'Morning Joe' Bemoans Receding 'Blue Wave'; 'Momentum Appears to Be on Donald Trump's Side'

By Susan Jones | October 22, 2018 | 8:35am EDT
"Democrats can still win these midterms, but with time running out, the message and the momentum appears to be on Donald Trump's side," MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski told viewers on Monday. (Photo: Screen capture/MSNBC's "Morning Joe")

(CNSNews.com) - One of the cable news shows that has railed against Donald Trump since the day he took office is now greatly concerned that its anti-Trump message may not produce a hoped-for "blue wave" on November 6.

Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," was downright glum on this Monday as she pointed to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showing that Republicans have closed the once-large enthusiasm gap with Democrats when it comes to this election.

According to that poll:

Hand in hand with Republicans’ increased election interest is a rise in Mr. Trump’s job-approval rating to 47%, the highest mark of his time in office, with 49% disapproving of his performance. That is an improvement from September, when 44% approved and 52% disapproved of his performance.

Democrats still lead on the question of which party should control Congress. Among poll respondents identified as likely voters, 50% prefer Democrats, while 41% prefer Republican control, about the same as in last month’s poll. Among all registered voters, a broader group of respondents, Democrats’ advantage over the GOP is narrower—48% to 41%.


Brzezinski is concerned about what may happen in 15 days:

We've been talking about the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which has some favorable signs for Democrats. But also plenty for Republicans to like. Fred Yang, the democratic pollster who works on the survey for NBC and the Journal, said, "What we all thought would be a blue wave is running into a rip tide of uncertainty that has been created with a surge of Republican intensity."

Where did that come from? While Democrats have an edge nationally in the generic ballot question on who voters want to control the House, in the most competitive districts that will decide control of the chamber, the parties are tied on that question. Think about that. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote over Donald Trump. But that edge came almost entirely from deep blue California.

Throw the national polls out and go race by race, and what you see is a stark reality for the Democratic Party. Barring some dramatic change, control of the Senate is out of reach, and Republicans are fighting very hard to keep the speakership and control of the House and they just might.

Donald Trump is talking about trade, crime, immigration and judges. What are the Democratic issues that pack the same kind of inspiring, emotional punch? Democrats can still win these midterms, but with time running out the message and the momentum appears to be on Donald Trump's side. Democrats have two weeks to turn that around. Can they? For those who are growing increasingly concerned we're about to see a repeat of 2016, there is no time to waste.

Her co-host Joe Scarborough noted that "there is no Democratic response" to illegal immigration, for example. "I mean, Donald Trump -- it seems that Donald Trump, whether it's on crime, whether it's on immigration, whether it's on the wall, wherever it's on, there's no focused Democratic response."

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