In a pre-election analysis, syndicated columnist George Will said the Democratic Party’s message to energize their base is to say “if you’re not careful, [Republicans] will shoot black people.”
With most experts predicting the Republican Party will take control of the U.S. Senate after Tuesday’s midterm election, Fox News host Bret Baier on Friday prompted an exchange about what it will mean should they fall short.
“If Republicans don’t manage to take control of the Senate it will be because they gambled and said that this election was all about President Obama and some states may choose that it’s not,” Baier said in setting up the discussion.
Will responded by saying Democrats are “running unreasonably far ahead of the president’s approval rating,” but voters may be smarter than they’re given credit for.
“On the other hand, the Democrats have made this as a kind of double down on 2012, when they said Mitt Romney causes cancer, essentially, and he killed my wife and ran all those awful ads,” Will said. “This year it is Republicans hate women and if you’re not careful, they’ll shoot black people.”
Keeping his focus on the party’s need to turn out voters, Will said, “What the Democrats are worried about is that their base is mildly depressed.”
Interestingly, fellow panelist Charles Krauthammer was more to the point earlier in the week on the possibility of the Republican Party failing to gain a majority in the upper chamber.
“If the GOP can’t win back the Senate in a climate like this, maybe the party ought to look for another country,” he told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly Tuesday.
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