Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The voters are unhappy...

...according to a Wall Street Journal piece last summer, "Unhappy Voters Shake Up Presidential Race: Unsettled electorate gives a lift to antiestablishment candidates, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds."

Or are they angry? "Polls show angry, anxious electorate for 2016," said CNN in September.

And it's not just Republicans; everyone, it seems, hates the establishment. "Democrats hate the Washington establishment, too," according to the New York Post last fall.

Or . . . maybe not so much.

As a piece in Vox pointed out, the Democratic establishment was a big winner last night. And that may be one of the most under-reported stories of the 2016 campaign. Not only did the party's establishment candidates -- Chris Van Hollen and Katie McGinty -- win their Senate primaries in Maryland and Pennsylvania, respectively, but President Obama has an 82 percent approval rating from his fellow Democrats in the latest Gallup poll.

The media, in an effort to be unbiased, often applies false equivalence to both parties. On the one hand Republicans, blah, blah, blah, but on the other Democrats also blah, blah, blah.

Yeah. Just because the Republican Party is in a major-league mess right now doesn't mean the Democrats are too. From Bloomberg just a few days ago, "To Go or Not to Go: Republicans Face Trump Convention Dilemma":

At least four top Republican U.S. senators say they’ve decided to skip July’s party nominating convention in Cleveland to campaign in their home states. Several others say they haven’t decided whether they’ll make the trip, and at least one will boycott the event if Donald Trump emerges as the Republicans’ presidential pick.

Let me know when some prominent Democrats announce they're going to miss their convention.

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