‘Strangest election I’ve ever seen’: Stephen Moore at a loss over ‘angry’ voters choosing more of the same

Reacting on the Fox News Channel to the GOP’s underperformance in the 2022 midterms on Tuesday, economist Stephen Moore described what happened as perhaps the strangest election he’s ever seen in his long career.

Trace Gallagher introduced the segment by pointing out that polling suggested that the Democrats would be on the receiving end of a red-wave rout over the cost-of-living crisis.

“What’s your assessment?” he asked Moore, the FreedomWorks financial expert and former Trump advisor.

(Video: Fox News)

“I very seldom admit that I was wrong, but I was in that camp. I thought the Democrats would take a shellacking for what they’ve done to our country, with the four trillion dollars increase in government spending, and the runaway debt, and the runaway inflation,” Moore admitted in the video clip embedded above.

“But I’ve been in this game a long time, 35 years or so. This may be the strangest election I’ve ever seen, in this sense: We know the people are angry. They’re angry about inflation. They’re angry about the out-of-control border. They’re angry about crime and other issues. And yet, I don’t think they’re was a single incumbent in either party — I may be wrong about this, there may be one or two exceptions — not one incumbent governor or senator lost, which means the voters said, ‘whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.'”

Making the situation even more puzzling, given that polling data anticipated the opposite result, an animated Gallagher brought up a Fox News analysis indicating that 75 percent of voters believe the country is headed down the wrong track, and an equivalent overwhelming number described the economy as poor or not good.

“We can’t get 75 percent of the country to say send mom…a card on Mother’s Day, much less agree on economic figures,” he quipped.

“You’re exactly right. You’re kind of making my point,” Moore responded. “Seventy-five percent of the people went into the voting booth say they don’t like the direction the country is going in, and then they pulled the lever for the incumbents. I think that’s kind of a strange outcome.”

Moore went on to propose that the Democrats could run into trouble by overreaching (although that has hardly dissuaded them from pushing a radical, far-left agenda in the first two years of the Biden administration).

“The Democrats may rue what happened tonight in the sense that they may believe that the voters are saying, ‘oh, we like your agenda, we like your big spending, we like the massive increase in the debt, we like your soft-on-crime issues.’ And if that happens — this is a bad night for Republicans — but two years from now, if they run on the same kind of agenda — maybe they’re not gonna have that happier result,” he asserted.

Two years from now the Dems will still have, however, mail-in-ballots, ballot harvesting, lax ballot security including no photo ID in the jurisdictions they control, and perhaps a recurrence of non-functioning electronic voting machines in key precincts.

Moore agreed with the consensus that Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis is the election’s big winner after his resounding reelection, (possibly elevating him to 2024 POTUS nominee front-runner status even as former President Trump is set to announce his intentions next week).

The economist suggested that the reason that GOP U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (who has yet to concede) fell short in the New York gubernatorial contest is that one million-plus New Yorkers have moved to Florida in the past decade, “and most of them are Republicans.”

Moore also noted that Wall Street, too, was also expecting a big red wave.

Many of these individual elections good have gone either way, and many theories will be put forward in political post-mortems.

Some political observers claim that the Supreme Court decision in the Dobbs case unexpectedly motivated voters in some contests to choose the blue team.

Others have contended that misallocated campaign funding by the GOP establishment, along with their uninspiring leadership, were problems, particularly given that Republicans were outspent by their ideological adversaries.

The Dems also squandered a lot of money, for example, on Stacey Abrams, Beto O’Rourke, and U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s opponent, all in losing causes.

One commentator attributed the nonexistent red wave to the Democrats’ anti-MAGA strategy.

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