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Democrats Fear “Extinction” in Rural Areas: ‘The Brand is So Toxic’

Democrats Fear “Extinction” in Rural Areas: ‘The Brand is So Toxic’

“The Democratic Party’s struggle in rural America has been building for years. And it’s getting worse.”

Democrats are facing a serious backlash vote in the 2022 midterms, this is already known. What you might not be aware of unless you live in a rural area is that Democrats are so unpopular that people don’t even want to be associated with the party’s name.

Steve Peoples reports at the Associated Press:

‘The brand is so toxic’: Dems fear extinction in rural US

Some Democrats in rural Pennsylvania are afraid to tell you they’re Democrats.

The party’s brand is so toxic in the small towns 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh that some liberals have removed bumper stickers and yard signs and refuse to acknowledge publicly their party affiliation. These Democrats are used to being outnumbered by the local Republican majority, but as their numbers continue to dwindle, those who remain are feeling increasingly isolated and unwelcome in their own communities.

“The hatred for Democrats is just unbelievable,” said Tim Holohan, an accountant based in rural McKean County who recently encouraged his daughter to get rid of a pro-Joe Biden bumper sticker. “I feel like we’re on the run.”

The climate across rural Pennsylvania is symptomatic of a larger political problem threatening the Democratic Party heading into the November elections. Beyond losing votes in virtually every election since 2008, Democrats have been effectively ostracized from the overwhelmingly white parts of rural America, leaving party leaders with few options to reverse a cultural trend that is redefining the political landscape.

This didn’t happen overnight.

The Democratic Party’s struggle in rural America has been building for years. And it’s getting worse.

Barack Obama won 875 counties nationwide in his overwhelming 2008 victory. Twelve years later, Biden won only 527. The vast majority of those losses — 260 of the 348 counties — took place in rural counties, according to data compiled by The Associated Press.

The worst losses were concentrated in largely white areas across the Midwest: 21 rural counties in Michigan flipped from Obama in 2008 to Trump in 2020; Democrats lost 28 rural counties in Minnesota, 32 in Wisconsin and a whopping 45 in Iowa. At the same time, recent Republican voter registration gains in swing states such as Florida and North Carolina were fueled disproportionately by rural voters.

It’s not hard to see how this happened. Democrats constantly put their party agenda ahead of the concerns of average voters. You tell a Democrat that you’re concerned about the rising cost of gas and food, and they start talking about the dangers of climate change. You tell them you’re worried about the economy, and they respond by promising you free childcare.

Jim Cooper, a House Democrat from Tennessee who recently announced his retirement, describes being a Democrat as a form of stigma in some places.

From The Blaze:

The party’s struggles are not only felt in Pennsylvania but all across rural America.

In Tennessee, Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper acknowledged, “It’s hard to sink lower than we are right now. You’re almost automatically a pariah in rural areas if you have a ‘D’ after your name.”

In a separate discussion with a local news outlet last week, the lawmaker warned, “The Democratic Party in Tennessee is basically facing extinction. We’ve been on a long downhill slide for a long time.”

Cooper is one of 30 Democratic House members who recently announced that they would not seek re-election in 2022. The widespread dropout is indicative of the considerable headwinds the party is experiencing in the run-up to the midterms.

Democrats have worked hard to earn this scorn. On issue after issue, they seem less interested in helping the American people and more interested in changing America into a different country.

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Not anywhere near toxic enough.

    Whitewall in reply to Edward. | February 19, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    I would like this article more if a ‘period’ could be placed after ‘extinction’.

    henrybowman in reply to Edward. | February 19, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    Must be pretty toxic. Look at the photo. Everybody behind Biden is wearing a mask.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to Edward. | February 19, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Dems have a lot more to worry about than rural areas, it is amazing how many people I run into who are fed up with the party and most of the shit they are promoting.

    One recent example is a former union steward, he is fed up with the union and supports Trump. Dems are literally driving people out of their party. They are pushing so many toxic things, each of which can make someone bail.

    I think that they will face debilitating defections near and in cities.

The Gentle Grizzly | February 19, 2022 at 12:11 pm

“Rural orwhelmingly white”…

So, the reason is racism(tm).

    I guess rural America doesn’t buy into critical race theory.

