Opinion: The red tide is rising

Paris Dennard

President Trump is popular and his policies are working ahead of the midterm elections. The president’s popularity and the candidates’ embrace of him and his agenda are good signs for the Republican Party and its efforts to maintain control of both the U.S. House and Senate chambers.

With all the predictions for a Democratic blue wave, we actually have the perfect storm for a Republican red tide that will wash away the liberal dreams of formalizing resistance, the politics of personal destruction and the superfluous investigations that Nancy Pelosi is sure to launch if she becomes speaker of the House.

They tried to derail the nomination of now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh but his successful confirmation proved that their overreach failed. The left tried to manufacture outrage about immigration policy saying the Trump administration was the author of the child separation policy knowing it was actually in place, tolerated and enforced by previous administrations.

In this Oct. 27, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro, Ill. Eager to focus voters on immigration in the lead-up to the midterm elections, Trump on Oct. 29 escalated his threats against a migrant caravan trudging slowly toward the U.S. border as the Pentagon prepared to deploy thousands of U.S. troops to support the border patrol.

Despite all the attempts to stop the popularity and momentum of Trump ahead of the midterms, it is not working. President Trump's approval is up and even ahead of where President Obama was during the same time in 2010. The White House and the Republicans on the Hill just keep working and delivering.

Pundits speculated that Trump was going to be too controversial for the midterms and not campaign, or that candidates — including incumbents — would not want to be seen with him. Sorry, but he is not President Obama, from whom Democrat candidates were running away because of the wildly unpopular Obama agenda.

Conversely, President Trump’s winning message is one that the candidates are embracing.

Just look at the intensity of support for President Obama in Nevada versus that of President Trump’s Elko County rally a few days ago. President Trump had over 8,000 show up and President Obama maxed out around 2,000 people.

If the goal is to wake up the silent majority, then the Kavanaugh confirmation, a strong economy, low unemployment, Pastor Brunson and other hostages coming home, tax cuts, deregulation, opportunity zone implantation, affordable small business health care options, dialogue and better relations with North Korea, and a better trade deal with Mexico and Canada — all while supporting prison reform — should surely do it.

By midterm Election Day the Trump campaign is on target to do 30 campaign rallies, spending tens of millions in support of Republican candidates because the stakes are high and so is the demand.

Where does that leave the GOP just weeks before the election? It has the GOP in a better position to make history. President Trump is a force. It would be foolish for the liberal media and Democratic candidates to underestimate him, his message, his impact and his ability to connect with people.

Socialism, open borders, higher taxes and globalism are all things the left is pushing on the campaign trail.

 Hopefully Republicans realize what is at stake and keep up the momentum and vote for the GOP in November.

Paris Dennard served as the associate director for coalitions at the Republican National Committee from 2009-11 and worked in the President George W. Bush White House.