Democrats In Panic Mode As Midterm Momentum Favors GOP
With midterm elections weeks away, desperation among Democrats is palpable.
After horrendous polling which shows that Americans not only care most about inflation and the economy (‘Change the subject!‘), and a mass exodus of independent voters, Democrats have even resorted to shuffling a clearly-impairedPresident Biden around to stump for candidates and reassure the base how wonderful things are.
Here he is discussing ‘ramrod-spined’ VP Kamala Harris – who apparently has “enormous integrity.”
As The Hill makes abundantly clear, Democrats are freaking out right now as momentum into midterms is clearly with the GOP.
As recently as a few weeks ago, Democrats were bullish about their chances of defying harsh historical and political headwinds, believing that voter anger over the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and lingering GOP concerns about the quality of Republican candidates might allow them to not only hold, but expand their paper-thin Senate majority.
But the political winds appear to be shifting once again in the GOP’s favor. Recent polling has found Republicans regaining an edge on the so-called generic ballot, a survey question that asks voters which party they plan to vote for in November. Meanwhile, the data website FiveThirtyEight’s Senate forecast shows Democrats’ chances of holding the Senate dropping by 11 percent over the past month. -The Hill
“A month ago, it looked like not only were the Democrats poised to hold the Senate, the question was: were they going to be able to get, you know, two extra seats?” said former Democratic pollster, Fernand Amandi, who worked on former President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. “Now I think the hope is just to hang on.“
“Perhaps Democratic messaging hasn’t been as strong as it could be,” he continued. “But we’re talking about things tightening when the choice is between chaos and competency. The Democrats have governed with a competent, steady hand in a very volatile environment. What we’ve seen from the Republican Party over the last six years has been wholesale unhinged chaos. And what they’re offering is more chaos.“
According to Democratic strategist and former Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) aide Jon Reinish, “If you look at the Dobbs decision — that seems to have come a little too early for the Democrats,” referring to the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe vs Wade.
“And I think there [are] other currents — inflation is probably the biggest one — that have kind of interfered with the singularity of that argument.”
So – the timing of the USSC overturning Roe wasn’t ideal for maximum outrage, and inflation is highly inconvenient.
Maybe Democrats can simply campaign on the economy being “strong as hell”?
According to the most recnt NYT-Siena College poll, the economy and inflation top the list of problems facing the country, while just 5% of voter said abortion is the most pressing issue. January 6th came in at 7%. Nobody cares about the hill Democrats have chosen to die on.
In one of the poll’s more alarming findings for Democrats, women who identified as independents said they preferred Republicans by an 18-point margin, a stark reversal from September, when those voters favored Democrats by a 14-point margin. Democrats have sought relentlessly to sway those voters by warning of threats to abortion rights. -The Hill
“The voters who would be most susceptible to the Democrats’ messaging on abortion are shifting,” said former GOP strategist and congressional candidate, Ford O’Connell.
“As long as the Republicans stay focused on two things — my money, my family — then they’ll win in 2022,” he added. “They’ll win in 2024. Because the Democrats aren’t showing any sign of changing their approach.”
This post was originally published at Zero Hedge
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