President Trump was in North Carolina Monday for a rally to support 9th Congressional District candidate Dan Bishop in today’s special election against Democrat Dan McCready.
The political parties and the media are placing a yuuuge amount of importance on this race as an indicator of the possible 2020 election results, which is silly. One district, with its own unique demographics, holding a one-time election a year before the general election carries no predictive power whatsoever. But the economy is going great and there are no major wars and the Mueller report is as deflated as a Macy’s balloon the day after the parade, so the chattering class has to have something to talk about as a harbinger of the end of Trump’s reign of terror at last.
Here is a pretty good background primer on the district, the race, the candidates and why everyone’s making such a big deal over it (this one House race has sparked over $13.8 million in spending between both parties.)
This district has been Republican since 1963, but the Democrats think they have a shot at flipping it and are desperate to do so as a “sign” that they can expand their majority in the House next year and retake the Senate and impeach Trump (I assume that’s the plan because other than turning America into Venezuela, it’s all they think about. House Democrats came back from recess and immediately launched a Constitutionally-questionable impeachment investigation, as they continue their hunt for any excuse to undo the election they just can’t get over losing.)
Personally, I don’t think this isolated race a year out portends anything about next year, but it still matters who wins. McCready seems like a good man: he’s a former Marine and an Iraq War vet who says he doesn’t support far-left ideas and he’ll work across the aisle to solve problems, not play partisan political games. In short, he’s exactly the kind of candidate the Dems have been recruiting nationwide to try to appeal to traditional Democratic voters who are repulsed by everything the national Party currently stands for.
Problem is, I’ve seen this scenario countless times over the years: independent conservative Democrat gets elected on a promise to end the rabid partisanship…then arrives in Congress and is told to fall in line and vote for the current leaders or get no good committee assignments or reelection funds. Their supporters think they’re voting for change, but Party leaders privately laugh at that: they see every Democrat elected as just one more step toward keeping their senior leadership (Pelosi, Nadler, Schiff, Cummings, Waters, etc.) in power, where they can keep doing the most damage possible.
So let me say to Mr. McCready that I respect him greatly, I thank him for his military service, and I admire his attitude toward government. I hope someday he’ll see where his Party is going and join the GOP. But if you live in the 9th District of North Carolina, and you really care about America’s future, then get out and vote for Republican Dan Bishop today.