The Democrat Circular Firing Squad Begins Ahead of Anticipated Midterm Election Drubbing
“…some Democratic operatives working on House races are already beginning to assign blame in the event their party loses winnable seats: The culprit, they say, is blue-state governors dragging down the rest of the ballot,” Axios reported.
With all signs pointing to a red wave in next week’s midterm elections, Democrats are already in the process of stomping their feet and beginning the finger-pointing ahead of the anticipated losses that some political experts predict could be of pretty epic proportions.
For instance, some Democratic strategists have suggested that the real problem in some key House races is not the Democrat nominees themselves but the state’s governors, who the strategists say are “dragging down the rest of the ballot”:
With a week to go before the midterm elections, some Democratic operatives working on House races are already beginning to assign blame in the event their party loses winnable seats: The culprit, they say, is blue-state governors dragging down the rest of the ballot.
“There is a direct correlation between the performance of [New York Gov.] Kathy Hochul and [California Gov.] Gavin Newsom and the effect it’s having on House candidates,” a Democratic strategist working on House campaigns told Axios.
“I think Republicans are noticing this too, especially in New York. They’re not even running ads anymore with Pelosi and Biden. They’re running ads with Kathy Hochul,” the strategist added. “Unless Hochul and Newsom pick it up, we’re going to lose House seats.”
Newsom has been criticized for focusing more on his national aspirations than his safe California re-election, including by picking fights with the Republican governors of Florida and Texas.
The strategist also cited Oregon Gov. Kate Brown — who Morning Consult polling suggests is the nation’s most unpopular governor — as another drag on the ticket in a state where Democrats have had acute difficulties.
Axios also wrote that other strategists suggested Hochul’s “apparent unpreparedness for a highly competitive campaign has had a clear down-ballot effect,” with two recent polls showing the race against her GOP opponent Lee Zeldin is neck and nick as he hammers away at the dismal Democratic record on crime in the deep blue state.
The New York Times reported that some top Democrats are blaming messaging – specifically, the party’s inability “to coalesce around one effective message”:
Top Democratic officials, lawmakers and strategists are openly second-guessing their party’s campaign pitch and tactics, reflecting a growing sense that Democrats have failed to coalesce around one effective message with enough time to stave off major losses in the House and possibly decisive defeats in the tightly contested Senate.
Even among the kibitzing chorus, there’s little agreement over exactly what could cost the party control of Congress. In areas where victory depends on high Black voter turnout, Democrats worry that they are not mobilizing that constituency. Others say there has been too much focus on abortion rights and too little attention on worries about crime or the cost of living. And across the country, Democrats point to an inadequate economic message and an inability to effectively herald their legislative accomplishments.
“The truth is, Democrats have done a poor job of communicating our approach to the economy,” said Representative Elissa Slotkin, a Democrat from Michigan who is in one of this year’s most competitive races. “I have no idea if I’m going to win my election — it’s going to be a nail biter. But if you can’t speak directly to people’s pocketbook and talk about our vision for the economy, you’re just having half a conversation.”
The Times also noted that former President Obama recently “urged Democrats not to be ‘a buzz kill’ by making people feel as if they were ‘walking on eggshells’ when it came to issues like race and gender.” Obama has previously given speeches decrying the party’s wokeward lurch.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, a twice-failed Democrat-supported candidate for president, was among several left-wing politicos who said last month they believed BidenCo. were putting too much of an emphasis on abortion and not enough on the kitchen-table issues that matter to most Americans:
“I don’t believe [abortion] can be the only issue,” Sanders told “CNN Tonight with Jake Tapper” in a recent interview.
“At a time when we have an economy in which the wealthiest people, the billionaire class, are getting much, much richer while working people are struggling to put food on the table, it goes without saying that we have to focus on the economy,” he said.
For once, Sanders is right – at least as far as what issue ranks highest in the minds of the American people right now. As the old James Carville saying goes, “It’s the economy, stupid.”
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The dems cooked their goose in 2020 by going all in on the hysterical response to the China virus causing its ensuing destruction of lives and our economy.
Consequences were baked into the cake they now get to eat.
The gop is the Barney Fife of American politics. They’ll get this win, and then not do one useful thing with it. Close the border? No, Impeach Mayorkas? No.
The dems need a new philosophy, i.e. the old philosophy, but the commie left has its talons in them and refuse to let go.
They cooked their goose by going whole hog on their socialist programs, including Green Nude Eel, cancelling anyone they don’t like, fake investigations and open borders to name few. The economy crashing actions against petroleum will live with us for a while, possibly long enough to affect the 2024 election.
Dems will be obstructive and outspokenly wrong during the Republican controlled Congress and Senate. All of a sudden, the question of why “pointless investigations” are happening when the economy is in a shambles. And suddenly, the Republicans will be to blame. Leftist playbook.
As an aside, wanna bet the uptick in “racist” and “violent” tweets are due to the lefties trying to drag down New Twitter (with added free speech)? Just like the racism hoaxes on campuses, totally fake actions which the lefties grab and run with.
Democrats have learned a secret. There is no punishment for cheating on elections. Democrat leadership and news media deny that it even happens. So you’re not even taking a risk if you do it.
