STRAYER: How not to attract the truly educated independent voter
Published 8:26 am Monday, June 25, 2018
It has become very apparent that the midterm elections in November will be won or lost depending on how “Independent voters” view the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
Democrats are praying for a big blue wave of Democratic victories on Election Night in an effort to regain control of the U.S. Congress. For their prayers to be answered, Democrats will need a majority of the votes cast by Independent voters, because according to the latest Gallup poll, Independent voters make up 42% of the American electorate, with 30 percent Democrats and 25 percent Republican.
Unfortunately for the Democrats, those voters who consider themselves educated independents are the most enthusiastic cohort in demographics relating to the economy. These statistics illustrate that 36% of independents strongly approve of the economy and its direction, particularly in light of the tax cut package enacted last year. Conversely, only 13 percent of Democrats approve of the current economy. Democrats have a long way to go to convince independent voters that we are in hard economic times, and that the tax cut needs to be repealed.
So what are Democrats doing to attract the independent voters? First, they are using the foulest and most disgusting language whenever a camera is near. We have heard from Robert de Niro, Samantha Bee, Kathy Griffin, Meryl Streep, Bruce Springsteen and half of Hollywood in their hate-based litanies.
Peter Fonda recently threatened to kidnap Barron Trump, the youngest child of the President, to demonstrate to the First Lady how cruel it is to separate children from ther immigrant parents. Not many truly independent voters will be atracted to the Democratic Party with tacticis like Mr. Fonda’s, Mr. de Niro’s and the feckless Samantha Bee.
Republicans have a different problem. The number of independent voters has grown dramatically since 2016, due in large part to the exodus of disappointed, disgruntled and even embarassed moderate Republicans. But few of those fleeing the GOP ran over to the Democratic side, largely due to their support of the current economy and the Second Amendment
While Congressonal Republicans can take the credit for a strong economy and record employment levels, there is still a prevalent reluctance for many elected Republican officials to fully embrace the Trump style of governing. Many truly educated indepedents regard this anomaly as an indication that Republicans have become scared of their own Congressional majority.
To be a truly educated independent voter, you must consider doing the following: Listen to NPR and Rush Limbaugh every day for an hour each; read the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal back-to-back; watch CNN at 5 p.m. and Fox News at 6 p.m.
Only then will you understand the world as truly educated independent voters see it.