Republicans are poised to make historic gains in this November’s upcoming elections. Not just in the House and Senate, but in statehouses and governor's mansions across the country.
Even in solid-blue New York, Republican Lee Zeldin is waging a powerful campaign for governor and connecting with voters across political lines by focusing on public safety and rescuing one of the weakest economies in the nation.
This seems like a winning formula for many races all over the country. Of course, and as usual with the Republican Party, nothing is ever that simple!
On cue, RINO opportunists are flailing away, claiming the Dobbs decision is hurting Republicans. The truth is much simpler; an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose abortion after the first trimester.
Overconfidence of irrational proportion seems to have hamstrung many promising candidates, and a far more worrisome phenomenon is a lack of disciplined messaging tailored toward issues affecting voters in each district.
Political advice from RINOS waxing nostalgically over the days when Paul Ryan dominated the Republican agenda, (most likely the same people eager to volunteer for Liz Cheney’s purported White House run), must be ignored or Republicans are in for a quite a disappointing November election.
Never Trumpers would have you believing that President Trump is to blame for challenges faced by Republican candidates. Such a contention is ludicrous and easily disproved. In 2020, Donald Trump received almost 5 million more votes than Barack Obama’s historic 2008 result.
Unlike Mitt Romney in 2012, President Trump pointedly avoided the practice of copy/ pasting the usual Wall Street manifesto and wish list of hedge fund traders as his policy positions. In 2016, Democrats tried frantically to shift voters attention away from economic suffering and worked hard to paint Trump as a rich elitist.
Yet, President Trump never took the bait and stayed focused on his message.
Unfortunately, in 2022, too many Republican candidates are taking the bait! Some have woefully unorganized campaigns, composing their electoral themes whole cloth from stories on fringe websites, even in districts where the majority of voters are Democrats.
Others have no clue how to raise money other than composing obnoxious tweets (getting them some likes and clicks) but delivering messages that are alienating moderate voters who are ready and eager to express their regret at voting for President Biden.
One trap that far too many Republicans have recently fallen for, hook line and sinker, is the messaging that they are delivering on President Biden’s overt pandering to student loan borrowers. There are many things that are wrong and unfair with the Biden plan but it has become a useful distraction from the Biden administration’s absolutely horrendous record on the economy.
If you are a Democratic candidate, you’d much rather have an amorphous never-ending debate over the student loan boondoggle afflicting this country, than the fact that Joe Biden took one of the most prosperous economies in history and wrecked it in less than two years.
Republicans in swing states must realize that Democrat strategists and Biden loyalists are elated when all you are talking about is eliminating the Department of Education or doing away with Social Security. And yes, of course the titans of Big Tech mute Republican ideas and would probably love to install a totalitarian form of government in the United States.
But ask yourself, if you are a Democrat in a swing district, wouldn’t you love to focus only on those issues instead of the fact that millions of Americans can’t find gainful employment, a trip to the supermarket feels like you're paying for a trip to a luxury spa, families are struggling to stay in their homes, for some workers filling up their gas tank costs more than they make at work, if you are in a big city, you are worried about getting killed on the subway?
If you are a Democrat candidate, wouldn’t you love to avoid discussing the fact that if you can’t afford to send your children to private school, they may be forced to sit through drag queen story hour, or in some states have no choice but to learn about transgenderism at the age of 5?
What about how our humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan has emboldened terrorists around the world and may have prompted Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine? Or that the Democrats are proposing historic tax hikes on American middle-class families?
Calling someone a “socialist” won’t cut it anymore, not because socialism isn’t a horrific idea (It is), but because most Americans under the age of 40 have no clue what socialism is or what it means to implement socialist ideas.
Engaging voters meaningfully and substantively on the issues they care about is vital because it works and that’s how Republicans will win elections.
Nicholas Chamberas has advised good government advocacy groups, elected officials and political candidates on public policy matters as well as having served as a senior adviser on several prominent New York City campaigns. He holds a degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctor. Read Nicholas Chamberas' Reports — More Here.
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