The unicorn voter in 2020 has received insufficient attention. You remember, the self-described right-winger/Republican who voted for Joe Biden despite his political leanings.
I’m not referring to the RINO who crosses the aisle on a daily basis or the Democratic “moderate” who, amid reservations about his party’s course, returns to familiar ground.
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No, I’m referring to the pro-gun, pro-life, pro-school choice, pro-border wall conservative who ultimately voted for a candidate whose 35-year Senate voting record and presidential campaign rhetoric were in clear opposition to those positions.
There hasn’t been enough research done on the unicorn voter in 2020. You remember, the self-identified right-winger/Republican who voted for Joe Biden anyway.
I’m not talking about the RINO who crosses the aisle on a daily basis or the Democratic “moderate” who, amid concerns about his party’s course, returns to familiar territory.
No, I’m referring to the pro-gun, pro-life, pro-school choice, pro-border wall conservative who ultimately voted for a candidate whose 35-year Senate voting record and presidential campaign rhetoric were diametrically opposed to those positions.
Nonetheless, several (though not all) shared broad support for Trump’s policies, including the belief that his policy had placed America on a fundamentally better footing going forward.
Unfortunately, two months into the Biden presidency, there are already symptoms of buyer’s remorse.
I’ve heard complaints about a Pentagon that is more concerned with progressive gender doctrine than military readiness, an energy policy that shuts down pipelines and gas fields while rejecting the idea of American energy independence, and an immigration policy that has effectively nullified Mr. Trump’s successful handling of illegal migrants and now encourages tens of thousands of migrants to simply show up at the border.
I hear about a security state that demands photo identification anywhere except polling places, a gun-grabbing leadership that is constantly surrounded by people carrying weapons, and teachers unions that are more concerned with defunding the police than educating our children.
I hear about progressives who decry violence against Asian-Americans but remain silent while college admissions officers discriminate against the same community, a media that constantly plays the race card but seldom acknowledges the daily carnage inflicted on African-American children in our inner cities, and a “environmental czar” who continues to fly private jets despite claiming we only have “nine years.”
This most recent entry reminds me of an old Henny Youngman joke: “Guy steps into a doctor’s office. ‘You have six months to live,’ the doctor says. The patient claims he is unable to pay the bill. The doctor extends his stay for another six months.” Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-
The fact that so many people are surprised by the administration’s sharp leftward shift raises my blood pressure, but that’s beside the point.
Elections, according to President Obama, have implications.