Despite breaking the glasses and flattening a journalist days before voting began (read Larry Thornberry’s spectacular recounting of the fight here), Republican Greg Gianforte knocked out the Democrat (his name doesn’t matter) in the Montana special election last night.
Media hardest hit.
Democrats eager to smash Republicans in special elections as leading indicators for a 2018 rout came away from the Montana election results emotionally bruised.
Attention turns to Georgia where Republican Karen Handel also faces a run-off. One Twitter comedian suggested that Handel beat a journalist or two before the election just to ensure favorable results.
A couple random thoughts:
First, early voting dampens the effect of last-minute snafus such as these. October surprises matter less when people vote in early October. The Democrats push for early voting because it aids lazy voters and abets voter fraud. In Montana, though, it harmed their candidate’s chances.
Second, the media wants to make everything a referendum on Donald Trump. Okay. Had the Republican lost in Montana, there’s no question the media would have said this loss was a referendum on the President. Does the fact that Gianforte won mean support for the President is solidifying? The media would never admit that.
Newsflash: The media’s distorted obsessions and transcendent hatred for Donald Trump are counterproductive. Contempt for Trump voters also is self-defeating. Americans do not like being sneered at. As much as some in our vaunted halls fancy themselves part of the nobility, America, thank God, is not Europe. It is time to knock off the haughty “tut tut” attitude.
For the love of all that’s good and decent, just report the President straight. Let Hollywood have their histrionics. Journalists need to sober up and do their jobs.