Washington Post writer: Democrats would be ‘foolish’ to use California recall strategy in battlegrounds


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James Hohmann: ‘Running against every Republican as Trump in sheep’s clothing will eventually make Democrats look like candidates crying wolf’

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The Washington Post’s James Hohman argued that Democrats would be “foolish” to read too much into California’s recall election, which Gavin Newsom retained as the race exposed the party’s weaknesses.

Newsom, who scored a decisive victory on Tuesday, raced a referendum on former President Donald Trump, as did Trump backer Larry Elder, his leading GOP challenger. Trump lost the heavy blue California in a landslide in 2020.


But Democrats would be making a “serious mistake” if they use that strategy on battlefields across the country, Hohman wrote, because Newsom uniquely benefited from Californians’ distaste for Trump. Killing the Elder as a clone of Trump may have been a “blindly obvious” strategy in California, but it was unlikely to succeed in the 2021 battlefields, he said.

Hohman wrote, “Running against every Republican as Trump in sheep’s clothing will eventually make Democrats look like candidates who cried wolf.”

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The incumbent also enjoyed “inherent benefits” such as the ability to accept unlimited donations, Hohmann said. He also described what he saw as problem areas for the Democratic Party.

“If anything, the returns point to continued challenges for National Democrats that were also evident in the 2020 election, including soft support among latinos and weakness with voters who are most concerned about the economy,” Hohmann said. “Newsom struggles to inspire an expatriate who has delivered decisively for his party. recent past: While 1 in 4 voters identified as Latino, 40 percent of them voted to recall Newsom, according to exits. This is part of the explanation: 1 in 5 voters said the economy was their top concern, with 65 percent supporting the recall.”

Some Latino voters said closing businesses during the coronavirus pandemic was a factor in their vote.

Samantha Sobarzo told Granthshala News, “He talks about how he loves the Latino community, wants to help the Latino community, but I didn’t see Governor Newsom down here last year when Latino businesses were forced to leave.” was badly hurt.” “They seem like the only issue we care about is immigration when that’s completely false. We’re able to put food on the table, have a job, be able to provide for our families, go to an open church.” Care about being and not closing.”

The Democrats’ conflict with Latino voters has also become a matter of national concern for the party.

Despite President Joe Biden’s victory last November, Latino groups said Democrats’ slipping Latino support was evident in the 2020 presidential election. Trump won 38 percent of Hispanic voters, a 10-point bump From 2016, according to Analysis From Pew Research Center. Liberal pundits were well aware that they sometimes failed to make inroads with the demographics. MSNBC’s Paolo Ramos also referred to it as a “crisis”.

“What we are seeing right now is a cultural identity crisis that we are going through as a community that is deeply dividing and dividing Latinos,” Ramos said.

“In this crisis, you have, on the one hand, Latinos who believe in order to achieve the American dream, you have to get as close to whiteness as possible, and that’s something that Trump has allowed them to do, ” He said. “On the other hand, you have Latinos who believe that to achieve the American dream, you have to move as far away from whiteness as possible. And that’s a dilemma that I don’t think we’ve seen as clearly.”

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For America, Latino’s Maria Salinas Miller and Bianca Gracia denied Ramos.

“Yeah, it’s a crisis for Democrats,” Miller told Granthshala News in July, overturning Ramos’ argument. “Because we’re coming for those votes.”

“The misunderstanding or myth that just because we’re in the minority that we’re supposed to vote Democrats, and we’re trying to tell them that this is not what we align ourselves with… on the basis of their value system,” she continued. “They are most aligned with Republican candidates.”

If recalling California had only been a “referendum” on Newsom, Hohmann suggested it would have been a different outcome. In addition to widespread criticism of his coronavirus policies, he has faced a number of controversies over the past year, most notably over his masked dinner at the French Laundry restaurant, which has flouted its own restrictions.

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