Democrats once took pride in claiming to speak for the working class, but now their political power is concentrated in special interest groups inhabiting college towns and urban centers.
In recent years the party has become so hijacked by the far-left that their nutty ideas have alienated middle America.
Now, it’s gotten so bad that many Democrats from rural districts and states don’t even want to admit they are Democrats.
Apparently wokeism, open borders, defunding the police, and coronavirus mandates just do not resonate outside of left-wing enclaves.
Heidi Heitkamp (D) is a former U.S. Senator from North Dakota who squeaked by with a 1-point win in her initial campaign in 2012, but then went on to lose her reelection campaign decisively, even as Democrats made gains elsewhere in 2018.
Now, Heitkamp says, “We’re letting Republicans use the language of the far-left to define the Democratic Party, and we can’t do that. The trend lines in rural America are very, very bad. Now, the brand is so toxic that people who are Democrats, the ones left, aren’t fighting for the party.”
Left unsaid is that President Biden is pushing the very same policies that the far-left favors, making Republicans’ sales pitch far easier and more effective.
These same feelings extend to rural Pennsylvania, where local Democrat Tim Holohan goes even further, saying, “The hatred for Democrats is just unbelievable. I feel like we’re on the run.”
Holohan asked his daughter to remove a Joe Biden bumper sticker from her car.
Rural Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper is retiring at the end of this Congress and bluntly asserts that his Party is facing extinction in Rural America, saying, “It’s hard to sink lower than we are right now. You’re almost automatically a pariah in rural areas if you have a ‘D’ after your name.”
Even the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) recognizes the problem.
In a report obtained by Politico, DCCC indicates that the GOP’s messaging is “alarmingly potent” and that Democrats were perceived as “preachy” and “judgmental.”
The Associated Press refers to the challenges Democrats face in this environment as threatening, saying, “These Democrats are used to being outnumbered by the local Republican majority, but as their numbers continue to dwindle, the few that remain are feeling increasingly isolated and unwelcome in their own communities.”
The monumental loss in rural support for Democrats just since 2008 is astonishing, as Barack Obama won 875 counties in his initial election, while Biden carried just 527 in 2020.
The cause of the Democrats’ decline is clear, as even the official organizations tasked with electing Democrats admit what is turning off the voters.
The challenge is that no man can serve two masters.
The only real solution to the Party’s problems in Middle America would be to flip-flop from what truly animates the base.
In the meantime, the votes of rural voters are up for grabs and while Democrats dither, Republicans are well-positioned to reap the rewards.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.