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NY Times: Democrats Should Be Afraid of Parents, Very Afraid

NY Times: Democrats Should Be Afraid of Parents, Very Afraid

“The @nytimes is so afraid of parents and how we will vote this November they decided to write a hit piece on us. Great sign.”

They will tell you who they fear, Rush Limbaugh used to say.

As the 2022 midterms approach, there have been plenty of warning signs for Democrats. The once reliable Latino vote now is evenly split, an electoral disaster for Democrats if it holds.

The NY Times played the role of telling Democrats to fear the Latino shift, but doing it in a way the pidgeonholes and denigrates the opposition, as we covered in early July, NY Times: Be Afraid Of ‘Far-Right Latinas’ Like Republican Mayra Flores.

There they go again, now telling Democrats to be afraid of parents upset by school closures and mask and vaccine mandates, denigrating them as “single issue” voters.  Laura Fagan terms it a “hit piece” on parents:

“The @nytimes is so afraid of parents and how we will vote this November they decided to write a hit piece on us. Great sign.”

The Times article is How Some Parents Changed Their Politics in the Pandemic:

Nearly half of Americans oppose masking and a similar share is against vaccine mandates for schoolchildren, polls show. But what is obscured in those numbers is the intensity with which some parents have embraced these views. While they once described themselves as Republicans or Democrats, they now identify as independents who plan to vote based solely on vaccine policies.

Their transformation injects an unpredictable element into November’s midterm elections. Fueled by a sense of righteousness after Covid vaccine and mask mandates ended, many of these parents have become increasingly dogmatic, convinced that unless they act, new mandates will be passed after the midterms.

To back up their beliefs, some have organized rallies and disrupted local school board meetings. Others are raising money for anti-mask and anti-vaccine candidates like J.D. Vance, the Republican nominee for Senate in Ohio; Reinette Senum, an independent running for governor in California; and Rob Astorino, a Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York.

Sound like a bunch of domestic extremists! Quick, call Merrick Garland, sic the FBI on them. They might vote Republican:

“A lot of Democrats might think these voters are now unreachable, even if they voted for the party recently,” said Dan Pfeiffer, a Democratic political adviser to former President Barack Obama.

Nathan Leamer, who worked at the Federal Communications Commission during the Trump administration and is now vice president of public affairs at the firm Targeted Victory, said Republican candidates — some of whom have publicly been against Covid vaccine mandates — were better positioned to attract these voters. He pointed to last year’s surprise win in Virginia of Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, after he gained the support of young parents by invoking their frustration over Covid-driven school closures.

The article portrays the parents as anti-vax kooks lured in by Facebook and other online chats where misinformation was shared. In other words, completely writes off their concerns about the severe impact on children from policies kept in place long after it was clear they were both ineffective and causing mental and physical health problems.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.


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They are right to be afraid, but they’re misjudging the peril they’ve created for themselves.

Of course the Donks are worried: half of the Hispanic vote and 30% of the black vote for the GOP would be effectively an extinction-level event.

Parents will go to war against officials who deliberately abuse children. Parents protect. This is the culture war.

    gibbie in reply to Whitewall. | August 2, 2022 at 10:13 am

    Only if they get their faces rubbed in it. Normally they’re happy to live in blissful ignorance. I was once like that.

    Many thanks to LI for doing some face rubbing. I wish you had been around 20 years sooner.

If you don’t believe your child should be allowed to “transition” to a new gender without your input or knowledge because of peers or a teacher you cannot vote for any Dem0crat.
If you don’t think electricity should go up another 1000% and at that come with massive rolling blackouts you cannot vote for any Democrat.
Even if your Democrat doesn’t believe in those things they empower other Democrats who do.

“…[O]nline rabbit holes.” Gawd, I wish I could drip with such condescension. That’s real journalistic talent.


….”single issue”… voters?

Shut downs, mandatory vaxxing, CRT!, school choice… Another left wing math problem.

The lockdown, mandatory masks both based on very sketchy and always shifting ‘science’ spawned an awakening for many as to the size, scope and utter ruthlessness of govt.

Add in the actions of tech and media to not only carry water and engage in propaganda for these measures but to demonize and exclude from the public conversation any dissenting voices. Very similar to Ukraine fwiw. Then add the fiasco of school boards and ed unions seeking to have parents arrested and excluded when they objected to these policies. Then add in the same measures plus soliciting the use of the DoJ v parents who objected to CRT/equity and trans ideology.

These overreaching actions have created what may be a lasting political realignment. If the Hispanic vote comes in with 40%+ voting r, much less close to parity that’s huge. Black males voted 18% for DJT while black female DJT voters were far less. That’s, IMO, a function of the bifurcation of college education as an indicator. The more years of college the higher % of d/prog votes.

    henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | August 2, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    “Black males voted 18% for DJT while black female DJT voters were far less. That’s, IMO, a function of the bifurcation of college education as an indicator. The more years of college the higher % of d/prog votes.”

    I have no idea how that math works for you at all. One sentence seems to entirely contraindicate the other.

      Danny in reply to henrybowman. | August 2, 2022 at 3:31 pm

      Black women are more likely to have a college education than black men, it is the same with white women vs white men.

      Similar results actually could be seen with white men/white women, white women are slightly more Democrat than white men likely for exactly the same reason.

      CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | August 2, 2022 at 4:35 pm

      In 2020 Black females voted 8% for DJT, Black males at 18%. That’s nation wide. Black males in the Midwest voted at 33% for DJT. What’s in the water in the Midwest?

      Education levels correlate to voting patterns among all voters as reliable predictor of party. More college, grad, professional or PHD the more likely to vote d/prog. 16% of black women have a BA/BS while 12% of black men do. 10% of black women have a graduate degree v 6% of black men.

      In essence we would expect that males in the working class or trades are more likely to vote for a r or conservative candidate than black women with a BA/BS or any graduate/professional or PHD. That bears out in the exit polling for 2018 and 2020.

        Hollymon in reply to CommoChief. | August 4, 2022 at 2:33 pm

        I find the statistics cited above to be astounding. (read: “bullshit”)

        If 16% of black women have an undergraduate degree and 10% of black women have an advanced degree, that means that better than 50% of all black women with an undergrad degree go on to get an advanced degree. By the same statistics, it’s 50% of black male undergrad degree holders who do the same thing.

        Like I said, “astounding.”

    Danny in reply to CommoChief. | August 2, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    It is only a lasting political realignment if we make it so.

    In 2012 Romney actually did win the portion of Spanish voters who wanted smaller government, and failed to successfully leverage culture issues.

    I think Trump’s surge with them had a lot to do with culture issues, which are in danger of being surrendered on the altar of small government.

    Ron DeSantis is a good blueprint to follow; he has used government to successfully push back, but with all non-government institutions firmly in the lefts pocket…..lets just say if we do the Boris Johnson and win and just do nothing we will end up with the Boris Johnson results.

      jb4 in reply to Danny. | August 2, 2022 at 4:01 pm

      RE: if we do the Boris Johnson and win and just do nothing we will end up with the Boris Johnson results.

      I suggest the past tense might be appropriate. Trump made poor appointments, e.g., Sessions, Rosenstein, Wray, Barr, and did not drain the swamp. He is not now President.

        Danny in reply to jb4. | August 2, 2022 at 8:16 pm

        I agree we made a lot of mistakes I have never been shy about criticizing Trump on those mistakes. The reason I didn’t use the past tense isn’t even because of Trump but because whoever we pick in 2024 does have a chance.

      CommoChief in reply to Danny. | August 3, 2022 at 10:08 am

      The sad part of this is that the ‘culture war’ issues are not controversial for the vast majority. Hell even ten years ago there weren’t politically prominent people arguing in public view that parents shouldn’t determine the best interests of their child or that boys can be girls and shower with your daughter.

      It’s not a huge lift to deliver on basic principles that the vast majority of the public support. Rinos though …they value attendance and approval with the cocktail party set so it’s entirely possible they intentionally decide to screw the pooch. Again.

Steven Brizel | August 2, 2022 at 8:30 am

The NYT is an open and unabashed cheerleader for the woke agenda including the teachers’ unions and their radical agenda

pablo panadero | August 2, 2022 at 8:49 am

Democrats are not concerned. They will declare a “Health Emergency” over Monkey Pox, cancel in-person elections, stuff the ballot boxes with illegal votes. They are not acting as though they have any fear of the voter.

    Another Voice in reply to pablo panadero. | August 2, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    Should we find this to be the case in the coming 4 weeks, your scenario will not have a rat’s chance in hell of acceptance by the voting public.

JackinSilverSpring | August 2, 2022 at 10:02 am

Izvestia on the Hudson, once again printing all its views as if they are news.

Anyone not on board with the education issues involved isn’t a real conservative. You can’t surrender the next generation and preserve anything worthwhile.

We checked out a small private school option this week. This was TINY school with about 9 kids per grade.

Looking down the list of names (a lot of new ones) there were several that were leaving the same elementary school as us.

This is the “woke” city of Olympia. They went all in on not only BLM month in Feb-May, but June was full on Pride month with forced indoctrination for ALL k-12. Including kindergartners. No opt outs. This the last straw for us. Even worse was the public comment on the district’s proclomation voting for it- all the local wokies lined up to cheer on piping this to grade schoolers.

I doubt there was more than 20-25 kids in my daughter’s grade at her former school to begin with but if we’re seeing 2-4 at just one tiny private grass roots school, I can only wonder how bad enrollment will be in Sept. I estimate since the start of school year in Sept 2019, enrollment is down 30%.

I know others would like to pull their kids, but they can’t- they are in a financial position to do so with two working parents and tight budget. We are friends with some in this position.

How about this for a banner:

The elementary school referenced gets 16k per kid enrolled.

If they drop 20 kids (1 class- or 1 teacher) that’s 320k. The cost burden of the teacher is well under 100k. Since the loss is spread across grades, they can’t remove a teacher, so their operating budget is down 320 with about the same costs.

You see how this is going implode pretty fast???

I’ll be the first to admit I’m watching this with an angry heart. This is real to us- we’ve been deliberately purged for the sake of satisfying some leftist feel good whims and perverted ideology that girls shouldn’t be uncomfortable if a boy wants to declare himself a girl and use the girls lav and shower and crater the girls sports programs.

Since at least the 2016 election, leftist media has consistently tried to convince itself that the only possible reasons that anybody could possibly oppose their political agenda were either some flavor of moral depravity, or “misinformation”.

My advice to them is the same as Oliver Cromwell’s to the Church of Scotland: “I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.”