Eiron, the Goddess of Irony, has earned a night off:
Trump says there is “a lot of illegal voting going on” in California. As always, there is absolutely no evidence for this.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 9, 2019
Comrade Trump said this while campaigning for a special election caused by organized, Republican, voter fraud in North Carolina. [Ed. Note: from the distance we hear a giggle and a toot, followed by “Whoops” from Eiron.]
Comrade Stupid’s closing line last night?
“Tomorrow is your chance to send a clear message to the America-hating left.”
And so now we must look at local politics in NC-09 (R+8), the seething hotbed of unbridled lust. (Or is that SC?)
Anyway, the special election is tonight, and as Gawd is my Waitress, I have no idea what to expect. The Republican in the race is the infamous Dan Bishop, who is best known for sponsoring the state’s notorious “Your Kind Cannot Pee Here” Bill. The Democrat is Dan McCready, a Marine Corps veteran who has never held political office.
Politico, however, gives us the pre-game monolog (emboldening is theirs):
“WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW … TONIGHT, Republican Dan Bishop and Democrat Dan McCready will finally face off in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. Nearly $20 million has been spent on this race — McCready has spent $4.7 million, Bishop has spent $1.7 million, and the NRCC and CLF have spent a combined $5.4 million. All the groups involved in this race say the same thing: Internal polling has the two candidates within a few points of each other — all within the margin of error.
“AS YOU KNOW BY NOW, this district went for President DONALD TRUMP by a dozen points. Democrats don’t have much business holding this seat.”
— IF BISHOP WINS: Republicans are going to gloat that they were able to beat a candidate — McCready, the Democrat — who was running for Congress for more than two years and who spent $4 million. They can say that Trump districts aren’t, in fact, crumbling, like Democrats say they are. Of course, this is true, but not the whole story. The Republican congressional coalition was once built off seats like this — suburbs and exurbs — and if Democrats keep it close, it could highlight some of the GOP’s enduring problem in traditional strongholds. THE GOOD FOR THE GOP: If Bishop wins, it would show that the NRCC and CLF — who were almost sworn enemies last cycle — have learned to take cues from one another and win races. (McCready was once beating Bishop by a sizable margin.)
— IF MCCREADY WINS: If Democrats win a seat that TRUMP won by a dozen points just three years ago, Republicans could be in trouble, and no amount of spin will be able to cover that up. This isn’t a modestly red seat; it’s a solidly red seat. Combine an embarrassing loss with countless Republicans jumping ship for retirement, and that’s a troubling picture for the House GOP in 2020. Republicans are already complaining about Bishop — they say he was a bad candidate with the baggage of the notorious bathroom bill in the North Carolina legislature.
So, if you happen to be a voter in NC, today is your moment to shine. Get to the polls, be relaxed, warm up your voting finger (a few stretches, maybe launch the Bird in the general direction of Prznint Stupid) and vote for Mr. McCready.