This election is a punishment election, pure and simple. The president and his Congressional allies did everything wrong and voters are feeling –rightfully– conned and also afraid that they will be fleeced again if Democratic majorities are not turned out on November 2.
MSM analysts keep trying to help their lefty pals by noting polls that say the GOP is just as unpopular as the Democrats. What they don’t seem to grasp is that contempt isn’t the same as fear. Voters fear the president and his Congressional allies, and they are going to punish them as a result. Scorn for the GOP will dissipate only if the GOP performs well, but voters aren’t afraid that GOP Congressional majorities will jack up their taxes and take away their health policies like the Democrats have done or are in the process of doing.
Democrats know the polling as well as anyone else, so they have only one hope –short term shocks and allegations of scandal that divert the attention of the MSM and, they hope, the voters.
Thus the Gloria Allred carnival in California last week. More dirty tricks will no doubt be launched in the weeks ahead.
But for reasons explained in my new Washington Examiner column, these diversions won’t work, and especially not on senior voters, who have been used and abused by President Obama. So have middle class voters, and even young voters are dismayed at the vast gap between the president’s promises and his record.
But it is seniors who have taken the brunt of the president’s punishment, and they will be dealing punishment back at the voting booth. They couldn’t care a whit about Gloria Allred, or tape recordings of Sharron Angle. They are afraid of what the president and the Democratic Congress has done and what it will continue to do.
The national house is on fire, and voters –especially seniors– aren’t going to stop the rescue in order to watch an episode or two of the left’s version of reality television.