Media Ignores GOP Wins After Hyping Elections As “Blue Wave” Forecast
Prior to two prominent election races, one in California and one in Wisconsin, the liberal media was hyping people up to look at these contests as predictors of which way the wind might be blowing for the 2020 election between Trump and Biden. Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight wrote up a whole blog about the races, nudging readers to believe that their results “could hint at another blue wave in 2020.”
“On Tuesday, we’ll get a taste of whether Democrats’ electoral advantage on paper will hold up in practice, as California and Wisconsin hold special elections for two vacant congressional seats,” the website wrote. “The main event is in the California 25th Congressional District, a bellwether seat in the north Los Angeles suburbs, where both parties see a chance to add to their ranks in the House. But if Democrats are also competitive in the quickly reddening, rural Wisconsin 7th Congressional District, it could signal another blue wave in the fall.”
It only stands to reason, of course, that if Democratic Party victory in these elections heralds a blue wave in November, the opposite would also stand true: Democrats may not have as much of an advantage heading into the 2020 election as they want people to think. For that reason, you’d have to think that reporting the results of these bellwether contests would be a high priority for any news organization that concerns itself with politics.
As it happened, the opposite did occur. In both California’s 25th district and Wisconsin’s 7th, Republicans prevailed. Mike Garcia clinched the election out in California, not only upsetting his Democratic challenger but successfully becoming the first Republican to flip a seat from blue to red since 1998. In Wisconsin, Tom Tiffany managed to hold on to a seat that some Democrats had hoped might go to them. Do these special election results mean that Trump is headed for a second term? Could they spell doom for Democrats’ hopes of retaking the Senate majority?
We’ll never know, because the media seems determined to pretend as if these elections never happened. There was no mention of these races on either of the big three networks – not on the morning shows and not on the evening news broadcasts. Likewise, there was no mention of the races on CNN. MSNBC found time to mention Garcia’s likely victory exactly one time throughout the day, but they never got around to talking about Tiffany’s win in Wisconsin.
Frankly, the fact that the left-wing media ignored these races is a better sign for Trump’s chances than any punditry could give us. If they’re this determined to push these GOP victories down the memory hole, they must really be scared.