Those dreams of a Democratic Blue Wave in November have become a nightmare for liberals as a new poll shows Republicans taking a slim lead in a generic midterm ballot for the first time in the cycle. According to the newest Reuters survey, 38.1% of registered voters are ready to pull the lever for a Republican candidate while only 37% say they would vote for a generic Democrat if the election were held today. This poll erases the once-impenetrable lead the Democrats had on the GOP heading into the November elections and has many in the DNC scrambling to figure out where the party went wrong.
Hmm, could it be that your All Trump, All the Time strategy has backfired?
As recently as late April, polls showed that Democrats held a 10-point lead on Republicans in a survey of all registered voters. However, the Reuters poll shows that Republicans now have a 6-point advantage – an extraordinary 9-point gain in just a week’s time. That kind of swing lets you know that it would be a mistake to put too much faith in this week’s numbers, but when taken with other polls of its kind, it represents a mighty comeback for the GOP. Whatever Democrats were doing right coming into the spring, they’re now bleeding voters like there’s no tomorrow.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that President Trump is now on the campaign trail, reaching out to voters and warning them that his agenda could be stopped cold if Democrats take back control of the House. At the Campaign for Life gala on Tuesday, Trump said that voters should be wary of so-called “centrist” Democrats trying to pull moderates out of the GOP column.
“Democrats like to campaign as moderates at election time, but when they go to Washington, they always vote for the radical Pelosi agenda down the line,” he said. “Can you imagine having Nancy Pelosi as the speaker of the House?”
Yes. We remember those days all too well. They were not good.
Trump impressed upon the attendees the importance of their vote in November, although his trademark sense of humor undercut that message…just a bit.
“Your vote in 2018 is every bit as important as your vote in 2016,” Trump said. He then paused and said: “Although I’m not sure I really believe that. I don’t know who the hell wrote that line.”
The stakes are indeed high, however, if only for the fact that Democrats are hellbent – behind the scenes, if not in public – on impeaching this president for crimes unknown. The new numbers are a good sign that we can avoid that disastrous fate, but there’s still a long time between now and November.
Cross your fingers and pray that the economy keeps humming along. That may be the key to victory when it’s all said and done.