Is a unified Republican Kavanaugh tsunami heading our way this November?
After watching weeks of the Democrats’ ugly, scorched-earth politics of personal destruction against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, fed-up Republican voters may be ready to deliver a chastisement of biblical proportions on election day.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, for one, seems to think so.
Rep. McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Sunday that the politics surrounding the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh are working in favor of the GOP’s candidates because Republican voters are more motivated than ever to go out and vote.
“Prior to the Kavanaugh hearing, the intensity level was really on the Democratic side,” McCarthy said during a Fox News interview.
Should this phenomenon occur, it will suggest that the divided GOP, made up of Trump fanatics and reluctant, even disgruntled, Republican voters are actually able to unite behind a common goal of defeating the enemy.
For those Republicans who are, above all, dedicated to respecting and preserving the sanctity of bedrock American institutions — such as the Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate and a free press — the past two weeks have opened their eyes to just how corrupted these institutions have become. They are now seeing, as millions of Trump voters did two years ago, that these institutions and so many others have been captured and completely hollowed out by the political left, so that they can be used to advance progressive desires and weaponized to bludgeon any person who gets in their way. If even Brett Kavanaugh could be subject to such potentially career-ending attacks, so could any establishment Republican, no matter his or her previous standing — and no matter his or her innocence.
Amid an unmistakably angry Kavanaugh’s refutation of these attacks, as well as Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) now-viral castigation of the shameful actions of his Democratic colleagues, establishment Republicans felt the same anger of those voters who, in order to send a message to the Washington elite, voted for Trump in 2016.
As I’ve written in the past, the Trump movement ought to be seen, first and foremost, as anti-progressive, a response to the rapid progressive takeover and corruption of American institutions. Every fight that Trump has taken on since the beginning of his candidacy — against the “fake news” media, corrupt elements in the FBI and Department of Justice, the NFL and the entertainment industry — can and should be seen through this lens. And while some conservatives have been hesitant to support the president’s tactics due to their respect for these institutions, the left’s character assassination of Brett Kavanaugh may have been the final straw.
President Trump, who has a keen ability to read the mood of the masses, has turned the Kavanaugh firestorm into “a partisan rallying cry,” the Washington Post reported.
Speaking at his rally in Wheeling, W.V., Saturday, Trump denounced “the ruthless and outrageous tactics of the Democrat Party” and suggested that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was behind the leaking of Christine Blasey Ford’s letter detailing her sexual assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.
The president is going to be hammering that party line from now until Election Day, when red state Democrat senators like West Virginia’s Joe Manchin are going to feel the wrath of Republican voters in their states.
Meanwhile, the GOP continues to outperform Democrats in fundraising and ground game operations.
“Accounting for debt, the DNC ended August with less than $1M in the bank,” the RNC crowed in a Sept. 21 post:
And Republicans continue to out-raise the Dems, putting them in a strong financial position heading into the midterms.
The RNC, under chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, has built a massive field operation that leaves Democrats in the dust:
- 540+ paid staff in 28 states
- 22,800 Republican Leadership Initiative (RLI) fellows trained – up from 5,000 trained the entire 2016 presidential cycle
- Tens of thousands of traditional volunteers recruited
- 38 MILLION traditional voter contacts made (phones and doors)
The polls are swinging in the GOP’s favor, too.
According to a recently released Gallup poll, 45 percent of Americans say they have a “favorable” view of Republicans, up from 36 percent.
Favorability for Democrats has stalled at 44 percent, which is where it’s been since September 2017.
And a new Rasmussen Reports national survey finds that 48 percent of likely voters have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of Judge Kavanaugh, while 44 percent view him unfavorably.
And now, thanks to Democrats overplaying their hand on Kavanaugh, a unified Republican electorate is revved up and ready to rumble on November 8.