by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist
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What have we been hearing since the 2016 presidential election? That’s right – “just wait until the midterms.” There’s a “blue wave” a-comin and it’s going to sweep democrats into power and flush away the Republican majorities in the House, if not also the Senate.
Almost everyone on the left and right has bought into the notion of a blue wave. And why not? After all, it’s a common occurrence, almost tradition, that the Party which won the presidency, lose the midterms. The Party in power invariably becomes complacent and voter turn-out suffers.
But this time, we’re told, it’s much worse than mere tradition driving democrats to the polls. This time it’s about Trump and the democrat hatred of everything Trump. It’s how the notion of a “blue wave” began in the first place.
There’s never been any empirical data showing this democrat blue wave. The most they can come up with is the ethereal “generic ballet,” which means absolutely squat. Figures continue to show that those polled may “generally” favor the unnamed democrat over the unnamed Republican. As I said, these polls mean diddly squat, because as soon as names are attached to the ballot, the numbers can and often do shift wildly from the generic.