American voters are motivated by a fever pitch.
That’s the message from last week’s elections.
The headlines were the Democratic sweep of the state legislature in Virginia that put the entire state government under Democrat control for the first time in 25 years and the defeat of incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in Kentucky.
An important part of the story is that voter turnout was off the charts.
In Kentucky, an estimated 43% of eligible voters turned out compared with 31% for the last gubernatorial election, in 2015.
Voter turnout in Virginia was the highest it has been for a state legislature-only election in at least the last 40-some years.
There’s a lot of noise in the political and cultural arenas in America today, and it’s exactly what I talk about in my new book, released this week, “Necessary Noise: How Donald Trump Inflames the Cultural War and Why This is Good News for America.”
A new Gallup poll measuring voter enthusiasm reports that 64% are “more enthusiastic” compared with previous elections, a percentage “among the highest Gallup has measured across presidential election years.”
It’s actually the highest ever measured because previous levels in this range were reported one to five months before upcoming election. Voter enthusiasm at this accelerated level one year before an election is unprecedented.
Also unprecedented is that high voter enthusiasm is bipartisan.
As Gallup reports, usually enthusiasm is notably higher among the opposition party.
But this time, it’s not the case.
Reported enthusiasm is 66% among Republicans and 65% among Democrats.
It’s not a surprise to me. It’s why I wrote “Necessary Noise.”
The noise that is ramping up voter heartbeats is the sound of American democracy at work. It’s a consciousness-raising noise that is waking up Americans to the fact that muddling through the mediocre middle is no longer an option. And the man responsible for generating this noise is President Donald Trump.
Trump is the great disruptor.
Political candidates always run on an agenda of change.
But Trump understood that given what is happening in America today, the agenda must be disruption, not change.
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