As we creep closer and closer to the 100 day mark for the 2022 midterms, one thing is becoming increasingly clear. The previously much ballyhooed Red Tide of 2022 is beginning to look more and more like a Pink Puddle.
As we get closer, more and more analysts, strategists, and pundits, both Democratic and Republican are beginning to say that the Democrats are more likely than not to hold, if not expand their Senate majority, and even the House is now almost a toss-up proposition for the GOP. How is this possible in a climate of $5 a gallon gas, 9% inflation, and a stalled Democratic legislative agenda?
Easy. One Donald John Trump. To show his grip on the party, Trump has endorsed national candidates from everything above school boards, and dogcatchers, and the Loud Toys have those covered. And those Trump endorsed candidates are the gift that just keeps on giving.
For starters, the candidates are pathetic. In PA, Mehmet OZ is running on a platform of Trump endorsed me! In Ga, Herschel Walker is running on a platform of I played football for Georgia, and Trump endorsed me! And in OH, JD Vance is running on a platform of I’m rich, I’m a hillbilly, and Trump endorsed me! Their only qualification for candidacy is Trump’s approval.
But even worse, they’re running because they’re die hard true believers. And that’s not what people want. But at least they Stick to the script. If The Big Lie worked in 2020, why wouldn’t it work in 2022, even against their own party?
I wrote previously about the woman in the GA Governor’s race who finished 52 points behind Kemp, and 40 something behind Perdue that wanted her voters to fill out and send her campaign headquarters sworn affIdavits that they had voted for her, so she could show the board of elections how she got screwed in the count.
And now AZ GOP Trump backed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has gone full bore Big Lie. I can only believe that her own internal polling shows her trailing, since she just announced that if she loses, it’s only because of GOP vote rigging to keep a Trump endorsed candidate off of the ballot.
But especially in the House races, they’re even worse. The minute they look like they’re losing, they launch pre-emptive strikes of massive GOP voter fraud to sink their candidacies. Welcome to the Trump GOP of 2022. If you run, then you win. And if you don’t? Then you didn’t lose, you got f@cked by massive GOP vote fraud.
Look, it’s this simple. In most swing states, and many more swing districts, these candidates are unelectable if they win. And if they lose, then they claim massive GOP voter fraud, and refuse to back the winner. And in battleground states and swing districts, those votes can spell the margin of victory and defeat. The Trump GOP snake has now eaten its tail halfway up the body.