Stirewaltisms: House Forecast Calls for Climate Change
The wind is blowing in a generally Republican direction.
HOUSE FORECAST: CLIMATE CHANGE
It’s been more than six months since the first primary of the 2022 midterms and we still haven’t come to a satisfactory answer to the most important question of any cycle: What’s the climate like?
In most midterms of our era, it’s usually simple and brain-numbingly obvious before Labor Day. But here we are two months from Election Day, and we can’t say for certain. What was shaping up this spring to be an old-fashioned hurricane for the party in power broke up before it could make landfall, mostly owing to the arrogance of the most recent Republican president. Then, just as it looked like Democrats might escape unscathed, the party and its leader embarked on a ridiculous effort to actually change an issue set that was already moving in their direction.
As Casey Stengle would say: “Can't anybody here play this game?”
The egotism and political incompetence of our current president and his immediate predecessor—like that of the hirelings in both parties who make profits as obscene as their lack of innovation and insight—is nothing new, however. You can pretty much predict what Joe Biden or Donald Trump will do next by determining the opposite of the smartest thing they could do to help the parties they lead. Arrogant nincompoopery being thus assumed, we turn to the issue set.
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