It was not the outcome about 77% of Park County voters wanted. Barring the success of some legal challenges to the election in a few battleground states, which appears unlikely, Joe Biden will be …
It was not the outcome about 77% of Park County voters wanted. Barring the success of some legal challenges to the election in a few battleground states, which appears unlikely, Joe Biden will be president in January.
Understandably, this is making a lot of Wyomingites nervous. Biden campaigned on spending promises to the tune of a bankrupting $11 trillion. He’s hinting at a possible federal mask mandate and voicing support for policies that will hurt the oil and gas industry — among other discomforting proposals.
The new administration’s agenda is certainly frightening, but don’t panic just yet. Despite Biden going to the White House, the 2020 election did not produce the “Blue Wave” that so many Democrats had hoped for.
Trump’s average approval rating, according to Gallup, is 12 points below the average for all presidents since 1938, at this point in their first term. Despite that, Biden’s win came at a very narrow margin. Despite all the disapproval of Trump, Biden’s win came at a very narrow margin.
While the outcome still isn’t certain, the odds favor a Republican majority in the Senate. This will make it next to impossible for Democrats to push through sweeping legislation, such as D.C. statehood or the expansion of the Supreme Court, both of which would add to the left’s power.
While there’s plenty of jubilation from the left over Trump’s loss, they’re having a hard time grappling with the fact Trump had some of the best showing with ethnic minorities for a GOP candidate in decades, and his support among LGBT voters doubled since 2016.
In an opinion piece last week, CNN political writer Brandon Tensley claims that Trump made white nationalism a central part of his administration. He then explains away Trump’s gains with Black voters since 2016 by arguing it’s the result of efforts to discourage or stop more of them voting. He just can’t fathom the notion that Black voters might not have found Biden’s main selling point — that he’s not Trump — to be enough to vote for him.
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow tweeted in utter dismay of Trump’s minority support, citing it as proof that the “browning of America” isn’t going to “dismantle white supremacy.”
Before the election, African American rapper 50 Cent tweeted criticism of Biden’s tax plans for the rich, to which comedian Chelsea Handler tweeted back that he needed to be reminded he’s Black.
More and more, the progressive left has come to see people solely in terms of their skin color. The notion African Americans might think independently of them is just something they can’t accept, as if a person’s political attitudes are inextricably linked to his or her skin color. The election showed otherwise.
There was also another big loser in the election that should make Trump supporters quite happy. One of the big reasons that Trump took Florida is his strong showing among Latin American voters, especially Cuban and Venezuelan immigrants. It turns out that socialism is far less popular among people who have actually lived under it.
Early in the campaign season, U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,who both favored socialist policies, failed to overcome Biden for the nomination. Of all the Democratic candidates, Biden had put the most distance between himself and the democratic socialists, who had, for a brief moment, a shot at the White House.
Even in true-blue California, the left’s cultural and economic dreams were tempered by the failure of ballot initiatives supporting rent control, crushing regulation of the gig economy and a repeal of the ban on affirmative action in higher education and state agencies.
No doubt, the left’s hubris will be fueled by Trump’s defeat, and they will proclaim Biden’s win as a complete rebuke of the current administration. But a closer look at the numbers shows little evidence of any national shift to the left.