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Why Democrats Are Panicked: It Is A National Security Election

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PPP always has a “(D)” behind it to alert readers that it is a Democratic shop, and its polls could well reflect bias.

So when their latest has Tom Cotton 6 points atop incumbent (and invisible) Mark Pryor, the bell is tolling for Pryor.

As it should, given Pryor’s 97% support of President Obama.  Congressman Cotton is fond of listing the places throughout Arkansas where he has campaigned, looking for an Arkansan who agrees with the president 97% of the time and has been unable to find him –outside of D.C. and Senator Pryor’s office.

There is also good news this morning for Dan Sullivan in Alaska, with Sullivan up 3 in a PPP(D) poll.

Cotton —his campaign website is here— and Sullivan —whose campaign website is here— are both veterans of the war on terror, and it makes sense that as voters watch the meltdown of the president’s foreign policy and the spread of IS across the Middle East that they will value having combat vets in the Senate.  Iowa Army National Guard Lt. Col. Joni Ernst will also benefit from the sudden sobriety in an electorate that has figured out that the president was clueless about the “jayvees” as he was “leading from behind” for his five-plus years in office.

As news spreads today that the president’s vaunted coalition is actually more of a facade than a serious set of allies, recognition will go that the U.S. has been asleep at the switch for many years, led by a president in love with his Nobel Peace Price and dreams of a world that doesn’t exist.  Digging out of this hole will be a long process as it is as deep as the one dug by Bill Clinton’s fecklessness in the ’90s and chronicled by Lawrence Wright in The Looming Tower.

Whether Scott Brown in New Hampshire, Thom Tillis in North Carolina, Terri Lynn Land in Michigan, Ed Gillespie in Virginia, Bill Cassidy in Louisiana, or Cory Gardner in Colorado, voters are getting their absentees and beginning their early voting just as the country as a whole recognizes that the price of an amateur ideologue in the White House and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in the Senate and House is deep instability and growing danger.

The most recent debate between Gardner and his lockstep-with-Obama opponent Mark Udall turned on national security, and suddenly all across the country Democrats like Udall are having to defend their long time, rote defense of an administration that has defined forever fecklessness on national security and which has sliced Pentagon budgets and the nation’s military far beyond the bone.  As Congressman Rob Wittman –Chairman of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus– told me Monday, their is a growing recognition that there needs to be a huge “plus-up” in defense spending immediately, but only a GOP majority in the Senate will guarantee that this most anti-defense of president and reckless of senators Harry Reid will be obliged to get out of the way of the nation’s national security needs.

The backdrop of failures in Obamacare and tremors in the economy -especially housing– add to Democratic woes, but the generic ballot polling represents one thing more than anything else: The president and his Democratic allies have not been taking care of the common defense.  And voters are knowing.



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