Editor's note: A backlash to the Trump backlash?
The hysterical outcry this weekend over the Senate’s approval of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court capped what has been a contentious last few weeks.
Opponents screamed their disdain and pounded on the doors of the High Court. Dozens got arrested.
What now? Democrats are hoping to harness the anger on display and channel it into a blue wave in next month’s midterms. That’s been at the heart of Kavanaugh’s confirmation battle.
Yet some recent polls show that all this backlash to Kavanaugh -- and the continued resistance to President Donald Trump -- may be backfiring on Democrats.
The uncorroborated allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge have led to calls of #BelieveWomen -- due process be damned.
Women’s groups are rallying their troops. EMILY’s List, which advocates for pro-choice, Democratic women candidates, and the Women’s March are on the pink wave bandwagon.
One email I received from Planned Parenthood Ohio stated: “Republican leaders turned their backs on women and it is time to turn our backs on them by voting them out of office this November. Women will not forget.”
It’s probably true that they won’t forget. But Republican voters (including many conservative women) also aren’t going to forget what’s played out in recent weeks.
Last week's NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that Democratic enthusiasm for the midterms is ebbing -- and it’s picking up for Republicans.
“In July, there was a 10-point gap between the number of Democrats and Republicans saying the November elections were ‘very important,’” reported NPR. “Now, that is down to 2 points, a statistical tie.”
Conservative women are also more motivated. The poll found that the percentage of GOP women saying the November election is “very important” jumped 12 points, to 83 percent from 71 percent this summer. It spiked by a similar amount for men.
This isn’t surprising. I keep hearing from our Detroit News readers, in addition to anecdotes from friends and family, how sick and tired they are of the constant drumbeat against Trump -- and now Kavanaugh. And that includes those who didn’t support Trump in the first place.
Democrats have made it clear how unhappy they are. And Republicans are starting to realize what's at stake if they don't come out to vote, too. The intensity of the backlash against the president could potentially lead to another backlash next month.