The pair opened by discussing Trump’s well being and what it means for the election. Of what was primarily a “superspreader” occasion for Barrett, after which over a dozen elected officers and members of Trump’s interior circle examined optimistic for the coronavirus, Kerry joked, “Trump has virtually singlehandedly managed to convey down the U.S. authorities.”
Polling persistently reveals Trump dropping white suburban ladies voters, a key voting bloc that has traditionally voted Republican, and which Hillary Clinton misplaced in 2016. In 2018, nonetheless, this group moved to the Democratic Get together en masse in a drastic shift. What’s extra, Trump isn’t doing something to attempt to win again that essential bloc of voters. As Markos elaborated:
In 2018, Democrats gained 48 seats within the Home of Representatives — 38 of them have been in suburban districts. We’re speaking a mass annihilation of the Republican occasion … That systematic ass whooping in these suburban, previously Republican districts was so overwhelming and so full and so persistent that not even Republicans have been pretending that they had an opportunity of profitable again the Home this yr.
Joined by visitor Ilyse Hogue, Markos and Kerry additionally mentioned the looming Supreme Court docket nominee affirmation course of. Hogue thinks that, whereas margins are extremely tight, it’s potential to derail it. On whether or not this battle continues to be value combating proper now, Hogue mentioned:
We now have to drive up the political worth of ramming by this affirmation. The folks don’t want it. The overwhelming majority of People imagine they need to decide the president, and the president ought to decide the nominee, and by doing so, making a few of these senators who got here out fast take into consideration what meaning for them in 2020 and 2022, too. And let’s be clear: by the schedule they put out, they’d be taking this vote days earlier than the election, after folks have already began to vote. So any glitch within the plan, any one among their senators peeling away kicks this into lame duck session, and we are able to win the election and have extra management. So we’ve got to combat prefer it’s winnable and drive up the political worth within the course of.
Hogue additionally emphasised that we are able to push on sure “strain factors” in terms of sure senators who’re extra susceptible throughout their battles for reelection this yr—together with Sen. Lindsey Graham—who she thinks will get chilly ft as soon as confronted with robust opposing momentum. Whereas Markos thinks that “this battle is basically beginning to damage these Republicans politically,” it stays to be seen whether or not they are going to give up or hold combating.