For many years, the Democrats have sown the wind in the Heartland Midwest, confident that the white working class that anchors the region would never turn to the elitist GOP establishment (Mittens quickly comes to mind).
… Then came The Donald and the Donks reaped the whirlwind.
And those scattered breeze-blown seeds?
It looks like they have taken root and are on the cusp of sprouting a bumper crop of fresh red votes.
American Greatness has a very necessary read entitled Is the Midwest the next South for the Democratic Party?
Here is the money quote:
The latest Economist/YouGov poll has lots of bad news for Democrats about Midwestern voters. A majority—53 percent—of Midwesterners have an unfavorable opinion of the Democratic Party, the highest of any region.
Seems that the Bitter Clingers and Deplorables have finally had their fill of the Donks.
Credit President Trump, the Great Disrupter:
Trump’s charm offensive in the Midwest seems to be working. The president is the most popular in the Midwest, where 46 percent approve of the job he’s doing and 44 percent view him favorably. Midwesterners give Trump the highest grades for being strong, patriotic, effective, inspiring, steady, and caring about them. They are the most optimistic about the next few years of Trump’s presidency and the least worried about losing their job. In other words, they like the guy.
The fear is beginning to germinate in upper echelons of the Donk brain trust:
Democrats, especially in the Midwest, are getting nervous.[…]
Midterm elections are still six months away, but with the economy thriving, international foes on their heels, and the Mueller probe imploding, the election prospects for once-confident Democrats are shrinking fast. If the party loses even more ground in the Midwest in November, the Blue Wave could instead turn out to be a bloodbath that will haunt the party for a generation.