I had a dream the other night.
Democrats were winning Senate seats. Ohio, Indiana – everywhere.
Yes, when you’re in my line of business, these are the kind of dreams you have.
The Democrats picked up like five or six seats. And it wasn’t even Election Day! This was some kind of pre-Election Day. I thought, How are Republicans going to win the Senate in November when they’re now another half dozen seats in the hole?
And then – Mississippi. The Republicans had even lost Mississippi. How could – no, wait, it turned out the Mississippi loss was just a local election. But the Democrat who won was mouthing off about how Democrats would eventually seize the state.
I bring this up because you are seeing now a slew of articles predicting a bug Republican splash on Election Day. People must remember, there were widespread predictions of a big Romney splash on Election Day a couple of years ago. I believed them. Even Mitt Romney believed them.
Part of what’s going on now may be intentional. It serves Democrats to put out the message that Republicans are priming to crush them, because that motivates their base, it motivates their donors, and it breeds complacency among Republicans.
As Karl Rove noted earlier today, if Republicans and don’t put forward an aggressive agenda, they’re going to suffer. Romney’s strategy was essentially to beat up on Obama. We know where that got him.
If Republicans become too afraid to push real ideas – ones that might piss some people but that will motivate their base and provide everyone a rationale for voting for them – they’ll lose races they might have won. And with Democrats bashing them as misogynist, racist, anti-immigrant , poor-people-hating country club thugs, I can see plenty of them, including the GOP leadership, opting for safer, sterile ground.