Could Republicans Really Sweep the Midterm Elections?
Up until recently, I have been convinced that if something didn’t change soon, the Republican party stood an excellent chance of taking back not only the Senate, but the House of Representatives as well. After all, the Democratic party turned their backs on the $15 minimum wage and $2000 checks they vowed would be imminent, which happened to be two leading promises they had campaigned on in their efforts to gain unilateral control. Of course, under normal circumstances that alone would be reason to suggest that the American people might not be as inclined to deliver the victories for them in upcoming election, and justifiably so. But with the Covid 19 relief bill behind us that passed without a single Republican vote, it’s certainly worth noting that while there’s a possibility of a positive outcome for the GOP in upcoming elections, we can’t put it past them to bungle things.
With millions growing increasingly desperate, unable to pay rent or put food on the table in the midst of the greatest public health and economic crisis in modern history, polling indicated that the Covid 19 relief bill had a 61% approval rating overall.
It passed without a single Republican vote.
I still think the GOP stands an excellent chance in 2022. That said, it’s clear they’re resorting to old tactics that while once successful under the days of the Obama administration, might not be enough for them this time.
As inarguably lackluster as the Democratic party is at campaigning, I’m sure they at least have the foresight to turn to this piece of incredibly popular legislation a year from now, and remind people that not a single Republican thought it worthy of their vote and by extension, the American people were unworthy of relief. It remains to be seen whether the relief package will be enough, but it will be if Republicans continue moving forward with the same tired strategy of culture war tactics and feigning concern for the national debt.
Unfortunately for Republicans, Dr. Suess and faux concern over song lyrics probably isn’t going to be enough.
Given the fact that all Republicans would have to do is remind people of the simple point that Trump sent them more money than Biden and the Democrats, it seems almost incredible that they have not been making that argument already. Especially considering how powerful the echo chamber has become when it comes to media consumption, it would be an easy talking point to spread to their voters and share across their social media pages. Instead, it is filled with Dr. Suess and Mr. Potato Head.
In the interest of being fair, I suppose it’s not necessarily a bad political strategy to attempt to rely almost entirely on distraction and diversion tactics. But with the economic impact of this current crisis weighing so heavy on people all across the country, I’m not sure it’s going to work as well for them this time around as it has in the past.
At this point, it just feels like it’s a waiting game to see who bungles it worse.