Radical liberal feminism --- the kind that likes abortion on demand and taxpayer-funded birth control --- has been rejected at the polls. Or, at least, it's been a really rough week, or so. And I'm not just talking about the fact that Sen.-elect Cory Gardner effectively pushed back on the "war on women" narrative by defeating Colorado's "Mark Uterus."
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Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.
Writing about Tuesday night's midterm blowouts, Nate Silver concedes "the polls were skewed toward Democrats."
A couple months ago, I pushed back on the notion that Republicans needed to craft big proactive policy proposals in order to win the midterms.
I'm going to let you in on a secret. Writing political columns is largely about developing a narrative. Now, this can be unseemly and misleading -- when certain facts are ignored in order to preserve or advance a bogus narrative. But when done correctly, narratives are simply the stories we tell to explain things. We are storytellers, which (despite today's trend toward the wonky) has served us well for centuries.
There are multiple tea leaves one can read to ascertain who's winning or losing a race. Polling is the most obvious, of course. But one of the best indicators is to see who's under attack --- not just by their opponent, but by the media --- for committing gaffes. (Notice I didn't say who is committing the most gaffes, inasmuch as this is subjective. If a gaffe falls in the woods and nobody notices it, or nobody cares, is it a gaffe?)
As the media focuses on whether or not Republicans will take the U.S. Senate tomorrow, it is interesting to note the largely overshadowed potential for electing a diverse group of Republicans to the House of Representatives.
We have established that the midterms are not boring or pointless, but are they predictive? As we look past Tuesday, and toward 2016, this is worth considering.
It's that spooky time of year when weird stuff happens. No, I'm not talking about Halloween; I'm talking about the final days before an election when you can almost guarantee crazy events will pop up. My advice between now and Tuesday: Don't believe anything.
Last night, the San Francisco Giants defied modern history by winning game 7 on the road against the Kansas City Royals. But if you were a gambler, you might well have put your money on KC. After all, the previous nine road teams had lost game 7. In fact, the road team hadn't won a game 7 since 1979, when the Baltimore Orioles lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Things appear to be tightening in Maryland, where a poll leaked to The Daily Caller shows the gubernatorial race is "extremely close --- only 2 points, 46 to 44, separate Democratic Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown and Republican small businessman Larry Hogan."
I'm starting to hear rumblings that, if he wins his Colorado senate race, Rep. Cory Gardner will be the model candidate used by the Republicans as an example for how to win. In some respects, this makes sense. Having backed away from the controversial personhood amendment -- and now advocating over-the-counter birth control -- he has blunted the "war on women" attacks, and seems poised for victory in a tough state.
When news trickled out about the Palins being involved in a drunken brawl, I was mildly amused. The narrative was that this band of rich hillbillies was at it again. Then I saw this disturbing quote from Bristol Palin (being questioned about the incident):
Let's assume for a minute that the GOP doesn't grasp defeat from the jaws of victory -- that two weeks from now they take the U.S. Senate and hold the House. Then what?
Noting that the U.S. "is entering an era of great political disruption, a bottom-up revolution on the scale of what upended the music, television, movie, media, and retail industries," National Journal's Ron Fournier has a few questions: "How soon until we stop settling for an inferior product in Washington and at statehouses? When do we demand more and better from the Democratic and Republican parties -- or create new political organizations that usurp the old?"
Halloween is just around the corner, which means we can expect to see think pieces lamenting (or defending) the proliferation of "naughty" costumes popping up. (This is the yearly warm-up for the annual "war on Christmas" columns.)
National Journal had a good piece up yesterday about how Ebola makes conservatives more conservative. It was good because it tapped into an interesting, and likely true point -- but also, because it didn't take cheap shots.
Like many Americans, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has softened on the issue of same-sex marriage. Going back to 2005, he was a staunch supporter of traditional marriage, and as recently as 2010, he reportedly "opposed a new state law that allows gay couples to register with counties to get certain benefits, such as hospital visitation rights." But his views have shifted.
No matter where you stand on the issue of gay marriage, gay rights, etc., one would expect liberals, by definition, to be the most passionate defenders of religious liberty and free expression.