I typically avoid reading impressionistic pieces by journalists who visit places to find swing voters (In Diners™), and a recent NY Times article “Elated, Furious, Wary: Impeachment Divides Voters, Like Everything Trump“, would have been no different. Life is too short to read yet another account of a Cletus Safari. But Matt McDermott examined some of the supposed swing voters, and they’re … not very swingy. These voters include:
- A woman who voted for Trump in 2016 and Republicans in 2018. Maybe she’s considered swing because she acknowledges Trump’s racism–which didn’t seem to stop her from voting for him. Doesn’t seem swing to me.
- A woman who has attended 23 (that’s not a typo: twenty-three) Trump rallies and wrote a book which was a collection of (some of) his tweets. By her own admission, she has read each tweet about “fifty times.” Not a swing voter.
- A man with a Robert E. Lee portrait. In 2019. Doesn’t seem to be an easy get for Democrats.
These aren’t swing voters. This isn’t an isolated incident. The NY Times has a history of doing downplaying political attachments, including a GOP convention delegate and a longtime political activist and PAC founder.
This is bad journalism and bad editing. Maybe the NY Times should hire some more editors and ditch a couple of columnists? I can’t wait for the 2020 campaigns to start…