This wave of bad news is a stark contrast to the optimism felt by Democrats this summer, when violent anti-life rioters attempted to mobilize after the Supreme Court’s overturning of the federal abortion mandate established by the nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision.
However, a New York Times poll found that only 5% of voters considered abortion to be the most important issue. The poll also found that 44% of voters listed economic concerns as their highest priority.
Matt Bennett of the leftist group Third Way told Politico, “I’m wishing the election were in August.” Bennett said, “I think we peaked a little early.”
Recent polling seems to suggest that Bennett is correct. An Oct. 16 poll published by CBS predicted a 2-point Republican advantage nationwide. A New York Times poll published Monday showed a 4-point Republican lead. Meanwhile, per the Times, independent women voters are leaning Republican, as well.
Mark Longabaugh, a leftist operative who previously worked for Bernie Sanders’s campaign, reflected upon the timing of these polls.
“Look, man, I’ve been at this for 30 years, and it is always the period in late September and early October when an election starts to tilt and move,” Longabaugh said.
“So, we’re at that moment,” he continued, “and I don’t think you can look at these numbers across the country and say anything but it looks like it’s moving in Republicans’ direction.”
Another anonymous leftist strategist told Politico that Democrats just got lazy.
“I think we had three really good weeks in August that everybody patted themselves on the back,” he said.
However, “it’s not looking great,” he added. “The best we can hope for right now is a 50–50 Senate, but the House is long gone.”
One may be hopeful for a red wave when even the mainstream media is publishing stories about the American people losing faith in Democrats.