Democrats heading into the 2018 mid-term elections have been a cocky lot over the past few months, figuring to take at least one house of Congress back from the GOP, but there are some indications they may have a rougher time of that than anticipated, according to an opinion piece at Fox News.
Citing results from a “generic ballot” two weeks ago that was publicized by the Washington Examiner, a Monmouth University poll shows only two percentage points separating Democrats from Republicans. Forty-seven percent of registered voters would support Democrats while 45 percent would vote for Republicans. That could shift literally overnight.
A lot could change between now and November. A new Rasmussen Reports survey released Monday shows that 55 percent of likely voters “would rather have a partial government shutdown until Congress can agree to either cut spending or keep it the same. Just 31% would rather avoid a partial shutdown by authorizing more spending, while 14% are not sure.”
That’s not a good signal for either party, and it could be particularly bad news for the party voters see as obstructing progress. The poll also showed that 43 percent “generally speaking” think increases in government spending hurt the economy, Rasmussen noted.
Such news, coupled with the roller-coaster ride that the stock market has been taking just might convince voters to turn their backs on the “tax-and-spend” party.
Nine months remain between now and Election Day. In politics, that’s an eternity. Democrats still unable to get past Donald Trump’s defeat of Hillary Rodham Clinton have been trying to prevent the administration from moving forward with its agenda. Such efforts have a way of backfiring.
Monday’s breaking news that Vanessa Trump, the wife of the president’s eldest son, Donald, Jr., was taken to the hospital as a precaution after opening an envelope containing white powder that arrived at her Manhattan apartment could simply increase the disharmony. After all, families are traditionally off-limits in any kind of political fight, and at the moment, there is very little information about what, exactly, this white powder alarm is really all about.
It is also not a sure thing that the FISA memo controversy will be history by the time the election arrives. Last week’s revelations could be the tip of a Titanic-class iceberg, regardless what appears in the Democrat’s response memo.
The country is going through change, and there appears to be a waning tolerance for the kind of intolerance the Left has been displaying. From sitting on their hands during the State of the Union address, and then scurrying out of the House Chamber at its conclusion, to trying to perpetuate the DACA problem as a campaign tool rather than help solve it, Democrats and their increasingly far left supporters just might be setting themselves up for another nasty surprise on the level of what they had to swallow in November 2016.