Politicians have been on the rise for the past year-plus, wielding extraordinary power with the approval of voters who fear contracting the virus. Democrats, in particular, have championed the strict limits on life, and have often won praise for doing so. With this week’s elections approaching, Terry McAuliffe, Phil Murphy and other politicians had every reason to expect voters to encourage similar interventions in other regions. But it turns out that voters have moved past their pandemic panic and want something akin to a traditionally constrained government that cares about its style and cares about the public’s concerns.
From Virginia’s Tidewater to suburban Philadelphia to Long Island, voters on Tuesday issued a clear rejection of the Democratic Party that was broader and deeper than even some of its most pessimistic tactics anticipated. I acknowledge a Washington Post after death.
Virginia and New Jersey have drawn particular attention to states where Republicans would have been less viable than ever after years of Trump fatigue. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (Democrat) has often practiced royalist epidemic politics rave won of voters. It’s one sided Permission to seize private property, unacceptable Objections to the Bill of Rights To close orders, sniffing it protesting his actions Did not rise to the level of other reasons. More recently, in August, voters considered COVID-19 the most important issue facing the state, with opinion polls at Monmouth University. Reports Voters give Murphy a clear advantage over the pandemic (46% to 21%) [Republican Jack] Ciattarelli) and a narrower advantage in jobs and economy (35% to 27%). “Overall, Murphy leads two numbers.
So, how did Election Day turn out for Murphy by what Politico calls”thin margin“?
From a list of seven different policy areas posed in the survey, ‘tax’ appears, nominally, as a major issue, and the pandemic has slipped to fourth place, according to Monmouth polls. pointed When they returned to the competition last week. Murphy brought the same not-so-light touch to taxes as public health.
“If you are a single cause voter and the tax rate is your problem, whether it’s a family or a business, if that is the only basis on which you will make a decision, we are probably not your state,” Murphy blown To the gathering of business leaders in 2019 by Paying a tax increase through the legislature. Ciattarelli placed this quote in the center of his ad while Murphy defended his moves.
“If your business model includes a highly skilled, value-added workforce, we are on your list,” said the governor Tell Bloomberg two weeks ago. “We will not be the low-cost country to live or work in.”
Murphy went on to barely win a re-election fight that was supposed to be in the bag.
Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was not in office during the pandemic, but he also emphasized active government intervention against the virus.
“Former Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe criticized Republican Glenn Youngkin Tuesday night for his opposition to giving Covid-19 vaccines to state employees in the second and final debate of the Virginia governor’s race,” CNN mentioned At the end of September after the second debate at the level of governance. “Candidates split over vaccines… have emerged as a central issue in the governor’s marquee race in 2021.”
Voters certainly gave McAuliffe the edge over Yongkin on the epidemic in suffrage from Monmouth University. But that margin narrowed as Virginia voters overcame public health concerns.
“The top issues chosen as the first or second most important factor in Virginia’s vote for governor are jobs, the economy (45%, up from 39% in September), education and schools (41%, up from 31%),” a late October poll added. “Only 23% describe the Covid pandemic as one of the two most important issues, down from 32% last month.”
Like Murphy, McAuliffe’s royal policy preferences extended far beyond the response to COVID-19. It made headlines with dismissive sarcasm about parents’ concerns about schools and the content of lessons.
McAuliffe “I don’t think parents should tell schools what to teach” smell them During the September 28 debate against Youngkin.
When critics responded, McAuliffe Garbage concerns On curricula influenced by critical race theory as ‘racist’ and ‘dog whistle’.
The former and not-to-be-future ruler has fallen in the polls and lost heavily to Yongkin.
Elsewhere, government excesses have received similar blows. He was a socialist who was nominated as the Democratic candidate for mayor of Buffalo, New York, with endorsements from Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Voters rejected it Which gave the current moderate Democrat a rare victory in writing.
In Minneapolis, voters very critical From the city police department though unacceptable A ballot proposal to eliminate the police and replace it with an ambiguous Department of Public Safety. middle crime fearsTownspeople seem to prefer the devil they know to a new agency with an amorphous focus on “public health” 18 months later in dealing with the pandemic.
“Americans are back in favor of a laissez-faire approach to government in tackling the nation’s problems after a rare endorsement of a more active role last year,” Gallup reported in mid-October. “Last year was only the second time in Gallup’s 29-year trend that at least half of Americans supported an active role for the government on this provision,” the polling firm added. Prior to the pandemic, Americans backed active government only for a brief period after the 9/11 terrorist attacks before returning to a preference for “less government services and lower taxes.” This happens again.
Nationally, this preference may be reflected in weak support for multi-trillion dollar spending schemes that have stalled in Congress. “A majority (32%) of Americans believe that bills would hurt people like them if they became law,” Recent ABC News/Ipsos Poll.
McAuliffe, Murphy and other political candidates stumble in a country losing tolerance for authoritarian officials. Voters are by no means united in what they want, and it is not at all clear that they voted on the same issues this week. But most people are clearly past the climate of crisis that prompted them to cut a lot of inaction in government during the worst days of COVID-19.
Panicked Americans succumbed to a lot of power during the pandemic. Now they want to take back their country.