On Tuesday, Democratic pollster Cornell Belcher told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd that the GOP’s conventional efforts to split fiscally liberal and socially conservative voters are no longer as effective as they were back when the first George Bush’s campaign launched their infamous “Willie Horton” ad — and that Republican attempts to recreate those tactics could backfire.
“The country is dramatically changing since then,” said Belcher. “You now have majorities who are for gay marriage. And the polling is fairly clear on, the vast majority of Americans don’t want Roe v. Wade overturned.”
“The numbers are not that close,” agreed Todd. “And sometimes we cover the issue as if it is a close call.”
“Particularly if you look at independent voters, you know, 60 percent of independent voters want it legal in most cases,” said Belcher. “So the numbers are clearly not on their side. Even when you look a pathway to citizenship, another culture war there, poll numbers are clearly on the Democratic side. So I think the culture wars now would be different, because America is changing and it’s changing dramatically. Some of those culture wedges don’t wedge the way they used to.”
Democrats, said Todd, should understand the limitation of their ability to win over voters by simply ignoring Republican extremism on social issues and pursuing an economic message. Trump’s win in 2016, he noted, “was a cultural message. No economic plan [Hillary Clinton] could have come up with that would have won her Pennsylvania.”
“I agree! But that’s part of the problem, Chuck, to this whole conversation,” said Belcher. “Democrats are still talking about an economic message and not talking about our values … If Republicans want to make this about a woman’s choice and a woman’s right to choose an abortion, I think Democrats would be silly not to take them on, looking at the numbers.”
“And also, and this is really important, for the first time in 2018, Democrats won college-educated voters on the backs of college-educated women, which means the suburbs became more competitive,” added Belcher. “If those suburban white women think for one moment that Republicans are going to be the party that overturns Roe v. Wade, it will be a monumental shift.”
That backlash, said Belcher, might even be enough to help Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), widely considered the most vulnerable incumbent senator going into 2020, to hold his seat.
“I think it gives Democrats an opening throughout the Bible Belt,” said Belcher. “If you can put Pat Robertson in your ad, that’s a new kind of day for Democrats. If you can have a conversation, particularly with suburban-leaning Republican women about this issue in a way that you haven’t been able to before, all of a sudden you can, in fact, put — there are segments of a Republican-leaning group of voters and white educated voters than I think you put in play.”
Trump-hating wives don’t understand why their husbands still back the president
Women whose husbands voted for President Donald Trump are gathering online to support one another.
Carole Catherine, who learned her husband Tim backed Trump the day after the 2016 election, started the "Wives of the Deplorables" group on Facebook last year to figure out how to speak to her partner about politics, reported CNN.
"I didn't know that he's anti-abortion," she said. "I didn't know that he is so emotional about immigration. Both of us never really fleshed out those issues."
‘At the edge of an abyss’: Experts warn America could plunge into sectarian violence after election
Experts on international conflict resolution are warning that the United States is on the verge of seeing a wave of sectarian violence unleashed by the 2020 presidential election.
In interviews with NPR, several experts said the United States is exhibiting troubling signs that other countries that have been plagued by sectarian violence have shown in recent decades.
"We thought we were immune to it," said Tim Phillips, the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Beyond Conflict. "When we looked at our own problems, we thought: 'Of course we have some big issues, but we're in a sense immune from an us-versus-them mindset, a sectarian mindset, where there could be real conflict.'"
MSNBC’s Morning Joe shreds Jared Kushner for bragging about Trump’s COVID-19 disaster
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough blasted Jared Kushner for bragging about actions that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths from the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser told reporter Bob Woodward the president had wrested control of the pandemic response away from the doctors, and the "Morning Joe" host said that admission was damning.
"We actually have the 'Perry Mason' moment," Scarborough said. "We actually have the person on the witness stand who is actually testifying against interests for himself and for Donald Trump. They deliberately, deliberately 'freed' America from the doctors and the scientists, so by the end of this, 400,000 people will be dead. Almost as many Americans who died in World War II."