🇺🇸 The Flores Flip
June 24, 2022

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The Flores Flip

On Tuesday, Mayra Flores made history on two counts. She is the first Mexican-born woman to be sworn into Congress, and also the first Republican to serve from South Texas in nearly a century.

News Coverage from the Right: Republican Mayra Flores flips Texas House district red in special election (Fox News)

News Coverage from the Left: Mayra Flores becomes first Mexican-born woman to be sworn into Congress (CBS)

From The Flag: Flores’ win is being noted for its historic nature as well as its political significance. Here’s more from both sides on her election and what it could mean ahead of November's midterms.

LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Democrats Need to Step Up Their Game


  • Democrats have been dropping the ball in their responsibility to the Latino community, and Flores’ win is evidence of that.
  • While this is undoubtedly good for Republicans, it should be noted that Democrats didn’t “try” to win this election for strategic reasons.
  • Flores’ win is concerning because she has promoted "QAnon" conspiracy theories, though she has denied doing so.

“Why Mayra Flores' win in South Texas spells trouble for Democrats everywhere” Elvia Diaz, Arizona Republic Opinion: “It’s bad enough that Democrats did nothing to dodge Republican Mayra Flores’ blow in South Texas. It’s even worse to think they’ve given up altogether. Flores easily won a special election on Tuesday to replace Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela in Texas’ 34th District after he resigned to work for a lobbying firm. She’ll serve the remainder of Vela’s term and thus will have to face another Democrat in November in a newly redrawn district that may be more favorable to Democrats. This is where Democrats blew it. They chose to spend almost nothing to retain the seat, essentially handing Republicans a powerful poster child. [Mayra Flores] is onto something – at least about the fact that the Democratic establishment is dropping the ball defending congressional seats and wistfully ignoring Latinos to their detriment. Democrats are making a similar mistake in Arizona by largely ignoring Latinos, who make up a third of the state’s population.”

“The significance of the GOP’s upset in South Texas” Aaron Blake, The Washington Post: “...One big pickup does not an election cycle make. But it can be a sign. There’s no question that the South Texas result is a significant win for the GOP, considering the particulars of this district. Democrats have controlled the Rio Grande Valley for more than a century. … Republicans have been gaining in the area for years, with most of former president Donald Trump’s biggest gains between the 2016 and 2020 elections coming in heavily Hispanic counties in South Texas and southern Florida. But that hadn’t — yet — translated to taking heavily Hispanic Democratic congressional seats. Complicating matters somewhat when it comes to discerning what Tuesday’s race portends is that national Democrats didn’t really try very hard in it. Texas’s congressional map is being overhauled, and come November, this district (1) will be more heavily Democratic and (2) will feature incumbent Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D) on the ballot.”

One more opinion piece from the Left: Republican Scolds Fox News for Daring to Ask About Her QAnon Posts Ryan Bort, Rolling Stone

RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Democrats Have Taken Hispanic and Latino Voters For Granted


  • The voters who elected Mayra Flores are tired of the Democratic Party’s identity politics and overall “insanity.”
  • Flores’ win is a sign that Democrats’ approach of pandering, “woke” politics is not effective with Hispanic and Latino voters.
  • While Republican’s prospects look good for November, they need to remember that many GOP candidates who are ahead in the polls have a narrow lead.

“How to interpret Mayra Flores’ victory in Texas” Robert Knight, The Washington Times Opinion: “Last week’s special congressional election in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas is far more than a precursor to a probable Republican “wave” in November. Mexican-born Christian conservative Republican Mayra Flores won what had been a Democrat-controlled seat for the past century. She campaigned on ‘God, family and country.’ Her victory and other GOP gains in the area are sending shock waves through the Democrat Party, which thrives on race-based bribery. They figured Hispanics would always be in their pocket. In fact, they expected to keep power permanently via this fast-growing demographic — plus more vote fraud. … While pundits chalked Mrs. Flores’ victory up to inflation, gas prices and empty shelves — and that was all part of it — there is a deeper explanation. Voters are saying, ‘Stop the insanity.’ … Conservatives like Mrs. Flores and action-oriented Republican governors in Texas, Florida and Virginia are showing the way.”

“What the Victory of Mayra Flores Portends for the Democrats” George Neumayr, The American Spectator: “That sums up the appeal of Flores. Openly patriotic, she poured scorn on Biden’s plans to transform the country fundamentally. Hispanics, she argued, want a traditional, not woke, America. The party of critical race theory is paying a price for its complacency. It assumed that pandering to Black Lives Matter would appeal to all minorities. It doesn’t. To the Hispanics Flores represents, lectures about America as a product of white supremacy are boring and irrelevant. What worries them is not America’s past but its present. Biden’s policies are 'destroying the country,' said Flores on the campaign trail. She noted that America under Biden is becoming as dysfunctional as the countries from which Hispanic immigrants fled. … But the problem for the Democrats is broader than that, as the victory of Flores suggests. She poached from the Democrats Hispanic voters who not only support the GOP on social issues but also on issues related to the economy and border.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: Republicans Surf the Red Wave Matthew Continetti, The Washington Free Beacon

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Midterm Outlook Not Great for Biden


Historically, the president’s party does not fare well during midterm elections. A May Gallup poll found only 41% approve of President Joe Biden’s job performance. Just 18% approve of Congress’ performance while a measly 16% are “satisfied with the way things are going in the US.” 

To put things into perspective, the historical average heading into midterms has presidents with a 51% approval rating, 30% congressional approval, and 35% satisfaction with the direction of the country.


Flag Poll: Does Mayra Flores' win foreshadow a so-called "red wave" in November? Click here to share your thoughts.

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