That might seem like a rhetorical question but it isn’t. It’s meant to highlight just how badly the DC media, aka the MSM, misread what’s happening outside the Beltway and along the coasts. Fortunately for Minnesotans and others in the Great Lakes and Rust Belt states, there’s a reporter who understands Heartlandspeak. Her name is Salena Zito and she’s a national treasure.

Salena has a book out that talks about the populist movement happening across the nation. The name of the book, which she co-wrote with Brad Todd, is “The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics.” Follow the link above to get your copy. That’s a strong suggestion. (It doesn’t become an order until you purchase it. LOL) But I digress.

During the panel discussion on CBS’s Face the Nation, Dan Balz said “I ended up talking more to Republicans than people who had supported Trump. But in talking to some of the Democrats in the Midwest, I think there’s a feeling that the national Democratic Party doesn’t understand the Midwest in the same way that a lot of the Trump voters felt that they didn’t understand the Midwest. And their view is, the Democrats have to figure out a way to be able to talk to the center of the country while continuing to hold the coasts. And if they can do that, then they will be genuinely competitive in 2020.”

Then they turned to the real expert (Salena Zito) on the issue:

BRENNAN: And, Salena, that’s a question you’re asking in your book. I mean, is that even possible?
SALENA ZITO, “WASHINGTON EXAMINER”: Well, and, you know, one of the things about this coalition is, is that Donald Trump wasn’t the cause of it. He was the result of it. So this coalition, I believe, is willing to continue to break things, even outside the ballot box. I’m unsure what’s going to happen in — in the midterms. But I do understand that it is still pretty strong and it’s pretty intense and they still believe that both political parties, not just the Democrats but the Republicans as well, aren’t listening to what they have to say. And I find that fascinating that this movement is going on. But we’re still not hearing it. And — and so that —
BRENNAN: Not hearing it you’re saying on Capitol Hill? Not hearing it how?
ZITO: Not hearing it in the way it’s depicted when — typically when there’s news reports and they talk about, you know, well, the Trump voter is this and or that and this is what they want. Case in point, look at the Republicans in West Virginia, they were convinced that Don Blankenship had a chance. Well, I had been to West Virginia. It’s in my backyard. I live in Pittsburgh. Don Blankenship had zero chance. Absolutely none. But both the Republican establishment and a lot of the news media thought this was something that was going to happen. So they still don’t understand what is causing this coalition to stay together, but also to have their voice be heard in the ballot box.

In my estimation, there are 2 motivators for the Trump coalition. First, to tap into this coalition requires good listening. If you aren’t hearing what the people are frustrated about, you won’t tap into the power of this movement. The other requirement is to fulfill the promises made to the people you’ve just listened to.

Trump the candidate promised to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. That promise gets fulfilled today. Another promise kept is getting out of the Iran deal. That was fulfilled last Tuesday. Another promise kept is the reduction of regulations. That started a month into his administration. It’s still continuing.

I’ve been pretty contrarian about the midterms thus far. After watching Salena today talk about Don Blankenship and how the MSM got it badly wrong, I’m more convinced than ever that the Democrats’ blue wave won’t materialize. That isn’t because I think that people think Republicans have changed into this promise-keeping political party. My theory is that there won’t be a blue wave because Democrats haven’t prioritized listening to people. Identity politics gets in the way of that. Further, it’s also my theory that they haven’t prioritized making and keeping promises with people who aren’t part of their identity politics special interests.

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