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Democrats Put Down the Kool-Aid, Realize ‘Blue Wave’ Might Not Happen

Posted on | October 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Democrats Put Down the Kool-Aid, Realize ‘Blue Wave’ Might Not Happen


Two months ago, I wrote a story about Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democrat challenger to Texas Rep. Will Hurd, with this headline:

Democrats Nominate Pro-Abortion
Lesbian Feminist for Congress in Texas

In that item, I wrote:

She has been endorsed by all the usual suspects of left-wing extremism, including pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List, pro-homosexual groups like Equality PAC, Human Rights Campaign and the LGBT Victory Fund, and the anti-Israel JStreetPAC, as well as the Feminist Majority, People for the American Way and the AFL-CIO. Her agenda includes socialized medicine, taxpayer funding for abortion, gun control, amnesty for illegal aliens, and every other issue you might expect from someone who attended elite Boston University.

It seemed to me unlikely that this largely rural Texas district would elect someone like that to Congress, if they knew the truth about her. But this is the case in district after district all across America this year: Democrats are running extremist candidates who are attempting to hide their radical agenda behind a façade of “moderate” rhetoric, hoping to ride an anti-Trump “Blue Wave” into Congress. If Americans are not paying close attention, they might be startled when they wake up Nov. 7 and discover that the House of Representatives has been taken over by a left-wing freak show. Fortunately, it seems the recent Kavanaugh confirmation circus has alerted the public to this danger, and in a widely-cited Politico article about diminishing prospects for a “Blue Wave,” I was happy to spot this passage:

Democrats have pulled money out of several districts that should be competitive, indicating that Republicans have solidified their leads in the closing days of the campaign. In the past two days, Democrats have retreated from an open seat in Minnesota where Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan is retiring and GOP recruit Pete Stauber is ahead in internal GOP polling.
Democrats are also taking money from the race to unseat GOP Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska, who, Republicans say, has a healthy lead. That came just days after Democrats pulled out of Hispanic-populated districts represented by Rep. David Valadao in central California and Rep. Will Hurd along the Texas border. And they’ve withdrawn $800,000 in planned ads from Rep. Vern Buchanan’s Florida district, where the Democratic challenger, David Shapiro, trails the incumbent.
Democrats should have had “these seats put away by now, and they don’t,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in an interview. “I feel like they’ve hit a ceiling and held there — and we’re coming back.”

If the Democrats have actually surrendered their challenge to Will Hurd — in a majority-Hispanic district that is one of the most competitive in the country — there is still hope that Republicans can keep the House speaker’s gavel out of Nancy Pelosi’s hand:

Two weeks ago, Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman predicted Democrats could pick up 30 to 40 seats; now he puts the range at 25 to 35. Wasserman estimated that Republicans have a 30 percent chance of keeping the majority.

A 30 percent chance? The odds are only 2.3-to-1 against us? That’s not nearly as bad as the odds against Trump winning in 2016, which he did.

Speaking of President Trump, tonight he’ll be at a rally in Mesa, Arizona. Reports indicate a capacity crowd and this might drive a stake through the heart of Kyrsten Sinema, the radical Democrat who’s running for Senate in Arizona. There are also two crucial House races in Arizona: Republican Wendy Rogers, a retired Air Force pilot, is challenging Democrat Rep. Tom O’Halleran in AZ-1, a district Trump won; and Republican Lea Marquez Peterson is fighting to hold onto the AZ-2 seat being vacated by Rep. Martha McSally, who’s running for Senate.




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