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ANALYSIS: Democrats’ Last Hope For The Midterms Is Falling Apart

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Sarah Weaver Staff Writer
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Democrats know that with the disastrous state of the economy, their chances for the midterm elections are slim. The party controls the House of Representatives and the White House, but they are hoping to gain back the Senate in November. Their chances for success aren’t looking good.

Poll after poll shows that economic concerns are at the forefront of voters’ minds. In fact, the state of the economy appears to be the only issue voters can find a bipartisan consensus on. A large percentage of both Democrats and Republicans had a pessimistic view of the economy. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that 67% of Democrats and 90% of Republicans say the economy is in poor condition.

Even after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a Cygnat poll found that the high cost of living/inflation, the economy in general and crime/violence were the most important issues to 62% of voters, while only 8% said that abortion was the most important issue to them. (RELATED: ‘Alright, I Heard You’: Whoopi Goldberg Snaps At Conservative Guest Saying Americans Care More About Inflation Than Jan 6) 

In their minds, Democrats have one last bet for the midterms, and they’re going all in on it. Democrats need to convince voters by November that the Jan. 6 illegal breach of the Capitol is bound to happen again and that all Republicans who agree with Trump are culpable and likely to encourage such actions again. With great fanfare, Democrats and their allies in the media assembled the Jan. 6 Committee intended to investigate the riot. They promised smoking guns and riveting testimony.

But American voters aren’t tuning in. Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson’s interview with Kyle Rittenhouse beat out every major network’s viewership of the first Jan. 6 Committee hearing. A Scott Rasmussen National Survey found that many American voters aren’t even sure when, or if, the hearings are airing. The survey found that 32% thought the committee wasn’t airing the hearings on primetime television, and 21% thought the hearings had already happened. A majority of Americans, at 58%, believe the committee is biased, while only 42% believe it is fair, according to a Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll. (RELATED: Rubio: Jan. 6 Commission Is A ‘Partisan Scam’)

Even SNL’s Michael Che echoed what American voters are evidently thinking, writing in a now-deleted post on his Instagram, “january 6 hearings..? pfft! more like january sick of hearing about this crap!”

A New York Times article from June revealed the Democrats’ playbook for the hearings. They’re staking their midterm hopes on their ability to arrest the American voters’ attention in the January 6 hearings. (RELATED: Former ABC News President Who Quashed The Epstein Story To ‘Produce’ Democrats’ Jan 6 Hearings)

“With their control of Congress hanging in the balance, Democrats plan to use made-for-television moments and a carefully choreographed rollout of revelations over the course of six hearings…to persuade voters that the coming midterm elections are a chance to hold Republicans accountable for it,” the NYT reported.

In the story, Democrat politicians and political operatives admitted that the purpose of the hearings will be to convince voters that Republicans are responsible for everything that happened at the capitol on January 6, 2020, and should be held to account in November.

“When these hearings are over, voters will know how irresponsibly complicit Republicans were in attempting to toss out their vote and just how far Republicans will go to gain power for themselves,” New York Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said.

Democrats are fundraising off the hearings, and Democratic Party committees sent out emails before the opening day of the hearings. The emails solicited donations and asked supporters to tune in to watch the hearings.

The committee’s hearings haven’t yielded the bombshell findings voters were promised. The committee’s headline testimony from former Mark Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson fell apart in record time. Hutchinson claimed that Trump demanded to be taken to the Capitol to be with his supporters, even lunging at Secret Service and trying to take hold of the steering wheel of the car in which they were driving.

Sources close to the Secret Service say the presidential limousine driver is prepared to testify that Trump did no such thing. Even worse, the committee never even reached out to Secret Service to corroborate the story before making much of Hutchinson’s testimony. Exclusive text messages obtained by the Daily Caller revealed that Hutchinson herself called the committee “bs” before her testimony.

A poll by the Trafalgar Group in conjunction with Convention of States Action found that only 63.2% of likely midterm voters say the committee’s findings will change their vote. A recent YouGov poll found that voters’ opinions of the incidents on Jan. 6 have barely changed since the hearings began.

Democrats’ midterm gamble is falling flat. Voters aren’t paying attention to the hearings. And only small margins of midterm voters are swayed by the findings of the committee. High gas prices and record inflation remain at the forefront of voters’ concerns come November.