There's something curious happening across America – quietly and completely under the radar – and it could be a sign Democrats are gaining momentum just nine months before the midterm election.
During his Wednesday show, talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh expressed alarm at a trend showing the Democratic Party is winning elections across America. And rather than jubilant celebration, he said, there's an eerie silence from Democrats.
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"Something very quietly is happening out there," Limbaugh said. "It's not being touted, and it's a little bothersome that it isn't being touted. The Democrats are showing remarkable discipline here in not touting what is very quietly happening out there. And what is very quietly happening out there is that the Democrats are winning elections. They have recently begun to win elections. They are winning special elections. They are winning local and state elections.
"And they're not shouting about it. They're not being loud and boisterous and celebratory at all. They won another one. And the last five or six of these elections that they have won – one was in Missouri – they're flipping Republican seats."
Limbaugh added: "The Democrats and the Drive-Bys are not doing their Tarzan routine of pounding their chest and saying, 'Look at us.' It's happening under the radar."
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36 state legislative races switch from GOP to Dems
Since Trump's election, the nation has seen as least 36 state legislative races switch from Republican hands to Democratic control. And many are in districts Trump carried during the 2016 election.
In a special election held Tuesday in a Sarasota-area district in Florida, Democrat Margaret Good won by points in state legislative race against Republican James Buchanan, the son of U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan. President Trump carried the same district by nearly five points in 2016, and the location has 12,060 more Republicans than Democrats.
In that race, Buchanan had raised the issue of sanctuary cities, saying: "[W]e should not have any sanctuary cities here in the state of Florida. We shouldn't be harboring illegal immigrants."
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Good – who had the endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden and was supported by the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee – shot back: "I think it's important to remember that we are a country of immigrants. But let me be clear, if someone commits a crime in Sarasota or in Florida, they should be punished. And it does not matter what your immigration status is at that point. I think as far as home rule and sanctuary cities goes, that's yet another example of the legislature trying to tell local governments what to do. And I leave it to local law enforcement and the federal government to follow the law."
While it's perhaps still too early to tell if the wins are any sign of how the midterms will play out in nine months from now, Democrats see the victories as evidence that they're energizing their base and have a realistic shot at taking control of the U.S. House, and perhaps the Senate, in the midterm elections.
Even former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski expressed concern about the trend when he was in Florida campaigning for Buchanan at a pre-election rally.
"The Democrats are highly motivated," Lewandowski told a crowd of about 200 people gathered at Dolphin Aviation in Sarasota. "They are winning in places where they shouldn't. … Fifty seats have already changed hands from the Republicans to the Democrats since Donald Trump was elected. That should be concerning for us."
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Rush: 'They're trying to keep this on the down low'
During his Wednesday show, Limbaugh said Democrats are exhibiting "a lot of discipline" by staying silent about their victories.
"You know they want to brag about it, and you know that they want to point to it," he said. "The Democrat voter base – the "resistance" voter base – it is very motivated. They are fueled by raw hatred combined with paranoid disappointment and inexplicable rage."
And it's not just "rage" fueling voters, Limbaugh said. Democratic candidates, even local ones, are getting "a ton of money to help them."
"It's not being reported much because they're trying to keep this on the down low ..." he said. "It's just being reported as perfunctory, and it's just another news story today. A Democrat won an election, flipped a Republican seat, and they let it go. ...
"Now, the reason I'm bringing this up, ladies and gentlemen: There is no way – there is no way – that any Democrat should be winning any election now. There is no way under the sun the Democrats ought to be winning a single election, with the economy alone, with the tax cuts alone, there is no reason for the Democrats to be winning any elections. And yet they are, all of a sudden. Through most of last year they were losing elections left and right just like we were from 2010 on."
Limbaugh said Democrats are experiencing a "very successful grassroots effort" funded by leftist billionaire George Soros and others.
DA races and sanctuary cities
Along with criminal justice reform, one of Soros' pet issues is immigration. And immigration is a key issue this election as Congress is actively working to overhaul U.S. immigration policy. A plan currently in the works would protect 1.8 million illegal immigrants, who were brought to the U.S. as children, from deportation. President Trump has called for giving "Dreamers" a path to citizenship and additional funds for border security. As WND reported, the deal could flip four or even five traditionally Republican-leaning states to Democrats in future elections, particularly if "Dreamers are offered voting rights. Those states are Texas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
Soros was the only funder of the Immigrant Voters Win PAC when it was launched in March 2016. He contributed $3 million at the time, and the PAC sought to register 400,000 new Hispanic voters before the 2016 election. Soros also bankrolled state challenges against voter ID laws.
