Dems Need 24 Seats to Take House; Almost That Many GOP Districts Voted Clinton
In my last post I had a message for the pundits who are warning Democrats not to overdo their Trump opposition: the strong, fervent opposition to Trump is a feature not a bug.
This is a good thing:
“I was born a few years after the end of the Vietnam War, but never in my own memory has the political opposition to the sitting president been this intense. No president in my lifetime has become so unpopular, so fast. Yes, there was a lot of domestic opposition to President Bush, which culminated in the 2006 midterms, and yes, Republicans in the Obama years used a wave of Tea Party resentment to obstruct the president’s agenda, but this really and truly is something different. I was catching up with a friend in Congress, a Democrat, earlier this week, and he described the anger of his base as something he had never seen before.”
I fail to see how a fired up base is a bad thing. Neera Tanden:
Remember every day: Dems need 24 seats to win back the House; almost exactly that many Republicans hold districts that voted for Clinton.
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) February 4, 2017
Very true. I’m actually in a district-the 2nd Congressional District of NY-that went for Trump by a narrow margin-52-46. However, it was the first time the district voted Republican since 1992-and even then it was really a 40-40 tie but Bush won by a few thousand votes.
For this reason, I’m now looking into the possibility of challenging Peter King for his seat in 2018. King was previously in the 3rd Congressional district until 2013. Now the 3rd district did go for Hillary. They have voted just once starting in 1992 for the GOP Presidential candidate-W in 2004.
Point is King has been the beneficiary of split ticket voting. But what would these swing or Dem voters make if they knew how conservative he really is? That he supports Trump’s travel ban and that even in 2004 was saying there are ‘Too many Mosques in this country?’
King has probably been able until recently to make it a more local race. But already he is beginning to feel some heat.
Next these protesters need to ask him about Obamacare and whether or not he plans to support repeal and what he plans to do if Ryan wants to block grant Medicaid out to the states?
Indeed, GOP Congressmen are feeling the heat across the country and not just in blue districts or districts who voted Dem in POTUS election:
Facing a packed auditorium and raucous crowd, Republican Rep. Tom McClintock on Saturday defended his party’s national agenda and voiced strong support for President Donald Trump’s controversial executive actions to scale back Obamacare, ban visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Vote him out,” hundreds of demonstrators chanted outside the Tower Theatre in downtown Roseville, the Republican-heavy population center of McClintock’s sprawling congressional district. Inside the theater, more than 200 people gathered for a town-hall event hosted by McClintock.”
“Attendees, some carrying signs that read “Resist,” “Dump Tom McTrump” and “Climate change is real,” pressed McClintock to denounce Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, acknowledge the science supporting the human causes of climate change, and oppose Trump’s executive order temporarily restricting refugee admissions to the U.S.”