Back in August of 2020, House Republicans were facing long-shot prospects for the fall during election season.
A report from Politico showed that the election was going to be an uphill battle for the GOP on all fronts.
Internal Democratic surveys in recent weeks have shown tight races in once-solid GOP seats in Indiana, Texas, Michigan, Ohio and Montana that Trump carried handily 2016 — data that suggest the battleground is veering in a dangerous direction for the GOP
“Republicans were jolted by the fact that a lot of white suburban voters abandoned them. The question now is whether that trend will continue,” said former Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), who lost reelection in 2018. “If it does, it could endanger some of those districts, particularly in the Midwest.”
One party member in a competitive district stated, “The DCCC’s candidates are printing money, and the president’s falling poll numbers are devastating to Republicans across the map.”
“That’s why McCarthy and the NRCC need to hold the line and focus on saving incumbents first.”
Veteran Republican operative Mike DuHaime said at the time, “The fact that the polling is close has got to be troubling in a lot of those districts, and the incumbents in those districts can’t view themselves as too safe.”
He added, “If they are forcing Republicans to spend money there on defense, rather than spending money on offense, it’s smart.”
So with falling polls, it was immediately compared to 2016 where every single poll had Hillary Clinton winning the presidency.
Of course that didn’t happen even though she won the popular vote.
NRCC spokesperson Chris Pack made that connection by saying, “These polls being peddled by the DCCC are the same nonsense polls they peddled in ’16 and ’18 that routinely missed the mark by 10-15 points and should be taken with a grain of salt.”
But a leading GOP pollster said, “Everything is extremely competitive for the Democrats. This is 2006-2008 all over again, where the voters punished the party in power, which in ’06 was Republicans, and in ’18 was Republicans. They didn’t say, ‘OK, we’re done,’ after ’06. There was continued punishment.”
The pollster finished with, “If you’re in Vegas, betting, you’re going to bet on Democrats picking up more seats right now than Republicans.”
So why is this important now?
Currently, the GOP in the House and Senate are blaming Democrats for basically everything. It’s the Democrat’s fault that we’re in the situation we are in because of many different reasons.
And this all stems back to Biden “hacking” the election. But that’s untrue on every level.
Trump and the GOP started to sieve support back to March of last year and it showed in this August report that things were in a dire scenario.
So next time you hear someone on the right talking about how the Democrats “stole” the election, you can point the finger right back at the GOP for having a poor strategy, bad government management, and a misguided agenda for the country.
They literally did this to themselves.