We reported Sunday on a new ABC News/Ipsos poll that showed President Biden deeply underwater with the American people on a number of key issues he faces going into the 2022 midterms, including the economy, the Russia/Ukraine conflict, and his pledge to pick a Supreme Court nominee based on race and gender.
For those who missed it, here’s a 30-second rundown from “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos of where most Americans stand on those issues:
Is anything going right? Clearly, things are so bad that George Stephanopoulos led with a new poll by ABC/IPSOS showing 75% are pessimistic about the economy, only 29% support deploying troops to Ukraine, and 76% want Biden to pick a nominee based on merit not race. pic.twitter.com/LrO0RzALr3
— Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) January 30, 2022
The most interesting thing about that poll wasn’t that so many had soured on Biden’s handling of the economy and foreign entanglements, but on where most people stood on his pledge to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court:
Surprising poll on @ThisWeekABC says 76% of Americans want Biden to consider all possible SCOTUS nominees pic.twitter.com/Cfz9u3Rwtf
— Andy Lancaster (@andylancaster) January 30, 2022
That is nightmare territory for Democrats, not just as it relates to the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation battle but also as far as future elections are concerned for them.
They’ve weaponized identity politics to the extreme going back to the 1970s, and over the last couple of decades or so they’ve fine-tuned the tactic with slogans like “war on women” and “Jim Crow 2.0” to manipulate certain segments of the population into believing the real GOP agenda is to take women back to the dark ages and minority communities back to the days of slavery and being treated like second class citizens in the United States.
Neither claim has any basis in reality, but with the full support of their allies in the mainstream media, Democrats been able to successfully run on them to varying degrees for decades, and along with them their promises to prove their supposed commitment to the rights of women, black people, Hispanics, etc. by nominating them for government posts as a form of making amends for past wrongs in our society.
What Democrats will find especially nightmarish about that poll was the breakdown among those who felt Biden should review all qualified candidates rather than narrowing down his choices:
Although the poll’s sample size was not large enough to break out results for Black people, only a little more than 1 in 4 nonwhite Americans (28%) wish for Biden to consider only Black women for the vacancy. Democrats are more supportive of Biden’s vow (46%) than Americans as a whole, but still a majority of Democrats (54%) also prefer that Biden consider all possible nominees.
Though those numbers will be a shock to those on the left who think minority voters only think one way, they aren’t a shock at all to those who have monitored voting trends for the last 10 years or so and who have seen the subtle but noticeable shifts of key voting blocs away from Democrats and to Republicans based on an array of factors, including safety and security concerns, job concerns and worries that the left is going too “woke” and far away from the mainstream.
Democrats didn’t build their identity politics wall in a day, and it’s not going to come down in a day. But that there are now very noticeable cracks in it is not just good news for the Republican party but for America, because not only should issues in this country be debated based solely on their merit or lack thereof, but when it comes to nominees for higher posts, the qualifications of that person are all that should be considered, not their gender or race.
The Biden administration and Democrats, in general, are on a collision course in upcoming elections to finding out the hard way that a growing number of people from all walks of life view what they’re doing as both shameless pandering and insultingly offensive to boot (not to mention legally questionable, as George Washington Law Professor Jonathan Turley recently observed). Most Americans this day and age want to be judged/considered based on the content of their character and what they bring to the table, not their physical characteristics.
As it should be.
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