A friend of mine just messaged me to let me know that the Shenandoah County Democrats shared one of my emails on their Facebook page. I don’t feel particularly special since my friend John Massoud from the Shenandoah Republican Committee had three of his Facebook posts reposted on the Dem’s page.
I checked out their page and saw that the Shenandoah Dems had posted my email from last week. I don’t think it convinced anyone to vote Republican. In fact, the one and only comment to the post says, “Wow. Makes me determined to keep them out.”
But I was curious to see what else the Dems put on their Facebook page. They had a graphic that showed Montana going for Trump by 16 points in 2016, and going to the Republican candidate for Congress in 2017 by only 6 points. The 4th Congressional District in Kansas went to Trump by 30 points, but in the recent special election the Republican won by only 7 points. In the 6th District in Georgia, Trump won in 2016 by 24 points; the Republican in the 2017 special election won by 4 points. In South Carolina’s 5th District, Trump won in 2016 by 21 points; in the 2017 special election, the Republican won by 3 points. The graphic made a couple of key points.
1) In every instance, no matter how hard the Democrats tried, the REPUBLICAN won. I’m glad the Dems are admitting it.
2) The main point of the graphic is to tell Democrats to keep working. “See! We aren’t losing as badly as we did last year.” In an effort to encourage their troops, the Dems are trying to make the case that things are going their way and that they will win a bunch of elections next year. The caption with the graphic says, “Losing is hard. Taking a loss and getting up the next day to keep fighting to get to the next level takes endurance and guts… But remember, by any objective measure these races show a Democratic party resurgent and a GOP on the ropes.”
I about gagged! “By any objective standard” the Republicans won – every special election this year. By any objective standard the Democrats are still losers.
But we Republicans do not have the luxury of resting on our laurels. If the Dems keep working hard trying to flip independent voters, they could start winning elections. The only way to counter that is for us to work just as hard or harder to get and keep independent voters in our camp – not because it would be good for us if they did, but because it will be good for them if they do. We have to know our candidates’ positions on the issues and make sure that the swing voters who make the difference in elections understand how our Republican candidates will make life better for them than will the Democratic candidates.
In a different post on their page, a writer from Rappahannock County noted: “The 500 counties won by HRC constitute 64% of the country’s economic activity. Trump’s 2600 counties just 34%. This means that Blue States, counties, and cities are prospering and living in ways that do not depend on Red cooperation at the more local levels.” You can make statistics say anything you want them to say if you just avoid putting them into perspective. The counties that Hillary won include those around New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Austin, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These areas have some of the highest costs of living in the country so of course there will be more economic activity. It costs more to do anything. And why, if the Republican Party is supposedly the party of the rich, is all the economic activity in Democratic territory? And there’s another reason Republican counties have lower economic activity. They’ve figured out how to do things a whole lot less expensively than the Dems.
Oh, and did you notice the statistic the Dems were hoping we wouldn’t notice? Hillary won 500 counties; Donald won 2600 counties. That’s better than 5 to 1 for Trump.
It’s fun watching the Dems flail around trying to come up with any and every reason for their losses except for the real one: their policies and positions stink. But don’t worry; the Dems will try to blame the stink on us… while they just keep on stinking.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.
P.S. I accurately reported an inaccurate statistic last week. The info sheet I used had transposed Botetourt County’s primary results. Botetourt County gave more votes to Stewart than to Gillespie. My apologies for the error.