Political analyst lays out the 'unholy trinity of bad things' creating midterm election problems for the GOP
A political analyst has laid out the flurry of problematic issues plaguing the Republican Party as he explains how those issues could subsequently impact the political party's midterm election outcomes.
During a recent appearance on MSNBC News' "Morning Joe," political analyst John Heilemann offered his assessment of how the Republican Party's midterm outlook has taken a turn for the worse over the last several months. Initially, he believed there was a chance of a "landslide" for the upcoming midterm elections in November due to staggering inflation rates and President Joe Biden's declining approval ratings.
However, now he's detailing the "unholy trinity of bad things" that he believes may cost the Republican Party the election. Speaking to MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, Heilemann insisted that it would take major changes for the party to have a real chance at taking both chambers of Congress.
"We're both students of history and in a midterm election where the in-power president had his approval rating in the 30's and the main economic variable for a lot of people in their lives which is inflation, even though it's getting more under control and it's way too high and people talk about it all of the time, out here in America and in circumstances like that, you should be looking at a landslide for Republicans," Heilemann explained.
"And I think Republicans thought that's what they were looking at as recently as the spring," he added, "and then a bunch of stuff happened and then I think, you know, we got a holy trinity or an unholy trinity of bad things for Republicans."
He also noted how the Uvalde shooting and overturning of Roe v. Wade negatively impacted their position.
"And the first of them being the Uvalde shooting, raising the gun issue," he explained. "The second being the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and the 1/6 committee hearings putting Donald Trump back in the spotlight and those three things have created, not just a messaging opportunity for Democrats who do want to knit them together and turn them into a national message about Republicans being the party of extremists."
"The Republicans were leading in the congressional, generic ballot basically from May and early June and all of a sudden Democrats are in a place they shouldn't be and that tells you something about how potentially extraordinary a historic year this is," he continued. "If they can buck the two big factors and hold the House of Representatives or even limit their losses in the House of Representatives, that would be an amazing thing and that'll tell you how much Republicans have screwed this up."
Heilemann and Scarborough later criticized some of the Republican candidates currently facing challenges in the polls. They pointed to the unfavorable poll results for Trump-backed Mehmet Oz.
"He's getting beat right now by a candidate who had a stroke and wasn't on the campaign trail in an active way for the last few months," and then adding, "How bad is Herschel Walker, one of the most famous people in the state of Georgia and he's quickly become a laughing stock."
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