It’s no secret that the US is divided into red and blue states. And while it’s true that the ultimate goal for each party is to swing a state into their favor, history tells us that rarely happens. So why are Democrats so eager, willing—and at times overconfident in their ability—to win red states that have no interest in their political views?
More importantly, why is it the media overcompensates the clout of Democrats in deep-red states given the history of Democrats failing horribly in recent elections? Ideally, media should wait until the race is over before reporting and acting as if Democrats can win in very red states. In this political environment and with this President, the last thing Democrats need is to give the gloater in chief more reason to gloat.
Georgia: The Most Expensive House Campaign in History
Point in case, the most expensive campaign for a house position in history was given to Jon Ossoff, who was hoping to piggyback off of Trump’s low ratings to win the race. But even after spending copious amounts of money, he couldn’t win over the deeply rooted Georgian population.
Jon had promise, and the race wasn’t a landslide by any means; but combined with the tight conservative politics, and an unfortunate gunman attack at a baseball practice, Ms Handel jumped on the opportunity to secure the ballot, while Georgia Republican official Brad Carver said, “I think the shooting is going to win this election for us.”
Montana Republicans Eliminate the Competition
Spending ridiculous amounts of money on a campaign is one thing; getting taped body slamming a reporter during the election is quite another. If a Democrat is running against a Republican in a red state and can’t win the popular vote after watching their rival carry out a full-on assault on another human being, then chances are the Democratic party needs to rethink their strategy.
Greg Gianforte, a wealthy Republican in Montana, must have thought he was in the WWE on Wednesday when he attacked Ben Jacobs after the reporter asked him a straightforward question about the recent health care bill.
Recently, Gianforte was promising action and no drama after telling a crowd in Bozeman, “You deserve a congressman who stays out of the limelight and just gets the job done.” Only days later his high rope body slam episode sent an entirely different message. Regardless of his outrageous and unforgivable actions, Gianforte still won the election, making it clear that Democrats are not the saviors of the country with the ability to win over everyone.
While it’s true that Trump’s polls are at a low level, and most of the country and world is having buyer’s remorse, on a local level people are still faithful to their core beliefs. Wanting to convert a red state to a blue one is nothing new, and will continue as long as we have elections. However, the overspending, overcompensating, and premature reporting by the press of a possible win is not only giving the Republican party a stable platform to gloat, but it’s hurting the Democratic party on a fundamental level.