Thursday, April 16, 2020

Huge Voter Enthusiasm To Rid America Of The Plague-- The Trump Plague


"Die For Me" by Nancy Ohanian

A wide consensus is forming that the two worst governors in America are Trump patsies Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Kristi Noem (R-SD). "Gov. Kristi Noem reiterated Tuesday that she won't be ordering South Dakota residents to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic, as another 121 confirmed cases were reported in the state. The majority of South Dakota's 988 total cases-- 768-- are in Minnehaha County, which includes the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, the site of one of the largest known clusters of COVID-19 cases in the country." [Side note: Minnehaha County, the most populated county in the state, went for Trump in 2016-- but 30,610 people (39.1%) voted for Hillary, so they don't deserve this.]

As bad as governors like DeSantis and Noem are, Morning Consult reporter Eli Yokley reported yesterday that their new poll shows that "Trump appears to be bearing the brunt of voters’ criticism toward government... The downward drift in views about Trump’s handling of the crisis comes as the share of voters who said they were 'very concerned' about the virus has increased to 65 percent, though Democrats (76 percent) were more likely than Republicans (56 percent) to share that strong concern.

The new survey found that Trump’s coronavirus approval rating fell 24 points among Democrats and 17 points among independents in the last month. His job approval on the pandemic is just 45%-- with 49% disapproving.

Reuters also released their latest poll-- by Ipsos-- which shows tremendous Democratic voter enthusiasm. It isn't for Biden. No one gives a shit about him who isn't part of the one percent. The enthusiasm is to rid America of the plague-- not just the coronavirus pandemic, but the Trump Plague. Chris Kahn summed it up perfectly:
When Republicans in Wisconsin pushed through state elections last week in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, Jessica Jaglowski donned a protective mask and headed for the ballot box, determining her best shot at self-preservation was not to stay home but to vote Republicans out of office.

Come November, when Republican President Donald Trump is up for re-election, Jaglowski, a 47-year-old Democrat in Milwaukee, says she will be even more determined to vote, even if the deadly virus continues to ravage her community.

“He’s half the reason we’re in this mess right now,” she said, criticizing Trump for downplaying the threat of COVID-19 before it hit the country hard. “If I have to wait in line for 12 hours, in a storm, I don’t care. I’m voting for whoever can get Trump out.”

After three years in the White House, this much about Trump is clear: Those who want to deny him the presidency are much more determined to vote now than they were four years ago.

Democrats’ intention to vote is also rising more than it is among Republicans, both nationally and in historically competitive battleground states like Wisconsin that Trump narrowly won in 2016, according to more than 66,000 U.S. adults who took the Reuters/Ipsos online poll in the first quarter of 2020 or 2016.

The highly motivated opposition is another sign of trouble for Trump, who saw his chief argument for re-election-- a soaring economy and record-low unemployment-- evaporate amid a health crisis that has put millions of Americans out of work.

Even before the pandemic, Trump struggled to woo independents and moderates he would need to win November’s election, and recent polls showed Trump trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by several points nationwide, as well as in battleground states such as Arizona and Michigan.

According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, 70% of Democrats said they were “certain” to vote in the upcoming presidential election, 9 percentage points higher than in the first quarter of 2016.

Among Republicans, the increase from 2016 was much smaller-- 3 percentage points-- with 71% saying they will vote in November.

Democrats have for years outnumbered Republicans in the United States but they also tend to be less politically active. Yet for the first time since at least 2012, nearly the same percentage of Democrats and Republicans said they planned to vote in 2020.

When the poll combined states that are expected to be especially competitive this year-- Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Colorado-- voting interest rose by 11 points among Democrats over the past four years, while it only rose by 3 points among Republicans.

...The rise in political enthusiasm was on display in the Democratic presidential nominating contests this year. Turnout in many states such as Michigan, Virginia and South Carolina surpassed previous highs set in 2008, when Barack Obama made his historic run for the presidency.

In state after state, large majorities of Democratic primary voters-- around 60%-- said they were “angry” with the Trump administration, while 30% said they were “dissatisfied,” according to exit polls by Edison Research. Most of them said they voted for a candidate who they thought could beat Trump.

The intensity of Democratic political engagement is part of a broader, tribal mentality of “negative partisanship” that has been increasingly motivating voters for a half century, said Steven Webster, a political scientist at Washington University in St. Louis.

