Several events over the weekend should excite Republicans to propel congressional and gubernatorial candidates to victory in their race toward the finish line Tuesday.
Americans Believe They're Much Better Off
An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday may provide the bump GOP needs to beat the odds and retain control of both chambers of Congress.
The question often asked by politicians, “Are you better off today that you were four years ago?” was answered in a poll.
Question 15 asked, “When it comes to your own financial situation today are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?”
Twenty-eight percent of respondents answered “very satisfied,” while 46 percent were “somewhat satisfied,” for a total of 74 percent.
Better yet, the 28 percent of “very satisfied” respondents was the highest percentage of that response since December 1994.
National talk radio host Hugh Hewitt called the survey results “eye-popping,” and observed, “That’s off the charts. If it really is ‘It’s the economy stupid’ then @SenateGOP and @HouseGOP are feeling wind at their back.”
Those figures came on the heels of a Senate Judiciary Committee report that exonerated Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct charges lodged at him during his confirmation.
While a booming economy can prompt voters to the polls, anger and outrage will send them running to the voting booth. Charges thrown at Kavanaugh gave Republicans that rage. They saw the event as a good man who was vilely and wrongfully attacked.
Although the report held the new Supreme Court associate justice blameless, the same couldn’t be said of his accusers and national media that appeared to carry water for the Democratic Party during the confirmation process.
Presidents Don't Always Get Hit at Midterms
The party in the White House doesn’t always lose one or both chambers of Congress at midterm elections.
The Washington Post’s Mary Jordan observed on ABC News’ “This Week” in 2010 that "the president's party always gets shellacked in midterms. It's only twice, 1934 and 2002, that the president's party actually gained in both the House and the Senate."
The first instance was in support of then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s response to the Great Depression; the second was supporting then-President George W. Bush in response to the 9/11 terror attack by al-Qaida.
But that doesn’t tell the whole story. There have been midterm elections when sitting presidents have lost House and Senate seats but still retained control of those chambers.
That happened three times within the last half-century: In 1962 with President John F. Kennedy, in 1990 with President George H.W. Bush, and 1998 with President Bill Clinton.
The two things to keep in mind this year is that Donald Trump is, above all else, an unconventional president, and 2018 is an unconventional election year.
New trade deals are bringing business back from overseas, unemployment is down, wages are up, our allies once again respect us, our enemies once again fear us, and our borders are being protected.
And Trump has been inexhaustibly rallying and engaging his base on a battleground state tour.
And if that doesn’t lead Republicans to the polls, consider two more events, the latest, which happened this weekend when “Saturday Night Live” regular Pete Davidson mocked the appearance of Dan Crenshaw, a GOP candidate who lost his right eye as a Navy SEAL when an IED detonated during a tour in Afghanistan.
Referring to Crenshaw’s eye patch, Davidson laughed and said, “You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie. I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever. [Laughter] Whatever.”
Another involved a tweet from Stephen Colbert “Late Show” writer Ariel Dumas during the Kavanaugh debacle:
"Whatever happens, I'm just glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh's life," Dumas callously wrote.
In the end it comes down to voter participation. The above should instill sufficient anger to send Republicans running to the polls.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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