New polling data released Monday follows a trend of recent polling that shows Republicans are hemorrhaging voter support while Democrats are gaining momentum heading into the 2018 midterm election.
According to a Reuters-Ipsos poll, older educated white voters who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 now favor the Democratic Party over Republicans for Congress by a 2-point margin. This marks a 10-point swing away from the GOP to the Democrats since 2016.
Political prognosticators take this to mean that Republicans are in trouble. “The real core for the Republicans is white, older white, and if they’re losing ground there, they’re going to have a tsunami,” said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist. “If that continues to November, they’re toast.”
On Sunday, right-leaning pollster Frank Luntz predicted that if the election were held today, Republicans would lose both houses of Congress.
“I think the Republicans are in deep trouble in the House and the Senate as well. If the election were held today, frankly, I think Republicans would lose both,” Luntz said on Fox News.
The new Reuters polling follows a trend in recent polls of Democrats taking the lead over Republicans. It also tracks with a string of special elections that Democrats have won, the most recent being Democrat Conor Lamb’s victory over Rick Saccone in a congressional district Trump won by 20 points. Consider further that Democrats are winning court cases on gerrymandering, forcing red states to redraw their congressional maps to be more favorable toward Democrats but ignoring gerrymandering in blue states.
All this adds up to spell “minority party” for Republicans in 2018. And you know what? That’s a good thing.
If there is one thing the Republican Party has demonstrated under the Trump presidency, it’s that the minority party has control over the priorities of spending bills. While Republicans have maintained “control” of Congress, the Democrats have successfully funded Planned Parenthood, funded sanctuary cities, blocked construction of a border wall, increased domestic spending on all their favorite programs and agencies, passed gun control provisions in the “Fix NICS” bill, bailed out student loans, and funded pork projects like Sen.Chuck Schumer’s Gateway bridge and tunnel project. Seems like it pays to be in the minority.
Just imagine all the things Republicans will be able to do once they’ve lost Congress. We’ll have awesome viral videos of GOP members breathing fire at Democrats during House impeachment hearings. Republicans will finally be unified as a party in voting “no” against big spending bills Democrats don’t need their votes to pass. Voters will once again hear about the evils of Obamacare and how if we elect Republicans, we’ll finally be able to repeal it.
Meanwhile, Democrats will have to “govern” and be forced to explain to their radical base why “no, we can’t pass Medicare-for-all with a Republican president” and “you’ll just have to elect more Democrats.” Haha, suckers!
Sure, conservatives won’t see their policies enacted with Democrats in charge of Congress. But who cares? That’s not happening anyway! Just think of all the liberal tears Republicans can cause as “obstructionists” once they’re in the minority. And get excited for Republicans to win back Congress in 2020 so we can finally achieve conservative policies like repealing Obamacare and cutting spending with Republicans in control of Congress and a Republican president in the White House.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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