Ed Schultz and Joan Walsh discuss the upcoming mid-term elections and this constant drumbeat we're hearing about how the Republicans are going to have a "GOP tsunami" this time around and regain the House and possibly the Senate. As Joan noted,
Ed Schultz and Joan Walsh discuss the upcoming mid-term elections and this constant drumbeat we're hearing about how the Republicans are going to have a "GOP tsunami" this time around and regain the House and possibly the Senate. As Joan noted, these national polls that are being made so much of are all over the place and it might be a little bit early to put too much stock in them and as she also noted that generic poll that showed the Republicans up by ten points last week now shows them tied again.
That apparently isn't stopping the media from yapping non-stop about how the Democrats are going to get beaten horribly in the mid-terms. While I agree that the enthusiasm gap is real, I think the media is doing their best to create a self-fulfilling prophecy with their constant carping on the issue.
UPDATE: Joan has more on her interview over at Salon and I agree completely with this statement on how our mainstream media is acting right now.
I don't want to sugarcoat the Democrats' obstacles from here to November. It doesn't look great. But there's an MSM groupthink going on where for now, there's a rush to be the one to declare the Dems are in the WORST trouble. Soon, someone will decide to get attention by going counterintuitive, and suggest things aren't so bad for the Dems. Then, finally, we'll have the actual election and know what happened.
As she also noted, it's quite possible some of those poll numbers aren't looking too good because voters just aren't paying attention yet. The Democratic Party has their problems but I don't think our country can survive the Republicans getting control back of the Congress right now. I know I'm getting sick to death of watching this constant drumbeat by our media acting like the elections are already over and the Democrats have already lost. Some of them are actually talking about it in the past tense. It's pathetic. Note to the Villagers, it's not November yet as much as you'd like it to be.
The 1978 Mid-term elections. With all 435 Congressional seats up, the Democrats lost 15 but still maintained a majority. Here is a sampling of election results and various races from November 7 and 8, 1978 Read more...