We are entering a very volatile week. I hope that I, along with all my progressive brethren and sistern, have not become too complacent about our midterm prospects.
That said, I want to share with you the Washington Post’s lengthy thumbsucker about the widening gender gap: The party of men: Kavanaugh fight risks worsening the Trump GOP’s gender problem. Key paragraph (among many, many paragraphs):
“What we did in the 2016 election is trade fast-growing, well-educated suburban counties for slower-growing, less well-educated small town and rural counties,” Republican pollster Whit Ayres said. “That worked for Donald Trump in 2016, by the hair of his chinny chin chin, but it’s not a formula for long-term success.”
Also, this piece from today’s Noo Yak Times: Kavanaugh Was Supposed to Be a Midterm Boon for G.O.P. Not Anymore.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — No Republican Senate candidate has been as aggressive in using the Supreme Court nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh as a political weapon as Josh Hawley, the Missouri attorney general who is in an intensely tight race against Senator Claire McCaskill.
A former Supreme Court clerk, Mr. Hawley made his first campaign commercial about control of the court, and he assailed Ms. McCaskill for refusing to say if she would support Judge Kavanaugh. And after the accusation of sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh last week, Mr. Hawley denounced Democrats for staging an “ambush.”
Yet in Missouri and other politically competitive battleground states, leaders in both parties are increasingly doubtful that Mr. Hawley and other Republicans can wield the Kavanaugh nomination as a cudgel without risking unpredictable repercussions in the midterm elections.
Which metaphor shall we choose?
They made their bed and now they have to lie in it?
Or, how about, they hitched their wagon to the wrong damn star?