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Evslin: Election results show how much Trump hurt Republicans in 2020

Tuesday’s Elections Were Depolarizing – Fractals of Change

By Tom Evslin

There’s no question that Joe Biden got many more votes than Donald Trump in 2020. Many of the swing votes for Biden in 2020 from independents and moderate Republicans (like me) were actually anti-Trump votes much as many of the swing votes when Trump was elected the first time were anti-Hillary votes (again like mine). By November of 2020 Trump was already threatening to ignore election results he didn’t like; this alone showed him unfit for office.

Tom Evslin

In the November election Republicans other than Trump actually did well and Rs gained seats in the House. By the time of the Georgia runoffs, Trump’s megalomania and refusal to accept defeat cost Republicans control of the Senate. The reaction to progressive’s absurd call for defunding police, blatantly racist politics, and intolerance for free speech was dampened by the damage Trump did at the top of the ticket.

On Tuesday in local races nationwide the anti-progressive reaction continued. The surprising results were in blue and purple states. Virginia, which Biden carried by 10 points, elected not one but three Republicans at the top of the ticket – including its first Black female lt. governor and its first Latino attorney general. 

Deep blue Seattle, badly damaged by looting and beset by homeless problems, has a non-partisan mayoral election. The over-whelming winner is committed to rebuilding the police. Seattle also elected Anne Davison city attorney. She said that she believes the job of her office is to maintain laws so there is public safety. Her opponent, according to King 5 News, “is a self-described abolitionist who wanted to reimagine the City Attorney’s Office and how it prosecutes offenders.” Prosecutors who promised to do their job of prosecuting crime were elected all over the country regardless of party affiliation.

In very Democratic New York State, there were ballot items which would have allowed same-day registration and no-fault absentee voting; both were defeated by 3-2 margins. Apparently the democratic voters in that state do not agree with the progressive orthodoxy that every safeguard in elections, even ones which have been around forever, are a Republican plot.

Eric Adams, the new mayor of New York, is a Black Democrat. He’s also a pragmatic ex-cop who’s pushed back against the racially polarizing policies of the current mayor, Bill de Blasio, and is committed to effective policing.

These were all state and local races and I think they were decided on state and local issues. Even if there were not an impasse between moderate and progressive Democrats which has stalled passage of the Biden agenda, I think the result would have been the same. Similarly, since these were local races, the all-to-present ghost of Donald Trump was not as damaging to Republicans as it was in 2020 and will be again in 2022 if they continue to allow themselves to be drawn into his web of reckless deceit. On the other hand, almost half the country voted for him in the last election so it’s not easy to disavow him and still win elections. That’s the Republican dilemma.

If Democrats want to remain a power locally and nationally, they have a similar dilemma. Their albatross is the progressives and their racist and inane policies. Many Americans, especially young Americans “educated” to forget the failures of socialism and to over-emphasize the injustices in American history, believe in the progressive agenda as sincerely as die-hard Trumpers believe that the 2020 election was stolen. The Democrat’s dilemma is how to win elections without playing to this constituency.

The future of the country may depend on how well the parties can tack back to a reasonable center. I think the party which escapes its radical wing first wins the next election. At least I hope so.

The author is an entrepreneur, author and former Vermont state cabinet member. He lives in Stowe.

9 replies »

  1. Clearly, Tom Evslin is trolling conservatives with his continued assertions, and with nothing cited to substantiate his fiction. I mean – King 5 News in Seattle, WA? Really? Thank goodness most everyone else commenting on Chronicle provides substantive support for their positions.

    And as long as I’m trolling Evslin (yes, I admit it) – consider this from CNN about Winsome Sears and Trump. Sears is the first Black and female Republican elected Lt. Governor in Virginia.

    “She was national chair of Black Americans Making America First, a coalition that promotes initiatives by former President Donald Trump and has defended him after controversies and racist comments.”
    https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/03/politics/winsome-sears-virginia-lieutenant-governor-race/index.html

    I guess being associated with Trump didn’t hurt so much after all.

  2. Why do you bother to publish anything Evslin writes? Strange he never mentions low gas prices, low unemployment for everyone, lower taxes for most and virtually no inflation all under Trump. I prefer the America First agenda to whatever we have now.

    • Good question, Chuck, and here’s my answer: it’s good to publish differing points of view, because it stimulates thought and discussion.

      • I won’t argue with that. It’s unfortunate that the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and MSNBC don’t share that belief.

  3. I believe that there ARE actually MANY questions re: Biden supposedly getting more votes than President Trump in 2020 – matter of fact, some of those questions are supported by the realities of election fraud last year!

  4. Well I hope you are happy with all that Biden has done so far to America. If you where trying to destroy our country what would you do different than Biden?
    Lets go Brandon!

  5. Forget excuses, if you voted for Biden you got exactly what you voted for, and you should have known. Even President Obama observed he was inept and never made a correct policy decision. President Trump’s record was by far the best in every aspect compared to previous presidents in memory. Sorry you didn’t like his personality or his messages but voting for Biden was disaster in every way. I cannot think of one thing that has been of benefit to our citizens. His administration is a disaster. Think of that when you pay twice as much for gas, groceries and most everything else. Checkout the empty store shelves. All this is directly his responsibility though he will keep whining excuses and blaming everyone else.

  6. If Mr. Evslin gets another booster, will it help manage or cure his TDS (trump derangement syndrome) ? Someone should alert big pharma and/or Fauci to see if a vaccine is available for TDS and offer lucrative stock options to Congress before the public catches on. I’m sure they have one sitting on a back shelf somewhere since they are so advanced in offering cures without testing or approval. It’s worth a shot (pun intended.)

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