“The controversial incumbent who just survived an impeachment hearing and picks daily fights with his enemies? Or the self-identifying Democratic Socialist who wants to overhaul government and can’t tell you how much his plans cost you?”
“What will it be?”
That is the direction we’re headed here in the “Heart of the I4 Corridor”, with Bernie Sanders winning his third straight contest in Nevada over the weekend and establishing himself as the front-runner, while a crowded field of alternatives try to figure out what’s next for their campaigns.
For the Orlando tri-county area, which trends blue but moderate blue, the choice of picking between Trump and Bernie is enough to make them just want to stay home or undervote.
For middle of the road voters they’re likely already tired of the dialog and it’s only February. Imagine how they’re going to be feeling in October when they’ve got people from both campaigns banging on their door every other day.
If you’re a regular reader, I think Bernie is a bad match-up for Trump (story HERE). Orange and Osceola counties would still roll blue, but the results would be tighter. Seminole county would go red the same way it did in 2016 and reverse the progress Dems have made in the area over the past two years.
And it’s going to hurt races down the ballot too.
Imagine being the campaign director that has to ask your volunteers to explain what a Democratic Socialist is to Orlando voters.
Yeah, you’re not going to hit a lot of doors that day.
And you’re going to have to spend more money on mail, radio, and TV because people aren’t going to want to go swimming in that toxic political environment. Your message still needs to get out somehow.
It’s also a good time to remind any voters out there to be nice to people that may come to your door. Many times they’re in the same party as you are.
And in October, they’re going to be feeling the same way you are, the same way we all will be feeling.
They’ll be ready for all of this to be over.