As the 2018 midterms approach, Democrats in Washington, celebrities, and a complicit media continue to savage President Trump – and it appears to be having an effect in the polls.
Take your pick of late-night comedians – you're not going to hear anything positive about President Trump:
Jimmy Kimmel: "And then he opened his mouth and all manner of stupid came out."
Seth Meyers: "Consider how embarrassing it is ..."
Stephen Colbert: "A lot of people have called Donald Trump a racist – but only because of what he says and does."
Over at NBC News, Andrea Mitchell sat down with former Vice President Joe Biden to commiserate on the state of the country.
Joe Biden: "The only thing that's right for me to do now is to try to stop this enormous erosion of the moral fabric that's at the hands of Donald Trump and the Republicans."
Gary Bauer of American Values says it's important to realize just who Biden is attacking – and why. "They're attacking [President Trump] with such vitriol because he is fighting for the values that many of us, that millions of us – at least half the country – believe in," he observes.
But the negative press seems to be working. According to RealClearPolitics, eight separate generic polls conducted since late January all indicate a preference for Democrats to run Congress. One of those polls has Democrats up by 11 points as the calendar rushes toward November.
"I'm deeply worried," responds Bauer. "In the House, history is not on our side." Midterm elections historically are bad for the party that controls the White House. Yet some Republicans are buoyed by improving numbers in some recent polls.
Still, Bauer remains cautious. "In addition to [midterm history], because of this anger on the left, their grassroots is on fire," he points out. "And we're seeing in special election after special election [that] they're turning out the vote at the levels they turn out in presidential elections, whereas conservatives are turning out at much lower levels."
Bauer says unless conservatives wake up and start mobilizing, it will be they who wake up on November 7 feeling like they've been run over by a Mac truck driven by Democrats.