‘It Was the Biggest One-Election House Loss for Republicans Since 1974’ a Washington Post Reporter Reminds Bret Stephens
Progressives on social media are furious after a prominent New York Times conservative opinion writer’s “Warning to the Democrats” that the midterm results show they must start “building real bridges to the other America.”
Controversial right wing author Bret Stephens is a “never-Trumper” and climate change denier who Vox described as someone “who thinks anti-racists are the real racists.” Stephens is also an MSNBC contributor.
On Thursday he wrote that the results of Tuesday’s historic midterms were just “meh.”
“This week’s elections were, at most, a very modest rebuke of a president reviled by many of his opponents,” Stephens claims. “It also underscores that while ‘the Resistance’ is good at generating lots of votes, it hasn’t figured out how to turn the votes into seats.”
“The Resistance didn’t convert,” Stephens continues, chastising the DNC “when it poured its money into” Beto O’Rourke’s campaign, and into other campaigns in the South.
It didn’t convert when Chuck Schumer chose to make Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court the decisive political test of the year. It didn’t convert when it turned his initial confirmation hearing into a circus. It didn’t convert when media liberals repeatedly violated ordinary journalistic standards by reporting the uncorroborated accusations against Kavanaugh that followed Christine Blasey Ford’s.
Above all, it didn’t convert the unconverted.
Many on social media expressed that Stephens is just not well informed, and wonder why he has a job at The Times.
“It was the biggest one-election House loss for Republicans since 1974, playing out on largely favorable maps, with the party presiding over full employment,” The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel noted on Twitter, debunking Stephens’ claims.
Osita Nwanevu, a staff writer for The New Yorker, used Stephens’ words as an indictment, in a tweet that has received a lot of attention:
This is how Bret Stephens describes an election in which Democrats flipped the House with at least 29 seats, took well over 300 state legislative seats, and took seven governorships. https://t.co/oZ545kYk4y pic.twitter.com/xuKaXs5Tr3# p #11_35 # ad skipped = true #
— Osita Nwanevu (@OsitaNwanevu) November 8, 2018# p #12_35 # ad skipped = true #
The election was obviously mostly about Trump, but anecdotally, nearly every suburban voter I talked to in Spanberger & Wexton’s districts talked about gun control & I feel like don’t see a lot of takes arguing the GOP needs to moderate on the issue to win. Always the opposite.# p #14_35 # ad skipped = true #
— Osita Nwanevu (@OsitaNwanevu) November 8, 2018# p #15_35 # ad skipped = true #
A New York Times best-selling author:
It’s almost hilarious how awful a conservative columnist can be and still hold onto a prominent job in media https://t.co/bDhjkLt0qc# p #17_35 # ad skipped = true #
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) November 8, 2018# p #18_35 # ad skipped = true #
An author with bylines at many media outlets calls Stephen’s column “political analyst malpractice.”
Lot of obnoxious stuff in that column, but to hand-wave away complaints as “bellyaching” without acknowledging role played by gerrymandering and voter suppression in election results is political analyst malpractice. https://t.co/bWPUpG2vKh# p #20_35 # ad skipped = true #
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) November 8, 2018# p #21_35 # ad skipped = true #
This says it all:
We do need to build bridges, but they are bridges that bring right-wing white folks out of racism and the cult of Trump. https://t.co/F8uWjwUMOJ# p #23_35 # ad skipped = true #
— regular drew beck (@drewbeck) November 8, 2018# p #24_35 # ad skipped = true #
Bret Stephens is a very stupid and dishonest columnist. https://t.co/5fUuZxPn40# p #26_35 # ad skipped = true #
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) November 8, 2018# p #27_35 # ad skipped = true #
with Bret Stephens, I’m at a point where I just do screenshots and don’t even link back to the actual article because I’m convinced hate clicks and trolling is what he’s going for.# p #29_35 # ad skipped = true #
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) November 8, 2018# p #30_35 # ad skipped = true #
At least one person liked Stephens’ column: A senior editor for the far right wing National Review:
From Bret Stephens, straight talk. https://t.co/f19Mx7bIXx# p #32_35 # ad skipped = true #
— Jay Nordlinger (@jaynordlinger) November 8, 2018# p #33_35 # ad skipped = true #