Denial 101


cjones03192018

There is a blue wave coming, and Republicans can’t stop it. They can only hope to contain it.

I’m not saying a blue wave is coming because that’s what I want, and I do want it. I’m saying it because it’s true, though a lot of Republicans are denying it.

Connor Lamb won Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District Tuesday night. During the campaign, Republicans ran ads accusing Lamb of being Nancy Pelosi’s sheep. After the campaign, Republicans claimed he ran on Republican issues. Paul Ryan said he ran as a conservative and supported the Republican tax cut. Trump told supporters, “He ran on a campaign that said very nice things about me. I said, ‘Is he a Republican? He sounds like a Republican to me.’” As we now know, Donald Trump actually brags about lying and his stupidity.

Lamb does support gun rights, opposes new restrictions on guns, and favors Trump’s steel tariffs, but he’s not a conservative. He supports a woman’s right to choose. He favors Obamacare. He said the Trump tax plan was a giveaway to the rich. And, yes…he supports increased background checks for gun purchases.

Lamb is a Marine and a prosecutor. His opponent said people who supported Lamb hated Trump, our country, and God. If all that’s true, then why did this Democrat win a district that went for Trump by 20 points?

In each election since Trump’s stolen victory, Democrats have closed the gap, even in races in red states they didn’t win, like in Georgia and Montana. They’ve won numerous state legislative seats and would have turned Virginia’s General Assembly from red to blue if not for a coin toss. Democrats won a United States Senate seat in Alabama. It takes serious denial to say there’s not a blue wave coming.

When Democrats win, Republicans don’t just throw out excuses, they produce lies. They accused Acorn of illegally helping Obama’s victory. They claimed Black Panthers (not the Marvel superhero) was scaring people away from polls. They claim millions of illegal immigrants voted. Trump claimed illegal immigrants voted for Clinton as his excuse for losing the popular vote and even created a special commission to study it (which was later dissolved after going nowhere). When Democrat Doug Jones beat pedophile Republican Roy Moore in Alabama, conservatives claimed blacks were bused in from Mississippi to vote.

The party holding the White House tends to lose seats in the first midterm after the presidential election, even when the president is doing a fairly competent job. With the Republicans holding their nose to support the worst president in the history of the United States, Democrats are going to retake the House.

Democrats need to flip 23 seats. Republicans hold 118 seats that lean Democratic. It’s crazy to believe Democrats will flip over 100 seats, but they’re going to win enough to take the House. The only reason they may not gain control of the Senate, and perhaps even lose seats, is because more Democrats are defending seats than Republicans in 2018.

The good news for Republicans, since the message “help us help Trump make things even worse” isn’t a real vote generator, they still have Russian troll farms to help them out. The Russians are still meddling in our election. Additional good news for the GOP is that our government isn’t doing anything about it. It’s like the Trump administration actually wants them to meddle. It’s not likely voters are going to give Trump more Republicans to help him deflect investigations and ignore Russians attacking our nation.

After I posted yesterday’s cartoon of students protesting and wrote about adults attacking them with lies, some adults commented on Facebook, and they proved me right. They started lying about the students. I’m looking forward to comments under this cartoon by conservatives making more excuses.

Here’s the video. 

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