...Another sign of Democratic enthusiasm came from Wisconsin where liberal judge Jill Karofsky scored an upset victory over conservative, Trump-backed incumbent Daniel Kelly in a state Supreme Court election in which she won some counties that voted for Trump in 2016.

Milwaukee’s Janine Hedges, 50, was among thousands who waited in line to vote last week in Wisconsin, which also held a Democratic presidential primary. She cast her ballot for Sanders, who has since suspended his campaign and endorsed Biden. In November, she is ready to wait in line again-- for Biden-- regardless of the coronavirus.

“We just can’t do four more years of this,” she said. “Even though he is not my first choice, Biden is somebody who has a more benevolent side to him. We need that.”
Bernie and-- now, having spoiled Bernie's chance to win the Super Tuesday states-- Elizabeth Warren have endorsed Status Quo Joe. No one knows how much of their followings will walk with them into the camp of one of the most conservative Democrats of the last 5 decades-- a beacon for anti-progressives in the party that many have hoped would be the progressive party. But even among Biden-skeptics, turnout is expected to be high, not just because of progressive antipathy towards Trump and Trumpism but because of the hopes that candidates running for Congress on the issues Bernie brought to the fore-- Medicare-for-All, the Green New Deal, free public universities, racial justice, dignity for the working class, etc-- will still be able to help move this issues forward.

Polling in Arizona, until recently considered one of the reddest of red states, shows that Democratic centrist Mark Kelly will trounce Republican incumbent Martha McSally in November. He's leading her by 9 points right now, a steadily increasing advantage. Republicans favor her; Democrats favor him. But independent voters have moved decisively in favor of Kelly and against McSally, a knee-jerk Trump enabler.

I asked four of the progressive congressional candidates from very different districts if they get a sense of what's driving Democratic voter enthusiasm beyond Trump-hated. Please read what Cori Bush, Eva Putzova and Tom Guild told me last night about what they think isn motivating voters in their districts and, please, consider contributing to their campaigns by clicking on the Blue America 2020 thermometer below.

Cori Bush, who is running in St. Louis, feels one crucial factor is that people are looking for leadership-- and honesty and integrity in leadership. She told me that the "top issues that motivate the voters and supporters we speak to across the board are Medicare for All and a Green New Deal. Our base understands that no matter who is in the presidency, we will need leaders in Congress willing to champion these bold policies and hold the executive office accountable. The majority of Americans support both policies, and yet even in the midst of a pandemic, we are clearly seeing how many politicians are digging in their heels."

Goal ThermometerEva Putzova's vast Arizona district, AZ-01, is far more rural. "In my district," she said, "most Democratic and Independent voters that I talk to are desperate to get rid of Donald Trump. But they are also increasingly motivated to change the direction of the country and not merely return to the status quo prior to Trump. They want immigration reform, they want universal health care and Medicare for All, they want immediate action on fighting climate change and they support the Green New Deal, among many other priorities. This is why my campaign for Congress is gaining so much support. Voters are tired of politicians, like my opponent, who are satisfied with minor reforms that don't address the major problems facing people today. The reason for that, of course, is that many incumbent politicians, like my opponent, are bought and paid for by corporate contributions to their campaigns. I don't take any corporate money and can't be bought. The voters in my district see that and are responding to my campaign with great enthusiasm."

Robin Wilt was inspired by Bernie and by the issues he was running on. Bernie is no longer running and Robin is representing those issues to the voters in Monroe County, New York. "The theme of Bernie’s campaign for the Presidency is 'Not me. Us,' she told us last night. "The slogan concisely communicates the sheer breadth of the movement that his platform spurred to action. There are hundreds of candidates down-ballot that represent 'Us.' Someone once asked me, after Bernie exited the Presidential primary in 2016, whether I still supported Bernie Sanders. I emphatically replied , 'Of course I do,' since my ethics and morals remained the same both prior to Bernie’s candidacy and after his exit. Now that Bernie has suspended his 2020 candidacy, the movement spawned by the ideals that he articulated is no less active. In Rochester and Monroe County, we have been fielding calls and emails from Bernie supporters who are excited to continue the fight for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, Education and Income Equity, and Housing Justice. Bernie’s candidacy was never about Bernie, himself, but rather about the interests and policies that the 99% deserve. Those interests and policies are no less important now than when Bernie was running. Bernie may not be at the top of the ballot, but he created a movement that was farther reaching than his coattails on a ballot. He demonstrated the power that resides within each of us to fight for someone that we don’t know."

