Republican insiders skeptical of landslide predictions in November elections
Republican party leaders have every reason to be concerned about predictions of a mid-term election landslide come November. First, the GOP has to consider the source of these predictions, the liberal media.
Then the GOP needs to look at motive. The motive here would be rallying the liberal democrats to the polls to prevent such a landslide from occurring in the first place.
The difference between the 2010 mid-terms and the 1994 Clinton era mid-terms is that in 1994, no one, not even the media saw the GOP takeover coming. The polls and the big heads in the media predicted only modest gains for the GOP in 1994.
The day after the 1994 elections, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather and the rest of the big heads were stunned by the results and the impending takeover of the house and senate by republicans. The big heads then spent the rest of the week trying to analyse how it happened in the first place.
The media tried to convince Americans that the 94 GOP takeover was not the stunning rebuke of the Clinton administration that it actually was, but rather a bunch of “Angry white males” hellbent on “stopping the advancement of progressive democrats and democracy itself.”
Keep in mind that this was the same media that for weeks leading up to the 1994 mid-term elections, were busy ridiculing Newt Gingrich and his “Contract with America.” The national media was so busy trying to make a laughing stock of the GOP in 1994, that they forgot that America at the time did not want a red neck from Arkansas turning America into Canada.
Flash forward to 2010 and the coming mid-terms. This time the liberal national media is hoping to pull a bait and switch on the GOP. They know that there is a huge disconnect in Washington. The media elite know that Americans are angry with Obama over the economy, the wars, the double speak from Washington about the economy.
What the GOP sees here is yet another egregious attempt by the socialists in the American media to control the outcome of the election. By running stories and headlines about “landslide victories” for republicans come November, the media hopes to get the GOP base to think that they “don’t need to go vote, after all its going to be a landslide.”
The ironical part of this is that the media cannot run stories that convince the American voter to stay the course because they know that Obama has dropped the ball here. I have seen but a hand full of stories talking about how most democrats up for re-election don’t want Obama in their districts to campaign for them out of fear that it will hurt rather then help their cause.
This makes it easy to understand the GOP perspective in this. Its no wonder they are worried. The GOP is constantly burned by the national media, what would make 2010 any different? JD