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Barney Bishop: Democrats Are in Danger of Losing Their Historic Base Voters

The Democratic Party has always been the party of the‭ “‬working man‭” ‬because they talked about bread-and-butter issues that blue-collar workers felt were important to them.

Ever since the‭ ‬2020‭ ‬presidential election,‭ ‬the Democrats have been in a free fall politically with many of the voters they wooed leaving them because President Joe Biden is not governing from the center,‭ ‬he is governing as if we actually elected Bernie Sanders or AOC instead.
What is so curious is that Biden doesn’t seem cognizant of how poorly his administration is doing with Americans.‭ ‬It’s that or he believes that he can recover in time for the‭ ‬2022‭ ‬midterm elections which are just‭ ‬10‭ ‬months away.

It seems that the president has manifested his problems by not doing regular press conferences,‭ ‬by not answering reporters’ questions at length. Biden also simply does not understand that Americans expect to see their president,‭ ‬and more importantly hear from him, besides when he is reading from a teleprompter.‭

The Biden administration could skate,‭ ‬because they already have the mainstream media hiding damaging stories from the public,‭ ‬but for the fact that he has an incompetent vice president.

It wasn’t that long ago that Vice President Dan Quayle was an automatic laugh line on late-night television.‭ ‬He wasn’t perceived by the public as being that bright‭ (‬remember he misspelled the word potato with an‭ “‬e‭”) ‬and he was thus regarded as the least qualified vice president a president could select,‭ ‬certainly since Vice President Thomas Marshall back in‭ ‬1913‭!

But today,‭ ‬Quayle looks like a Rhodes Scholar compared to Kamala Harris.‭ ‬She can’t answer a question without first laughing,‭ ‬a now obvious crutch that gives her time to think about her answer,‭ ‬and yet what comes out of her mouth is so corrupted that she has,‭ ‬at‭ ‬28 percent,‭ ‬the lowest popularity rating of any modern vice president‭ (‬Vice President Dick Cheney held the previous record at‭ ‬30 percent‭)‬.

So,‭ ‬Biden gets no help from his VP,‭ ‬he just gets more problems with her at his side.

Lacking cogent,‭ ‬sustained‭ ‬and understandable communication skills,‭ ‬Biden is failing to convince Americans,‭ ‬especially some historic base voting cohorts that have traditionally supported Democratic policies.

For example,‭ ‬a recent story in the‭ ‬Wall Street Journal documents that Democrats have squandered their chance to get many Latinos back into the fold.‭ ‬For all of his faults, former President Donald Trump’s policies were exceedingly popular especially on the integrity of the southern border,‭ ‬being vocal against socialist policies like‭ “‬defund the police‭” ‬or government becoming the ultimate Big Brother,‭ ‬and producing an economy that lifted all boats including most minorities.

The WSJ story goes on to say that while Trump garnered‭ ‬8 percent‭ ‬more Hispanic voters‭ (‬according to national Hispanic polls don’t call them Latinix‭ – ‬they hate that‭!) ‬which is more than any other Republican presidential candidate,‭ ‬and yet at the same time Biden only secured‭ ‬61 percent‭ ‬of the Hispanic vote,‭ ‬which means that he got‭ ‬750,000‭ ‬fewer votes than did Hillary Clinton in‭ ‬2016.‭ ‬Consequently,‭ ‬Biden loses on both sides:‭ ‬the Republicans picked up more Hispanic votes and Biden got less than poor Hillary‭! “‬That erosion is a danger sign for the party,‭ ‬given that President Biden’s winning margin in five states was less than‭ ‬100,000‭ ‬votes.‭”

The far-left is also pushing an open southern border.‭ ‬The conventional wisdom was that Latinos already here would be supportive of their brothers and sister easily coming to America,‭ ‬but in fact,‭ ‬they feel just the opposite.‭ ‬Most Latinos in America already here,‭ ‬came here legally and through a process and the fact that people are just walking across the border offends them.

Socialism is another fundamental problem that the far-left has mishandled.‭ ‬When Bernie and AOC speak glowingly about Cuba or Venezuela and how Big Brother creates a necessary safety net,‭ Hispanics‬ are thinking about another kind of older sibling.‭ ‬The kind that arrests people without warrants in the middle of the night,‭ ‬cause unnecessary public suffering so that Socialist/Communist elites can live the high life,‭ ‬take away basic human rights without an independent judiciary to stop it,‭ ‬and cause inflation to rise so much that paper money is worthless,‭ ‬the far-left are pushing,‭ ‬no throwing,‭ Hispanic‬ voters to the Republican party.

