OLDTOWN, Maryland — This ancient colonial town nestled along the north branch of the Potomac River could not be more different from the upscale suburbs of Chevy Chase located much closer to the tidal portion

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While both are in the same state, this town of 86 people is more culturally connected to the people and places in West Virginia and Pennsylvania close to this region than the D.C. suburb located in the center of wealth and power in this country.
Yet they do share one recently developing commonality that has gone under the radar of the national press that tells the story of a state, and by default, a country so disapproving of the president and the Democrats that even the bluest of blue-state voters can’t pretend anymore that things are going well.

With a border Biden has refused to visit, crippling inflation that he initially dismissed as temporary and a broken supply chain that has affected every segment of our lives and our economy, Biden is widely seen by voters as negligent on all of those issues.

His problems do not end there. Ending the war in Afghanistan, a move that had widespread support, was never supposed to be at the expense of American lives. His management of COVID-19 became political instead of managerial, and how he and the Justice Department have addressed parents’ distress with local school boards has sent chills to suburban parents here and across the county.

And the oddest thing is that this administration and its surrogates think all the public are concerned about is passing a massive social spending bill filled with liberal programs that overreach at every turn.
The message is: Once it becomes law, all will be fine.

A bill so massively outside the norms of a traditional social spending bill is not why people voted for Biden, and anyone who says otherwise is peddling spending pornography. Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer would know that if they took the time to listen.
But they don’t.

As one Democratic strategist told me last week, “If Biden can just get a win and pass this bill, voters will be happy,” completely missing why voters are falling away from Biden.

In October, the Goucher College poll conducted here in Maryland showed that since March, Biden’s job approval went from 62% to 53%, with only 43% of independent voters approving of his performance.

The two Democrats representing the state in the Senate, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, who is up for reelection in 2022, and senior Sen. Benjamin Cardin, were underwater at 44% and 46%.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, conversely, is at a robust 68% approval rating, up 6 percentage points since the last poll.
Hogan has lived up to his promise to be a good conservative manager and not an ideologue. Whether they are here or Baltimore, Hagerstown, Cumberland or the suburbs of Bethesda and the Chesapeake Bay, his voters have rewarded him for living up to his promise.

He won this very blue state’s support in 2014 under very similar circumstances to what happened in neighboring Virginia in its gubernatorial race, an antidote to a party and a White House bent on plowing ahead with overreaches voters never elected them to do.

Barack and Michelle Obama campaigned here against him that year alongside Hillary Clinton, never fully understanding that they were the reason voters were unhappy.

The polling in blue Maryland showing Biden losing the heart of the bluest of voters, a place where the chance of a Republican winning here for president is less than zero, is not an outlier. It is happening all across the country in both red and blue states.
The problem for Democrats and Biden is they listen too much to the loudest liberal activist voices in the party and ignore the people who put them in office. Yet, oddly, it appears they are operating as though they are one and the same.

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Martin St John
8 months ago

When the dust clears, there will be two distinct voter groups, the principled and the unprincipled. It’s that simple.

Micala
8 months ago

The REAL issue with Democrats — including Biden — is they are not visionaries and they really are not very intelligent people who listen to the wrong voices! If and when each democrat finally opens their eyes to the REALITY AND FACTS surrounding them and uses that brain God gave them to assess what is really happening to those they have squashed, diced and sliced, then and only then will Americans maybe listen to them again. But don’t hold your breath — that’s not happening until the (DDD) Deluded Deadhead Democrat party has been reduced to such low numbers that “someone” there will finally realize they are a huge FAILURE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE! IT IS COMING THIS YEAR AND THE DEMS STILL THINK THEY HAVE IT TOGETHER…THEY DON’T! 👎🏿👎🏿👎🏿👎🏿👎🏿

8 months ago

November 2022 can’t come soon enough!

Gene Ralno
8 months ago

More hat slogans. Bad News Brandon. How ’bout Bad News Biden? Joe the Woke Joke?

remember alamo
8 months ago
Reply to  Gene Ralno

We’ll go broke with Joe the woke joke.

8 months ago

BIDEN HAS “QUICKLY” BECOME THE “JOKE OF THE DEMS/FRAUDS”!!!!!!!!! THE WHOLE WORLD IS LAUGHING AT THE United States???????? THE COUNTRY IS IN RUINS!!!!!!!!! WHILE THE DEMS/FRAUDS……BIDEN, PELOSI, SCHUMER, AND THE REST OF THE “GANG”!!!! ARE ROLLING IN THE DOUGH!!!!! (TAXPAYERS MONEY!!!!). THEY “ALL” ARE INVOLVED WITH INSIDER TRADING!!!!!!! THIS IS WHERE THEY ALL MAKE THE DOUGH!!!!!!!!! THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED FOR ANYONE IN THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!!! WAKE UP AMERICA!!! WHILE YOU ARE LIVING TO BARELY MEEET THE DEMANDS FOR YOUR FAMILIES…….THEY ARE LIVING IT UP TO FILL THEIR POCKETS!!!!!!!!!!! “DON’T DONATE TO ANY OF THEM??????

Bug
8 months ago
Reply to  Patty

They all need impeached along with Harris and Fachi loose their income. They all still have enough to live on while us people on ssd barely get by