“Regardless of whether Joe Biden wins the White House, the Democratic left lost America.”
How the Democratic Left Lost America
It was not just media pollsters who were the election losers, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer can’t be feeling top notch about the mood in the country. American voters shaved off support of Speaker Pelosi’s House majority and appear to have kept Republicans in control of the Senate, explains the WSJ.
The biggest news is that Mitch McConnell is likely to return as Senate Majority Leader to torment Democratic dreams for two more years. The GOP lost seats in Colorado and Arizona but gained one in Alabama. Republican Senators Joni Ernst in Iowa, Susan Collins in Maine and Steve Daines in Montana prevailed, and Thom Tillis is leading in North Carolina.
Democrats poured literally hundreds of millions of dollars into races against Lindsey Graham in South Carolina and in Kentucky against Mr. McConnell that they lost by double-digits. Democrats seem to believe their own progressive pieties that money is destiny in politics.
What a GOP Senate Means
- End of the Biden-Bernie Sanders “unity” agenda
- No death to the legislative filibuster
- No new U.S. states
- No Supreme Court packing
- No confiscatory tax increases
- No Green New Deal.
If Mr. Biden wins and he wants to get something done, he would have to go through Mitch the Knife.
Pelosi’s majority has been much reduced from 232-197. Amid a surge in Hispanic turnout, the GOP flipped two seats in South Florida. Collin Peterson, a 15-year Rep, lost in western Minnesota. By Wednesday, Republicans regained seats lost in 2018 in Cedar Rapids, Charleston (SC) and Oklahoma City.
Democrats also seem headed for defeat in New York’s Staten Island and trail in districts in Long Island and upstate New York. Republicans were also leading in Virginia around Richmond, exurban Chicago and two districts in Pennsylvania that Democrats flipped in 2018 after the state Supreme Court redrew the map in their favor.
These GOP gains will reduce Mrs. Pelosi’s legislative running room and perhaps test her party control. Her strategy of refusing to compromise on a Covid-19 relief bill may have cost seats, and now she’ll have a harder time getting a blue-state and union bailout through the Senate. If Mr. Biden wins, the GOP will be better poised to retake the House in 2022.
Tuesday’s night big story is how Republicans gained ground among minorities. The GOP’s outreach effort of economic opportunity with minority entrepreneurs and workers resonated at its August convention.
“Democrats stood for government lockdowns and handouts,” writes the WSJ. “And who would have thought that immigrants who fled socialism in Venezuela and violence in Central America would oppose those scourges here?”
The Party of Coastal Elites
Along with coastal elites embracing a progressive agenda, Democrats are now the party of government unions.
Many in middle-class America are not in favor of “banishing fossil furls, abolishing state right-to-work laws, and pointless partisan impeachment.”