The GOP’s Death Wish: Parallels between 2010 and 2018 have inspired The Economist to look into a scenario in which blue state and suburban Republicans were to be wiped out. What did they find? 1) The Republican caucus would be even more beholden to the Freedom Caucus, and 2) Should the Democrats take control, the 111th Congress would look like a CPAC meeting in comparison. Sad!
Putting the Bully Back in Bully Pulpit: In the past two years, many Republican voters’ political opinions have changed at an astoundingly rapid rate. Accordingly, The Economist analyzed how the president’s screeds tweets and rhetorical pushes have affeted public opinions. Unsurprisingly, many Republicans simply adopted whatever position POTUS advocated at the time, including conspiracy theories (for example: miyins and miyins of illegals who cast ballots cost Trump the popular vote).
Doom!: In light of the cascade of recent GOP House retirements, the failing New York Times looked at whether the increasing talks of a coming Democratic wave have any merit. Its findings? Yes, the Donald’s approval numbers are low, and a large number of Republican retirements point in that direction. Yet, the Democrats may underpform because, unlike the Republicans of 1994, team blue presents no coherent agenda to offer voters other than the #resistance to the Donald.
Ideological Diversity: Alarmed at the possibility of Republicans becoming the Breitbart Party, the Governator has allied with some prominent moderate Republicans to keep the big tent, uh, big.
Oprah 2020: Longtime Oprah friend and CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King told colleagues yesterday that Oprah is “intrigued” by the idea of a presidential campaign. King did, however, hedge; she claimed she was merely “expressing a hunch.”
Super Zips: According to Dallas’ PBS affiliate (it has one of those?), suburbs in the Metroplex are among the nation’s most prosperous. What makes this worthy of mentioning in a roundup, however, is the inclusion of a map that shows the relative prosperity of each ZIP code. You might recognize a pattern; the Donald struggled in places that know of America’s greatness.
Trading Places: Despite some theses to the contrary, we have a sign that the urban revival in America has not reversed. For the first time ever, Chicago has a higher percentage of college grads than its suburbs.
It’s the Voters, Stupid: Harry Enten looked at the partisan turnout disparity in each midterm cycle going back to 1978. What did he find? Overall, Republicans have averaged a three-point turnout advantage (and even led during Republican administrations). This shouldn’t be cause for celebration, however; Enten found that, during the 2006 cycle, there was essentially no turnout advantage for either party…