Chuck Schumer and the Democrats bet big and lost.
They gambled smearing Brett Kavanaugh would boost them ahead of the 2018 elections.
But it turned out this big mistake could destroy the Democrat Party.
New Poll Stuns The Democrats
Journalists boasted for months about an impending blue wave.
The party out of power usually picks up seats in the midterms.
Democrats and their allies in the media believed this would lead to a Democrat Congress in 2018.
But the Democrats dreams just evaporated.
A brand new NBC/PBS News Hour/Marist poll found the Democrats lead in voter enthusiasm was down to only two points.
However, in July, the same poll found Democrats holding a commanding eight-point lead.
This proved the Democrats overplayed their hand in the Kavanaugh hearings.
They launched a smear campaign that not only failed to take him out, but it also awakened the GOP base.
Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion said, “The result of hearings, at least in short run, is the Republican base was awakened.”
“The Republicans’ approach has been, and continues to be, all about the base,” Miringoff continued. “This is their M.O., and that’s what we’re seeing. That works if turnout is not high.”
Kavanaugh Costs Democrats In Key Races
Fox News released brand new polls that were taken in the days after the Kavanaugh hearing.
They found Republicans challengers in North Dakota and Missouri gaining ground.
In North Dakota, Republican Kevin Cramer expanded his lead over Democrat Senator Heidi Heitkamp.
He leads 53 to 41 percent in the most recent Fox News poll.
That is a massive jump from the 48-44 lead Fox found him holding in their poll taken September 8 through the 11th.
Fox conducted that poll just days before Democrats launched their sneak attack on Kavanaugh.
Likewise, in Missouri, Republican Josh Hawley clawed his way back to a 43-43 percent tie with Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill.
But Fox’s September 8-11 poll showed McCaskill holding a three-point lead.
Both Missouri and North Dakota are red states.
Donald Trump is popular in both states.
And voters in both states want to see the Senate confirm Brett Kavanaugh.
Voters believe Democrats used Christine Blasey Ford’s false allegations against Brett Kavanaugh to smear him and keep him off the Supreme Court.
The 2018 Playing Field
Democrats need to pick up two Senate seats to take control of the chamber.
Public polling shows they lead in the Arizona and Nevada races.
In both contests, Republicans nominated anti-Trump RINOs.
Establishment Republicans in the mold of Mitt Romney and John McCain do not inspire the base.
So the GOP is counting on winning races where Democrats are running in red states.
Missouri and North Dakota are prime pickup opportunities.
If the GOP wins just one of those races, their odds of holding the Senate increase dramatically.
That means they can continue to confirm Trump’s conservative judicial nominees.
Chuck Schumer thought the Democrats held a winning hand when they tried to smear Kavanaugh.
They imagined angry women flocking to the polls to punish the GOP for defending a sexual abuser.
But instead, it backfired.
Schumer’s tactics only woke up the GOP base.