1) Democrats are losing Hispanic voters in scads. This could undo their entire project. Byron York writes:
DEMOCRATS LOSE HISPANIC VOTERS. LOTS OF THEM. The Democratic Party’s problem with Hispanic voters is worse than leaders think, according to a new assessment by the highly regarded strategist Ruy Teixeira. That conclusion is particularly important because Teixeira wrote the influential 2002 book The Emerging Democratic Majority, which convinced many Democrats that a growing Hispanic population, one that heavily supported Democrats, was the key to permanent Democratic dominance of American politics.
Now, with Hispanic voters abandoning the Democratic Party in droves, it’s all falling apart. “The seriousness of this problem tends to be underestimated in Democratic circles for a couple of reasons,” Teixeira writes in a recent Substack article. “(1) they don’t realize how big the shift is; and (2) they don’t realize how thoroughly it undermines the most influential Democratic theory of the case for building their coalition.”
2) The vaccine campaigns are getting scary.
The attacks on free speech and science are unrelenting. Academic publisher Elsevier’s suppression of an article documenting the myocarditis risk of the COVID-19 vaccines, with no excuse or pretext offered, is incredible enough. Viewed alongside Twitter’s censorship of the American Heart Association, YouTube’s suppression of a panel discussion of vaccine mandates on Capitol Hill, and the Orwellian call by National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins for critics of the government’s COVID-19 policies to be “brought to justice,” the trend is positively chilling.
3) Biden is crushing Trump’s pace of judge confirmation. Where are you Mitch McConnell?
President Joe Biden is moving at twice the pace filing vacancies in federal court than his immediate predecessor during his first year in office, but the Democrat has a long way to go in catching up to Donald Trump’s total first-term number.
With the Senate confirming a raft of judicial nominees late Friday into early Saturday, Biden’s 2021 total was brought to 40 federal court nominees confirmed, which is 21 more than the 19 Trump had in 2017.