According to a report from the Washington Post, Republicans are facing massive losses in November because an increasingly unpopular Donald Trump has become an “anchor” that is dragging down fellow GOP lawmakers who will also be on the ballot.
Buffeted by a collapsed economy, due in no small part to the coronavirus pandemic that has been mismanaged by the Trump White House, Republicans are now also saddled with the president’s increasingly inflammatory rhetoric which polls show is not helping his re-election.
The Post reports that Democrats are increasingly “bullish” about not only reclaiming the White House after four years, but also believing that they will take control of the Senate and expand their majority in the House.
“Both Democratic and Republican operatives increasingly view Trump as a drag on GOP candidates in many key Senate and House races — especially in suburban areas, where polling and focus group data suggest he has been bleeding support,” the Post reports. “Voters’ disapproval of Trump’s handling of the pandemic and of the racial justice movement, as measured in public surveys, has buoyed Democrats down the ballot. Some long-shot Democratic challengers in Kentucky, South Carolina and other Republican strongholds reported staggering fundraising hauls in recent days, which party leaders see as a sign that their playing field could expand further.”
According to GOP strategist Mike Murphy, now tied to the Republican Voters Against Trump super PAC, Democrats should be pleased but not get overconfident.
“There’s so much Democratic psychological energy warped by Trump’s gravity field,” Murphy explained. “Now they’re having this exhilaration. Ninety percent of the political gestalt is set by public polls, and the polls show Trump’s going to lose, we can all relax, it’s over. But I would say, ‘Caution! Elections are very dynamic.’ ”
The report points out that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden now leads Trump in the highly important battleground states of Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in polling beyond the margin of error, which — should those numbers hold — would put the president’s chances of staying in the Oval Office out of reach.
According to Amy Walter, national editor of the Cook Political Report, the president has an uphill battle to get back in the race and the damage has been extended to other Republicans who will be on the ballot with him.
“The president is in a very, very deep hole, and I’m not quite sure how he gets out of it,” she explained. “He is taking with him Senate and House candidates. Instead of just a slight drag, the president is tying anchors around the ankles of Republican candidates.”
According to former DNC head Terry McAuliffe, “There’s a tsunami coming,” because the president has bungled the COVID-19 pandemic so badly among other missteps.
“If he’d early on jumped in front of the coronavirus and been a leader, this guy would’ve been unbeatable. But every opportunity he’s had to stand up and be a leader, whether Charlottesville or anything else, he’s failed each time,” he explained.
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In an article published on CREW's website on Monday, November 2 — the day before the 2020 presidential election — CREW reporters Donald K. Sherman and Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel explain, "during the month of October, at least 16 Trump Administration officials have violated the Hatch Act a total of more than 60 times, in an unprecedented and escalating assault on the rule of law and the democratic process. President Trump has allowed — and encouraged — senior officials to use their government roles to take actions benefiting his reelection effort in its final weeks and days as Americans are casting their ballots."
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The hashtag #stopthestupid was trending last night on Twitter thanks to -- of all people -- a conservative Republican congressman from Michigan named Paul Mitchell. But before anyone gets too excited that Republicans are discovering integrity, there’s an asterisk: Mitchell is retiring in January.
Here’s what the exasperated congressman tweeted Sunday night in response to Trump’s lunatic ranting about the election outcome:
Sunday night, there were more than 21,000 tweets featuring #stopthestupid, many of them wondering aloud why more Republicans cannot show the spine and integrity displayed by Mitchell. Most presumably don’t realize, however, that he’s leaving Congress after just two terms in office.
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The Republicans in charge today may be different in some cases than the ones who ran it 20 years ago, but not much else has changed according to The Washington Post's James Downie.
"In the span of an hour, CNN’s State of the Union featured both new and old faces of the Republican Party. First, host Dana Bash interviewed Sen. Roy Blunt, who has held elective office from Missouri for most of the past 35 years. Then she welcomed Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) and Nancy Mace (R-SC), both newly elected members of the House. Though all three looked very different, they sounded much the same," Downie wrote on Sunday evening.