The 2018 elections are coming in just weeks. Democrats already are starting to line up furnishings and curtains for congressional offices they believe will be theirs because, after all, the president’s party usually loses seats during the first midterm after a presidential election.
And this year, Democrats are motivated by their failed attempt to stop a constitutionalist, Brett Kavanaugh, from being confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
How can they possibly lose?
Well, for one thing, because of the GOP’s “biggest equalizer” ever.
President Donald Trump.
Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh told his listeners Monday that Trump as the equalizer “is completely undersold, underappreciated by the American left and the Drive-By Media.”
“Trump’s got four rallies alone this week. And they are not national rallies; they are intended for local consumption. Do not discount anything in which Donald Trump is involved. I’m just saying.”
He recalled the first midterm after President George W. Bush won a contentious “hanging chad” battle with Al Gore as similar to the upcoming election, with the Republican president regarded as illegitimate by many Democrats.
“The Democrats were enraged that the Supreme Court stopped the count in Florida of the hanging chads. The Democrats believed that the Supreme Court handed George W. Bush the victory illegally. Never mind the Florida Supreme Court was out of control the way it was handling all the legal issues here. The U.S. Supreme Court had to step in and stop is it because it was out of control and when they did, the Democrats were fit to be tied.
“And from that day forward, George W. Bush was an illegitimate president. And he didn’t stop being illegitimate, and they finally got his approval numbers down to the 20s six years later, in the middle of his second term. So we get to 2002, and it’s the first chance the Democrats have to pay the country back, to pay the Republicans back, to pay Bush back. And they are going to retake the House, and they’re going to retake the Senate, and they’re gonna reopen the Florida recount!” he reported Monday.
“And they’re gonna make sure that justice is finally done and that Algore be duly recognized as a legitimate winner of the presidency, even though Algore didn’t want any part of it by that time. They were feeling so up, so sure, so confident, that when it came time for a memorial for their late, great senator from Minnesota, Paul Wellstone, they totally blew up what was intended to be a memorial honoring and celebrating the life of Wellstone. It was about three weeks prior to the midterm elections in November of 2002.
“The Wellstone memorial was hijacked by activist Democrats and turned into a pure political rally, the purpose of which was to destroy George W. Bush and Republicans in memory of Paul Wellstone. Republican senators who were friends of Wellstone’s dutifully showed up at the arena. They did this arena in a place that holds 15,000 people, if my memory serves, 10, 15,000 people. It was sometime after… Wellstone died in a plane crash, and it was sometime after that, but this was the official memorial. I don’t think it was ever intended to be a memorial,” Limbaugh said.
“I think it was a political event from the get-go disguised as a memorial! Anyway, Republican senators not knowing up from town, Trent Lott and the boys all day showed up thinking that they were showing up to a memorial, a religious memorial to honor their fallen colleague, Paul Wellstone. They were booed and bullied and harassed out of the place within 30 minutes of having arrived and sat down! It was identical to what we saw the way Jeff Flake and others were assaulted in elevators and the hallways of the Senate office building.”
So what happened in the 2002 elections?
“The Democrats, just like now, were supposed to win big! Because the Democrats told it: Everybody hated Bush. Everybody resented the way the Supreme Court stole the election for Bush, that Algore had won the popular vote, just like Hillary did. And that the American people felt betrayed by Bush and the Supreme Court and 9/11 and Bush’s general stupidity and incompetence and as such could not wait for the Democrats to take back control of what is rightfully theirs, Washington, D.C.
“Except it didn’t happen,” he said. “The Republicans gained seats. Tim Russert was great. Brokaw brought me out, ‘So what do you think happened here?’ I said, ‘The Wellstone memorial. The Wellstone memorial is what happened.’ And I went on and told ’em why in a truncated version of what I just said to you. They were shell-shocked. They were shell-shocked. This just not in the formula. The party in power does not pick up seats in midterm elections, the first ones after a new president is elected.”