I love off-year elections. The majority of low-information voters don’t vote. Unfortunately, a lot of conservatives also don’t vote even thought an off-year election is the best way to scuttle the Democrats and defeat some RINOs.
Think 2010 when the Tea Party showed its muscle. Compare it to 2012 when consistent conservatives and Libertarians stayed home operating on the premise that “we won’t be fooled again.”
So next year is a way to make up lost ground. A Mother Jones poll is indicating that Democrats are in trouble.
Another survey of voter anger says that support for Republicans has collapsed. Digging deeper, one has to realize that support for the Republican establishment has collapsed. Incumbent Republicans are being challenged in primaries. Mitch McConnell is a perfect example. This shows that there is a chance to add to the Cruz effect.
Here’s the opening paragraph in the MJ report:
“Today brings a new poll from Democracy Corps titled ‘Revolt against DC and the Republican Congress.’ And it’s true: their polling shows that even in Republican districts, the GOP’s brand has taken a beating.
“But once you get past the generic questions and ask about approval/disapproval of actual members of Congress, the picture turns sharply.
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“In Democratic districts, net incumbent approval has plummeted by 11 points, from +8 approval to +3 disapproval. In Republican districts, incumbent approval has gone down only 4 points. You see the same results when they ask a question about warmth of feeling toward incumbents: It’s down 7 points in Republican districts and 9 points in Democratic districts.”
Some Democrats are getting restless and worried as Newsmax reports: “President Obama — already under fire from Republicans over his healthcare law — now is catching flak from Democrats concerned about the rocky rollout of the insurance program and voters who may turn their frustrations against them in the midterms.”
To add insult to injury, we’re also reading that support for Hillary Clinton is dropping. Her “net favorability” number has “fallen an astounding 18 points since the start of the year.” This is happening while she has been mostly out of the public eye. Once she starts sounding like the nag that she is and starts getting peppered with hard-to-answer questions on Benghazi, her popularity could drop even more.
While it was a minor incident not reported on by most news outlets (naturally), Mrs. Clinton was interrupted during a speech she was giving at the University of Buffalo by an angry heckler who blamed her for the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi. “‘Benghazi, Benghazi, you let them die,’ the heckler screamed, for fully 40 seconds while Mrs. Clinton tried to ignore it and continue her speech, The Daily Mail reported.”
Liberals see Benghazi as a political albatross for Hillary. Jonathan S. Tobin, writing in Commentary, is asking, “If there is no scandal concerning the events that led to Benghazi and its aftermath, there certainly appears to be something that resembles a cover up going on about it.” Hillary is no “Slick Willy.”
You know Benghazi is still an issue with Hillary. That’s why CNN’s senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin (not to be confused with Jonathan Tobin), is pulling a Wizard of Oz: Benghazi is a “non-story since “there is nothing there, in terms of a scandal.”
Now is the time to get behind good candidates in 2014. It could be our year.
Keep an eye on Virginia’s governor’s race that will be held November 5th. It could be an early indicator of what we can expect next year. Republican opponent Kenneth Cuccinelli has closed the gap with Terry McAuliffe. McAuliffe “is outspending Cuccinelli by a 25-to-1 margin on the TV airwaves this week.” That’s a sign that winning is no longer a cake walk for a Democrat in Virginia.
Also, “among likely voters, Mr. McAuliffe takes 45 percent of the vote in the final poll from Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center for Public Policy, compared to 38 percent for Mr. Cuccinelli and 10 percent for Mr. Sarvis,” a Libertarian.