While it appears that the former Vice President has eked out a victory and will serve as the 46th President of the United States, that was not reflective of the American voters’ manifest opinion of the increasingly left-wing Democratic Party in general.
If you look past the drama and trauma of a VERY close presidential election and needlessly prolonged vote count, you will see a very different picture. If you discount the snake oil journalism that promised America a blue tsunami sweeping Republicans out of seats of power all across the nation — handing the Senate to the Democrats and increasing their margins in the House – you’d be surprised … shocked … by the actual results. Voters were also expected to boot Republicans from state and local offices by the droves. None of that happened.
Statistically, this geared-up to be a bad year for Senate Republicans because of the large number of vulnerable GOP legislators up for re-election. Polls presaged a five to eight seat gain for the Democrats. In a prime example, every known poll showed Maine Senator Susan Collins down by five to ten percentage points. Her political demise was reported with certainty. She won by seven points.
It is well advised to keep in mind that in the 2022 midterm elections, there will be more vulnerable Democrat senators on the ballot – and midterm congressional elections traditionally go against a first term President.
It can be fairly said that 2020 was a repudiation of President Trump – on the matter of style as opposed to substance. Biden not only did not have coattails, but he also hardly had sufficient political garment to cover his … well, you know.
On the ballot in 2020 were seven Republican governors and four Democrat governors. All Republicans were re-elected, but one Democrat was defeated. And that was in a year that was to be a blue wave. There were similar results in state house races.
Left-wing referenda were rejected more than they were passed. Of the six referenda on the Florida ballot, five were decided in favor of the more conservative position. Only the minimum wage increase passed.
While Democrats are putting a good face on their losses in races below the presidency, they are aware of two political problems going forward. The unpopularity of the Party’s shift to the far left and the growing disdain for the Party’s policies of the past. Nowhere is that more evident than in Illinois.
For more than 36 years, the center of political power in the Land of Lincoln rested in one man – the longest serving state house speaker in American history, Mike Madigan. His authoritarian power even surpassed the legendary father and son Mayors Richard J. and Richard M. Daley, who were the bosses of the infamous Chicago political machine for more than four decades.
While Biden won Illinois – one of the more reliable blue states – the margin of victory was closer than usual and far from what was predicted. Biden prevailed with 55 percent of the vote. In Chicago, one of the Windy City’s 50 wards – the 41st Ward, to be specific – actually carried for Trump.
Madigan maintained extraordinary powers because of his support of everything organized labor wanted and their support for him – even though the labor bosses represent less than 10 percent of the workforce. As a result, Madigan gave them lucrative government-funded pension plans that have plunged Illinois into a major financial crisis.
Democrat billionaire Governor J. B. Pritzker tried to cover Madigan’s losing high-risk pension bet with a “progressive” tax reform referendum – a massive tax increase. That was defeated by the voters. In addition, voters added more Republicans to the Illinois House and – for the first time in history –Democrats lost a judicial election on the incumbency-protection retention ballot.
The election was so bad for Illinois Democrats that both Governor Pritzker and U.S. Senator and Senate Democrat Whip Dick Durbin have broken ranks with Madigan in an unprecedented display of disunity.
In view of Republican’s ability to tag Madigan and his policies as a primary cause of Illinois’ potential bankruptcy, high taxes and mass exodus, Pritzker complained, “The Republicans and the billionaires that sided with them were effectively able to use the speaker as their foil, and that hurt our state’s ability to get things done.” Taking up Senator Bernie Sanders’ constant attack on millionaires and billionaires was ironic since Pritzker is worth approximately $3.4 billion.
Durbin was even more blunt. “All across our state—and the advertising told the story—we paid a heavy price for the Speaker’s chairmanship of the Democratic Party,” said Durbin.
There are similar stories all across the nation – too many to detail here and too many to be fairly reported by the anti-Republican national media.
While the national Democrat leadership is celebrating in front of the cameras, their pragmatic strategists are trying to figure out how to avoid an even greater setback in 2022.
So, there ‘tis.