Awakening a sleeping giant -- the low information voter
Among America’s 235 million people eligible to cast ballots this fall are low-information voters, or “lowfos,” a sizable subset of the electorate’s independents bloc. Many lead busy lives, don’t venture beyond the headlines, and are generally “a pox on all your houses” apolitical.
Lowfos may be ignorant about current events, but they are not stupid. If they vote at all, which way they fall might be determined by the last ad they saw or headline scanned. At least, that’s the way it used to before coronavirus and “stay at home” forced them inside with nothing to do but get up to speed on what’s happened to upend their routines. This is bad news for Democrats.
During their confinement, lowfos have been watching Trump’s daily tour de force briefings and seen a confident, informed, indefatigable leader taking charge and making decisions. It has not escaped them that the president was a businessman with real-world experience most of his life while the swamp creatures haranguing him have been Washington pols most of theirs. Anyone who hasn’t drunk the Left’s Kool-Aid knows that the “loyal opposition” and their media cohorts are doing everything in their power to shake public confidence in the president for political gain.
When Democrats started the blame game early on, they had already lost the “Trump’s at fault” argument to common sense. In a recent American Spectator piece, a doctor with an infectious diseases background makes a point about culpability that people not suffering from TDS understand intuitively:
For those who want to assign blame, saying, “We weren’t prepared,” “They don’t know what they’re doing,” etc., please stop. You marginalize everything you say when you lead with that. You’re speaking based on fear or bias or hatred, and none of that is helpful. No one is ever fully prepared for every possible crisis.
In their irrational frenzy to tar Trump for something/anything related to the pandemic, Democrats have dropped their masks and openly exploited the crisis. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to conclude the president’s enemies see the pandemic, broken economy and social isolation as pillars in their strategy to unseat Trump. These are the prices that must be paid for the greater good: voters turning on the administration and the GOP and ushering into power politicians bent on subverting the Constitution and the rule of law to remake the USA into the USSA -- the United Socialist States of America.
If the goal is to paralyze Trump, cause him to wither in the face of constant attack and attempt to appease his tormentors, it isn’t working. He’s standing taller every day, almost as though he’s anticipated this moment all his life. And the people who cared not a whit for politics before the pandemic have noticed.
It won’t show up in the polls because the newly engaged “more information” voters keep their own counsel and hang up on pollsters. But they’ve swallowed the red pill, and their eyes are now open. November will tell the tale.
Steve Grammatico is the author of You Hear Me, Barack? PC-Free Conservative Satire. He blogs at You Hear Me, Barack? A Repository of Conservative Satire, where he’s reprised an Obama War Room spoof featuring Joe Biden.