That Sound You Hear. . .

That Sound You Hear. . .

That Sound You Hear. . .

Is the sound of the Democratic Party panicking in advance of the mid-term elections. After years of doing their best to cast Donald Trump in the role of evil incarnate and all conservatives as his demon servants, the DNC faces a crisis of epic proportions. The young voters they enticed into the party two years ago, those who swallowed the pill offered by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her ilk, are now disenchanted with the People’s Party. Pelosi, Schumer and company are running out of smoke and mirrors to keep these young voters engaged. Add in the outstandingly abysmal job stumbling and fumbling Joe Biden has done and, well, the DNC is finding it difficult to maintain the illusion that it is the “one true party”.

According to the New York Times, voters under 30 are “hungry for new blood and new ideas”. If this sounds familiar, it should. This is pretty much the same mantra AOC ran on. It’s most definitely the one she’s shouted time and again as she’s done her best to topple not only conservative office holders but those from her own party. The problem, at least for the Dems and these young voters looking for something different, is her schtick isn’t anything new. The Dems have talked about how we need to reshape America, create a new world order, atone for our past, etc., etc., etc., for years. That rhetoric will work for an election cycle or two before the voters they drew in with all their empty promises realize they are all talk and no benefit for anyone but themselves and their cronies.

A survey from The New York Times and Siena College found that just 1 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds strongly approve of the way Mr. Biden is handling his job. And 94 percent of Democrats under 30 said they wanted another candidate to run two years from now.

These are the same young voters who helped put Biden in the Oval Office. To have lost that much support in two years has to be a record. It should also send chills of fear down the spines of most of the Democrats sitting in Congress

These young voters supported Biden and his “build back better”. What they got was a president who needs crib sheets to get through a press conference stacked in his favor. They got inflation that doesn’t look like it will ease any time soon.

According to the Times, prices are “rising at the fastest rate in four decades.” And what do the Dems have to inspire these young voters who no longer feel the party is listening to them or working in their best interests?

You get AOC who has no problem encouraging protesters to heckle Supreme Court justices while they are out to dinner but how wastes no time in calling Capitol police on someone who dares heckle her.

You get a “lawyer in sneakers” trying to take down Jerry Nadler in New York.

You get #twerkforjustice out of Rhode Island.

And I thought watching video after video of Beto O’Rourke on his skateboard while campaigning was bad.

What you don’t have is a strong candidate to step up and challenge Biden for the Democratic nomination. Could Vice-President Kamala Harris do it? She might want to but what sort of record has she established since the election. She was supposed to be the Administration’s point for the border problem. We know how that’s gone. She’s gotten more press for laughing inappropriately than she has for actually doing anything.

And the young voters continue to wait for Biden to fulfill his campaign promises.

But that doesn’t mean Republicans can become overconfident. The same concerns the young voters have about the age of Democratic politicians apply to the Republican Party. Donald Trump is 76. Mitch McConnell is 80. Senate Minority Whip, John Thune, is 61, a relative baby. Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader, is 55. The House Minority Whip, Steve Scalise, is in his mid-50s. The Republican leadership is closer in age to the disenchanted younger voters but still part of the generational gap they complain about.

Like most Americans, these young voters are worried about the issues. They want more than promises. They want action. They bought into the “build it back better” because they faced huge college debt, saw little chance to buy a home while they were still young and more. None of these are new concerns. But the Dems played them up, tugging on the heart strings and promising a lot for little to nothing.

If we want these young voters to step up and help correct the damage done by Biden and company to our nation, we need candidates who have a plan in place that not only makes sense but that they will actually implement. We need to move away from government by executive order. Haven’t we all had enough of presidents who rule by the pen and not by following the Constitution? Haven’t we had enough of empty promises?

This is the time to put forward candidates these young voters can believe in. Candidates who recognize their job is to represent the best interests of their constituents and of this country, not of themselves.

“Literally, if anyone else other than Biden was running I would be more comfortable,” he [a young Republican] said. “I just like  the idea of having someone in power who can project their vision and goals effectively.”

That is a good place to start. We need candidates who can “project their vision and goals effectively.” They need to be able to explain how to attain those goals and where the money will come from. In other words, we need competence, something sadly lacking in too many instances in our nation’s capital.

The real question is if the Republican National Committee is listening.

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8 Comments
  • George V says:

    I don’t think these polls, or at least the reporting we get on them, don’t go deep enough. I would wager that of the 94% of young voters who disapprove of Biden, a significant majority of them would vote for Bernie Sanders over someone like Rick Desantis.

    • Cameron says:

      That’s because they think Bernie’s kind of communism is the good kind which will usher in a world that’s fair for all.

      • Scott says:

        Because they, and likely their parents, have been indoctrinated by leftists since pre-school.

        The communists started taking over our education system in at least the 1960’s, if not before, and have been playing the long game, watering down history, twisting it against the US, creating generations of useful idiots.
        And here we are.. We should have listened to McCarthy, he was on the right track.

    • S'Naut Right says:

      I agree wholeheartedly. The disenchantment with Democrats and Biden in particular has nothing to do with realizing that their philosophy of government is disastrous for the country. On the contrary, a roundabout point made by AOC is quite correct in that those presently disaffected Democratic voters want MORE checks. They’ve spend the covid money. Inflation is banging them on the balls and they want checks to make up for it.
      The right is deluded in thinking otherwise. We’ll get elected in November. Govern somewhat more conservatively than Joe and AOC would have us. Then in 2024 the disaffected Democrats will go home unless the 2022 congress folds to the threat of that. Which Mitch and his ilk will do.

  • If we want these young voters to step up and help correct the damage done by Biden and company to our nation, we need candidates who have a plan in place that not only makes sense but that they will actually implement.

    We had one of those, in the White House not that long ago … but Mean Tweets! Are the young people of America ready to question the party-line that AOC and others have been feeding them about how such a President is Literally Hitler? After the performance of the current Pseudodent … to coin a phrase, what have they got to lose?

    Perhaps someone should articulate this message to our young people, instead of either ignoring them or pandering to them with promises of student-loan forgiveness and pronoun enforcement::

    You expect your government to be your caretaker in all areas, instead of focused on keeping you free so you can take care of yourselves and your neighbors. That is why things are not working. Walk BESIDE us and take back control of your life.

    We need to move away from government by executive order. Haven’t we all had enough of presidents who rule by the pen and not by following the Constitution? Haven’t we had enough of empty promises?

    We had a President who had to put sound policies forward by EO, because Congress was too busy playing politics to back him up with actual laws – despite the fact that both houses of Congress were held by the same party as that President for the first two years of his term. Perhaps that party should change the way they do business when they again control Congress.

  • Daniel says:

    I don’t understand the fixation on attracting young voters. Many young adults do not vote and do not take the time to educate themselves on policies and politics. No amount of outreach from the RNC will fix that. Focus on tax-paying adults and young families and retirees. Eventually young voters will join their ranks.

  • Sam L. says:

    “A survey from The New York Times and Siena College found that just 1 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds strongly approve of the way Mr. Biden is handling his job. And 94 percent of Democrats under 30 said they wanted another candidate to run two years from now.” Why wait? Start NOW! And don’t go for those old, OLD. OLD!!!! democrats! And bounce Biden!

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