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Has Comey helped the GOP close the gap?

April 17, 2018

Several national polls indicate that Democrats might be less likely than previously suspected to have a so-called “wave election” this year.

The problem for political parties in midterm elections is lack of voter participation by whichever party won the presidential election.

The losing party has the advantage of being the underdog and using that status to motivate its voters.

The winning party on the other hand usually suffers from “pat ourselves on the back” syndrome.

The midterms are mostly about local politics, even in congressional races. People don’t seem to connect the local candidate to the success of the person they just elected.

That’s what is different about this year.

To most Trump voters the wonder is how the President has managed to accomplish anything positive in the last 16 months.

The left’s constant attacks on anyone who didn’t favor and vote for Hillary Clinton isn’t going unnoticed.

Identity politics isn’t so much working for Democrats as it is keeping right-leaning voters in the game.

The former FBI director may be helping to provide the spark needed to jolt independents and Republicans out of their complacency.

Comey’s interview may have been watched by 12 million people, but his sickening arrogance, self-important moralizations and obvious abuse of his agency’s power wasn’t lost on many of those viewers.

This is one guy that instills a deep need to shower after you listen to him for a while, and almost perfectly typifies the attitude of Democrats toward not just President Trump, but anyone else connected to the President even by nothing more than their vote.

From the New Yorker Magazine’s anti-Christian attack on Chick-fil-A’s “pervasive  Christian traditionalism” to California’s deep disregard for the rule of law to the ridiculous hyperbole of  this or that special interest leftist group or candidate suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome Disorder (TDSD), it isn’t hard to see where we are going if the GOP loses control of the House and Senate in the midterms.

That’s not say that the GOP is putting up a particularly good fight.

By fielding less-than-stellar local candidates, sometimes relying far too heavily on the Trump coattails, and not being able to find a common voice among themselves, they have seemed up to now to be pretty much conceding the election to the law of averages.

Even the President doesn’t always seem to understand that he can’t drag his party over the finish line by himself just by making the whole thing about the attacks on him.

Making everything about him actually results in people feeling that his Twitter feuds have nothing to do with their lot in life.

That doesn’t mean that he should never defend himself against patently false accusations, but there has to be more to it than that.

Comey may be a self-righteous slug who seems to suffer from a Messiah complex, but what voters want to know is how that’s any of their business. All they can do about him is not buy his book.

Luckily, more people are beginning to check out their local candidates and ask themselves how electing this one or that one will have an effect on their bottom line or their wages, or even whether electing someone will result in losing more freedoms, ultimately putting them right back into bondage to the Federal government.

2016 was the just the first quarter of the game.

2018 will decide whether the right goes into the half trailing by too many points to make up.

From → op-ed

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