California Representative and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce announced plans to retire this year. That adds up to 19 Republicans and just seven Democrats so far who aren’t running for reelection, which makes the Democrats’ goal of retaking the House and Making America Lame Again that much easier – particularly in California, where Republicans are becoming the only endangered species the government isn’t trying to save.
On the other hand, Republicans are raising a lot more money than Democrats – we hear that Democrats have all the “enthusiasm” on their side, but it hasn’t translated into spending their own money, which is par-for-the-course on the left. Generic ballot polls show Democrats with a big lead, but the media always refuse to acknowledge that polls taken between two unnamed candidates ten months before an election are only useful if you run out of Charmin. Remember how well polls with both named candidates predicted the last election, right up until Election Day? That also doesn’t take into account how many House seats have been gerrymandered into safe districts. True, the Democrats did win a Senate seat in Alabama, but if they think those conditions are going to be repeated in every House race in the US, then they’ve been smoking too much legalized marijuana.
I am going out on a limb to predict that the 2018 election results, and the leadership of both the House and Senate, will hinge on who shows up at the polls in November. By then, the tax cut should have caused the economy and the Dow to boom, paychecks to rise and unemployment to hit record lows. It also looks as if ISIS will be squashed even further, and Kim Jong-Un may be more concerned with the Olympics than hurling nuclear missiles at the US. If all that comes to pass and enough Republicans still don’t show up at the polls to prevent a return to the failed, divide-and-conquer policies of the left, then I have to assume that they really were tired of winning.
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