Sunday, September 06, 2020
SUSPECTED KANSAS CITY ENTHUSIASM GAP FOR BIDEN VS. TRUMP CONFRONTS DOWN BALLOT POLITICOS!!!
As the election moves closer, we're not seeing much love for Joe Biden in Kansas City.
Progressive politicos, activists and volunteers seem excited about standing up for Black Lives Matter, marching for Peace & Justice on local streets or protesting against paying rent. But voting for Joe Biden isn't a really a part of their passionate outcry. Supporting the Democratic Party candidate might be understood among advocates of social justice but it's mostly unspoken.
Moreover, millions of worthless local retweets and/or Facebook slap-fighting don't really count as noteworthy political expression even if they provide a wonderful distraction for the fading American middle-class. Signs of real world Kansas City voter mobilization are far more important and far less apparent.
On the other side, the Recall Mayor Q effort is nothing more than a series of tiny de facto Prez Trump rallies. Surprising turnout at local anti-mask rallies offers an indication that local alt-right voters are emboldened and have thrown off their concern about social media shaming.
Whilst worsening coronavirus prevents big rallies for either side in KC proper, over the past week we've seen a growing number of progressives express concern about the threat of an "enthusiasm" gap for the upcoming election . . . And here's the kicker:
The suspected lack of Kansas City voter enthusiasm for the Biden/Harris ticket is exceptionally troubling for down ballot Democratic Party candidates who are counting on local voters to ignore Red State politics and offer their support to challenge the Missouri & Kansas Republican hegemony.
Again, forgive us for overstating the obvious but most of the Democratic Party platform in Kansas City seems predicated on disdain for Prez Trump rather than an endorsement of their own candidates.
Our far right friends might call this a "campaign of hatred" but that's probably too dramatic. A demand for change is, in fact, a legitimate argument to sway voters even if it risks an existential crisis at some point down the line.
The Democratic Party plan beyond replacing Prez Trump has been exceptionally secretive and might provide some indication why so many locals don't even bother mentioning Biden's name very often . . . Even if that omission proves damaging for incumbents like Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids or Missouri Guv contender Nicole Galloway who desperately need voter turnout far more than social media love or yet another march and/or artistic display.
Again, whilst Conservative detractors might denounce the rampant "identity politics" of their opponents it seems that the real existential crisis for the Democratic Party and the nation is that supporters aren't really clear about the agenda which threatens to replace the current and vehemently opposed President.
Check the links from "many sides" of this conversation . . .
The Hill: Michael Moore warns of 2016 repeat: Enthusiasm for Trump 'OFF THE CHARTS'
Wash Ex: Trump convention boosted GOP enthusiasm to 85%, Biden’s flat-lined at 71%
The Week: 2 new post-RNC polls show Biden with a lead of 7-8 points
NPR: Mary Louise Kelly speaks with voters of color of different ages who are not at all enthusiastic about voting for Biden, though they might do so.
National: Will America's Evangelicals keep faith with Donald Trump?
Update and worthy of consideration:
More Americans predict Trump will win the presidential debates than Biden, USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll shows
You decide . . .