I strongly suspect that the reason we’re seeing all the raids and subpoenas of Trump and his supporters, and Biden railing against your aunt in a MAGA cap as if she’s worse than Osama bin Laden, is because they desperately want the midterm elections to be about “Orange Man BAAAAD!!” and not about rampant crime, inflation, open borders, high gas prices, empty store shelves, the deadly Afghanistan pullout, 87,000 new IRS agents, the politicized and weaponized bureaucracy, and all the other great things that two years’ worth of Democrats being in charge have brought us.
So, how’s that strategy of demonizing half the country playing with voters? Not so well.
In the latest Rasmussen survey, 58% of likely voters agreed with the statement, “Joe Biden should quit blaming ‘MAGA Republicans’ and get to working on the economy he ruined.” Only 38% disagreed (I find the agreement with the phrase “the economy he ruined” especially interesting – and encouraging. Even with the power of the mass media, you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.)
I am disappointed to see that voters were evenly split on swallowing Biden’s claptrap about “MAGA Republicans” representing “an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.” If you want to find those, look at the leftwing extremists who’ve taken over the Democratic party and would happily use the Constitution as Charmin, packing the SCOTUS and eliminating the Electoral College, as long as it cemented their one-party power.
But at least that even split is mostly along party lines, with the good news being that Independents whom the Democrats need to win elections oppose Biden’s MAGA demagoguery by 53-40%. In a world where everyone thought clearly and didn’t get their news from propaganda outlets, the disapproval rating on any President demonizing half the country for disagreeing with him would be 100%.