Pennsylvania’s special election is an urgent warning sign for the GOP

The results of Tuesday’s Pennsylvania special election should be an unbearably loud fire alarm for national Republicans about the state of public dissatisfaction with their party. If they aren’t covering their ears and sprinting for the exits, they are making a fatal error.

In a special election to fill the seat of disgraced GOP Rep. Tim Murphy, the results were too close to call early Wednesday morning. But with 100 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Conor Lamb appeared to have narrowly defeated the hand-picked candidate of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, a dull state legislator and proud Trumper called Rick Saccone. Around 1 a.m., Lamb declared victory, though Saccone insisted “it’s not over yet.” A recount remained possible, but that one would even be needed in such a deep-red district was a warning sign for Republicans.

While special elections are silly and wasteful, Tuesday’s election was still huge for the Democrats and their chances of regaining power this November. Repeat this simple mantra, my little donkeys: President Trump is not magic. His incompetence is killing the GOP. His partisans are deserting him even in his strongholds and his party is now set for a historic drubbing that might eclipse even the “shellacking” delivered to former President Obama’s Democrats in 2010. Republican legislators on the fence about retiring will have their answer: Golfing in Florida beats this kind of humiliation.

Democrats should be elated. If Republicans aren’t safe in PA-18, they aren’t safe anywhere. Trump carried Pennsylvania’s 18th district by 19.6 points, and last night’s showing was a shocking 20-point swing away from the 2016 results. Republican turnout collapsed. If you take last night’s results literally and seriously, they could put more than 120 Republican seats in play in November. While many of those districts will have …read more

Source:: The Week – Politics


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