Oh, they are. The party is more fractured and split than the GOP ever was during the Tea Party days. It appears that in state after state, there are going to be primary fights, even when the Democrat is the incumbent. Even Democrat strategist, and Hillary Clinton cheater, Donna Brazile says that the party is “going through growing pains”. Actually it’s not growing pains. It’s a push toward socialism. And the mainstream of the party is fighting it with no guarantee that they are going to win.
In the end, what could very well happen is exactly what happened to the Tea Party movement. In a rush to get their own candidates on the ballot, the Tea Party often nominated uber-conservative people that when it came to the general election, proved to be much too conservative for the voters of that district. And so, seats were flipped and the Republicans ended up losing to Democrats who were more mainstream, and less “scary”.
It’s happening in Pennsylvania, one of the only states that the Democrats actually think they have a chance of gaining a Senate seat. Pat Toomey (R-Pa) is retiring, and Pennsylvania decided to jump on the Biden bandwagon in 2022. They have a Democrat as a Governor, and their Lt. Governor, John Fetterman, is poised to throw his hat into the ring. Of course, there will be competition from all sides. And that is usually the case when a sitting incumbent decides to retire.
The problem is, Pennsylvania is about the only state where Democrats can look and see the chance to flip a seat. In Nevada, where the Democrat party is in total disarray after the Harry Reid run faction was ousted earlier this year. The newcomers are much too liberal for even the Clark County (Las Vegas) crowd. And the chances of keeping the seat currently held by Catherine Cortez Masto are rapidly fading. In Arizona, GOP sources tell me that either Representative and former State Senate President, Andy Biggs is considering running against newly elected Mark Kelly (D-Az), but another name that is popping up quite a bit is Attorney General, Mark Brnovich, who is quite popular across the state, and would certainly be a better candidate than Martha McSally who lost to Kelly in 2020 in a special election.
Meanwhile in Georgia, which garnered tons of media attention after the presidential race last year, Raphael Warnock beat one of the worst candidates to ever run for the Senate in Kelly Loeffler, will most likely face NFL Superstar, Herschel Walker, one of the most popular figures of either party in the state of Georgia! Walker will most assuredly come away with the win there if he decides to run.
It’s happening in state after state. And with the Senate tied at 50-50, the Republicans only need to really flip a couple of seats for them to take over. We outlined a while back how easy it would be for them to take over the House based solely on Democrat resignations and retirements from red districts alone. Add redistricting to the mix, which most assuredly is going to favor the GOP for the next ten years, and you’re going to see a red wave like nothing you’ve seen before in Congress.
Now, add to the fact that a stark four months into his four year term, Joe Biden is already seeing his economic policies leading to major problems. The jobs market only added about 390,000 jobs in February, about 900,000 in March (most of that was governmental hiring), and back down to about 266,000 in April. That’s well below what’s needed. The unemployment rate actually ticked up to 6.1% from 6.0% in April. If this trend of mediocre recovery continues, Biden could be in a world of hurt.
That hurt is already evidenced in the fact that Biden wants to talk to both parties over coming together over his humungous infrastructure bill, which is nowhere near having the votes in the Senate to pass. There is a bi-partisan effort out there that is about a quarter of the size of Biden’s plan, and does away with things that most normal people don’t consider to be “infrastructure”. You know…things like daycare, and free college?
So overall, Democrats are almost (not quite) in a panic mode right now. And they realize it’s only going to get tougher, not easier over the next year and a half!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!