Inside the Beltway: Surge of the ‘Anti-Wakeup’ Democrat

Concerns continue to mount for the Democratic Party. Consider the mayor of New York City eric adamshe is now considering a run for the White House and could represent a new emerging political force, according to news reports.

“President Eric? New York City Mayor Adams is considering a 2024 White House run if he’s sick Joe Biden79, refuses to run and will position himself as an anti-awakening Democrat,” the Daily Mail noted on Sunday.

Given the current mood among many Americans (worried, upset, and tired), the “anti-awakening Democrat” could also challenge Republican and Democratic hopefuls.

“Despite only five months into his first term, Adams has pleased many centrist Democrats, and conservatives, by avoiding progressive or extreme positions on economic and social issues,” the Mail said.

According to the New York Post, also on Sunday, “Adams’ Big Apple agenda, including rolling back state bail reform, has been stymied by left-wing party leaders in Albany. Adams has also positioned himself as a declared enemy of the socialist wing. It remains an open question so far whether Adams will be able to reduce the scourge of crime in the city, which has continued to rise during his administration. Polls show voters are losing patience.”

Mr. Adams might have some company. According to Ballotpedia, an online political encyclopedia, there are 22 high-profile Democrats who could also run for the White House in 2024.

The idea of ​​the “anti-awakening” Democrat, meanwhile, came about almost a year ago.

“A growing number of Democrats are sounding the alarm that their party is sounding, and acting, too critical, too sensitive, too ‘woke up’ to large sections of America. These Democrats warn that by imposing politically correct terms or new norms on voters, they risk fueling culture wars and inadvertently helping Trumpian candidates.” noted an Axios report on July 10.

HOW ANNOYED ARE WE?

The aforementioned mayor, along with every other potential candidate, faces a nation that appears to be brooding and exhausted amid social discord, cultural and economic upheaval, health problems, and threats to national security.

So how upset are we? A CBS News poll has the answer.

“The mood of the United States is restless and worried. That’s how they feel about the state of the country. The percentage saying the economy is bad and the number saying things are bad in the country have reached highs for the Biden presidency,” the network reported Sunday.

And the numbers: 74% of American adults say that things in the United States are “bad”, while 63% say that the US economy is “bad”. Another 63% say that the state of the country is “restless”; 63% say that this state “concerns” them, while 61% consider it “frustrating”.

The survey of 2,041 American adults was conducted May 18-20.

A DILEMMA APPROACHING

Morning Consult notes that this Wednesday marks the second anniversary of the death of George Floyd during an encounter with Minneapolis police officers.

“While lawmakers on Capitol Hill appear to have thrown in the towel on police reform, President Biden he is said to be ready to take his own action in the coming weeks via executive order,” the news organization said.

“Two years later, massive popular interest has shifted from reforming policing to tackling crime, leaving Mr. Biden in tricky territory ahead of the midterms while balancing his base’s desire to rein in law enforcement. public and the interest of key voters. to keep communities safe,” the organization said.

BACKRESTS LOSE THEIR CHARM

The Wisconsin Republican Party hosted its state convention over the weekend. Some attendees emerged with a new mindset.

Grassroots activists, the party said, plan to skip initial endorsements from gubernatorial hopefuls “signaling their desire to allow candidates to continue to make their case to voters before the August primary.”

Those in favor of the idea were also asked to sign a “unity pledge” in which they promised to support the candidate who emerged victorious from the primaries.

“Today’s endorsement vote signaled the grassroots desire to allow all voices to be heard ahead of the August primary, and we look forward to hearing from the candidates as they continue to make their case in the coming months,” the president said. of the state party. Paul Farrow he said in a statement shared with Inside the Beltway.

“While failed Democratic leadership remains on full display with historic inflation, rising crime and a crippled education system, Republicans are well positioned to carry our message to voters and win this fall,” he said.

THE ECONOMICS OF THE GUITAR

There are definitely strings attached to this news.

Hollywood-based Julien’s Auctions reports that a prized guitar belonging to the late rock music icon Kurt Cobain It fetched $4.5 million at auction on Sunday.

The dark blue left-handed 1969 Fender Mustang electric guitar was played on Nirvana’s smash hit and their iconic 1991 music video, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

The guitar was bought by jim irsay, owner and CEO of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. The Cobain family plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to Stigma, Mr. Irsay’s initiative to raise awareness of mental health disorders.

Cobain’s 1965 Dodge Dart 170 “Baby Blue” sedan also sold for $375,000. The auction house previously sold Cobain’s 1959 Martin D-18E electro-acoustic guitar, which sold for $6 million in 2020.

POLL OF THE DAY

• 68% of US adults say that the political debate in the US is “on the wrong track”; 74% of Republicans, 73% of Independents and 62% of Democrats agree.

• 71% of men and 65% of women also agree.

• 13% say that the political debate “generally goes in the right direction”; 11% of Republicans, 8% of independents and 20% of Democrats agree.

• 15% of men and 11% of women also agree.

• 19% overall are unsure about the state of the political debate in this country; 15% of Republicans, 19% of Independents and 19% of Democrats agree.

• 15% of men and 23% of women also agree.

SOURCE: An Economist/YouGov survey of 1,500 US adults conducted May 15-17.

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