Inside the ring road: the old Democratic Party has disappeared

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There is nothing slapstick, reassuring or traditional about the Democratic Party anymore, some say. Democrats and their politicians are indeed in charge right now – in the White House of course, as well as in the US House and Senate and in many influential big cities.

“The big problem is that it’s not your parents’ Democratic Party. Far-left progressives have taken control and are pushing policies that are out of the mainstream,” said Saul Anuzisformer chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and now chairman of 60Plus.

“We need checks and balances. Electing a few more members of the Republican House and Senate will force a bipartisan consensus on the legislation and hopefully moderate the far left,” he said in a statement shared with Inside the Beltway.

“Complete democratic control of government has been bad for America. Every voter feels the pain every week at the grocery store and every time they fill up their car. Inflation is a tax on every American, driven by leftist Democratic policies,” Mr. Anuzis advised.

Others agree. Nationally syndicated talk radio host Chris Plante often told his listeners that the Democratic Party is no longer “my mother’s party” – and that they are no longer “liberal”.

They are now “leftists”, stressed Mr. Plante on several occasions.

This shift in the Democratic Party has also become a constant topic of research over the past two years, explored by – among others – the Brookings Institute, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Nation and CNN.

“The Democrats’ push to the left threatens their grip on power,” said a Morning Consult analysis of the trend, published July 26.

“A new poll confirms Democrats’ leftist politics are out of touch,” The Hill reported on March 13.

REVENGE TRAVEL ON THE RISE

“Journey of revenge.”

This convenient new term defines a huge increase in travel and tourism as fears of the coronavirus pandemic fade. Eric JonesAssistant Professor of Mathematics at Rowan College South Jersey chose the questions and analyzed the results of a survey that reveals the extent of revenge travel.

It revealed that 81% of American adults will be traveling this summer – and 42% overall plan to travel more this summer than last summer, down from 25%.

“The data suggests that the summer of 2022 will be when more Americans take revenge,” Jones said in a statement shared with Inside the Beltway.

Meanwhile, 80% of American adults will be taking some kind of road trip this summer, or about 206 million Americans. The survey of 1,096 American adults was conducted on March 1 on behalf of TheVacationer.com, a consumer site.

AND SPEAKING OF TRAVEL

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s touring division has just revealed that it has organized a ‘Historic Estates & Presidential Legacies’ tour which will focus on Charlottesville, Virginia, and retrace the ‘footsteps of our nation’s founders’, as well as the houses of Thomas Jefferson and his contemporaries in the region.

Yes, vineyards, private estates and “rustic southern” cuisine are on the menu.

The tour is scheduled for November; find details on NationalTrustTours.com; enter the keyword “Charlottesville” into the site search function.

INDEPENDENTS INCREASE A GOP VICTORY

The power of independents to secure a Republican victory in the fast-approaching midterm elections is real, according to a candid poll by National Public Radio, PBS NewsHour and Marist College.

If Election Day were “today,” 47% of voters nationwide would go for the GOP nominee while 44% would support the Democrat.

As expected, the partisan divide is marked: 93% of Republican voters would opt for the GOP candidate, while 92% of Democratic voters would support the Democrat.

Among independent voters, 45% would support the Republican nominee while 38% would choose the Democrat. 10% are unsure of their choice, while 6% would opt for another candidate.

In a similar poll taken in November, Democrats had a 5 percentage point lead. It’s the first time in eight years that similar polls have found Republicans with an advantage, pollsters found.

“How doomed are Democrats midterm in November? It doesn’t take a statistician to read the writing on the wall – inflation at 40-year highs, gas hitting an all-time high, a woke Democrat education complex running amok and an open border triggering drugs, humanitarian, and public health crises – and seeing the ruling party in the executive and legislative branches in trouble,” wrote Spencer Browneditor of Townhall.com, in his review of the numbers.

The NPR/NewsHour/Marist poll of 1,377 registered U.S. voters was conducted April 19-26.

CALL FOR CATTLE

Just so you know: A wearable face mask for cows – designed to reduce their methane emissions and slow climate change – has won a prize in a new design competition backed by Prince Charles.

The mask was developed by Zelp, a British design group, and won first prize in the Terra Cart Design Lab competition, which the prince launched in 2020 as part of his new global initiative for sustainable markets.

“Zelp’s solution allows cows to digest typical feed, with the mask working to detect, capture and oxidize methane in the cow’s burps. A sensor on the end of the masks detects when a cow exhales and the percentage of methane expelled,” Business Insider reported.

The developers have also received $63,424 to further develop their cow mask.

SURVEY OF THE DAY

• 63% of adults in 27 countries around the world say their country is “on the wrong track”.

• 32% are worried about inflation, 31% are worried about poverty, 29% are worried about unemployment.

• 25% cite crime and violence; 24% cite corruption; 19% cite taxes or health care.

• 18% cite the coronavirus; 14% cite military conflicts, climate change or education.

• 11% cited immigration control, 9% cited moral decline and 8% terrorism.

• 7% cite extremism; 6% absence of social programs and 2% “access to credit”.

SOURCE: An Ipsos/Global Advisor survey of 19,000 adults conducted March 25-April 3 in 27 countries and released April 29; Respondents were asked to identify their country’s top three concerns from a list provided.

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