The Wave Against Weirdness

Source: The Dispatch
by Chris Stirewalt

“I have read or heard many stupid, implausible, and self-serving explanations for this year’s very unusual waveless midterm result — what Democratic strategy guru Michael Meehan is calling the ‘slack tide election.’ But the worst explanations of all are the ones that suggest that the election was some kind of policy referendum or that candidates of one ideological bent or another did better or worse. Nope. Nope. Nope. The national consensus came down clearly, but it wasn’t on policy. It was against weirdness. Being conservative didn’t hurt; ask [Brian] Kemp or his southerly neighbor, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Being a weirdo, on the other hand, did. Think of the money Republicans wasted from coast to coast to propping up weird candidates … all because the GOP primary electorate wouldn’t choose normal candidates to take advantage of a favorable political climate.” (11/14/22)