How to Tell Democrats Are Panicking

Nate Silver has got everyone’s attention with the latest finding that Joe Biden’ approval rating has fallen to 37.4%. This is catastrophically low, solid Jimmy Carter territory.

Bu if you really want to see Democratic panic taking hold, check out Ian Millhiser at Vox:

Justices Sotomayor and Kagan must retire now

Let’s not beat around the bush. It is more likely than not that Donald Trump will return to the White House next year. Right now, polling averages show Trump with a slight popular vote lead over incumbent President Joe Biden. And, even if Biden overcomes this small deficit, the Electoral College system effectively makes Trump votes count more than Biden votes. . .

That means that, if Justices Sonia Sotomayor or Elena Kagan remain on the Supreme Court past this year, they risk allowing their seat to be filled by a convicted felon who tried to overthrow the duly elected government of the United States of America, inciting an insurrection at the United States Capitol in the process.

The full picture for liberals on the Supreme Court is even grimmer. It is still possible that Biden will prevail this November — polls fairly consistently suggest that the most engaged voters prefer the incumbent — but Democrats need a miracle to keep their majority in the malapportioned United States Senate.

Senate malapportionment is such a liability for Democrats that Republicans would not have controlled the Senate at all since the late 1990s if Senate seats were distributed fairly based on population. In the likely event that Democrats lose control of the Senate in November, they may not have a realistic shot at regaining the Senate again until 2030 or even later — and that’s assuming that population shifts do not place the Senate permanently in Republican Party hands.

If you want to savor a neck-vein-popping primal scream, read the whole thing. File it under the unwritten sequel to Richard Hofstadter’s legendary title, The Paranoid Style in American Politics, Revisited.

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