Amidst Democratic gas lighting about the grave threat to “Democracy” that mega MAGA Republicans pose, a mid/late October poll came out that revealed that the American people believed the media was the greatest threat to Democracy. A New York Times (!)–Siena College poll found that 59% of voters view the media as a “major threat to democracy,” 25% as a “minor threat” and 15% (overwhelmingly Democrats) as no threat at all. Naturally, the media buried the poll as quickly as possible. “Democracy Dies in Darkness” may have to join “My Body, My Choice” in the Democratic propaganda meme morgue. Obvious media bias and poll propaganda are killing the former, while vaccine mandate hypocrisy and abortion without limits are doing in the latter.
Most voters also were not buying the Democratic talking point regarding the imminent and urgent threat to Democracy that a Democratic butt kicking in the mid-terms would be, although I would not discount the possibility of election denying riots and arson in certain blue areas, especially if Republican gubernatorial and Senate upsets occur in New York, Oregon and Michigan.
After years of media malpractice and misinformation, the citizenry has caught on.
Polls are used to shape public opinion and suppress Republican enthusiasm and turnout. Consistent left favoring mismatches between polling and actual results are often attributed to technical sampling problems and uncooperative (mistrustful) right of center voters. Or, it is simply a dishonest and biased set of journalists and pollsters. The New York Times is a propaganda outlet for the left, not an “objective” news source. The same is true for NBC, CBS, ABC, most of their local affiliates (not to name names, but I am talking about you WLBZ Channel 2), NPR, the Washington Post, the BDN and PPH.
This column was written a week before the election. These predictions are based on my hopes, fears and understanding of the mainstream media bias and misfeasance.
• US House- Republicans pick up 20-25 seats, Pelosi retires and the Speaker McCarthy era begins. The January 6th Committee is disbanded, but there is no retribution for progressive abuses. The Biden crime family is investigated, but Democrats are allowed to obstruct the process and none are stripped of their committee assignments. No impeachments occur.
In Maine’s 2nd CD, Jared Golden is re-elected after ranked choice voting reverses a narrow Poliquin plurality, and Golden assumes irrelevant backbencher status as he contemplates a 2026 Gubernatorial bid.
• US Senate- Republicans gain a 51-48 majority pending another Georgia runoff. In Pennsylvania, Fetterman is elected because of early voting. He resigns and his wife is appointed in his place. Democrats use the filibuster to assure that no Republican legislation has to be vetoed by Jill Biden and Susan Rice. They are unable to get a SCOTUS appointment through, but Senator Collins supports every other Brandon judicial and executive appointment, including one for Angus King, who replaces John Kerry as climate czar and is appointed chief spook.
• Gubernatorial races- Arizona, Michigan, New York and Oregon elect Republican governors. Maine returns Gov. Mills to the Blaine house, with the 2nd CD supporting LePage but the 1st CD rejecting him. Gov. Mills appoints Director of the Office of Policy Innovation and the Future Hannah Pingree to fill Angus King’s Senate seat.
• Maine Legislature- Republicans win a narrow majority in the Senate, Democrats retain a narrow majority in the House. Democrats retain control of the Attorney General’s office. The Maine Education Association and the Climate Alarmist Caucus retain effective control of the State. Energy Prices skyrocket. It will be a very hard winter.
Jon Reisman is an economist and policy analyst who retired from the University of Maine at Machias after 38 years. He resides on Cathance Lake in Cooper, where he is a Selectman and a Statler and Waldorf intern. Mr. Reisman’s views are his own and he welcomes comments as letters to the editor here, or to him directly via email at [email protected].