Following the shellacking they took in last year’s mid-term election, and with the party’s hopes for success once again moored to the S.S. Trumptanic, the odds of the GOP retaking the House in 2020 were already stacked against them even before the mass exodus of 13 and counting Republican incumbents.
However, as the stack of bad economic news continues to grow higher and Trump blames everyone but himself for his failed “easy to win” trade war, the chances of the GOP keeping the Senate and the White House are growing dimmer with each passing day.
In an article on the Strident Conservative yesterday featuring Guest Contributor David Thornton with The Resurgent, we learned about the nightmare facing the GOP after recent polling in swing states found no fewer than 15 states where Trump’s approval has gone from a net positive to a net negative — 9 of them in double digits.
While the cult has been quick to wrongfully point to Trump’s victory in 2016 as evidence that polls are “Fake News” — the 2016 polls were pretty accurate with the national vote — Republicans are getting so nervous that they are focusing on the need to save the Senate as their last hope for retaining some semblance of power.
One of their strategies is the “vote Republican because #notSocialist” strategy.
Desperate to find ways to distract voters from the GOP’s track record of failure with issues such as reducing the federal deficit, defunding Planned Parenthood, and repealing Obamacare, Mitch McConnell is pleading with voters to cast their ballot for the GOP as a “firewall” against socialism. And despite the fact that the GOP is responsible for the revival of socialism in Washington, Mickey pledges to be the “Grim Reaper” for the socialist agenda.
Some GOP strategists believe the fake war against socialism will help Republicans in 2020 in some of the closer races as do some of the candidates running in those races. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) recently referred to the Senate as a “graveyard [for] disastrous socialist policies,” and at a campaign event for Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) last week, Nikki Haley proclaimed that America will “see socialism take over” if Gardner loses his reelection.”
Not every Republican is not running on the #notSocialist platform, however. Some like Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tom Cotton are running on Trump’s “no pain/no gain” trade war, calling the economic hardships his policies have created a small price to pay for “winning” the economic conflict with China.
Noticeably missing in the GOP’s reelection strategy so far is the recent push by Trump, McConnell, and the rest of the party to begin dismantling the Second Amendment.
But hey, it’s early! There’s still time to add destroying the Constitution to their bucket list before the Iowa caucuses get started in a few months.
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative.
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