Last month's election shell-shocked Democrats. The New York Times reported, "A Pollster’s Warning to Democrats: ‘We Have a Problem.’ Focus groups with Virginia voters led to a bluntly worded memo on what Democrats need to do going into the midterms."

A year after ballot-harvesting and mail-in votes from nursing homes gave Biden the White House, Democrats realize the movement President Donald John Trump led has not vaporized.

It has grown.

The New York Times ran a piece, "A Pollster’s Warning to Democrats: ‘We Have a Problem.’ Focus groups with Virginia voters led to a bluntly worded memo on what Democrats need to do going into the midterms."

Rather than run the memo, the Times interviewed the pollster, Brian Stryker.

NYT: So if you’re advising a Democratic client running in 2022, what do you tell them?

Stryker: I would tell them that we have a problem. We’ve got a national branding problem that is probably deeper than a lot of people suspect. Our party thinks maybe some things we’re saying aren’t cutting through, but I think it’s much deeper than that.

NYT: What is that branding problem, in a nutshell?

Stryker: People think we’re more focused on social issues than the economy — and the economy is the No. 1 issue right now.

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Democrats do not have a branding problem.

They have a product problem. The party is headed by people older than Baby Boomers (Pelosi, Clyburn, and Biden are older than D Day). The party is run by college professors and their star pupils. 

Every hare-brained idea in the world -- from climate change to CRT -- developed in that rabbit farm we call Harvard is now a Democrat Party principle.

Conservatives get hung up on the verbiage these fools use. They nag us about saying anchor babies and looting and even pregnant women. The muddled semantics reveal muddled thinking. They are at the heart of it an anti-social lot who reject societal norms to the point where men are not men and women are not women.

For the first 20 years of the 21st century we have witnessed nothing but change for the sake of change. 

This is not what voters want. The voters want normalcy. Democrats are abnormal. They push masks and shutdowns. Americans just want to be left the hell alone.

The end of the interview should have been the beginning of the discussion.

NYT: One of the things you also said in the memo was that McAuliffe’s strategy of linking Mr. Youngkin to former President Donald Trump was ineffective. What in the conversations with your groups made that clear?

Stryker: The respondents kind of laughed at that approach. They said, “Oh, these silly ads that compared Youngkin to Trump — he just doesn’t seem like that guy.” The thing that these people disliked about Trump was that they didn’t like Donald Trump the person; it wasn’t Donald Trump the constellation of policies. That may very well have been the best message that McAuliffe had, but if we are in that position again, we’re going to lose a ton of races. We’ve got to have something better.

NYT: How much does Mr. Biden himself take the blame with these voters? Is his name invoked?

Stryker: It’s Biden, Democrats — they all come together.

NYT: But it’s not like with Trump, where voters single him out?

Stryker: No, and also none of these people regretted their choice and wish they had voted for Trump.

NYT: Did you ask that question?

Stryker: I asked it a couple of different ways: “Do you think you made a mistake last year?” or, “If you had the choice in a year, would you change your vote?” Nobody was interested in Trump. It was not even a question for them.

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Democrats call it Trumpism but that is not accurate. He led us, yes, but the movement is older than his political career.

I would say it goes back to Nixon, when the Deep State forced the first man to carry 49 states to become the first man to resign from the presidency 21 months later. That is a remarkable show of power that used the media and Congress convinced Americans they did something wrong by trying to spy on a political opponent.

43 years later, the self-righteous media saw nothing wrong with Obama using the FBI to spy on a political opponent.

On December 21, 2019, when it appeared that President Donald Trump was well on his way to a second term, Michael Goodwin of the New York Post reported, "On its face, a tweet President Trump sent last week is fairly benign. It doesn’t mock anyone, isn’t personally nasty and hasn’t caused any hair-on-fire controversy.

"Yet it is powerful in its own way, for it artfully sums up the Trump era from the perspective of the president and his supporters. With a likeness to the Uncle Sam 'I want you' poster, the disrupter-in-chief reaffirms in 14 words the belief of Trump Nation that the political establishment, the media, the permanent bureaucracy and yes, the deep state are trying to crush him and them.

"The president tweeted the image the day House Democrats voted to impeach him, and hours after his raucous rally in Michigan that evening.

"The tweet included no added comment because none was needed. The message is clear: I am all that stands between you and the barbarians at the gate. If I fall, you are next."

"Critics regard it as fear-mongering, and there is no denying that the president wanted to rally his base, lest it be discouraged by the day’s events.

"Yet Trump’s oblique reference to a weaponized and powerful adversary is hardly ­unfounded, with a partisan, flimsy impeachment the latest example. The tweet’s siren call to believers is a shorthand way of saying that impeachment is just a continuation of the endless attacks against us."

It was not shorthand.

It was not a dog whistle.

It was blunt: "They're not after me. They're after you. I'm just in the way."

DC impeached Trump for trying to get Ukraine to investigate bribes paid to Hunter Biden when his father was vice president. The media and Congress spun as a crime his efforts to investigate a crime.

Snitches get stitches.

We saw what they did to him. We will not allow them to do that to us. The battle is long. The stakes are high. The choice is ours: Live free or die.

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