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Another House Dem Bows out, as Their Fears of 2022 Red Wave Grow

Another House Dem Bows out, as Their Fears of 2022 Red Wave Grow

By Nick Arama and Timothy Benton

We’ve had many Democratic members of Congress decide that it’s time to pack it in, that they wouldn’t be running for election in November. When last we left you, the number was 28, heading for the exits.

Now add another one: Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), representing Nashville, the 5th district. Cooper has been in office for 32 years, but he blames his departure on redistricting, saying that he tried to stop gerrymandering but didn’t see a way forward for him to win with the new districts.

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From The Tennessean:

Despite my strength at the polls, I could not stop the General Assembly from dismembering Nashville. No one tried harder to keep our city whole. I explored every possible way, including lawsuits, to stop the gerrymandering and to win one of the three new congressional districts that now divide Nashville. There’s no way, at least for me in this election cycle, but there may be a path for other worthy candidates.

Axios reported that Cooper faced likely defeat under the new congressional district.

One of the people who planned on challenging Cooper was Republican Robby Starbuck, who celebrated the news.

When I filed to run, I said we’d make Jim Cooper retire. We did it before we got to Election Day. A new era begins now. In TN5 I’ll fight to put America First, make sure mandates never happen again, fix our economy, hold China accountable and much more! https://t.co/FGvUL6PziQ https://t.co/nW7YWXYi06

— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) January 25, 2022

That makes it 29, at this point, and we may not be done yet. That is four so far in January, including Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), and Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA).

Democrats hold a very slim lead on seats in the House. Republicans only need to win five seats to take the majority. With 29 Democrats heading for the door, the Democrats have certainly upped their chances.

On top of that, the polls indicate more good news for Republicans.

As we previously reported, there was a huge shift in party preference toward Republicans, with a rare five-point advantage in the fourth quarter in a recent Gallup poll.

The most recent NBC poll indicated Republicans held a double-digit edge in enthusiasm, and key Democratic groups were losing interest in the upcoming election. Sixty-one percent of Republicans say they are very interested in the upcoming midterms compared to only 47 percent of Democrats who say the same. Since 2006, parties who held that double-digit advantage in enthusiasm in the last four midterm years have made big gains. The drops in Democratic interest come from black voters, young voters, and urban voters. Plus, 72 percent of Americans thought the country was on the wrong track. “There is nothing but flashing red lights and warning signs for Democrats,” said one of the pollsters involved in conducting the survey.

The signs are all there for a wave that will sweep House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) out of her speakership and give control back to the Republicans.

Cross-posted from The Red State

Notes from the Editor

As polling shows the writing on the wall, Democrats are fleeing in record numbers. Seeing mass losses, they want to say they retired, thus were not part of this. In typical political folly, they will claim they did not bring this about, yet their policies are bringing a record jump for people that now identify as Republicans; we may be looking at a landslide not seen in my lifetime.

People have asked my reaction to the win from Biden and the Democrats; if you look at my past writings, while I did not welcome it, I have continued to say that the best advertisement to vote Republican is sitting in the White House today, along with the party holding the majority in both the Senate and the House.

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There is going to be a push to blame the failures on the GOP refusal to go along with Democrat demands, but this is not where the problem is, it is that the majority of Americans reject giving control of the elections to the federal government, do not support their Build Back Better plan, nor do they like the Mandates and stripping away of freedoms being forced on us now.

With approval ratings for Biden nearing a historic low, and Congress approval polling showing just 14%, they know that their game is up, right now they are frantically trying to snap up all the power they can before they are collectively thrown out of office.

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About The Author

Timothy Benton

Student of history, a journalist for the last 2 years. Specialize in Middle East History, more specifically modern history with the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also, a political commentator has been a lifetime fan of politics.

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