Now the leftist billionaire Paul Steyer, who has launched a major campaign to impeach President Trump, has stepped in to flood the Immigrant Voters Win PAC with cash. Steyer, who has connections to the Democracy Alliance, a group co-founded by Soros, is almost single-handedly funding the Immigrant Voters Win PAC. Between October and mid-September, Steyer's group, NextGen Climate Action Committee, gave Immigrant Voters Win $718,236.
Limbaugh read a Daily Caller article on the air written by Peter Hasson and headlined "Soros spending big money against Texas DA who opposes sanctuary cities."
Hasson reported that Soros has already flooded nearly $70,000 into a district attorney's race. Soros is reportedly backing attorney Joe Gonzalez through the Texas Justice & Public Safety political action committee. The cash infusion is intended to unseat Bexar County District Attorney Nicholas LaHood, a Democrat who opposes sanctuary cities.
"Bexar County is Texas' fourth most populous county and includes San Antonio, so unseating La Hood would be a key victory for Soros, who has been quietly investing in district attorney's races all around the country, as a way to reshape the country's criminal justice policies from the ground up," the Daily Caller reported. "Soros spent more than $9 million on local DA races around the country in 2015-2017 alone."
After reading that portion of the report, Limbaugh told his listeners: "This is good, old-fashioned grassroots. All politics is local politicking. This is election insurance. You get your buddies on the courts and in the criminal justice system, and that's insurance against losing elections. In Bexar County, Texas, George Soros is trying and succeeding in [determining] who wins the DA race? Can you imagine what he's doing in congressional races and statewide legislative races?"
'Trump's gonna handle it'? Don't be fooled
In the bigger picture, Limbaugh said, Democrats are succeeding in winning dozens of elections – and no one is really saying a peep about it.
"It's happening very quietly, and nobody is singing songs of joy about it, so people aren't alarmed," he explained. "But with all of the money the Republican National Committee is raising compared to the practically nil the Democrat National Committee is raising, this ought not be happening. There ought not be any Democrat winning significant elections right now, not in the slightest. And yet it's happening."
Limbaugh said he hopes America isn't simply thinking, "Trump's gonna handle it! Trump will do it."
"Nothing replaces grassroots efforts in terms of registering and getting voters out, especially in this climate where we've got a rebounding economy like we haven't seen since the 1980s, folks," he said. "Some might say we saw vestiges of it for periods of time in the 1990s."
A newly released Morning Consult poll shows Trump's popularity is in the upswing, at 41 percent approval from a low of 37 percent in December. The poll also showed Republicans leading in the generic ballot, with 39 percent of respondents saying they prefer Republicans and 38 percent preferring Democrats. Twenty-three percent of respondents remained undecided.
McClatchy reported that Democrats are concerned about the Morning Consult poll, and the Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA publicly warned that the left's focus on day-to-day developments concerning the Trump administration is destroying the party's advantages at the polls.
"The Morning Consult poll on the generic ballot is true. Chuck Schumer has been out there warning Democrats that Trump hatred and Trump opposition is not enough to win 2018 like they’ve all thought it would be. Now a big-time Democrat liberal PAC is alarmed," limbaugh said. "And against that, out there in these little DA races and other places, Democrats are winning elections. And the Democrats are being very quiet about it. These two things don't go together."
'Somebody needs to get their butt in gear'
Limbaugh warned the Republican Party to wake up and get its "butt in gear."
"The Democrats don't need to be winning elections right now. So somebody needs to get their butt in gear," he said. "And that money that has been donated needs to be put to good use. This is the time the Democrats need to be hammered and beaten and defeated continually at every opportunity there is. It's not the time to let up on the gas and start making assumptions that things are in the bag or in the tank. And I know, there's still some Never Trumpers in the Republican apparatus nationally, but there's still no excuse for this."
As WND reported, Tom Steyer, a billionaire friend and donor to former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, announced he is hiring an army of more than 50 political operatives to help Democrats get control of the House this year and "remove Trump from power." He has promised to spend $30 million on House races through his super PAC, NextGen America, in addition to a $40 million campaign to impeach Trump.
Separately, House Democrats announced that they plan to target as many as 101 Republican-held congressional seats this year, the most in a decade. And newly released figures from the Federal Election Commission show more than 55 Democratic Party candidates in competitive races for House seats are out-raising the GOP incumbents.
"Democratic candidates across the country are out-hustling and out-organizing Republican incumbents, many of whom have not faced a competitive challenge in a very long time and are struggling to find those old campaign muscles," said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Tyler Law, according to Vox.com.