Plummeting polls are sending a clear message to the Biden administration, but the President is deaf, dumb and blind to it. And it’s not just the polls. Take congressional retirements. Democrats who chair congressional committees, reading the grim poll numbers, figure life will be a lot more comfortable as highly paid lobbyists than as powerless minority members. They are retiring in droves. Historically, retirements by well-informed insiders are strong predictors of the next House majority.
Local elections are sending the same message. They tell Democrats they have moved too far left and that voters’ quality of life is suffering. Voters are especially troubled by inflation, Covid and crime. They are also concerned about illegal immigration, the flood tide of drugs crossing the border, and indoctrination in schools.
That’s what they are saying, repeatedly, at the ballot box. In heavily-Democratic Buffalo city, for example, the party’s mayoral nominee, an avowed socialist, lost to a write-in candidate, the city’s former mayor. In South Carolina’s capital city, Columbia, a Republican narrowly defeated the Democrat in a city Biden carried by 40 points only a year ago. In New York City — the biggest prize of all — the far-left incumbent, Bill De Blasio, will be succeeded by a former police officer. Voters there recoiled from pervasive violence on streets and subway platforms. They know ‘broken windows’ policing once worked in the city and made it much more livable. What they see now is ‘please break our windows’ policing, and they don’t feel safe.
Crime is a major issue across the country — and it is hurting Democrats badly. Last year, as progressives shouted ‘defund the police’, a cowed Democratic convention failed even to mention the riots breaking out in city after city.