighten Democrats and give Republicans hope of capturing control of the Senate.

Electoral dynamics play out differently in different states. In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn senses victory after her sustained attack on Republican David Perdue for his involvement in shipping jobs overseas. A Nunn ad quotes Perdue’s insensitive words on his outsourcing past: “Defend it? I’m proud of it.”

Nunn’s drumbeat on Perdue’s outsourcing problems are reminiscent of the Democrats’ 2012 successful attack on Mitt Romney’s business background, revealing a Republican problem with potential blue-collar voters in general and calling into question the wisdom of a possible third Romney try for the presidency.

Democrats have their own problem with white working-class voters, a share of which they need to win elections. Blue-collar workers used to be the backbone of the Democratic coalition, but as Matthew Cooper shows in a recent Newsweek  article, “Why Working-Class White Men Make the Democrats Nervous,” that’s not the case anymore. The student rebellion of the 1960s and the civil rights movement alienated many of these voters, and many became the archetypical Reagan Democrat. Many blue-collar workers are conservative on cultural and social issues, disagreeing with the Obama administration’s position on the Defense of Marriage Act and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — the gay marriage and the Hobby Lobby cases recently before the Supreme Court. Democratic President Bill Clinton — who had some success reaching the so-called Reagan Democrats — signed both those bills into law; Obama’s progressivism has driven a further wedge between the white working class and the Democratic Party.

Democratic nervousness explains why many candidates have distanced themselves from the president, none more so than Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, who refuses to say whether she voted for the president. It’s an absurd position, made more absurd by Grimes proclaiming she’s a “Clinton Democrat, through and through.” Of course, Grimes remembers that Hillary Clinton defeated Obama by 35 points in the Kentucky 2008 presidential primary; Clinton piled up huge numbers in the coal country of eastern Kentucky, where Grimes has to do well if she hopes to defeat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

Racism plays a part in the Democrats’ problem with blue-collar workers. Republican willingness to engage in racial politics has hurt Democrats since the 1960s when the political alignment of the South flipped and ethnic voters in the North began to wander. Race and racial politics are reappearing this year in the GOP attempt to tie the Islamic State and fear of Ebola to immigration and border security, and then attacking Obama for supposed laxness on these issues.

Worries over security — fanned by the specter of Ebola and the Islamic State — appears to have narrowed the gap in North Carolina between incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan and her Republican challenger, Thom Tillis. For much of the campaign Hagan framed the election as a referendum on the ultraconservative agenda passed by the state legislature, led by House speaker Tillis. Lately, the discussion has changed to terrorism and epidemics, with Tillis succeeding in making the election a vote on President Obama and his Democratic administration in Washington.

It’s not only about race. White blue-collar workers believe the Democrats don’t care about them, that the policies of the party are geared toward other groups, such as women and minorities. But as E.J. Dionne notes in The Washington Post, this is a complicated matter; younger voters — including younger members of the white working class — are culturally more liberal than their elders, giving the Democrats hope for the future.

Winning back white working-class voters explains why vulnerable Democrats are eager to have Bill Clinton campaign for them. He once appealed to these voters, and many Democrats want to be seen with him as they campaign.

Bringing back voters who once saw the Democrats as the ally of the working class is also a powerful argument for nominating another Clinton for president in 2016.

Posted October 21, 2014