Here’s What America Thinks Midterms Are About…

I’ve spouted off pretty regularly now about how the GOP isn’t getting their message across, and how the Dems are trying to make this about abortion and taking away Social Security. Well, that’s nice that the parties are trying to define the election, but in essence, that’s not what matters. It matters what the PEOPLE think the midterms are all about. And it’s a pretty interesting comment.

It’s a referendum on Joe Biden.

At least that’s what 46% of the respondents to a survey taken by Rasmussen say. 40% say it’s about candidates and local issues, and 14% aren’t sure (still on summer break?).

A solid 50% of the 1,000 people surveyed said that if the Republicans win the House or Senate, that Joe Biden should temper his politics and become much more moderate.

So, what does that all mean? If a plurality of voters think that it’s all about Biden this time around, this should be a massive red wave, even with the meager Biden wins that he’s had in the last few weeks. And it raises a very interesting point. One of the major comments I keep getting from people is that Democrats don’t want to debate. We’re seeing it here in AZ, and you see it with the Fetterman/Oz battle in PA. It’s happening in a lot of other places as well.

When one side doesn’t want to debate it’s usually a sign that they are so far ahead in the polls that they can’t possibly do anything but fall if they debate. Usually it’s only the people trailing in the polls that want to debate because they feel they have something that will damage the leader. But in this case, it’s entirely different. The Democrats know they are going to have to distance themselves from Biden, and defend him because he’s in their party. That isn’t sitting well. So, they decide that they just don’t want to go through the hassle of prepping for a debate.

However, there are exceptions to that rule, and I can point to Fetterman/Oz, and here in AZ, the Governor’s race between Kari Lake and Katie Hobbs as an example. In both situations, the Republican candidates are extremely well versed in television. Oz had the “Dr. Oz” show on TV for years, and Kari Lake was one of Arizona’s most prominent newscasters for decades. Fetterman, having just suffered a stroke earlier this year is having problems speaking (Sorry John, I’m not making fun of you, I’m just stating a fact), and Hobbs is a career politician, not someone well-versed in television.

While Hobbs hasn’t chosen to debate Lake at all, Mark Kelly, himself on the hook for several lies in his political ads, has agreed to debate Blake Masters for the US Senate seat. But that’s simply because the race has tightened immensely in the past two weeks. Kelly had a 15 point lead a couple of weeks ago. Today it’s down to four. And Masters hadn’t run many ads throughout the summer months, but he’s starting to buy up TV time left and right, even though Kelly is outspending him 10-1.

The real focus on the midterms seems to be Joe Biden. If that’s the case, screaming that MAGA Republicans are a disaster for the democracy isn’t going to bode well for the Dems, even though there are several in Congress that echo Biden’s sentiments.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

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9 thoughts on “Here’s What America Thinks Midterms Are About…

    1. Oh, I do it all of the time. I LOVE taking those surveys on politics online too. Of course, I tell them things that aren’t necessarily going to happen, like I won’t really be voting for Katie Hobbs for Governor, or Mark Kelly for Senate. And I tell them I’m a Democrat, which is about as far away from the truth as Pluto is from the sun.

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      1. I guess I could switch to my college-days/creative-writing mode (as opposed to the current technical writing mode). But it sounds like you do a really good job at screwing up their polls. Thanks!

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  1. I’m ready to see what happens to “Uncle Fester” in Pennsylvania.

    I also look forward to listening to Catturd if Kari Lake wins in November. She took the time to come on “In The Litter Box With Jewels And Catturd” to have some fun while telling us where she stood these days on a number of things.

    I also look forward to seeing if Mindy Robinson pulls out an upset against a Democrat in her Nevada State Assembly race. Robinson is a Libertarian candidate who appears to be quite a popular Libertarian candidate. If God puts her into office, which I believe He will with the stipulation that those in the Nevada State Assembly District Robinson is running in are ready for her, it will be a moment of Jesus charging with a whip at the Brood Of Vipers in the Den Of Thieves.

    Now, let’s eat some cake!

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  2. When look at the polls, even the ones that have been most reliable, they have most all the races very close with the Dem’s having a slight edge! That’s not what I want see but I guess that’s reality in a 50-50 divided country?
    We can only hope most people come to their senses when they finally vote and think more about their own safety and finances rather than simple party affiliation!

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    1. Actually that’s not correct. If you get into the weeds with these polls, you’re going to see that most of them are using outdated figures. For instance, most of them show anywhere from 44-47% Democrats and 40-42% Republicans with the rest independent. That’s no longer the case. According to the most recent studies (and there have been several) Democrats only comprise about 26% of the electorate, Republicans 24% and independents make up the rest. That would mean that they are over-sampling Democrats, which is exactly what happened in the five battleground states in 2020, when they had Biden beating Trump by a LOT more than he ended up winning by. As far as voting for the person and their ideas instead of party affiliation, I think that ship has already sailed.

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