NY Times, page one: How could anyone continue to vote for the Republican Party after Biden’s astonishing successes?
The New York Times Monday’s starless story by National Political Correspondent Alexander Burns was titled: “America emerges, but politics stands firm: partisanship is immune to signs of recovery. “But it could well have been titled” What’s wrong with Trump’s voters? “
Baffled by Biden’s stubbornly regular approval rating and the continued strength of the Republican Party, as shown in the 2020 election, despite Biden’s seemingly incredible accomplishments (like the pork-laden infrastructure bill? ?), Burns lashed out at Trump and his supporters with DNC-approved insults.
In another era, the events of this season would have been almost certain to produce a major shift in American politics, or at least a significant and discernible one.
Over a period of weeks, the coronavirus death rate plummeted and the country eased public health restrictions considerably. President Biden announced a bipartisan deal late last month to spend hundreds of billions of dollars rebuilding the country’s spent infrastructure, the most significant legislative corridor-crossing deal in a generation, if it sticks together. The Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday that the economy was on track to regain all the jobs it lost during the pandemic in mid-2022.
The story was illustrated online with a large photo of President Biden at (of course!) An ice cream parlor in Michigan. What a scoop!
Not long ago, such a sequence of developments could have tested the partisan limits of American politics, surprising voters into reconsidering their assumptions about the current president, his predecessor, the two major parties, and what the government can do to help. the American people.
These days, it’s hard to imagine that this political turning point is at hand.
However, there is little confidence in either party that voters are about to support Biden and his allies. mass, no matter how many events seem to line up in your favor
[Democratic strategist Mark] Mellman said the country’s political division currently favors Biden and his party, with a small but stable majority of voters with a positive disposition toward the president. But even significant government achievements: containing the coronavirus, passing a major infrastructure bill – may produce only minimal adjustments in the electorate, he said
Then things got really skewed, with Burns broadcasting a barrage of Democratic talking points as fact, painting Trump voters as denying the reality of his terrible idol Trump.
The stubborn resistance of American voters to external events is not much of a surprise, of course, to anyone who has lived through the 2020 elections. Last year, Trump presided over a runaway pandemic that killed hundreds of thousands of people and caused the US economy to collapse. He humiliated the country’s top public health officials and ridiculed basic safety measures such as the use of masks; threatened to crush the massive demonstrations with military force; He did not outline any agenda for his second term; and it offered one of the most self-destructive debates of any presidential candidate in modern history.
Burns blamed Trump for starting identity politics fights that were in fact instigated by the identity-obsessed left.
Trump still won 47 percent of the vote and won in 25 states. The trenches of identity-based grievance that he spent five years digging and digging – pitting rural voters against urban voters, working-class voters against college-educated voters, white voters against everyone else – saved him from overwhelming repudiation.
Burns had the gall to continue to blame Trump for vaccine skepticism, even though it was the Biden Administration that canceled vaccine appointments by temporarily withdrawing use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for dubious safety reasons.
….While Trump has encouraged his supporters to get vaccinated, his disregard for public health authorities and the culture of skepticism about vaccines in the right-wing media has hampered easy progress.
… .Democrats do not have an overwhelming electoral majority – and certainly not a majority that can count on overcoming congressional manipulation, Senate red status bias… .But they have a majority anyway.
There is less of the supposed Republican lead in the Senate than the Democrats (and their friends in the Times) constantly complain than meets the eye.