After a contentious confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, both Republicans and Democrats are using the allegations of sexual assault and the ultimate outcome to rev up their bases for the midterm elections.
Democrats are the party of obstructionists
The recent battle over Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court is a complete game changer for Republicans heading into a tough midterm election. The Democrats decided to hijack the #MeToo movement for their own political purposes and the broader American voter — not just the Republican base — took notice.
Certainly, Republican base voters have woken up because of the Supreme Court battle, but the dangerous rhetoric coming from the left has probably done even more to alarm independent and moderate voters. Think about it, Kavanaugh and his supporters were said to be “complicit in evil” and that Americans would die if he was confirmed. The average voter cringes when they see democrat politicians encourage left-wing activists to harass elected officials and their families at public restaurants, office hallways and their homes.
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As a direct result of the Kavanaugh debates:
► The enthusiasm gap between Democrat and Republican voters is now likely to be completely erased.
► President Donald Trump and Republicans can add another significant win to their list of accomplishments — a 5-4 Supreme Court for decades to come.
► Democrats now appear to represent the party of liberals and obstructionists — far too extreme for suburban and moderate voters.
The average American voter now has to ask themselves if they really want House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House who will likely try to impeach the president, impeach Justice Kavanaugh, continue to divide the country with partisan identity politics and try to repeal the tax cuts that are giving the average American money back in their paychecks this year.
Tim Chapman is the executive director for Heritage Action. You can follow him on Twitter: @TimChapman.
What our readers are saying
Men just don't get it. Women do. After the farce of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, I am determined to vote against every Republican on the ballot. It's the only way I can voice my displeasure with their behavior. I may have to suffer, but I don't have to suffer silently.
— Pamela Saenz
The Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court circus is the event that may have finally brought the GOP back together, and the party will be stronger than ever.
— Dwayne Landry
This political climate must stop. Years ago, both sides were considered the loyal opposition. Today, we see each other as mortal enemies. This Republic needs to prosper and survive. Remember, we both love this country. Let's, at least, try to realize that opposite is not enemy. God bless, and help, America.
— Joseph Hickey
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is proof that women don't just automatically show up in support of other women. If fact, it seemed as if about half of the support for Kavanaugh was from women. We'll see, come November.
— Michael Anthony Shea
What others are saying
Douglas E. Schoen, The Hill: "While a red wave after this Supreme Court confirmation remains unlikely by my estimation, given that Republican elites and insiders are more enthusiastic about Justice Brett Kavanaugh than the average voter, I believe this really needs to be assessed in about 10 days to evaluate the question with certainty. Put another way, at this point, I think there is much more certainty that Republican elites are excited and enthused."
Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post: "We are not that far from where the races stood four or five months ago — a very strong possibility the Democrats take the House and despite a map with a disproportionate number of red-state Democratic incumbents, and a slight chance to take the Senate. For all the hubbub inside the Beltway, out in the country, what has characterized the environment is consistency: An unpopular president dragging his party down among women and college-educated voters, with a favorable Senate map for Republicans a lot less favorable than it should be and less than it was in 2016. Count me skeptical that the political landscape will shift that dramatically in four weeks."
Chris Cillizza, CNN.com: "For President Donald Trump's 'red wave' to materialize, history suggests he needs an election-altering event — like in 1934 (Great Depression), 1998 (President Bill Clinton's impeachment) and 2002 (aftermath of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks). Short of that, history is very, very likely to repeat itself. And that means Republicans' House majority is in deep trouble."
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