Tom Guild's district is mostly Oklahoma City. Yesterday, he told me that "A majority of Democrats and Independents who voted in the 2020 Oklahoma Democratic presidential primary in March told exit pollsters that they favor Medicare for All. With the projected loss of private for profit employer provided health care estimated at 35 million workers, now more than ever Americans are coming to the conclusion that Medicare for All is the way to go. There are eleven candidates who filed for Congress in my district. I’m the only candidate who favors MFA. Not one single competitor has publicly embraced any plan to bring universal health care to the American people. As more people learn that I’m the only candidate running who wants to give them dependable and affordable universal health care security, our support continues to grow. Many younger voters and others are very serious about climate change. As they learn that our campaign supports the Green New Deal, and that no other candidate has the same position, we have many who are anxious to join us. The future viability of our planet is too crucial to neglect. I’m also the only one running in the 5th district who not only supports raising the minimum wage to $15, but also going a step further. I want all Americans to have a living wage. Once the living wage is set it will be automatically adjusted upward as inflation eats into the purchasing value of the wage. Working Oklahomans have lower wages when compared to national and regional averages, and they are excited that they can look to a future when they can work a 40 hour week and afford their basic expenses every month. On the international front, I’m the only one running for this seat in Congress, who wants to reassert the power of Congress, and stop this president or any future president, from initiating another endless foreign war without the authorization of Congress. The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the sole power to declare war. Many Americans are exhausted with the current series of endless wars. There are millions alive today who have never experienced an America at peace. Opposition to endless war cuts across nearly all demographic and partisan groups. It is a strange and unusual election year, because of the pandemic emergency. Blue America and DWT help many grassroots progressive candidates garner the resources to get our essential message out to voters. It’s a challenging environment, but thankfully there are many progressive champions willing to go to work for ordinary Americans. We appreciate your support!"

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At 6:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huge Republican Effort to Suppress Voters and Perform Electoral Fraud for Trump Underway.

"Democrats" remain silent.

At 6:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sheepdogs are barking loudly, aren't they.

Of course, lefty voters will be too stupid to understand that voting against trump means they MUST vote for biden.

say it with me... FUCKING BIDEN!!

You will be voting.. FOR.. BIDEN!!

Naturally, that also means democraps. And that means all policy will be determined by Pelosi (and maybe scummer).

Naturally, that also means that after 4 years of jack shit, like 8 years of obamanation, lefties will find their enthusiasm greatly curbed, again, and worse than trump becomes inevitable.

fine. you all get what you deserve. enjoy it.

At 6:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You cannot call the act of pulling the plug on your brain dead grandma an act of enthusiasm.

You are merely forced to perform an act that you loathe in order to, hopefully, reduce pain and misery a little.

At 7:03 AM, Anonymous Hone said...

Hey you Anonymouses. Face reality!!! It is severely unfortunate and sickening that Biden is who we got, but face up to it. WE MUST GET RID OF TRUMP IF WE WANT EVEN A SEMBLANCE OF DEMOCRACY left. Hope fully the Dems will take back the Senate, too, because if that does not happen, we will be finished anyway. There is more to worry about than Biden. Remember, Trump has nine more months to ruin our government and our country further, and he will, no doubt about it. HE MUST BE STOPPED in November.

At 9:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poster at 7:03. Many on the left disagree. But, of course, you seem to be a neoliberal and hence conveniently and dogmatically are suggesting that Trump is the real problem. In reality, many of the left feel that the real problem for us to have a meaningful government is corporate Dems. Trump is the lesser evil as he is slightly less beholden to corporate interests than are corporate Dems.

At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I won't vote for Biden because the "Democrats" who promote him are as evil as the Republicans they claim to oppose. If they want my vote, they need to come up with a candidate I can vore FOR.

At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

forget it, 9:06. Hone is religious about her devotion to democraps. it's like practicing cat'licks who know about their clergy's penchant for sodomizing minors... but don't care because they don't want to go to hell. or something.

There simply is no potential there for the epiphany.


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