Paul Waldman, The Washington Post Published 12:27 pm PDT, Monday, September 17, 2018 Most Americans don’t vote in midterm elections; turnout in 2014 was 37 percent, in 2010 it was 42 percent, and in 2006 it was 41 percent. But to the parties, what matters isn’t how many people get to the polls, it’s whether their people get to the polls and the other party’s don’t. Right now, Republicans are beginning to worry that not only are Democratic unusually motivated, Republican voters are looking at the elections happening in seven weeks and saying, “Whatever.” The GOP starts off at a disadvantage, because this is the first midterm of a new presidency, when the opposition almost always does well. That’s because a president gives his opponents lots to be angry about, and anger may be the most powerful motivator in politics. Furthermore, President Donald Trump makes Democrats particularly angry with his combination of retrograde policy initiatives and personal loathsomeness. That anger has spurred unprecedented mobilization and activism on the left, which is why most analysts predict that Democrats will take back the House. But the message doesn’t seem to be getting through to Republican voters. Axios reports that recent Republican National Committee… Read full this story
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