Looking at 2020 Election, Americans Want Civility, But Not Socialism

  • While Biden’s civility was well-received, voters were equally disinterested in the extreme policies of the “squad.”
  • The Democrats did not flip any state legislatures despite strenuous efforts.
  • These results reflect a general distaste for extreme-left policies.

The people of America have spoken and done so emphatically. Dearly missing civility and human empathy in their politics, they choose former Vice President Joe Biden as President.

President Donald Trump was rejected for his divisiveness. After all, the average American does not want a President who Tweets locker room insults at 3 AM.

While Trump had sound policies, his rhetoric alienated moderate Republicans. Many were offended when he called war hero former U.S. Sen. John McCain a “loser” and a “dummy”, despite standing up courageously to Viet Cong torture.

Indeed, the treatment of McCain was a factor in flipping Arizona. It outraged many moderate Republicans and independents in the state. Cindy McCain, wife of the deceased lawmaker, and former U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., endorsed Biden. Jeff Flake even appeared in campaign ads for Joe Biden.  This helped the Democrats overcome the significant voter advantage Republicans enjoy in the Copper State, turning the state blue for the first time since 1996.

While Trump had sound policies, his rhetoric alienated moderate Republicans.

However, the message to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was equally clear. While Biden’s civility was well-received, voters were equally disinterested in the extreme policies of the “squad.”

This is why Democrats underperformed down-ballot. They were favored to take over the Senate according to most models and projections, as more red seats were at stake; 66% of the seats contested in 2020 were held by the GOP. However, Republicans are poised to maintain Senate control, pending the results of runoff elections in Georgia.

Things are not much better for Pelosi’s House contingent. As expected,the Democrats maintained control of the lower chamber control. However, contrary to expectations, their advantage diminished significantly.

The Democrats did not flip any state legislatures despite strenuous efforts. Meanwhile, Republicans flipped both New Hampshire House and Senate and held on to the governor’s mansion, giving them a trifecta – single-party control of the governorship and both state legislative chambers. The same is true in Montana, where Republican Greg Gianforte was elected governor. And it looks like the Republicans will flip the Alaska State House as well.

These results reflect a general distaste for extreme-left policies. Average voters oppose defunding the police and Antifa  establishing self-governing zones. Voters are similarly unimpressed by out of control rioters or the Green New Deal, which could eliminate the oil and gas industries in their entirety. They resent it when Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan refers to these violent and trying months as “the summer of love.”

Most Americans still believe this is the greatest country on earth. They do not want to replace our institutions with the type of Marxist experiments that failed ubiquitously. Pelosi must come to grips with reality and keep divisive colleagues at bay.

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Robert Bilsky

Robert Bilsky is a Libertarian who strongly believes in individual freedom. Robert founded his own company in 1990 becoming a successful Real Estate Broker and Investor.  Reading and writing articles about politics, business and technology is my passion.  I blog on Medium at https://robertbilsky.medium.com/
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