Over the weekend, a claim made headlines that polls show that this November, Democrats will definitely recapture the House and that Nancy Pelosi is a “lock” to become Speaker again. I assume this comes with the same 95% certainty guarantee as the prediction that Hillary Clinton would win the presidency.
For years, I’ve warned people not to put stock in polls taken months before an election, particularly generic party preference polls. That’s not wishful thinking: I’ve said it no matter which party was favored. While this might hurt the feelings of politicians and pundits, the truth is that most voters don’t pay much attention to politics until the election is near. They have jobs, families and other petty distractions from the far more important issue of the OUTRAGEOUS thing Trump tweeted the other day. Plus, the campaigns haven’t even started yet. Also, there has never been a race that featured Generic Republican vs. Generic Democrat. If you don’t think the choice of candidates determines elections, look at the recent Senate race in Alabama.
But just for grins, let’s examine the argument that Americans are desperate to give power back to the Democrats. My first question would be: “Why?!” One reason might be to shut them up. They’ve been having a nonstop, screaming temper fit ever since they lost to Trump, and Lord knows, it would be a relief to stick a pacifier in their mouths. But those of us who are parents know that as annoying as tantrums are, you shouldn’t reward children for throwing them. That just makes it worse.
Besides, I believe most voters don’t vote based purely on negatives, like calling your opponent a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic deplorable (that tactic was diluted once we found out that was what they thought of half of the country.) People want something positive to vote for. They’ll want to know, what do the Democrats have to offer, other than name-calling, anger, self-righteousness and unwatchable late night TV shows? What would they do if they were back in power?
Luckily, that’s easy to guess because they just left power only a year ago, and they haven’t had a new idea since the ‘60s. Yes, Republicans held the Congress for part of the Obama years, but from 2008-2010, Democrats had full control and rammed through their agenda, such as Obamacare. With Obama in office until 2016 to veto any attempts to undo it, and his executive orders, Americans got a good look at what eight straight years of “progressive” Democratic rule means. In case you forgot, here’s a refresher course:
Remember when Speaker Pelosi happily breezed past a crowd of any protesters to swing her magic gavel and force Obamacare onto us against our will, so that she could finally find out what was in it? We were promised if we liked our plans or doctors, we could keep them, which even Politifact declared the “Lie of the Year.” After throwing the health insurance system into chaos and exposing Americans to skyrocketing premiums higher than their mortgages, Democrats are now claiming that millions will die because Republicans did away with the penalty for not buying insurance they didn’t want or couldn’t afford. If it’s true, as Democrats say, that Obamacare is now working and Americans love it, why would they voluntarily give it up if the government stopped forcing them to buy it? Well, Americans, if you like what happened to your health insurance since 2008, give Nancy her gavel back.
We had the weakest recovery from a recession since at least 1949. Obama became the only President who didn’t preside over a single year of GDP growth above 3%. The Democrats tried to deflect this by blaming Bush, and when that got old, saying that times had changed, higher growth was impossible now due to “conditions,” and that the 1.48% average yearly growth under Obama was the “new normal” we had to get used to. Just one year after Trump took office and started cutting pointless federal regulations, we’re seeing predictions of growth as high as 4%. Do you really want to go back?
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