There is definitely a blue wave cresting in American politics. When it hits Arizona, it will spell doom for the Martha McSally campaign for US Senate.
As of last December, Democrats won a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, won the governorship in New Jersey, took full control of the Washington state government, and swept elective offices statewide in Virginia. Now voters in Pennsylvania elected a Democratic Congressmen in a deep-red district.
Even though the Democrats had less in campaign funds, were outspent by out-of-state PACs and ran in districts carried by the president, they are still finding a way to win.
Trump is poison. Even in conservative districts, Trump is unpopular. Democrat Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania won a stunning upset against a Republican who was chiefly a stand-in for Trump and who endorsed Trump’s tawdry agenda. Trump energizes Democrats, and his two appearances drove independents to vote for the Democrat.
McSally, a nondescript Republican, votes in line with Trump 97.1%. She defended Trump from criticism by Sen. Jeff Flake. McSally has sent out photos of herself with the president and with first daughter Ivanka Trump. McSally appeared on Fox News to sing the president’s praises. Her announcement video features Trump saying, “Martha McSally, she’s the real deal.”
We can only hope that Trump brings his poisonous presence to Arizona repeatedly to campaign for McSally. Trump carried Arizona by only 4 points.
Money isn’t everything. In Pennsylvania, Democrat Lamb raised $3.9 million and spent $3 million. His opponent raised only $900,000 but was supported by conservative PACs that spent $14 million on the Republican.
What mattered more was Lamb’s campaign for universal health care, against Trump’s tax cut, for expanded background checks, for stronger unions, against cuts to Social Security, for a woman’s right to choose and for medical marijuana.
So far McSally has raised $3,769,793 and has $1,816,667 cash on hand. The Koch brothers and right-wing PACs will kick in millions more. But all that dirty money won’t be enough.
The thing that will hang McSally is her vote against the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The more the GOP attacks the ACA, the more popular it becomes. In Pennsylvania, exit polls showed the health care was a top priority for voters. The election was a referendum on Trump’s attacks and sabotage of the ACA. Voters supported the Democrat’s pro-healthcare views and voted against the Republican anti-healthcare agenda.
McSally often refuses to say where she stands on issues and avoids appearing at town halls. However, research shows that McSally is:
- Against a woman’s right to choose.
- Has an “A” rating from the NRA and took $77,063 from the gun lobby.
- Anti-gay marriage.
- Anti-immigration reform.
- Anti-renewable energy, solar, wind and thermal energy.
Her views are repellent where six-in-ten U.S. adults (59%) say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, compared with 37% who say it should be illegal all or most of the time.
McSally’s positions are anathema to an electorate that favors gun safety laws. 88% of Americans support universal background checks and 68% support a ban on assault weapons.
Based on polling in 2017, a majority of Americans (62%) support same-sex marriage, while 32% oppose it.
According to a CBS News poll, almost 9 in 10 respondents — 87 percent — said they believe that the so-called Dreamers should be allowed to remain in the U.S.
65% of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy sources, compared with 27% who would emphasize expanded production of fossil fuel sources.
Martha McSally is the wrong candidate for the US Senate in Arizona, and when voters get the change to rebuke Trump in November, she will go down in flames.