Everything is already in place for a GOP sweep of the socialists who currently control Congress in the 2022 elections.
In the face of redistricting, senior Democrats are resigning. Recruiting is tough because desirable prospects expect a slaughter, and no one wants to be labeled as a "failure." The so-called generic ballot surveys, in which respondents express their choice for controlling Congress regardless of candidate or subject, are unchanged from 2010. Joe Biden is making Jimmy Carter look like a Mount Rushmore candidate. Unfortunately, there is little reason to be optimistic that this once-in-a-generation chance would not be squandered.
Today, the NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer was on some show on Fox that had Jason Chaffetz (lolol) as the host. That, right there, is what law enforcement types would call a ‘clue.”
Chairman @tomemmer joined @jasoninthehouse this morning to discuss GOP efforts to retake the majority ⬇️⬇️⬇️— NRCC (@NRCC) November 28, 2021
Our job over the next year is to make sure voters understand that Dem policies are driving inflation, the crime wave & are responsible for the border crisis.#FIREPELOSI pic.twitter.com/rp9hsz0l7h
EMMER: They realize that Democrats in Congress right now are completely out of touch with Main Street America and middle-class Americans. And our job over the next year, we know it’s going to be a dogfight, is to make sure it’s very clear that every day that their policies, their big-government policies, are driving inflation, are driving the crime wave across this country, are responsible for the open border, and we can go through all kinds of incompetent leadership that this administration has shown us since the beginning of the year.
I'm not going to be too harsh until I see what they come up with, but from where I'm sitting right now, it appears like the GOP will run on the same old script that they employ year after year. I'm not sure if "inflation" will help the GOP go anywhere other than a food battle with fact-checkers. The issue isn't inflation in and of itself. The issue is that supply chain disruptions have boosted fuel prices by 50 percent or more in most regions, and have had a comparable impact on food prices. Inflation, as a result of the billions of dollars pushed into the economy, will occur, but not for at least a year. I believe that blaming the Democrats for the economy is a bad notion, or even economic sanity, doesn’t fly given the fact that Biden’s Infrastructure behemoth, a bill that includes universal pre-K for 3-4-year-olds and a pilot program to tax you based on the number of miles you drive your car each year, only passed because of GOP votes in the House. A “crime wave” is less an issue than Democrat politicians actively colluding with Black Lives Matter and with Antifa to create civil strife that they can use for political advantage. Any failure to link the Democrats to the “bail reform” and “defund the police” causes is just malpractice.
I believe that important concerns are being overlooked.
Education was one of the main themes pushing people to the polls when Glenn Youngkin won the governor's election in Virginia earlier this month. Parents were angry not just by how schools responded to the Wuhan virus, but also by the bigotry imposed on their children under the pretense of Critical Race Theory. Twenty-five percent of Virginia voters said the most important issue for them was education. Education is, without a doubt, largely a state and municipal matter. Nonetheless, Newt Gingrich's Contract with America was successful because he turned concerns that were not normally considered Congressional election issues into national ones. In 2022, the GOP needs to make the actions of arrogant school boards and entitled teacher's unions a weapon and bring it to the forefront.
I can't fathom running for office in 2022 without emphasizing election integrity as a major concern. You don't have to allege that the 2020 election was rigged to argue that it was not conducted in a manner that instilled confidence in the outcome and that some of the concerns, such as federal courts' capacity to amend regulations in the days or hours leading up to the election, must be addressed.
More importantly, I don't believe that freedom will be on the ballot. Unelected officials like Anthony Fauci and others have acted in an unacceptable manner. The deployment of a virus to restrict Americans' freedom must be on the ballot. Even if Democrat governors were responsible for much of the real hostile activity, the GOP should make their actions a campaign issue. Similarly, the economic consequences of the vaccination requirement and lockdowns should be a big campaign topic. I don't see any discussion of federal law enforcement overreach. I don’t see any acknowledgment of how the federal bureaucracy meddled in the 2016 and 2020 elections and the necessity of ensuring that the civil service stays the hell out of partisan politics. There is no mention of why Steve Bannon was indicted for contempt of Congress when none of the referrals by the House Republicans for lies told about the Russia Hoax were acted on.
Emmer notes the Biden group's inept leadership, but that isn't enough. Biden is a very unpopular politician. His own political party opposes him. Every Democrat running for office should be attached to Biden's unpopularity like a string of tin cans to the tail (figuratively speaking). Every Republican was hitched to Trump in 2020, and we need to give them a taste of their own medicine. For a reason, Let's Go, Brandon became an overnight sensation.
Emmer's interview left me feeling a little like a James Bond martini, as much as I'd like to be thrilled.
I get the impression that Emmer is utterly disregarding the lingering populist outrage and is reverting to the GOP-Chamber of Commerce game. It's almost as if the previous six years never happened. I hope I'm wrong, but I won't be surprised if I'm right.