Hating Trump / Hating Liberals
The piece starts with a discussion of the Republican victory in the Georgia Congressional district that Democrats had hoped to pick up, and continues:
In Georgia’s 6th, reality once again intruded on liberals’ fantasies. They once again failed to grasp that some people may hate President Trump. But more people hate them. And unless they can grasp that fundamental point, 2018 will turn into another GOP victory.
The resentment of ordinary Georgia voters begins and ends with the $23 million that poured into the district from Democrat donors across the country – most prominently, from Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Handel’s money also came from out of state, but it didn’t come from people who look down their noses at Georgia voters and try to instruct them on what they should think.
That brings us to the national media. More than any other Democrat-allied group, the media promoted the narrative that Trump is so unpopular that a deep red congressional district was almost certainly going to flip.
Of course, the press professed to be neutral, and all those negative stories trying to wrap Trump around Handel’s neck were what people were really thinking.
One tweet last night sort of blows that nonsense out of the water:
After the initial glum reaction of pundits to Handel’s win came the excuses. It was the weather, it was the big GOP advantage in registration, it was early voting, it was Republican outsiders, it was history, it was counter-historical, Ossoff wasn’t liberal enough, no unions, blacks didn’t turn out, and the most common complaint from the left about ordinary voters...Of course, it would be even better if the Democrats could not merely mask, but actually get over their hatred of the hoi polloi. But that’s not even in the cards. A smug sense of self-righteousness is part of their DNA.
The people refused to vote “their interests.”
All of those excuses fail to get to the crux of why the left keeps losing. Ordinary Americans simply don’t like leftists very much. And when Hollywood and Silicon Valley unite to tell them they are stupid, are ignorant, are racist, are homophobic, hate Muslims, and shouldn’t love America so much, what do they expect the reaction from ordinary people will be?
Republicans are not representatives of the people any more than Democrats are. But they speak the language of the ordinary voter and usually don’t put them down. The coastal elites who run the Democratic Party and liberal establishment cannot disguise their contempt for ordinary Americans. In Georgia’s 6th District, that smug, self-righteous sense of superiority played about as well as one might expect.
Until the Democrats can learn to mask their hatred of the hoi polloi, ordinary people will hate them more than they hate Trump and the Republicans.