While some piling-on pundits have blamed former President Trump as well as backlash from the Dobbs decision for what happened on Election Day 2022, the way balloting is currently conducted in the U.S. goes to the essence of the underperformance.
That was the message, in part, of a Tucker Carlson monologue on Wednesday evening about an anticipated national red wave that never materialized.
The implication is that the Democrat machine, with tons of cash to spend, has used mail-in ballots, ballot harvesting, and other methods in an environment of lax voting integrity that gives them a big advantage. These techniques perhaps practically render traditional campaigning and debate almost irrelevant.
And the conundrum is that the GOP has to figure out a way to get elected in these challenging circumstances in blue states, in particular, to bring back rationality to the process.
(Video: Fox News)
On “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson admitted that Trump “has always been a mixed blessing politically.”
“The downsides are marbled in with the upsides, but in this case, he’s certainly not the single cause of anything,” the Fox News host said, suggesting that some down-ballot losses could not be attributed to the former POTUS.
“Whether you like Trump or not, and many don’t and a lot do, it’s a lot more complicated than just him,” he said in the video clip embedded above.
He acknowledged that some pro-choice “suburban ladies were mad” about the Supreme Court overturning the Roe v. Wade decision, but that didn’t seem to prevent other high-profile Republican candidates from winning their races.
“That’s certainly plausible in some places, probably true. On the other hand, a number of resolutely, pro-life Republicans thrived statewide. They would include Ron Johnson in Wisconsin, Brian Kemp in Georgia, Ted Budd in North Carolina, a pro-life result. So abortion may have been a factor, but it’s not the whole answer.”
In a callback to complaints by U.S. Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) about candidate quality, Carlson seemingly rejected that premise.
“The quality of a candidate does matter, but really, how much does it matter? Well, let’s see. Joe Biden got elected president two years ago from his basement. John Fetterman became a U.S. senator last night. Does anyone think John Fetterman was a quality candidate? Is that why he won, because they had quality candidates on the left? Do the voters of Pennsylvania really want a brain-damaged candidate who’s never had a real job? Did they think he was more impressive than the guy who spent his career doing heart transplants? Probably not…” Carlson surmised.
All this Trump v. DeSantis talk is juicy, but under the hood, there's a far more pressing issue: Democrats fortified their COVID mass mail-in-voting apparatus. It's a vote-harvesting juggernaut that will continue to produce competitive results no matter the GOP nominee.
— Election Wizard 🇺🇸 (@ElectionWiz) November 9, 2022
He also noted how most corporate media outlets push the Democrat agenda.
“The rest of the American media amounts to a gigantic filter designed to distort what Republicans are saying. It’s a campaign apparatus, and only the Democrats have it,” he said. Republicans should spend some money trying to achieve media parity, he implied.
As alluded to above, he then turned his attention to how the Democrats, seizing upon the COVID-19 pandemic in the way that they never let a politicized crisis go to waste, fundamentally changed the way America votes, which many in the asleep-at-the-switch GOP hierarchy seemingly allowed to happen.
“[In] some cases, candidate quality is not actually the most important thing. What is? Well, the mechanics of an election. They matter. In fact, they matter sometimes more than any individual running in the election. The way people vote makes a big difference to the outcome…
“As of tonight, Democrats have far more control of the election machinery and almost total control of the American media and Republicans don’t,” Carlson continued. “These are not ideological problems. It’s not a question of who’s right on the issues. That’s settled, certainly in our mind, but probably in the minds of even people who would vote Republican if it occurred to them, but it doesn’t because they don’t know what they stand for.”
Dems learned to mass harvest vote by mail in every rust belt state (and highly effective youth vote ops) and they are never going to turn it off
Either GOP admits this and puts big $$$ behind it or have more uneven elections like this
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 9, 2022
“Two and a half years ago, the last administration, its Republican allies in Congress, watched passively, seemingly in glassy-eyed sedation as the Democratic Party used the pretext of COVID to rewrite election laws around the country in order to get its own candidates into office,” he said. “They didn’t do it by accident. They knew what they were doing. Last night those laws, many of which are still on the books, paid off generously.”
For example, candidate Fetterman “bombed” in the one debate against Dr. Oz, and ” he won without speaking a single, coherent sentence for the entire campaign.” In the end, it didn’t matter, Carlson explained.
“Thanks to early voting, Fetterman’s margin was already in the bank. Nearly 70% of Democrats had voted early in the Pennsylvania races. Only 20% of Republicans did. Okay, it’s over, but it doesn’t need to be repeated. These are fixable problems. You can get your message out. You can force the other side, if you try hard enough, to agree on fair election rules, but you can’t do any of that unless you acknowledge these problems exist.”
One bright spot, Carlson quipped, is that Sen. Fetterman will provide “a huge amount of uncomfortable entertainment value…savor every moment.”
He also joked that “how can John Fetterman not be the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 2024?”
Believe it or not, MSNBC is already touting that absurd possibility.
If scads of mail-in votes are harvested before there are even debates, then the "campaign" doesn't matter as much. You can run a tight campaign, make all the right moves while your opponent implodes, and still come up short because you got off on the wrong foot.
— John Hayward (@Doc_0) November 9, 2022
Carlson also celebrated the defeat of “oily” Democrat Congressman and party leadership member Sean Patrick Maloney, the Chef Boyardee booster, by GOP state assemblyman Michael Lawler in New York.
Despite the incompetence (or worse) of Maricopa County, Ariz., elections, Carlson asserted that GOP stars Kari Lake and Blake Masters are still likely to win for governor and U.S. Senate, respectively.
Lake ran against a debate-averse Democrat opponent who stayed in her basement or somewhere else most of the time, perhaps after being assured by Dem operatives that enough mail-in ballots were in circulation.
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