2022 Election

Abortion Theater In the Senate

Featured image Today the Senate voted down the Democrats’ “abortion for all” bill, 51-49. Joe Manchin joined all Republicans in voting against the bill, which never had a chance of getting the 60 votes needed for passage. Democrats hailed today’s vote as a political victory. “As Americans make their decisions in this year’s elections, this question will not go away. They will pay close attention from now until November to Republicans who »

Abortion Extremism

Featured image The abortion issue has been more or less a wash, politically, for decades. The Democrats believed that leaking the Dobbs majority opinion would help them in the midterm elections, but a great deal of polling since then suggests that abortion will continue to be a 50/50 issue, more or less, although Democrats may gain somewhat by distracting attention from their awful performance in Washington. But then there is the question »

Midterm Watch: Has the Dobbs Leak Changed Anything?

Featured image Polls taken since the Dobbs leak last week continue to be mixed, reflecting the long-time cognitive dissonance of public opinion about abortion, with a majority favoring basic abortions rights, but with a large majority also supporting some restrictions, especially in the third trimester. Above all, most polls find that abortion ranks far down the list of voter concerns, behind inflation, crime, health care, and education. It is ironically fitting that »

Latest from the Dump Feinstein Campaign

Featured image Looks like Dianne Feinstein isn’t taking the hint. So, New York Times, you’re up next! These days, however, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the trailblazing Democratic power broker who has served in the Senate for 30 years, is far from the towering presence she once was on the American political stage. At 88, Ms. Feinstein sometimes struggles to recall the names of colleagues, frequently has little recollection of meetings or telephone conversations, »

The Left’s Mother’s Day Spectacle

Featured image On the Ricochet podcast yesterday, I observed that for certain pro-abortion fanatics, it is not sufficient to defend a “woman’s right to choose” on the grounds that it is a sad and tragic necessity under some circumstances—a view that likely commands majority respect if not support. Rather, like the Southern slaveholders before the Civil War, the most radical leftist elements celebrate abortion as a positive good. You can even get »

Vance victorious

Featured image With Ohio Republicans split five ways in their primary yesterday, Trump-endorsed J.D. Vance emerged victorious with 32.2 percent of the vote. Aside from being endorsed by Trump, Vance is supported by Peter Thiel, who reportedly contributed some $15 million to support his candidacy. He also wrote the best-selling memoir Hillbilly Elegy. Democrat Tim Ryan skated to victory in the Democratic primary. I didn’t and don’t care who the Republican candidate »

For Dems, the Hits Keep Coming

Featured image Today’s fresh ominous election news for Democrats comes from the ABC News poll that came out over the weekend. While the poll surprisingly shows a narrowing of the GOP generic ballot lead, on the individual issues that matter most to voters, Republicans maintain a large lead: On inflation, it appears Biden doesn’t even get the backing of a large portion of Democrats: At this point in his presidency, Biden’s approval »

Dem Midterm Wipeout Watch (5)

Featured image Today’s doom scroll for Democrats comes courtesy of the NPR/PBS Marist Poll, which was out in the field last week with a survey of 1,377 voters. And it provides yet more indicators that Democrats are fast losing Latinos, which, if it comes to pass and becomes a real realignment of voting preferences, is, in the words of Ruy Teixiera, “an extinction level event for the Democratic Party.” First, let’s look »

The Dem Midterm Wipeout Watch (4)

Featured image Last week my pals at the Jack Citrin Center for Public Opinion Research at Berkeley held a panel on “(Why) Are Democrats Losing the Latino Vote?” You may pick up the subtle aspect of the way the question is presented, as lots of progressives think there’s nothing to see in changing hispanic vote patterns—that the results in Florida, for example, are just those Castro-hating Cubans, who aren’t really Latino at all. »

Ask not for whom the Klain clangs

Featured image Chief Biden White House daycare minder Ron Klain tactfully observes — “just FYI” — that President Macron’s win over Marine LePen in France’s presidential election yesterday came with Macron’s bargain basement approval rating. He leaves us to make of it what we will. Just fyi, President Biden’s bargain basement approval rating — 40 percent in the Morning Consult poll (of adults) to which Klain links, 33 percent in the Quinnipiac »

Our Geriatric Political Class Needs To Go

Featured image Yesterday Joe Biden gave a speech that ended like this. He is a frail, elderly man obviously suffering from dementia: After Biden finished his speech, he turned around and tried to shake hands with thin air and then wandered around looking confused pic.twitter.com/ZN00TLdUUo — Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) April 14, 2022 Joe Biden had been, for decades, a corrupt and incompetent pol. Today, he is either an extreme left-winger or »

The Dem Midterm Wipeout Watch (3)

Featured image One of the interesting findings of the first round of the French presidential election a few days ago was that Marine Le Pen drew her strength primarily from younger voters, while Macron depended on older voters for his margin of victory. While Macron will almost certainly win the run-off rematch (though by a smaller margin over Le Pen than in 2017), this doesn’t bode well for the future of his »

The Dem Midterm Wipeout Watch (2)

Featured image All over the country, one clear sign of a midterm blowout ahead for Republicans is that Republican voting registration is soaring, especially in key swing states like Pennsylvania. Reuters reports: PHILADELPHIA, April 7 (Reuters) – Republicans are registering formerly Democratic voters at four times the rate that Democrats are making the reverse conversion in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, a warning sign for Democrats as they try to keep control »

The Dem Wipeout: It’s Not Just the Midterms

Featured image Steve has started a midterm wipeout watch series that I hope will have many more installments, culminating in November. I want to note this piece by a Democrat who warns his fellow Democrats that the wipeout likely will extend well beyond 2022. The author is Simon Bazelon, just a kid but a kid who can do arithmetic. He argues that even if the Democrats are able to maintain their average »

The Dem Midterm Wipeout Watch (1)

Featured image No one should be counting on election returns until the votes are actually cast seven months from now, but it is hard to recall an election cycle in which the storm clouds gathered so thick against one party as they are right now for Democrats. So it looks like we’ll need to start a series on this topic. I was struck by the front page Wall Street Journal feature today »

The Democrats’ Dysarthria

Featured image I’ve finally figured out why Democrats are so monomaniacal about imposing ever stricter federal price controls on prescription drugs. It’s because they are freebasing Xanax these days in large quantities to treat their high anxiety over their steadily eroding political prospects. (Also, it helps explain President Biden. One of the side effects of Xanax is “dysarthria”—slurred or slow speech. And now you know.) Following the victory of the wrong person »

Election Wild Cards

Featured image We’ve noted repeatedly this week the dismal election prospects for Democrats in November, but what might change the dynamic of this cycle? A number of veteran political observers, including many Republican grandees, wonder if a Supreme Court ruling in June that upholds Mississippi’s 15-week abortion limit might galvanize Democrats and swing voters. It is possible, especially since the media will embrace and promote the hysterical claims of the radical pro-abortionists »