The Red Wave May Be Down to a Ripple

From Politico:

It would have been easy to write Nebraska off as a fluke, after Democrats ran better than expected in a House race there last month. But then came Minnesota, where Democrats again beat expectations. And then, in New York on Tuesday, the dam broke.

“Well, shit,” one Republican strategist texted late Tuesday, as results from a Hudson Valley special election filtered in.

It would have been a victory for Democrats if they’d even kept it close. Instead, Democrat Pat Ryan beat Republican Marc Molinaro in a district that Joe Biden narrowly won in 2020, but that would have appeared to favor Republicans in a normal midterm climate.

This race was considered a bellweather. Ryan’s television ads promoted his support for abortion rights, while Molinaro ran on inflation and crime (for the record, he’s against them). Abortion rights won.

And, may I add, any day that both Carl Paladino and Laura Loomer lose elections is a pretty good day.

“It can be tempting to read too much into special elections,” the Politico piece continues. And the Hudson Valley is not the Midwest. But since the end of Roe, “it’s been nothing but one sign after another that Democrats — while still widely expected to lose the House in November — might not be in for the all-out drubbing once predicted.”

Nathaniel Rakich at FiveThirtyEight writes that Yes, Special Elections Really Are Signaling A Better-Than-Expected Midterm For Democrats. There’s still time for that to change before the November midterms, of course, but there’s no question that the political landscape has shifted in Dems’ favor since Sam Alito’s Dobbs decision was handed down.

If something happens to cause gas and food prices to go up again, things could change. But it’s also the case that Trumpworld may be at the beginning of a meltdown.

Immediately after the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, the MAGA faithful and their Republican fellow travelers rallied to Trump’s cause of perpetual outrage and bottomless grievance. But Trump and his immediate circle appear to be having a hard time keeping it together. How could any of them thought that releasing the National Archives letter was a good idea, for example? And the so-called lawyers working for him now can’t manage to fill out basic legal paperwork correctly.

Maggie Haberman, Glenn Thrush and Alan Feuer write for the New York Times,

The documents investigation represents the greatest legal threat Mr. Trump has faced in years, and he is going into the battle shorn of the protective infrastructure and constitutional armor of the presidency. After years of burning through lawyers, he has struggled to hire new ones, and has a small group of lawyers of varying experience.

He is facing a Justice Department he no longer controls, run by a by-the-book attorney general, Merrick B. Garland, who has pursued various investigations into Mr. Trump methodically and quietly.

Mr. Trump is serving as his own communications director and strategic adviser, seeking tactical political and in-the-moment public relations victories, sometimes at the risk of stumbling into substantive legal missteps.

The National Archive letter debacle appears to be an example of Trump seeking a public relations victory while making a huge legal misstep. He, or somebody, was so eager to prove that President Biden was behind the FBI raid (and the National Archive letter didn’t say he was) that he failed to notice the letter made Trump’s hoarding of classified documents look much more serious. This was a boneheaded move, made by a guy who is no longer sitting in the Oval Office where he was surrounded by at least some smart advisers.

And at this point Trump isn’t about to get any smarter. He may yet avoid criminal indictments, but if he does it won’t be because he’s so good at 12-dimensional chess.

Update: We’re getting some clues of one possible reason Trump was hanging on to classified documents. He thought they were cool stuff he wanted to put in his presidential library. From the Wall Street Journal:

The former president asserted early on, in a monthslong back-and-forth with National Archives officials seeking to recover the material, that it was his property and destined for his presidential library, said a person familiar with the matter.

“He has said, ‘People put this stuff in their library. How can they put it in their library if it has to go back to the Archives? I don’t understand why I can’t have these things,’ ” the person recalled. Mr. Trump has said he declassified all the material.

10 thoughts on “The Red Wave May Be Down to a Ripple

  1. All good news. Read in the Wapo (sorry no link) that Charlie Crist is "going  for DeSantis' jugular" as Jennifer Rubin's column explains.

    In bad news, I read yesterday that a 90 year old billionaire gave over $1 billion to the Federalist Society or some body connected with them. Government to the highest bidder.

    • Crist may be old news nationally but I was in FL when he was governor. The GOP had a meltdown when Crist met Obama at the airport and shook hands with the POTUS. He threw out the memo that said every Republican has to act like a member of the KKK.

      He also demanded that the home insurance companies asking for a rate hike open their books to show collections vs hurricane payouts, that being the excuse they claimed as the basis for the hike. Other stuff was old-school Republican but the arty went after him for being RINO.

      I liked the more progressive candidate, Niki ??, but she stood no chance in the General. Crist – now a Democrat, can reach way to the center running against Gov. DeSatan. It may occcur to Trump that DeSatan will be hurt in a presidential run by a defeat in Florida.

  2. "…so that I can give them to the National Archives until they are required for the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library and Museum." 

    That's from TFG in a tweet on Truth Social on Monday.

    Tuesday, TFG coughed up $650,000 from the PAC he controls to the Smithsonian for his own portrait and that of his spouse. Personally, I hope they pattern the painting after Trump at the piano Melania is draped across. TFG would think it's great and anyone with taste will see the sleaze

    Both these events, the post about the Presidential Library and the payment for his portrait. hint at the depths of vanity central to the fantasy TFG lives in. 

  3. Has no one explained to him that Presidential libraries don’t get originals of documents. At best the National Archive establishes an annex within the library, or more usually, provides copies of such. 

  4. If there ever is a tRUMP preDUNCEtial library built, when Sucks a l'Orange walks in to commemorate it, it will mark the first time in his life long, miserable life that he will have gone to a library.

    And what, pray tell, is going to be in tRUMP's library?

    Forty years of NY Post "Page Six" columns with his name in them?

    For tRUMP's library is to be true to the man, it should be built with other people's money, and be as empty as tRUMP's head and heart.

      • Hopefully it will be. Trump will be able to hand deliver to fellow prisoners copies of Art of the Deal via a library cart. Just like Brooks Hatlen in the Shawshank Redemption.

  5. Crist and Demings gives the democrats a real chance at defeating DeSantis and Rubio.  They should throw everything and the kitchen sink at them in GOTV efforts in the state.  The investment would be worth it.


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