I was thinking more chronologically. If they hadn’t embraced the virus and the lockdowns, etc., Trump would have been re-elected and their bad policies wouldn’t be the spotlight topic right now.
By losing in the short term, voters wouldn’t have be as aware of their toxicity in the medium run. Well, the crime. The crime would have been obvious.
My expectations of what the GOP will do is so low that if they do anything substantive at all I’ll be happy to be wrong. My assumption is the GOPe will block everything and anything substantive MAGA GOP will want to do. Starting with McConnell. Also, I have zero faith in McCarthy. I think he’s a GOPe snake. He’ll say things pleasing to MAGA ears and then do nothing. Like Lindsey “I’ll get to the bottom of this” Graham.
All we will hear is “…l my esteemed colleague from across the aisle…”.
The biggest indicator of whether they will do anything is whether or not they retain McConnell as leader.
Post turtle. SMH
As much as I can’t stand McTurtle, he is definitely not a post turtle, at least to the level of Sniff McStinkyFinger.
McConnell found his way to the top of the GOP Senate food chain, and at times did a phenomenal job. However, when his China Connections were in jeopardy, he chose China over America.
McStinkyFinger is a true post turtle.
Biden didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, he doesn’t know what to do while he’s up there, and you just wonder what kind of dummy put him up there to begin with
McConnell’s a tactician; neither an ideologue nor grand strategist. He’s useful, when corralled by people who can point him at the right stuff. He’s also got a fine sense of the possible.
He’s pretty much the inverse of Newt Gingrich.
Democrats consistently show they have no clue. Too busy hanging with celebs that hold style over substance.
Clearly, you just want to date them!! LOL!
The culprit, they say, is blue-state governors dragging down the rest of the ballot,”
Really? You sure it’s not the senile dotard in the White House?
Or maybe your horrific policies that nobody wants?
Or perhaps the mentally retarded candidates you’re trying to foist upon the voters?
To be on the safe side, all you Dims should just go f*ck yourselves, good and hard.
“Unless Hochul and Newsom pick it up, we’re going to lose House seats.”
What? I thought those were the Democrats ROCKSTARS?
Maybe they ought to debate each other. That would be fun to watch!
“the race against her GOP opponent Lee Zeldin is neck and nick”
Just don’t remind the voters how he got that nick, and it wasn’t shaving.
Translation: “It’s not MY fault!”
Biden is the designated scapegoat and sacrificial lamb.
What’s unknown is how will the ceremony proceed.
Do the Dems really want Heels-Up Harris in the WH in 2024? Doubtful, in my mind.
So Biden may be subjected to death by a thousand cuts and stabs, many coming from his within his own party and its propagandists in the media. NYT, WaPo, and CNN are already doing some cutting.
The tricky part will be keeping the designated successor(s) for the 2024 election clean. So I’ll be noting who among the Dems is doing the cutting and stabbing and who is remaining silently ‘above it all’.
They won’t sacrifice him — at least not until 2024.
The Democrats sound like nothing more than children making up excuses.
The dog ate their homework.
All the other kids are doing it.
[older sibling] made me do it.
I went to the park and a bear stole my picnic basket.
Smarter than the average bear?
Older sibling? Like Big Brother? That excuse actually makes sense.
When your party is on the wrong side of voters on every single important issue, what possible message could the craft to win over the voters?
“Sure. We made a mess out of everything we touched, a complete disaster if we must be honest. Heck, we blew it on abortion too! But just think how much worse things will get if the Republicans win?”
There you go! That’s the winning message right there! Be honest about yourselves… but not about your opponents. And they’ve already got the 2nd part right so… So close… so-o-o-o close.
Well …. For a while Biden was actually bragging about the Social Security increase; and I bet there are some people who bought it.
Is there a GoFundMe account I can contribute to for the ammo they’ll use on each other?
Covid left a time bomb for Biden.
The combination of free money and curtailed production guaranteed inflation. The war just added the icing.
Your missing the #1 reason for inflation and a faltering economy:
Hmmm, I wonder why?
After all, Biden keeps insisting we’re not in a recession, inflation is a minor problem, and energy woes will be fixed by shutting down hundreds of coal-fired power plants and switching to electric cars.
How could the Democrats’ vision for the economy be any clearer?
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Wow. So compactly, entirely wrong.
— There is no “lost, but not my fault.” If you’re a professional political strategist or operative your only job is to win.
— Your job is to win in the situation at hand. Crappy governors is no more excuse than “Complicit FBI was insufficiently complicit for me to be prezzy.”
— The crappy governors were in lockstep with the policy and preferences of the feds and The Screaming D’s, trickling down to impacts on the states as wholes, counties, cities and congressional districts.
— It’s hard to arrange counties, cities, or gerrymandered congressional districts to perfectly match the permanent, national progressive hegemony as reflected in DC, San Fran, NYC, or the other woke-opolises. BTW, you’re losing nationally, and elsewhere, anyway.
Let me translate. Inconveniently, local jurisdictions are looking at their own interests, and acting like the people they elect should work for them. Bigthink political arc of history flockers are surprised by this, as their constituency has been the WEF, Davos, Bill Gates’ latest scheme, and Clinton Global Initiative “donors.”
It sucks to be the vanguard when the proletariat doesn’t come along.