Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich hasn’t always been prominent in the news since his tenure in office ended, but that doesn’t mean he’s been dormant.
Gingrich first made a splash with his 1994 legislative agenda called Contract With America. Since then, he’s been involved in various businesses and consulting positions, political commentary and guest appearances, and even spoke of presidential runs in the early 2000s. His most recent undertaking, however, has been both strategic and quiet: a polling operation of 1,500 likely swing voters, taken with an eye toward the 2022 midterm elections.
The conclusions, shared with Just The News, suggested that the Democrats may have a reckoning coming in 2022. While dissatisfaction with the status quo or disagreements former president Donald Trump may have helped President Joe Biden into office, that coalition was fragile, and the cracks are beginning to show.
Swing voters aren’t hard-left progressives, and are less impressed with an agenda that focuses on massive expansion of the government, a laser focus on race, and constant disparaging of America as one big racist, imperialist, and ignorant backwater, which is not exceptional but barely mediocre.
According to the report, the polls showed that these voters overwhelmingly view the United States in a positive light, and are quite happy with American exceptionalism. They also seem to view the police and military more favorably, and disapprove of efforts to de-fund the police.
These voters also seem as fatigued as the public at large with the endless racial guilt trips, do not seem to agree with the notion that skin color is the sole predictor of success or failure, and 80 percent indicated they dislike critical race theory being forced onto the public in general and young students in particular.
The poll also indicated that most of these key voters support free-market capitalism over socialism and tax-and-spend fiscal policy. With $4.5 trillion in new spending coming up before Congress this week in several bills that are central to President Biden’s legislative agenda, the lukewarm feelings of the purple regions in America are perhaps best displayed by the hesitancy of Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) to vote for the measures, which threatens to kill the bills entirely. If they prove instrumental in the failure of the bills, then it may herald a bad omen for Democrats in 2022, and a weather vane for the overall feeling in the nation.
Speaking on an interview to the John Solomon Reports podcast, Gingrich commented on why he thinks the Democrats are stumbling so badly and so quickly after their 2020 victories:
“With Biden’s election, the left went crazy. They totally misunderstood what had happened [in 2020], and they decided this was their moment to go out and be who they really are, which for most Americans is pretty horrifying, frankly. And the result was they took a series of steps that I think are unsustainable.”
The Democrats, and particularly the progressive wing, remains steadfast, however. Russell Berman, writing for left-leaning The Atlantic, agrees that Biden has been far more left-wing than moderate:
“In the battle for ideological supremacy in the Democratic Party, the progressives have already won. Biden was indeed a proud moderate during his three and a half decades as a senator, but he has fallen in firmly with the progressives as president. He’s embraced the agenda championed by the likes of his former rivals Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.”
Likely heartened by their victory in California’s recall effort against Governor Gavin Newsom (one of the bluest states in the nation), progressives seem to be doing exactly what Gingrich predicted above, seeing a green light to push on with an ever more leftist agenda.
Yet in the nation overall, there seem to be signs that these victories are mostly within the Democratic Party itself and among its own solidly blue loyalists. The popularity of Biden seems to be plummeting, with booing at stadiums and other events, and several states in near-rebellion over his heavy-handed mandates, to go along with push-back against critical race theory, and the potential failure of his signature legislative initiative – potentially thanks to more moderate Democrats.
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