Once again, doddering Joe stole The Donald’s school lunch!
When Packers win on Sunday, Wisconsin steps lighter on Monday. Not going to attempt the Christian Watson backflip but it was a wonder to behold — pure athletic joy! Helps ease the sting of our el foldo in last week’s mid-term election.
After a spring and summer of high hopes, Republicans must settle for what amounts to a tie. Instead of a celebratory backflip, Republicans are limping to the sideline medical tent.
NBC News projects the U.S. House of Representatives at 219 Republican seats and 216 Democrat seats! A 3-vote margin? (!!!) Lost the Senate, which will be at least 50-50 plus Kamala Harris. And Herschel Walker is toast in Georgia (it sez here).
“Stop the steal” is a stone-cold political loser,” Rich Lowry in National Review. "It repelled independents."
Stop the whining!
Some of the hard core Timothy Ramthun/My Pillow Guy goofs are still blaming election fraud — the self-pitying song of the congenital loser. They blame WI Assembly Speaker Robin Vos for not using their disproven allegations to overturn an election. If Vos didn’t have to defend his own seat from Trump’s robocalls, he might have achieved the five extra seats needed for a veto-proof Assembly, instead of the three he did flip.
Uber campaign analyst Nate Cohn finds “Democrats tended to defy political gravity … in the very places where Mr. Trump tried to overturn the last presidential election.” For governor in Nevada, Republican challenger Steve Lombardo — who rejected claims the 2020 election was stolen — defeated Gov. Steve Sisolak. In the same state, Adam Laxalt lost to Democratic incumbent Christine Cortez Masto for Senate.
“States like Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, and maybe even New Hampshire should have been easy Republican pickups,” Ross Douthat claims. “All they needed was a normal set of Senate nominees. Instead they got the kind of nominees Trump wanted.”
“Voters do not like election deniers. … Stop with the “stop the steal” conspiracies. Put the crazies out to pasture. [We] should realize just how alienating our fringe is to independents.”— conservative radio host Erick Erickson
It’s time to go all Trumpy on Trump
Trump “is a busted jalopy that runs on yesteryear’s resentments. … The policy positions of Trumpism always had constructive elements. … But the man himself poisons his own movement.” — Peggy Noonan.
“We lost in ’18. We lost in ’20. We lost in ’21 in Georgia. And now in ’22 we’re going to net lose governorships, we’re not going to pick up the number of seats in the House that we thought and we may not win the Senate despite a president who has a 40% job approval. There’s only one person to blame for that and that’s Donald Trump.”— Chris Christie
Who does Trump disdain? Glenn Youngkin (“sounds Chinese”) in Virginia and Ron “DeSanctimonious” in Florida. Two of the most successful GOP campaigners in America. By contrast, “Trump’s party seemed to delight in pushing people out,” David French observes. “Trump actually celebrated Republican Joe O’Dea’s election loss to Colorado Democratic Senator Michael Bennet.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: With Trump expected to announce for President tomorrow 11-15-22, it’s time to go into the prevent defense.