Something must be going on if at a Republican headquarters in one of the “bluest” regions of one of the “bluest” states, they run out of workable phones on the eve of the Election. Meanwhile, the most memorable line at a recent rally for Democratic candidates not far from super-liberal West Hollywood was “We’re not exhausted.”
At the same rally, a stalwart Democrat said that if the president weren’t there, she doesn’t know if she “would have braved the crowds.” Doesn’t sound like there’s much enthusiasm for their ticket. Republican volunteers across the state have been making calls while Democrats have been relying on paid union phone banks.
This enthusiasm gap could well make the difference in a state where, while Democrats remain ahead, all serious polls show late-deciders breaking toward the GOP. And it’s not just the Golden State where Republicans are more enthusiastic. According to the Pew Research Center:
In the final weeks of the campaign, there are no signs that the large engagement gap favoring the Republican Party has narrowed. Republican voters continue to be far more likely than Democrats to say they have given a lot of thought to this year’s election (70% vs. 55%); more Republicans than Democrats say they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting in this year’s congressional election (61% vs. 41%) . . . .
Via Donald Douglas.
Both from polling data across the country as well as from anecdotal evidence provided by Republican activists across the Southland, the GOP is fired up. We like our candidates and want to change the way things are done in Washington and Sacramento.
Democrats, well, they’re voting Democratic because, well, they’re Democrats. And they’re not flocking to the phone banks as are we Republicans. Jim Geraghty sums it up with a quote from one the greatest sequels ever made:
Michael Corleone: I saw a strange thing today. Some rebels were being arrested. One of them pulled the pin on a grenade. He took himself and the captain of the command with him. Now, soldiers are paid to fight; the rebels aren’t.
Hyman Roth: What does that tell you?
Michael Corleone: It means they could win.