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Deroy Murdock: GOP mid-term prospects brighten by the day

May 24. 2018 8:11PM

Reports of the Republican Congress’ demise are greatly exaggerated. A Democratic recapture of the House, and perhaps the Senate, is not written in stone, sand, or anything else. That Democratic dream looks more elusive by the day. Indeed, rather than a giant blue wave, Republicans’ biggest risk is a pool of their own pessimism. Sinking into it could make defeat a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Despite the chants of the Democrats’ journalistic cheerleaders, the GOP has vaulted into a 6.2 percent lead in Reuters’ generic congressional ballot. That’s up from a 15-point deficit in early 2018. CBS News finds 68 percent of Americans consider President Donald J. Trump “somewhat” to “a great deal” responsible for the buoyant economy.

​A Newsweek headline said it all: “Americans Under Trump More Optimistic About Finding Good Jobs Than Ever Before.” As Gallup’s Jim Norman explained, “Sixty-seven percent of Americans believe that now is a good time to find a quality job in the U.S., the highest percentage in 17 years of Gallup polling.”

GOP coffers overwhelm the Democrats’. The Republican National Committee last month raised $13.0 million, spent $12.1 million, and had $43.8 million cash on hand. This jackpot was 39.8 percent higher than the $9.3 million GOP donors invested at this stage before 2014’s midterm elections.

The Democratic National Committee, raised just $7.9 million, spent $8.3 million, and held a mere $8.7 million in the bank. Last month’s deposits were 15.9 percent below the $9.4 million credited at this point before 2014’s midterms, and the lowest comparable midterm total since April 2006.

These facts strongly suggest that the Democrats’ missing agenda and their manic “RUSSIA!” obsession have driven them to the same destination: nowhere. Democrats’ lust to resist Trump’s every move — just because he makes it — also sandbags them.

Trump last week kept his campaign promise and moved America’s mission to Israel’s capital, as the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 required and subsequent Presidents of both parties evaded. Zero congressional Democrats attended the facility’s dedication ceremony.

Instead, as Hamas terrorists rioted at the Israeli/Gaza border, Democrats mourned those whom Israeli soldiers shot while dodging incoming rocks, Molotov cocktails, and blazing kites that ignited Israeli habitat.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Socialist-Vt. denounced “Israeli snipers” in a statement that ignored Hamas’ instigators. Likewise Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass., condemned Israel’s “excessive use of lethal force.”

When Trump extricated America from the disastrous Iran-nuclear deal (which Obama never even made the ayatollahs sign,) Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York complained that Trump should “let the nuclear part of this continue as is because it’s not being violated in any way.”

Presumably, this was the same Schumer who opposed the deal in September 2015. “I believe Iran will not change,” he said back then, adding that the agreement would let Tehran “achieve its dual goals of eliminating sanctions while ultimately retaining its nuclear and non-nuclear power.” Schumer was against it before he was for it.

When Trump called bloodthirsty MS-13 gang members “animals,” duplicitous Democrats claimed that he said this about all immigrants. As that lie was debunked, California’s Nancy Pelosi wondered if Trump recognizes “the spark of divinity, the dignity and worth of every person?” This is how the House Democratic leader discusses bloodthirsty illegal aliens who gang-rape little girls, chop up women with machetes, and literally yank their victims’ hearts from their rib cages.

The Democrats’ jalopy backfires badly, just as Trump’s tax-cut-and-deregulation-driven growth machine zooms Republicans forward.

All this confirms the GOP Congress — especially its leaders, and particularly in the Senate — should stop moping around, crying, and shopping for their own caskets. Instead, they should lead: Vote the Make America Great Again agenda onto President Trump’s desk, join him at countless bill-signing ceremonies, and watch the Israel-bashing, MS-13-coddling Democrats evaporate into oblivion.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor and a contributing editor with National Review Online.

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