      JohnSmith100 in reply to walls. | February 19, 2022 at 4:47 pm

      CRT is an extinction event, for those promoting it. I know that Dems are using blacks, and that the majority of blacks are not smart enough to understand how toxic CRT is to their interests, that they are in large part willing pawns. Still, I cannot forgive CRT and so many good people who have been victimized by this, especially our children and grandchildren.

      It is time to root all Affirmative shit out of our society. Black racists do not deserve anything more than consideration based on merit.

    I have come to hate them cities, when I was youngI appreciatived rual
    America, actually ran to it every time I felt a crisis or depressed but didn’t understand how much it was part of me till I got much older.
    Just went to the Austin zoo, it’s a rescue zoo, but it’s like 40 minutes away and I have to go theout Austin to get there. Use to love Austin in the 70’s and 80’s. Absolutely hate it now, so over grown, so
    Big not weird like we use to say, too f-king liberal and homeless crackheads everywhere

      JohnSmith100 in reply to gonzotx. | February 19, 2022 at 7:50 pm

      Cities are in large part useless, except for their ability to attract the worst elements of society. All bad things are worse in cities.

    It’s that in rural America, the power of “white privilege” is .. not so much.

Toxic?

Perhaps because it bears no similarity to Americanism,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MzxC8Mqupw

Welcome to the party, pal.

Tell them that if they don’t like it they can move to Chicago. Or New York. Or SF, Etc.

Non-Dems who live in large Dem dominated metro areas have felt like part of a hunted and endangered species for decades.

I’m out now but for a very, very long time, in the metro area where I was born and raised, I suppressed my political views and opinions when dealing with other people I didn’t know until I knew whether or not they were on my ‘side’. We almost needed a secret handshake or signal to let each other know we were political allies.

When at least 4 out 5 people where you live despise anyone politically like you you do what you have to do to minimize unwanted and counter productive conflict.

    JHogan in reply to JHogan. | February 19, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    I’ll add that in my experience the Dems in heavily Dem dominated metro areas are very aggressive in expressing their views and condemnations, in any and all settings, without any inhibition whatsoever. If you do not enthusiastically and openly agree you became suspect.

    Very Orwellian.

It’s not limited to rural counties, it’s equally applicable to rural States, suburbs and exurbs. The policy preferences of the d/prog are built around the lifestyle of those living in large metro areas and either neglect or harm the rest of the Nation.

    Squires in reply to CommoChief. | February 19, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    I don’t think it’s limited to just being sick of the Dem shenanigans either. I do think more people in rural areas are getting sick of professional politicians in general.

    I know it’s part of the reason I’m voting Blystone for governor in Ohio.

“…Tim Holohan, an accountant based in rural McKean County recently encouraged his daughter to get rid of a pro-Joe Biden bumper sticker. “I feel like we’re on the run.”

The fact that Democrat voters want to hide their political affiliation is not from shame nor from changing their political views. They are still Democrats and, unfortunately, will continue to vote pretty much the same as they always have.

They may even be so upset they move to a red state, but will eventually turn the red states blue. Likewise dead voters will remain hard and fast in their voting preferences.

    henrybowman in reply to Peabody. | February 20, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    “I feel like we’re on the run.”
    You bastards are holding literal political prisoners in literal gulag dungeons.
    Run all you want, you’ll just die tired.

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | February 19, 2022 at 12:26 pm

Cry me a river. “Jim Cooper, a House Democrat from Tennessee who recently announced his retirement, describes being a Democrat as a form of stigma in some places.”

Yeah, and how do supporters of the Demitards treat conservatives in suburban and urban areas?

These dumbshits voluntarily remove signs so they can’t be identified as Biden supporters. Conservatives have had their houses damaged, signs stolen, car windows broken, and harassed wherever ever they go.

But yet, Democrat voters in rural areas have never been treated poorly. But it is coming. If you are a Democratic Party supporter, you are telegraphing to everyone that you support the downfall of this nation.

Of course you want to remove your signs of party affiliation. When the SHTF, you will be the first to be targeted.

People are often accused of being inarticulate. Usually it’s a metaphor for not being convincing. Biden is the poster child for inarticulate.

Imagine that. Spend years telling your neighbors that everything they think, believe, say, support, care about and want is evil, and suddenly FOR NO REASON they don’t like you.

Mike LaChance: It’s not hard to see how this happened. Democrats constantly put their party agenda ahead of the concerns of average voters.

There’s your problem right there. In 2020, a majority of voters supported the Democrat over Republican for the presidency (51%-47%) and Democrats over Republicans for the House (53%-45%); while over the last three election cycles, voters preferred Democrats over Republicans in the Senate (55%-45%).

