Why are Democrat candidates hiding their party affiliation?

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Why are Democrat candidates hiding their party affiliation?

President Biden is not doing a good job and as a result, there is a LOT of speculation that there will be a Democrat blood bath in 2022. One sure sign of this is how Democrat candidates are hiding their political affiliation. I have heard whispers of that earlier this year but now, I am hearing about it more and more. A few examples. This first one from NBC affiliate, 9News in Denver. [October 7, 2021]

At the debate, co-moderator Kara Mason, the managing editor of Sentinel Colorado, asked if party affiliation should be included in city council races.

“I don’t think there’s any argument to hide information from the voters. All available information should be available right out in front,” said Lindstrom. “We can call it nonpartisan all we want, but people have belief systems, people know where they tend to vote. It’s rather dishonest to hide that.”

“If you have a minute of conversation with any one of us, I think you’re going to probably deduce where we stand politically,” said Hamilton.

He said it should not be included, but then explained how voters can find out.

“I knocked on one gentleman’s door and his first thing he asked me, he’s like, ‘you’re running for city council?’ I said, ‘yes.’ He goes, ‘what’s your political party?’ I said, ‘well, it’s an unaffiliated position.’ He goes, ‘what’s your political party?’ I said, ‘it’s an unaffiliated position.’ He said, ‘what’s your stand on gun control.’ And all I had to do was give him one answer, and he had the answer,” said Hamilton.

“Some of these issues that are facing us currently are crossing party lines, but yeah, some people want to know,” said Sundberg.

Mason asked if he would want to know.

“The dog catcher? The sheriff? Yes. Everybody, down the line. I suppose it could be helpful, you know, I’ve not thought too much about it,” said Sundberg.

The website Political Viewer commented on how Democrats are hiding their political affiliation in Rural America in order to make their candidates more attractive. [July 20, 2021] Here is a quote.

Democrats running for elected office in the House and Senate from rural America are commencing to depart from utilizing party identification in their ads in hopes of magnetizing more voters. This denotes many candidates for office are running against the platform of their own party, according to Axios. Since the 2020 election, the Democrats in both chambers of Congress have had a wafer-thin majority, and the Republicans are looking to overtake them in the expeditious-approaching midterms next year.

Since former President Donald Trump verbalized about rural Americans throughout his entire presidency and on the campaign trail, Democrats in those places now feel “reflexively distrustful of progressive solutions to everything from the pandemic to infrastructure.”

Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan (OH), running for one of Ohio’s Senate seats, released a campaign ad roughly three minutes long. The Democrat did not mention his party affiliation once. According to the report, Democrat strategists from rural states have exhorted the candidates to eschew using “fancy” language and to fixate on populist economic policies.

Click here to see the video for yourself. (And as of this writing, his twitter account does not state his party affiliation. Just sayin’…)

The NY Times published an opinion piece [October 17, 2021] entitled, “David Shor Is Telling Democrats What They Don’t Want to Hear” and in it, among so many other things, was this quote…

At the heart of Shor’s frenzied work is the fear that Democrats are sleepwalking into catastrophe. Since 2019, he’s been building something he calls “the power simulator.” It’s a model that predicts every House and Senate and presidential race between now and 2032 to try to map out the likeliest future for American politics. He’s been obsessively running and refining these simulations over the past two years. And they keep telling him the same thing.

We’re screwed in the Senate, he said. Only he didn’t say “screwed.”

In 2022, if Senate Democrats buck history and beat Republicans by four percentage points in the midterms, which would be a startling performance, they have about a 50-50 chance of holding the majority. If they win only 51 percent of the vote, they’ll likely lose a seat — and the Senate.

But it’s 2024 when Shor’s projected Senate Götterdämmerung really strikes. To see how bad the map is for Democrats, think back to 2018, when anti-Trump fury drove record turnout and handed the House gavel back to Nancy Pelosi. Senate Democrats saw the same huge surge of voters. Nationally, they won about 18 million more votes than Senate Republicans — and they still lost two seats. If 2024 is simply a normal year, in which Democrats win 51 percent of the two-party vote, Shor’s model projects a seven-seat loss, compared with where they are now.

Sit with that. Senate Democrats could win 51 percent of the two-party vote in the next two elections and end up with only 43 seats in the Senate. 

My reaction to the article was pretty much in line with a Seattle reader’s comment to the editor.

To the Editor:

Did I read this article correctly? Democrats need to hide who they are in order to win elections? What a damning, unintentional self-indictment.

Richard Sybert


To be fair, candidates hiding their party affiliation is not a new phenomenon and both Republicans and Democrats are guilty of it. Real Clear Politics discussed the matter in 2010 and said this.

Many Democrats and Republicans running for Congress this year are hiding their party affiliations.

About one-third of Democratic and GOP candidates in battleground House races do not openly reveal which party they represent, according to a review by The Hill of candidate websites. The Hill analyzed the home pages and bios of the candidates in races identified by nonpartisan Cook Political Report as competitive.

The results indicate that Democrats are feeling the wind at their face this midterm election and the anti-establishment mood of the electorate has GOP candidates wary of embracing their party as well. While most campaign experts anticipate a Republican wave in November, they point out that polls show that the Republican Party is still suffering from President George W. Bush’s unpopular last term. Republican nominees were slightly more likely than their Democratic opponents to display their party affiliation on their home pages.

Of the 46 races reviewed, 22 Republicans and 19 Democrats made some reference to their party affiliation on the home page of their campaign website. For example, Democratic Rep. Glenn Nye of Virginia bills himself as “an independent voice, for a change.”

House GOP hopeful Alan Nunnelee’s (Miss.) website says he hopes to be a “true conservative” in Washington.” The numbers reflect a sharp turnaround from the 2006 midterm campaign, in which Democrats took control of both chambers of Congress. A similar analysis by The Hill in 2006 found that only 25 percent of Republicans in competitive contests displayed their party affiliation on their home pages. And roughly half of Democrats in such contests had their party affiliation on their home page in 2006.

So, a sure barometer of your political party’s popularity is how campaigning candidates embrace their political affiliation. I predict that if you look at the websites of people campaigning in your area you will see more Democrats running as “non-partisan independents.” Conversely, there will be many proud Republicans touting their party as loudly as they can. It is a sign of the times.


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