For Republicans, the fashion trend for 2022 will be fewer MAGA hats and more sweater vests while keeping Donald Trump at bay. The trend will be to push racist Trumpian policies while attempting to appear less racist. There will be less screaming that Mexico is sending rapists and murderers and more warnings of Critical Race Theory, neither of which is actually happening. Also fashionable for Republicans is the phrase, “Let’s go Brandon” which replaces their other popular phrases, “Hang Mike Pence,” and “Jews will not replace us.”
For Democrats, the new fashion trend should be Thunder Shirts, which by the way, don’t work on beagles. Sure, the beagle will let you put it on him without a struggle, but for him, it’s just a comfy shirt. It doesn’t prevent them from being afraid of thunder and it definitely doesn’t stop them from barking. Shock collars don’t stop beagles from barking either which makes it extra cruel to leave them on the dog because they will still shock them. Also, those devices that emit a high-frequency sound when triggered by a bark, yeah, they don’t work on beagles either. What does work on beagles is cheese. Cheese doesn’t really stop them from barking, but they really like cheese.
Now, will Thunder Shirts work on Democrats?
First, for them to work on Democrats, they have to put the Thunder Shirts on, and they’re not going to give them a try unless they’re afraid. Are they afraid? They should be. Democrats should be trembling in fear after their defeat in Virginia and the close call in New Jersey. What happened in Virginia was huge and a major disappointment. What happened in New Jersey should have the Democratic Party purchasing Thunder Shirts in bulk.
If this week’s gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey are indicators for the 2022 midterm elections, where 34 U.S. Senate seats will be up for grabs, every House seat will be contested, and 36 governor races will be held, the Democrats are in trouble. Not only was 2021 not great for Democrats, but they didn’t as well as they hoped in 2020. Sure, Democrats took the Senate and White House, but they lost seats in the House. In Georgia, more voters went for Republican House candidates than voted for Donald Trump. A lot of people who hate Donald Trump will still vote for other Republicans.
It’s not just the Democrats being unable to pass significant legislation or failing to deliver on their promises of 2020 that’s endangering them. The other factor is the trends of voters.
The trend for voters is that they have bad memories. They don’t remember the insurrection which was only ten months ago. They don’t remember the stupidity of the Trump administration. In Virginia, they don’t remember that the last Republican governor liked gift bags a little too much. Voters have a trend of forgetting where a lot of our current problems that hurting our president in the polls were created by Donald Trump. COVID, inflation, and the supply-chain crisis all began under Trump. And rising gas prices is an international problem. Do you think there’s someone at a petrol station in England right now saying, “Blimey that bugger Joe Biden for these high gas prices!”? No?
Voters are forgetting the spread of the Big Lie and how Republicans are undermining democracy. Well, they’re forgetting or they’ve become desensitized.
There is another trend for voters and it’s not new. Voters are stupid. Every Republican president, every Republican House, and every Republican Senate runs up the debt, gives huge tax cuts to the rich, and sells trickle-down, which hasn’t worked in 40 years. Voters throw them out and a few years later, they put them back in. It’s after they’re back in power that voters realize, “Oh yeah. These guys suck.”
Republicans are really good at messaging. How many times have you heard a person complain about people on food stamps vs how many times you’ve heard a person complain about corporate welfare? OK, Republicans are good at messaging and a large portion of this nation is racist.
Democrats are not great, but they’re better than Republicans. Republicans are stupid, racist, and corrupt. Democrats are mostly just stupid. But right now, Democrats need to smarten up, get their act together, pass some significant legislation, and save voters from themselves, because, unlike beagles, humans will vote against free cheese.
Democrats better hear the thunder, which always arrives before the storm. The thunder was last Tuesday. The storm is 2022.
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IMO Democrats don’t do enough to publicize things they’ve actually accomplished.
Announcements from the White House and grassroots editorials in local media can only accomplish so much.
Reportedly the New York democratic party spent no state money on propositions one, three, and four.
Clay, while he will try to stay involved, I am hoping the GOP will jettison the former president. This will be especially true as some of the court cases and investgations need more explaining. I did smile when I saw a PA election official sue Messers. Trump and Giuliani for defamation. One thing biographers have noted is the former president does not like spending his own money, so he will need to drum up some more legal defense funds.
As for Democrats, I do agree they need to put the thunder shirts on. I pleaded with the Speaker and two other representatives to get something done, anything last month. What happened in Virginia will hopefully be a wake up call. The infrastructure bill is three months past due and the tandem bill needs to get through.
I do agree that Republicans stick to a message even when there is little truth in it. This is not a new thing. I recall from 2012, the term “failed stimulus” was used so much that even Democrats believed it. The problem is it was not true. The stimulus worked and was accretive to the economy, so said six econometric firms.
Democrats tend to be lousy marketers. Here is a little know fact that would surprise even Democrats. Under thirteen GOP and twelve White Houses since 1921, which presidents over saw the largest job growth? Most would guess the GOP, but the answer is under Democrats and it is not even close. The economy and stock market also did better.
Even today, the former president is touting his “greatest economy ever” which has been destroyed by “socialist Democrats.” Neither of those phrases are correct. In fact, when sworn in, the former president inherited an economy that had 91 consecutive months of economic growth that would go on until the pandemic kicked in. Plus, there had been six consecutive years of 2 million plus job growth per annum when he took the oath. Oh and the stock market more than doubled under Trump’s predecessor. These are true statements and I encourage folks to do research.
So, Dems get something done. It is needed. And, don’t be afraid to beat on your chest with a consistent drum. If you don’t, you cede the drum to the GOP who is not big on solving real problems these days. Keith
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This is the plan … “For Republicans, the fashion trend for 2022 will be fewer MAGA hats and more sweater vests while keeping Trump at bay. The trend will be to push racist Trumpian policies while attempting to appear less racist.” — Read on!!
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A great number of Americans seem to believe anything they are told, as long as the telling involves strong voices repeating the lies over and over. I hate to say it, but from a non-American point of view, current Democratic voices seem weak and wishy-washy. Who wants wishy-washy leaders?
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We need to pull up our big kid panties and get to work. As Rayne says, no more pity parties. For a little inspiration here is a link