CNN Admits: Republican Red Wave ‘Building Fast’

As Americans wage a daily battle to make ends meet through President Joe Biden’s failed economic policies, the prospects for Democrats as the November midterm elections draw closer are looking more and more ominous.

Traditionally, the party that is in the White House loses seats in both the House and Senate. But in 2022, that conventional wisdom could be on steroids for Democrats.

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Making Predictions

There are just five months until November, and CNN’s Chris Cillizza is worried.

The Cook Political Report predicts that Republican gains will be from 20-35 seats.

Nathan Gonzalez and Jacob Rubashkin, who run the “Inside Elections” newsletter website also do not paint a rosy picture for Democrats in the fall. Their predictions are about the same as the Cook Report.

“While Biden’s poor standing sets the stage for a national election with down ballot consequences, Democrats will try to run dozens of individual races in which their battle-tested incumbents can weather the storm by discrediting GOP candidates. Some Democrats are currently running ahead of Biden’s job rating but that isn’t sustainable on a broad scale as voters focus on races and realize control of Washington is at stake. Democratic survivors in competitive districts will be the exception rather than the rule.”

Gonzalez and Rubashkin put 21 Democrat seats in the toss up or loss column for Democrats, and nine in the same position for Republicans.

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Biden Setting Record Low Approval Ratings

If Democrats had planned on Joe Biden having good enough approval ratings to drag them over the finish line in November, well, better come up with a plan B. Seemingly with every new poll, Biden’s job approval hits a new record low.

A recent Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Research poll showed Biden at 39% job approval. If you break the numbers down, it gets even worse. Just 20% of Americans think the country is on the right track, two-thirds of Americans disapprove of his handling of the economy, only 38% approve of Biden’s handling of immigration and the situation at the southern border, and 54% disapprove of his handling of relations with Russia.

And among an all important voting demographic for Democrats, Biden’s job approval rating among Hispanics is at 26% with 60% disapproval.

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Some Races To Watch

Some of the interesting Congressional primary races have already been decided, J.D. Vance in Ohio, Herschel Walker in Georgia, and there has been no winner declared in Pennsylvania between Dr. Mehmet Oz and David Mccormick. Should Oz pull out a win, Trump-endorsed candidates will have won all three contests.

In Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto is considered a very vulnerable Senate seat. She could face Attorney General Adam Laxalt or Afghanistan vet Sam Brown. In Arizona, Mark Kelly’s Senate seat is one the GOP are eyeing. He could go up against Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Jim Lamon, Blake Masters, or Mick McGuire.

In Missouri, retiring Senator Roy Blunt’s seat is up for grabs, and the primary includes Attorney General Eric Schmitt, former disgraced Gov. Eric Greitens, who was forced to resign amid a sex scandal and campaign finance irregularities, Reps. Vicky Hartzler and Billy Long, and Mark McClosky, who, along with his wife made news when they pointed guns at a BLM mob in St. Louis in 2020.

Heir to the Busch beer fortune, Trudy Busch Valentine has recently thrown her hat in the ring on the Democrat side. 

Will Democrats, especially those in what are considered vulnerable seats, want Joe Biden stumping on the campaign trail with them? Could be a long hot summer for Democrats.

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