Facing reality can be rather difficult, especially for those inclined toward delusion. That’s perhaps why Democrats are having a difficult time accepting—and understanding—their overwhelming rejection by the American people as exhibited in the 2014 midterm elections. Voters sent a message to Democrats, they neither appreciate nor do they desire the liberal policies implemented and championed by the Left. Unfortunately, that message—a rejection of liberalism—has not been heard by Democrats. Rather than listening to voters, Democrats are occupying themselves by attempting to spin the meaning of the election.
Here are three cases of Democrats who have no idea what voters said in the 2014 midterm elections.
1. Jay Inslee told the Seattle Times that “the election didn’t really alter the political equation in Olympia or signal a lack of voter interest in climate change.” Inslee said, “I think the way to fairly score this is it was a status quo election.”
Inslee classifies an election that handed Republicans the outright majority in the state Senate for the first time in 10 years, despite Californian billionaire Tom Steyer pouring millions in Democrat campaigns, and saw Republicans gain four seats in the state House to narrow the Democrats’ majority to its smallest margin since 2002 as a “status quo election.” Let’s be clear, going into the election Inslee placed his policies—including his extreme fuel mandate—on the ballot and voters said “no.” More than anything, this election signaled a lack of voter interest in Inslee’s extreme environmental agenda. But, that’s something Inslee won’t ever admit—perhaps even to himself—because, as SHIFT has reported, he will not allow anything to stand in the way of his political agenda.
2. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray revealed she had no idea what kind of message the American people sent when she informed the Seattle Times that the reason why more Democrats than Republicans fell victim to voter disillusionment in government was due to “more Democratic seats being in play.”
As SHIFT recently reported, the Times goes on to point out that “21 of the 36 Senate seats in this year’s contest were held by Democrats.” However, neither the Seattle Times nor Murray bothered to give an explanation as to why—if Murray’s analysis is sound—no Republican lost a seat and the GOP was able to beat more than two Democrat incumbents (four so far, with a fifth when Landrieu loses) for the first time since 1980.
3. Shannon Murphy, president of the Washington Conservation Voters (which partnered with Steyer and raised $1.4 million for Democrat candidates), stated that—despite miserably failing to win any of the targeted state Senate races—the extreme environmental message was a success. Murphy told the Seattle Times, “It is disappointing… But I think we elevated the environmental issues as never before.”
What progressive liberals like Murphy, Inslee and Steyer fail to understand is that Washington State voters—along with the rest of the United States—issued a “comprehensive repudiation of the notion that ‘climate change’ is the most pressing political issue of our age” when they rejected Democrats and their policies. Despite pouring an unprecedented amount (Steyer spent $75 million on his super PAC alone) into Democrats and the green message, voters resoundingly said “no” and thereby signaled the “death of climate change as a serious political issue.” Working families don’t want to hear a “creepy rich liberal hypocrite” tell them what they should pay more of their hard-earned dollars toward the “Great Green Climate Scam” all the while said creepy hypocrite is “privately feathering his nest with fossil fuel interests.” If the 2014 elections “elevated the environmental issues as never before,” it was only to the extreme green agenda’s determent because voters responded with a resounding “enough is enough.”