Is Anti-Trump Feeling Going to Give Democrats State Victories?

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

The New York Times anti-Trump story doesn’t seem any different than all the promises that Hillary would win in 2016.

Obviously, if Democrats win any victories in November elections, anti-Trump sentiment will be part of the reason for their victories. But are there going to be widespread victories for Democrats because of Donald Trump? That reminds me of CNN authoritatively declaring that Donald Trump had only a one-percent chance of winning the Republican primary.

Frankly, I think anti-Trump rage is more likely to cause more people to vote Republican.

The New York Times reports, “Democrats See Openings at State Level, Thanks to Trump Resistance.

A polarizing president electrifies the opposition party going into his first midterm election, raising the party’s hopes that it can reclaim governorships, ram through major policy change at the state level and redraw legislative lines in its favor for a decade to come.

It’s a scenario both political parties have seen before, most recently in 2010, when out-of-power Republicans rode the Tea Party-led wave against the Obama administration to smashing victories across the country.

This year, governors in both parties acknowledged at the National Governors Association conference here, it is Democrats who appear poised to make major gains as Republicans brace for a backlash against President Trump that could lead to grievous statehouse losses.

“It does feel very much like 2010 reversed to me right now,” said Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee, the head of the Republican Governors Association. “There’s a lot more conviction about voting on the Democrat side than our side, which is a concern to us.”

While much of Washington was transfixed last week by the latest Trump-created uproar, this one over his widely criticized summit meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, the nation’s governors gathered here for their annual summer conference to plot how best to exploit or mitigate a president who is as divisive as he is ubiquitous.

In a series of interviews, Republican and Democratic governors said opposition to Mr. Trump had galvanized liberal and many moderate voters, leading to a sizable intensity gap between the two parties. Mr. Trump has been seeking to close that political deficit for his party, leveraging the fierce loyalty of the Republican base in the remaining months of the election, while the Democrats are working to keep their base focused on channeling their anger in the midterms.

But beyond Mr. Trump’s controversial behavior, the governors said the president’s policies on issues like trade had created an opening for Democrats in Republican-leaning farm belt states like Iowa and Kansas, where farmers are facing retaliatory tariffs.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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