When singer/songwriter Taylor Swift broke her political silence to denounce Tennessee Republican Marsha Blackburn with all the “wokeness” you’d expect from an ill-informed Hollywood SJW, I feared that Swift’s tribal driven brand would motivate young Democratic voters.
While I’m still not 100 percent convinced that at least some effect won’t take place, it would appear that Blackburn is enjoying a hefty lead over Democratic challenger, former Governor Phil Bredesen thanks to the momentum generated by the successful confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
According to the Washington Examiner, Blackburn is experiencing a growth in support after the Kavanaugh circus concluded:
Blackburn cruised past Bredesen in two public opinion polls conducted at the apex of the Kavanaugh controversy. The fresh data suggests the episode has nationalized the Tennessee contest and led Republicans open to voting for the Democrat to retreat to their partisan bunkers. In one survey, Blackburn topped Bredesen by 8 percentage points; in another, she was in front by 5 points.
Keep in mind that this is significant, given the fact that Blackburn doesn’t have the same name recognition in Tennessee as Bredesen, who has been serving in Tennesee’s political circles for years.
This increase is helped by the momentum generated by the GOP thanks to Republicans winning the fight against gross tactics from the Democratic party to stop Kavanaugh from taking his seat on the Supreme Court. Several examples have shown that Republicans are seeing an increase in support in general while support for Democrats has been falling.
Two examples, in particular, are Republican challenger Josh Hawley now leading Democrat incumbent Claire McCaskill in Missouri, and Republican incumbent Ted Cruz now pulling ahead of Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke after months of it being a dangerously close race.
This is great news for Republicans who were up to suffer from the natural law of undulation that takes place in politics, and who may keep a few more seats than originally thought.
As it stands, even a mega-star can’t overcome the momentum generated by the GOP’s Kavanaugh win, and I’ve never been more happy to be wrong.