By Rich Noyes
Editor’s note. This is excerpted from Newsbusters.
Election Day is still a day away, so Democrats haven’t officially lost, yet. But you’re already hearing some liberal pundits blame Democrats for a “stupid” midterm campaign strategy, saying the party “did not listen to voters,” stressed the wrong issues and moved too far to the left.
Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, bluntly complained: “I’m a loyal Democrat, but I am not happy. I just think that we did not listen to voters in this election, and I think we’re going to have a bad night….When voters tell you over and over and over again that they care mostly about the economy, listen to them.”
On ABC’s This Week, host Martha Raddatz took a similar approach in challenging Democratic Senator Cory Booker: “This week you had President Biden give a major speech on saving democracy, barely mentioning the economy or crime…Was that the right thing to be stressing at this moment in the midterms when so many Americans are worried?”
Over on Fox News Sunday, Democratic pollster Mark Penn said the Biden White House “did not confront these issues [inflation and the economy] directly in any meaningful way. They became inflation deniers and that really, I think, is a stupid strategy.”
CNN’s Dana Bash noted Senator Amy Klobuchar was campaigning for fellow Democrat Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire, and asked Klobuchar to admit the party blundered by spending large sums to support “election denier” Don Bolduc: “Democratic groups spent millions of dollars boosting him in the Republican primary because they thought he’d be easier to beat in the general election. But now the race is really tight….Can you concede that it was a mistake?”
And on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria 360, HBO host Bill Maher said Democrats were being punished for losing common sense on cultural issues, and said Biden had sacrificed his centrist credentials by embracing the extremist elements of his party’s base: “You know, I just think that’s — the Democrats are going to find out that was not a great strategy.”
Add it up, and it suggests many media liberals are expecting an embarrassing performance by Democrats on Tuesday. Imagine how they’ll react if and when those theoretical losses become reality. …