Our Failed Political Press
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) email thingie seems unhappy: you see, it looks like the Democrats are gaining the upper hand over Team Evil:
The latest NBC News poll — which still shows Republicans with a lead in the generic congressional ballot — had two data points that stuck out to us:
1. Democrats have almost eliminated the enthusiasm gap with Republicans. “According to the survey, 68% of Republicans express a high level of interest in the upcoming election … versus 66% for Democrats,” notes Mark Murray. “That 2-point GOP advantage is down from 17 points in March and 8 points in May.”
I wonder what happened. Everyone loves Team Evil! Hmmm…
Per the pollsters, the biggest contributing factor was (unsurprisingly) the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade. You can expect Democrats to continue hammering the issue in the 11 weeks remaining before Election Day. As Bloomberg put it in a headline Sunday about the role of abortion rights in the election: “Democrats Sense New Optimism for Blunting GOP’s Midterm Gains”
Maybe stripping constitutional rights away from 51+% of the country? Naw, it couldn’t be that. Everyone loves Team Evil! Let’s keep looking…
2. Voters ranked “threats to democracy” as a more important issue than cost of living. In May, high prices topped voters’ list of concerns. A few important things have happened since then. (1) Gas prices have gone down substantially. (At the end of May, the national average for a gallon was $4.62, per AAA; as of Sunday, it’s down to $3.90.) (2) The first set of Jan. 6 committee hearings wrapped up, with a barrage of new revelations and allegations against former President DONALD TRUMP and his allies. (3) And then came the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago, which again threw Trump into the spotlight.
But… but… it’s all pocketbook issues all the time and we all know that Republicans are better with the economy, what with causing at least 2 MAJOR RECESSIONS in the recent past. No, It cannot be that.
Democrats are hopeful that the FBI/Trump ordeal will give them an opportunity to further differentiate themselves from Republicans with voters. But it can be a mixed bag: Trump often takes up all the oxygen in the room, preventing Democrats from getting proactive attention for the issues of their choosing.
The Republicans, the so-called party of Law and Order are calling for defunding the FBI/DOJ and, you know, executing the AG. Hmmm…
Many people in Biden world insist they aren’t overly concerned that they won’t be breaking through. “People don’t watch MSNBC and CNN all day. They watch their local news, they read their local paper,” one adviser to President JOE BIDEN told us Sunday night. “No offense, but not everybody wakes up in the morning and reads Playbook.” (Offense taken!)
Honestly, I too hope no one is all-day watching
CNN/MSNBC, er, Fox News Lite.
If anyone can point to a local paper that is still operational, I’d love to know about it. They are all wire news, syndicated columns and a few letters to the editors from local republican cranks essentially saying, “Democrats want to kill you,” “Kids these days don’t get it” and “Get off my lawn.”
What else ya got?
ANOTHER SIDE EFFECT OF THE FOCUS ON MAR-A-LAGO — Some Republicans are warning that the recent focus on the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search allowed Democrats’ massive reconciliation bill to go largely unanswered in the public sphere, Meridith McGraw and Caitlin Oprysko report this morning. The bill passed so quickly, in the end, that conservatives had little opportunity to build grassroots opposition and outrage like they did for the Affordable Care Act and other big legislation. “Whereas conservative activism has, in past cycles, been driven by opposition to Democratic-authored policies or actions … the modern version has been fed by culture-war issues and, more often than not, Trump himself.”
CESAR YBARRA of FreedomWorks: “We got rolled.”
Except, sadly, the Democrats are not getting the message out, either, and not for a lack of trying. Trump generates clicks and attracts eyeballs, and I would bet only a small percentage of people know about the Inflation Reduction Act and what’s in it; but I bet many more Fox Viewers know the latest talking points about THE RAID and THE WITCH HUNT. And this is the fault of the Media, not the fault of the Democrats.
Axios, of course, has a different spin, and this is the entire article:
A stark measure of American pessimism:
- In an NBC News poll out yesterday, a record 58% say America’s best years are behind. Just one-third think the best is yet to come.
Jeebus, you just cannot win with Our Failed Political Press.