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Add to that a Trump economy that was humming,‭ ‬a stock market that was busting,‭ ‬minority unemployment at historic levels,‭ ‬and it is easy to see that Hispanic voters can no longer be taken for granted to be an automatic vote for the Democrats.‭

African-American voters are also turning to Republicans,‭ ‬albeit in lower numbers,‭ ‬but still a shift that portends trouble for Democrats.‭ ‬Obama reached the zenith with black voters when he got‭ ‬95 percent‭ ‬of their vote in his first election in‭ ‬2008‭ ‬and four years later,‭ ‬he got about‭ ‬91.5 percent‭ ‬of all black voters.‭ ‬Hillary Clinton was supported by‭ ‬82 percent‭ ‬of black men and‭ ‬94 percent‭ ‬of black women,‭ ‬but Biden only got‭ ‬80 percent‭ ‬of black men‭ (‬a historic low‭) ‬though he kept‭ ‬91 percent‭ ‬of black women voters.

Meanwhile, Trump made serious inroads among black voters with‭ ‬12 percent‭ ‬of them voting for him in‭ ‬2020.‭ ‬Much of it is that Democratic policies going back to the Great Society of the 1960s hasn’t made a dramatic difference on poverty,‭ ‬and Democratic mayors in Detroit,‭ ‬Baltimore,‭ ‬Newark,‭ ‬among other cities haven’t moved the needle in a discernable way over many decades despite spending billions of dollars.‭ ‬Remember it was Trump in Michigan who appealed to black voters by saying “You’re living in poverty,‭ ‬your schools are no good,‭ ‬you have no jobs,‭ ‬58 percent‭ ‬of your youth are unemployed.‭ ‬What the hell do you have to lose‭?”

But it isn’t just about jobs or the economy.‭ ‬Black voters are concerned,‭ ‬no make that very concerned about the far-left continually pushing easier voting laws,‭ ‬Critical Race Theory‭ (‬CRT‭)‬,‭ ‬and new gender pronouns.‭

A Rasmussen Report shows that‭ ‬69 percent‭ ‬of black voters support voter ID laws such a requiring photo identification‭ (‬75 percent‭ ‬of all voters support voter ID laws‭)‬.‭

CRT is not being embraced by black voters either because the perception is that it will just lead to re-segregation,‭ ‬putting an unneeded focus on skin color,‭ ‬and teaching hate when Martin Luther King’s message was one of love for your fellow man.

Don’t even think about the new and utterly confusing use of pronouns,‭ ‬which the far-left is happy to push on young,‭ ‬unsuspecting,‭ ‬and vulnerable students.‭ ‬A recent Rasmussen poll indicates more black adults than whites,‭ ‬68 percent‭ ‬and‭ ‬63 percent‭ ‬respectively‭ (‬and‭ ‬55 percent‭ ‬of other minorities‭) ‬believe that there are only two genders‭ – ‬male and female.‭ ‬Again,‭ ‬on schools counseling children on gender identity without parental consent,‭ ‬70 percent‭ ‬of blacks lead all races in opposing,‭ ‬while whites are at‭ ‬68 percent‭ (‬and‭ ‬65 percent‭ ‬of other minorities‭)‬.‭ ‬Even political affiliation shows that‭ ‬80 percent‭ ‬of Republicans,‭ ‬72 percent‭ ‬of unaffiliated voters,‭ ‬and even‭ ‬54 percent‭ (‬shocking‭!) ‬of Democrats oppose counseling without parental consent.

How bad has it really gotten‭? ‬A Rasmussen poll,‭ ‬just before Christmas,‭ ‬found that‭ ‬44 percent‭ ‬of likely voters would choose Trump over‭ ‬31 percent‭ ‬for Biden.‭

Democrats need to back off of the culture wars pronto,‭ ‬while Biden needs to get to the political center quickly if his party is to have any real chance of keeping the Senate,‭ ‬because the House is essentially lost.‭ ‬Even if the Democrats keep the Senate,‭ ‬Biden is in deep trouble because Democratic U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema aren’t lemmings willing to march to the drum of Bernie and his friends.


  • Barney Bishop III is a former executive director of the Florida Democratic Party and is the former CEO of Associated Industries of Florida,‭ ‬known as‭ “‬The Voice of Florida Business.‭ ‬He is currently the CEO of Barney Bishop Consulting,‭ ‬LLC in Tallahassee and can be reached at‭ ‬

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