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The 2022 midterm elections were, by any objective measure, tremendously disappointing for Republicans.
A House Popular Vote Majority Produced Few Seats but Is a Good Sign For Republicans in 2024 By Michael Barone
One of the puzzles in this year's surprising and unpredicted (including by me) off-year election results is why the Republicans' 51% to 47% win in the popular vote for House of Representatives did not produce a majority bigger than the apparent 221-214 result. (All numbers here are subject to revision in line with final returns.)
Democrats need a buffer as they face a daunting map.
KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE
— The looming Georgia Senate runoff is both the final race of 2022 and the first race of 2024, a Senate cycle in which Democrats are playing a lot of defense.
— The Democrats could run the Senate more smoothly if they can get a “real” majority of 51.
— But the primary importance of the runoff is electoral: Democrats could really use an extra buffer seat as they try to hang on in a couple of years.
Politicians praise electric cars. If everyone buys them, they say, solar and wind power will replace our need for oil.
The one promise that President Joe Biden has faithfully kept is his pledge to "close down" fossil fuels. We get two-thirds of our energy in America from fossil fuels, and almost one-third of our power comes from coal. That's quadruple the amount of energy we get from wind and solar, which are niche forms of energy.
One way to look at this election is as a repudiation of Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
The Good: We have divided government. Since Democrats no longer control Congress, they can't bankrupt America quite so fast!
Imagine someone close to you has a drinking problem....
"Make no mistake -- democracy is on the ballot for us all."
When you look around at the political scene, less than a week from the 2022 midterm elections, what do you see?
Secretary of State and Attorney General: What to Watch for Next Week in Key Statewide Contests By Louis Jacobson
KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE
— In our final pre-election handicapping of key down-ballot contests this year, we see 11 secretary of state races and 12 state attorney general races as competitive.
— The races attracting the most attention nationally, understandably, are those that involve Republican nominees who have questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election. Whether such candidates can win this year in such presidential battleground states as Arizona and Nevada could have a big impact on the 2024 presidential race.
— It remains to be seen whether these Trump-aligned candidates can ride the Republican midterm tailwind to victory, or whether GOP voters and GOP-leaning independents decide to pick and choose which Republicans they vote for this year.
Electric cars sales are up 66% this year.
A big issue that has emerged in the final days of the midterm election campaigns is the lockdowns of our schools and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At this point, it would save everyone time if Democrats could simply point to a policy agenda item that isn't going to save democracy -- if such a thing exists.
What issues are the candidates and the parties not talking about? It's worth asking, because sometimes these issues turn out to be important.
If you get your news from Twitter, the New York Times or the Washington Post, or virtually any cable or TV news network...
Some pundits say that Democrats will win the midterms.
Everywhere I go, people are mystified about President Joe Biden's economic agenda. So few of the policies comport with basic common sense that I'm asked the same question over and over: Is Biden intentionally trying to take a wrecking ball to the economy?
If Democrats take a drubbing in the off-year elections -- and it seems increasingly likely, but not certain, that they will -- it will be because they lost their moorings when the country seemed to go crazy with excessive COVID closedowns and irrational obsessions about systemic racism.