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Sun Nov 29, 2020, 08:30 PM

How Democrats Suffered Crushing Down-Ballot Losses Across America





It's mind-boggling to me that any American newspaper would publish an election "analysis" without even mentioning the impact of over 1200 right-wing talk radio stations across the nation.

How Democrats Suffered Crushing Down-Ballot Losses Across America




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How Democrats Suffered Crushing Down-Ballot Losses Across America

In statehouse races, suburban voters’ disgust with President Trump failed to translate into a rebuke of other Republicans, ensuring the party’s grip on partisan mapmaking.
Members of Progress PA, a group of suburban women in the Pittsburgh area, rallying for Emily Skopov in Wexford, Pa., last month. Despite Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in her district, Ms. Skopov, a Democrat, lost her State House race.
Members of Progress PA, a group of suburban women in the Pittsburgh area, rallying for Emily Skopov in Wexford, Pa., last month. Despite Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in her district, Ms. Skopov, a Democrat, lost her State House race.Credit...Ruth Fremson/The New York Times
Trip Gabriel

By Trip Gabriel

Nov. 28, 2020

WEXFORD, Pa. — Just a few seats shy of a majority in the State House of Representatives, Democrats in Pennsylvania this year zeroed in on Republican-held suburban districts, where disdain for President Trump ran hot.

One of their prime targets was in the North Hills suburbs outside Pittsburgh, which are home to big brick houses, excellent public schools and “the fastest-trending Democratic district in the state,” according to Emily Skopov, the Democratic nominee for an open seat there, who gamely knocked on the doors of Republican voters in the days before Nov. 3.

She was half right. Joseph R. Biden Jr. carried Pennsylvania’s House District 28, after Mr. Trump had won it by nine percentage points in 2016.

But Ms. Skopov, the founder of a nonprofit group who positioned herself as a moderate, was defeated.




Across the country, suburban voters’ disgust with Mr. Trump — the key to Mr. Biden’s election — did not translate into a wide rebuke of other Republicans, as Democrats had expected after the party made significant gains in suburban areas in the 2018 midterm elections. From the top of the party down to the state level, Democratic officials are awakening to the reality that voters may have delivered a one-time verdict on Mr. Trump that does not equal ongoing support for center-left policies.

“There’s a significant difference between a referendum on a clown show, which is what we had at the top of the ticket, and embracing the values of the Democratic ticket,” said Nichole Remmert, Ms. Skopov’s campaign manager. “People bought into Joe Biden to stop the insanity in the White House. They did not suddenly become Democrats.”.....................
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riversedge Nov 2020 OP
RandySF Nov 2020 #1
kimbutgar Nov 2020 #2
SomedayKindaLove Nov 2020 #3
lees1975 Nov 2020 #4
LenaBaby61 Nov 2020 #5
Bobstandard Nov 2020 #6
Thekaspervote Nov 2020 #7
Budi Nov 2020 #8

Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sun Nov 29, 2020, 08:31 PM

1. It still hurts.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sun Nov 29, 2020, 08:35 PM

2. Several years ago we rented a car and drove from DC to Colonial Williamsburg and return back to

DC to fly back home. The radio was awful. Not even a good music station. After that when we rent a car in different areas we pay extra for Sirius satellite. Between the church fire and brimstine bs, right wing radio and some sad soft rock we all went crazy and ended up driving back up to Dc without the radio on in silence.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sun Nov 29, 2020, 08:45 PM

3. Dems can still flip the senate

Keeping the House, beating the incumbent President, and possibly flipping the Senate...wasn't a blue wave like we were hoping, but that could work. Really need those GA seats, though they both seem like difficult flips.

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Sun Nov 29, 2020, 08:58 PM

4. Democrats have to learn to get on top of the narrative

Democrats raised billions of dollars for the presidential and senate races, less for the congressional ones and were hit and miss with state house elections. That money needs to filter down because now, with the census figures coming in, state legislatures will still be drawing lines that create gerrymandered districts with 80% Democrat voters and spread out the rural districts to get small but effective Republican majorities. Look at the maps, people. The Pittsburgh and Philadelphia area account for just over a third of the entire population of Pennsylvania, but only 10% of the state legislators in both houses come from there. The court had to redraw their congressional districts in 2018 and it made a huge difference, doubling the number of Democrats representing the state. Democrats need to get aggressive and make sure that happens, using those court arguments to push for change.

Radio? Yep, still there. The only radio ads I heard this time around were local politicians. Radio ads are cheap and plentiful. Why didn't the DNC spend more money on those, because they sure had it to spend?

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sun Nov 29, 2020, 09:06 PM

5. I hate the fact that down-ballot, Dems took a bath ...

But we will still have a slim majority in the Congress, but if we hadn't have won the presidency which thuglicans/tRump tried to cheat us out of, we'd be fucked into hell, and just think of what MoscowMitch would do to this country with 4 more years of tRump and him at the helm?

Dems had a huge majority in the Congress before this last GE, and still couldn't get much of anything done. ALL of the real power lies with the Senate, and if Dems can somehow GOTV and overcome what I know will be voter-suppression cheating by thuglican tRump butt-licker Kemp, and deadly Covid-19 to tie the Senate ...... We'd get a hell of a LOT done.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sun Nov 29, 2020, 09:16 PM

6. Another point: Nobody likes a moderate

That time is over. These days people rally to candidates who stand for real change. This point is obvious to apparatchiks of the right. It’s time our side got the message. Stand unambiguously for Medicare for All, $15.00 minimum wage, student debt forgiveness, workers rights, etc. If you dont stand for something, what good are you? Why would anyone vote for you.

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Response to Bobstandard (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 29, 2020, 09:40 PM

7. Moderates won the election for the Dems, not the far left

You might want to take a look at Biden’s web site, it’s one of the most progressive in decades

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Response to Bobstandard (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 29, 2020, 11:47 PM

8. 80,000,000 + voters disagree with your statement."Nobody likes a moderate"

Btw. Joe Biden has more future forward progressive policies he intends to accomplish than any Iv'e seen for quite sometime. Not sure what you mean by "Nobody likes a moderate"

It's all right here, In case anyone is still unfamiliar with President Biden's very impressive & progressive platform for America's future. And this is just for starters:

https://joebiden.com/joes-vision/#

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