Rural voters ≠ average voters.

Well there are certain sections of New York, Major, that
I wouldn’t advise you to try to invade.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjkRd288caQ

    gonzotx in reply to Zachriel. | February 19, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    We’ll never know cause the cheating has been extensive for a long time

    tlcomm2 in reply to Zachriel. | February 19, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    As a landlord of property in Los Angeles County, I was sent pictures of duplicate ballots for my tenants, each with unique voter ids. You cannot convince any literate and knowledgeable person that our vote counts were legitimate. That is why the Founders, in their infinite wisdom, set up the electoral college – minimize detrimental effects of big city shenanigans.

    CommoChief in reply to Zachriel. | February 19, 2022 at 5:34 pm

    Zach,

    Let us know any updates in November post election. Though maybe you could tell us now the amount of support for Biden and d/prog based on current polling data.

    The cultural appropriator is back!

    gonzotx: We’ll never know cause the cheating has been extensive for a long time

    There’s no evidence of cheating so extensive that it would significantly change the overall percentage. As CommoChief points out, polling data supports the percentages. The fact is that about half of Americans lean Democratic and half of Americans lean Republican.

    CommoChief: Though maybe you could tell us now the amount of support for Biden and d/prog based on current polling data.

    Over the last year, Biden’s support has dropped from about 54% to around 41%.
    https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/biden-approval-rating/

    That means millions of Americans support Biden, just as millions of Americans support Trump. Your fellow citizens don’t go away because you don’t want to acknowledge them or pretend that only Trump supporters constitute average Americans.

      Isolden in reply to Zachriel. | February 20, 2022 at 4:28 pm

      I could link at least a hundred articles outlining the voting fraud that took place in the last election, but you would not read them. I could list articles going back decades outlining the voter fraud in just Chicago and Milwaukee, but you would not pay attention. The polls that 538 averages overweight dems by a significant percentage and are thus skewed, but you don’t care. This article, from the AP no less, claims that democrats are being scorned and ostracized, as Trump voters have been for years. What I don’t see in the article is their cars being keyed, as ours were. Dems shot in the streets for supporting Biden, as Trump supporters were. Dems being canceled, unbanked, loosing their jobs because of political affiliation, or just simply for donating to truckers in Canada, So some dems feel uncomfortable because they call everyone racists, misogynists, homophonic, etc etc for just wanting to know what their kids are being taught in schools? Cry me a river. There will finally be justice when the populace wakes up and realized what a scam you pulled on them with masks and vaccines. I hope you get hounded out of your state, your city and your home.

        Isolden: I could link at least a hundred articles outlining the voting fraud that took place in the last election, but you would not read them.

        Sure we would. Start with just one from the last election. Keep in mind that the polls would have to be off by tens of percents to impact our claim.

        Isolden: The polls that 538 averages overweight dems by a significant percentage and are thus skewed, but you don’t care.

        The question concerns the percentage of Americans who support Democrats vs. Republicans. It’s just not reasonably contestable that about half of Americans support each side.

        I fully expect in future elections, people will be warned not to be “Biden-ed” again.

Lucifer Morningstar | February 19, 2022 at 1:07 pm

These Democrats are used to being outnumbered by the local Republican majority, but as their numbers continue to dwindle, those who remain are feeling increasingly isolated and unwelcome in their own communities.

“The hatred for Democrats is just unbelievable,” said Tim Holohan, an accountant based in rural McKean County who recently encouraged his daughter to get rid of a pro-Joe Biden bumper sticker. “I feel like we’re on the run.”

Oh just fucking stop with playing the victim. You aren’t the victim here. You and your daughter squared your conscience with the nasty, vile, disgusting, and more probably illegal actions of the democrat party. You had no problems with it. So now you can hardly claim victimhood. So just stop. Stop with it all now.

I hope they self segregate to coastal cities before abandoning the USA for good someday.

I humbly suggest trading conservative canadian provinces for liberal US states and recreating two American Dreams. Would be fun to see which one lasts longer.

Bitterlyclinging | February 19, 2022 at 6:39 pm

“You aint black if you aint votin’ for me!”
What more do you need to know?

Bucky Barkingham | February 20, 2022 at 6:29 am

Rural counties are predominantly White. Is it any wonder that the Dems are demonizing Whites?

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