Midterms reveal major ideological and cultural battle lines in US
The 2018 midterm elections are still not settled, but the Democrat party made some headway in the expected representative reversal that often takes place during a President’s term.
While far from the projected “blue wave” that was touted for the last year, the Democrats presently have officially picked up enough seats for a significant 226-198 majority, with eleven seats still undecided at this time.
The Senate has a slight 51-46 majority at this time, and indications are that the final count will be 53-47 when all is said and done.
This is not a blue wave, nor is it a referendum on President Trump, though the major media outlets are trying to portray it as such.
What it really is, is a referendum on the success of the Mainstream news media versus the horse sense of the thinking voter. If looked at in this way, this was an enormous, and almost fatal, success for the Democrat / liberal / globalist establishment.
The Democrats know this, but they have chosen to interpret their victory as license for a no-holds-barred round of new attacks against President Donald Trump and his policies. In the few days since the election ended, these points have been brought to bear by the Democrats and their accomplices in the media:
- An NBC reporter framed the situation as “the American majority is being pushed around by the rural minority.” This is strange, since this election was based on popular vote contests in each state, which means where Republicans won, there was a majority of the popular vote.
- Google gave a very odd search result, calling the National Federation of Republican Women “enablers” in the title, as in “National Federation of Republican Enablers”, supporting the narrative that women are not voting with their true spirit if they vote Republican.
- Former First Lady Michelle Obama released a tell-all book in which she verbally eviscerates President Donald Trump. She pulls no punches with her statement of all lines liberal, such as how her body “buzzed with fury” after seeing the Access Hollywood tape in which Donald Trump “bragged” about sexually assaulting women. This was something the candidate simply apologized for once it was released, but in the world of the moral Democrat, what you said, regardless of context, can and will be used against you in the court of public opinion.
- In Florida’s highly contested Senate and gubernatorial races, Broward County has (once again) become the subject of controversy regarding a close election, as Brenda Snipes submitted some 200 ballots for inspection. The Republican challenger for Senate, Governor Rick Scott, has a razor-thin 15,000 vote lead at present over incumbent liberal Democrat Bill Nelson. Snipes has been at the center of previous voting scandals in which ballots for Democrat candidates have often seemed to materialize “from nowhere.”
- Following Jeff Sessions’ resignation, the new acting Attorney General Matthew Whittaker was called on to recuse himself from the Mueller Investigation into “Trump / Russia collusion”, because in the past he was openly critical of this investigation. President Trump brushed off these requests, apparently calling the political play out for what it is.
In other recent reports, rumors of impeachment proceedings, investigations into the President’s tax returns in earlier life and pieces berating women for “voting against their own nature” (see above) by voting Republican, are filling the news and opinion reporting in the USA.
However, some analyses state that although the Democrats indeed won the House, the President still won this election. One piece by the U.K.’s Guardian, had this to say in its story:
“The instant analysis is clear,” Ed Rogers, a veteran of the White Houses of Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush, wrote in the Washington Post. “Democrats may have won the House but Trump won the election.”
The brutal truth is that Trump’s divisive rhetoric, racial dog whistles and mendacious fearmongering about a migrant caravan moving towards the US-Mexico border, which he branded an “invasion”, appears to have worked, up to a point. White men in rural areas turned out for him. Red states became redder. He demonstrated that his staggering victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016 was no fluke.
Frank Luntz, a Republican consultant and pollster, said: “People said he would turn off more voters, but [Trump-backed] Mike Braun in Indiana did much better than the polling had suggested. All the states that Trump went to, the numbers were better on polling day.”
The president again showed himself to be a formidable campaigner. Full of sound and fury and falsehoods, his rallies still make a visceral connection with people wanting to be part of a movement bigger than themselves. Luntz added: “He tells them they matter. He tells them their votes count…”
Luntz said more about how President Trump reinforced the idea that these voters are forgotten or passed over by the cultural elite of the coastal cities, using language far too colorful to reprint here.
The key point appears to be that conservatives have become more conservative, while liberals have become more liberal. The United States is becoming much more ideologically divided among those who are politically active.
Part of this stems from the culture war aspect of the Democrat Party. While liberal identity politics have always found their home base within the Party, it was never the core until the last three election cycles. 2018 marked the most virulent form of this, even down to the results, with an openly gay partnered man winning the governor’s race in Colorado, “transgender” (this means mentally disordered with regards to sex in real-speak) candidates won some elections elsewhere, and in effect, the crazies on the left have deepened their hold on the Democrat Party far beyond the levels ever seen.
What is evident in America now is that there definitely is a real struggle at the most basic levels. While it was seen that many people did not express interest in identity politics when asked about their feeling and thoughts about the midterms, those who do hold an opinion on these matters hold very strong ones.
There is no movement in the United States towards conservatism as an ideological point of view, but there is some movement away from the more perverse stands of the Left. The #WalkAway Campaign is an example of this, as disaffected Democrats, some who are even gays and lesbians, left the party this year because the party chose identity politics as a central platform issue. This issue affects still a statistically tiny proportion of US citizens, and some of the Walkaway people realized that the more mundane issues of economy, infrastructure and defense were not getting addressed properly by the party consumed with how many “gender identities” exist and what new personal pronouns must be used for such people.
It can be said that the 2018 election drew the lines very clearly. Expect the next two years’ rhetoric to be at levels that make 2016-2018 look placid.