We have four new polls from two new states from Fox News pic.twitter.com/MKz73VfEm7
— Political Election Projections (@tencor_7144) August 18, 2022
The other big problem is the main stuff the party in power has done is stuff people like
— 90k IRS SpecOps of Joseph Biden (@lampsofgold) August 19, 2022
Mitch McConnell has a sad!
So he’s saying his operation did a crappy job of candidate recruitment & support. https://t.co/aF7GHIppIx
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) August 18, 2022
Analysis: McConnell’s grim 2022 expectation-setting https://t.co/tkg1LnsqAM
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 19, 2022
The expectations-setting for the 2022 midterm elections is off to an early start, and this entry is a doozy.
In an appearance back in his home state of Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) downplayed the odds of Republicans reclaiming the Senate — and, by extension, him reclaiming the title of majority leader. In doing so, he suggested that “candidate quality” was a key factor…
In one way, this merely acknowledges an emerging reality. The generic ballot has tightened in recent weeks, and polls show Republican candidates struggling in some states — such as Arizona, Georgia, Ohio and Pennsylvania — that are key for McConnell’s path back to majority leader. Some prognosticators now have Democrats as favorites to keep their majority.
It’s also convenient for McConnell to set the bar lower in this way, such that an adverse outcome on election night is laid at the feet of those specific candidates (or perhaps someone who endorsed them), and is not seen as a referendum on the broader political strength of his party.
But viewed another way, it’s pretty striking that McConnell’s even in this position — that is, of having to manage expectations. And it’s abundantly clear that he’s not particularly happy with it…
"my shit doesn't work when you idiots nominate maniacs everywhere" https://t.co/wpG6kBjvWK
— post malone ergo propter malone (@PropterMalone) August 18, 2022
That deep keening sound you're hearing is historical tendencies—& conventional wisdom as of last month—groaning under the weight of all the actual evidence we have about how the election is going (at least in the Senate)
— chatham harrison is tending his garden (@chathamharrison) August 18, 2022
it feels awkward to unironically use that emoji like some Boomer but how else am I supposed to react to Republicans dropping $28m to defend Ohio in a year where they’re trying to flip the Senate by netting literally one seat
— Marbury v. Mad Online (@NickTagliaferro) August 18, 2022