November 7, 2022

Democrats Are Dreading Tomorrow

But they have no one to blame but themselves for having steadfastly refused to listen to the voters.

Juan Williams sounds like he needs his binky.

Williams, having seen the electoral writing on the wall, seems to be getting a head start on Elizabeth Kubler Ross’s five-stage grief cycle. With the first stage, denial, having come and gone, Williams is now slogging through the second stage: anger. And, boy, is he ever angry.

In a pre-election screed titled “Hatred and lies are winning in a landslide,” Williams brings us his bilious best: “Don’t wait for Tuesday’s votes,” he writes. “The results are already in. Hateful lies and violence are winning.”

No, Republicans are winning, and they’re winning because they’ve focused on the issues that matter to the American people — inflation, the economy, violent crime, illegal immigration, woke education, gas prices, energy — while the Democrats have reduced themselves to playing a pathetic hand: peddling abortion and trying to gin up fears about “MAGA Republicans” and “the threat to our democracy.”

“Recent polls have shown,” said Joe Biden recently, “that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe our democracy is at risk, that our democracy is under threat. They, too, see that democracy is on the ballot this year, and they’re deeply concerned about it.”

As for who exactly poses the greatest threat to “our democracy,” a New York Times/Siena College poll found resounding agreement among Republicans, Democrats, and independents: A whopping 59% of voters believe the media to be a “major threat” to our democracy (it’s a republic, but whatever). We might call this “The Trump Effect.”

But that’s not the worst of it, not for Democrats at least. While Donald Trump was seen as a major threat by 45% of respondents compared to 38% for Joe Biden, neither of them is on the ballot tomorrow. Instead, Republicans and Democrats are on the ballot, and while 28% of voters consider Republicans to be a major threat to democracy, 33% of them consider Democrats to be a major threat. And when independents are polled, the numbers get even worse for Democrats: 23% of Indies see Republicans as a major threat, while 31% view Democrats that way.

These are “iceberg” indicators. They might not have the attention of voters like the economy does, but they’re looming large just below the surface.

In any case, one of the fundamental rules for winning elections is to listen to the voters when they tell you what’s important. In this cycle, Democrats have turned this wisdom on its head by trying to tell voters what’s important. And how’s that working out? The Democrats will find out tomorrow.

Longtime Democrat strategist Hilary Rosen is calling it as she sees it:

“I’m a loyal Democrat, but I am not happy. I just think that we are — we did not listen to voters in this election, and I think we are going to have a bad night. … You know, this conversation’s not going to have much impact on Tuesday, but I hope it has an impact going forward. Because when voters tell you over and over and over again that they care mostly about the economy, listen to them! Stop talking about democracy being at stake!”

She’s right, but it’s too little and too late.

As for Juan Williams, he goes on to warn of what’ll happen when Republicans take control of the House: “Already, news reports point to election-deniers in a GOP majority engaging in a feeding frenzy of lies and conspiracies, beginning with endless, Benghazi-like investigations into President Biden’s son, Hunter.”

Then he goes on to invoke Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and to rattle off a litany of tired Democrat talking points. It all sounds very angry, very temper-tantrummy.

Next stop for Juan will be stage three: depression. Then, in due time, bargaining, and finally acceptance. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Everybody vote tomorrow, or none of this matters.

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