Launching a smear campaign against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has come back to bite Democrats who are seeing a major backlash from Americans.
Last month’s double-digit lead for Democrats in midterm fervor has all but disappeared, with Republicans making huge gains in Senate races and polls indicating a whopping 75 percent of Americans blame Sen. Dianne Feinstein for the current debacle in Kavanaugh’s confirmation process.
Fox Business Network’s Charles Payne was simply “shocked” Wednesday by the dramatic change in Democratic support following an intense week of attacks against Kavanaugh as multiple decades-old sexual misconduct claims were leveled against him.
GOP communications strategist Lee Carter told Payne the striking change in numbers is due to a combination of economics and politics with the last week’s events being “so jarring to so many Americans.”
Eleventh-hour accusations, personal attacks on Kavanaugh’s character and the political spectacle of Senate judiciary Committee hearings essentially wiped away the double-digit lead Democrats had in key races as Republican voters and President Trump’s supporters became more engaged, Fox News reported.
Dems had a 10% edge in July on registered voters who said the election was very important. That edge was 2% Monday https://t.co/QpWRgOXm6L
— James Arkin (@JamesArkin) October 3, 2018
A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll conducted on Monday showed “the wide Democratic enthusiasm advantage that has defined the 2018 campaign up to this point has disappeared.”
“The result of hearings, at least in the short run, is the Republican base was awakened,” Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted the poll, said.
New NPR/NewsHour/Marist poll: ‘Amid Kavanaugh Confirmation Battle, Democratic Enthusiasm Edge Evaporates.’ https://t.co/Zsl3litSAk pic.twitter.com/rrEoWEDRa1
— Byron York (@ByronYork) October 3, 2018
According to a weekend Harvard CAPS/Harris poll, 60 percent of registered voters are not buying the Democrats mob attacks on Kavanaugh and believe he should be confirmed pending the results of the latest FBI review.
According to The Hill:
Underlying this battle for the nomination is a political battle, and 69 percent agree with Kavanaugh’s pronouncement and Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) statement that the proceedings have been a “national disgrace.” Sen. Feinstein definitely is in the crosshairs, with 75 percent believing she should have turned over Ford’s letter months earlier so that this debacle might have been avoided. Graham has raised some serious questions about the actions of Ford’s lawyers and Feinstein’s legal referral, too.
Top Senate races in battleground states have seen an uptick in GOP interest, with Republican voters erasing the lead Democrats had last month in some states.
“Compared to early September, the number of Republicans feeling “extremely” interested in the upcoming election is up by 2 points in Arizona, up by 9 points in Indiana, up 8 points in both Missouri and North Dakota, and up 11 points in Tennessee,” Fox News reported.
“President Trump’s name is not on the ballot in November but his ‘America First’ agenda is, that includes the Supreme Court pick” political commentator John Burnett said on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money” Wednesday.
“There’s really only two names on the ballot all across America: Either winning or losing, take your pick,” he added. “I’m not a betting guy, but if I were to bet, I’d bet it all on Trump. Let it ride!”
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