“Voters will endure a certain level of waking bulls — in their lives,” Jeff Roeone of Youngkin’s top strategists, told me Monday, “but emphasize the limit if it’s not the case with their children”.
“Democrats have always underestimated how much democrats were insane from closing the school. In my very blue neighborhood there were the first Republican voters in this cycle that you usually think nuts a year from Trump. But they voted in their own interests, which is what voters usually do, and their personal interests include their children, ”Cooper added.
“I think all the elections could be summed up as follows: Schools do not work».
And perhaps an election is on the horizon. “Republicans are very clear about the campaign in Virginia as a textbook in the big races in the U.S. Senate in 2022. I think you’ll see a lot of the same thing, ”said Morgan Jackson, the Democratic Party’s chief strategist in North Carolina, where Richard Baer takes place (and with him, perhaps, the balance of power in the upper house). to capture. “You ask voters who they trust more in matters of education, they always trust Democrats – well, we let them blow it up in Virginia, and that means we have to go back and get it. This is a plan for Republicans. And if we don’t listen like democrats, it’s our fault if we lose. “
It’s easy to say now, but you could see it happening. Throughout the year, schools were at the center of the deepest political action. Most of the attention was drawn to the quarrels over the “CRT,” but this fixation seems to have clouded a wide range of concerns, so consistent and ubiquitous substantial sentiment in retrospect was surprisingly difficult to handle completely.
“Consequences of Closing Children at School, for a year and a half, ”said DeSantis, the governor of Florida and a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2024, the state legislature at the beginning of this year’s legislative session,“ these consequences will be catastrophic and long-term. ” He therefore insisted that schools be opened – even with obvious risks. When I was down there reporting In March, I watched the children in elementary school, on the playground on vacation, and thought about my children – at home, in their rooms, on the screens, which reflected just a sad approach to education. People started calling it a year that was “lost”. However, for many it was – and because of its consequences remains – worse than even that.
In May, in a crowded ballroom in Strongsville, Ohio, I watched right-wing commentator Candace Owens talk about critical race theory and school curricula. Much of what she said was extreme and hyperbolic: “We are raising the stupidest children who have ever lived in America!” – but it was impossible not to notice that Owens (at a one-day event with a list of speakers, which also included Matt Goetz) received, of course, the biggest applause.
By late summer, early in the third A school year overshadowed by a pandemic, a group of teens in Union County, North Carolina, who came to Jeff Jackson on a stump in his Senate application, told me how masks made it easy to move from class to class in their school halls politically difficult. At the time, Covid numbers were high, but their county was the only one in the area without a mask mandate. They wanted to wear them to be safe, while many of their classmates did not. “People are tickled every time they call,” one of them told me. “It’s so scary.”
A couple of weeks later I was back in Strongsville, and the local Republican boss approached the mic on the VFW Clambake. “The first thing I’d like to do,” he said Shannon Burns, “Talk about the school board”. Not Biden and not Trump. Not the hottest primaries in the Ohio Republican Senate. Not in the realm of Trump-eavesdropping contender for Congress. School board.
During the vote, even Mike PompeoSecretary of State Trump, as well as a possible candidate for the presidency in 2024, made a school board approval in his home state of Kansas. And the efforts of the school board to withdraw? Everywhere – even in San Franciscowith the Democrats angry the Democrats – and with problems, one of the country’s leading experts on recall said POLITICO, that “cuts through the guerrilla division.”
This fall, I also began to feel that people at the polar ends of the political spectrum are getting closer to each other on specific school issues, such as masks, in their neighborhood, the North Carolina equivalent of Rory Cooper in Virginia. Their common thoughts overtook: If our children can take them off, especially since more and more of them are getting vaccinated? Because what they give up doesn’t fit the risk they take, and may never have. People who don’t talk about politics or who have been talking very little lately, and the point, because of political disagreements that have only been exacerbated by the pandemic, are adjusting to the reality of unexpected like-minded people.
No wonder Virginia went that way.
Even McAuliff’s company knew from the beginning that something was going on. “Given the fatigue faced by many Virginia residents after school closures and COVID, McAuliff has embarked on a race against education,” the company said in a note following an action released the other day. “According to our poll in July, Youngkin gained a one-point advantage over McAuliff with an education that persisted throughout the rest of the campaign.”
“People with school choices are in the same room with CRT with advanced math [person] along with the people who want every school to have school resources – it’s a pretty eclectic group of people, “said Jeff Roe. said my colleague Ryan Lisa last week. “It wasn’t just the CRT,” said Christine Davison, another chief adviser to Yangkin. “This is not what we have been focusing on here; it was more “parents important”. Parents are important“Just without a mandate, as in politics,” Cooper said put it down y Washington Examiner. “Parents said our schools were broken, and chose a candidate who promised to fix them.”
“When schools open in the fall of 2020,” Cooper told me, “Glenn Youngkin has no authority to talk about education.” McAuliff is politically catastrophic statement in the debate – “I don’t think parents should tell schools what they should teach” – probably wouldn’t even happen, he said, because it wouldn’t be a topic of publicity. “They would talk about the economy. They would talk about Kovid. They would not talk about schools. “
Now they are. And the message to the Democrats? “You’ll lose if you don’t pay attention to your parents,” said a mother from the suburbs of Virginia. said CNN.
Of course, not everywhere is the same, since the potency of the issue is different. In Wisconsin, for example, attempts to recall a school board backed by animated opponents with CRT failed in the suburbs, which helped elect President Biden. “If the Mequon school board had turned out differently, I would have been more concerned,” said Irene Lynn, campaign manager for Tom Nelson, a Democrat running for the Wisconsin Senate in her candidacy for Ron Johnson. She told me she was more worried about next year’s inflation, supply chain problems and any consequences of Kenosha and Kyle Rittenhouse. And some polls suggests schools are not the strongest motivating issue for all or even most parents, and much, of course, can happen and change before November 8, 2022.
However, analysts and operatives say Democrats across the map of the deadlines need to change their approach to how they talk about it so that they are seen again by enough voters who matter most as the best rates for schools.
“Public school has changed in the last 18 months, and denying it is a sure way to alienate voters,” said Natalia Melman Petrzela. Cool wars, wrote in a piece last week at Washington Post. “Democrats,” she told me Monday, “really couldn’t help but acknowledge the frustration many people, who were usually on their side, from school felt.”
“I think you will continue to see this in the blue rings around big cities,” Cooper said.
I think of Washington and New York. Chicago and San Francisco. I think of Milwaukee and Phoenix, Philadelphia and Atlanta. I think where I live.
“Democrats have long talked about increasing opportunities for all children and I think Republicans are now winning the messaging war, they are focused on empowering your a child, ”Jackson, a Democratic strategist in North Carolina, told me.
“And I really think that recognizing and understanding where people come from is a big problem that Democrats are facing right now. You have kids fighting. You have children who are struggling with mental health who are struggling in school and you have to admit that you to get it is, ”he said.
“And regardless of the application of the policy – mask or without mask, regardless – I think the Democrats have been too harsh in many of these places, saying it’s just saving lives. Well, it’s really important, critical, but when my a child in crisis, whatthat’s what I’m focused on. And I think the Republicans have used this anger, this concern, this crisis regime, “he said.” And the Democrats have left that door open. “