The GOP has experienced landslide victories in midterm elections in the past, but 2022 may prove to be quite spectacular. According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday shows Republicans currently hold the largest lead in the generic congressional ballot since 1981.
“As things stand, if the midterm elections were today, 51 percent of registered voters say they’d support the Republican candidate in their congressional district, 41 percent the Democrat,” the Langer Research press release states.
Langer conducted the poll for ABC News/Washington Post. “That’s the biggest lead for the Republicans in 110 ABC/Post polls to ask this question since November 1981.” It is also only the second time the GOP has held such a statistically significant advantage. The first was January 2002 when they held +7points. “It’s also the ninth time it’s held any numerical edge at all.”
According to the poll, many details are at play. For one, Biden’s approval rating has plummeted to 41% in the poll. “Biden’s rating is at an all-time low for his career among nearly all demographic groups. Independent voters give Biden just 35% approval. However, 63% support the recently passed infrastructure bill and 58% favor the Build Back Better bill” writes the Daily Caller.
Independent voters are also at play. Independents often referred to as swing voters, show they currently would support a GOP candidate by a whopping 50-32 percent margin. “This is notable considering they voted +12 points for the Democratic Party in the 2018 elections, which were the most recent midterm election.”
Additionally, the poll shows widespread economic anxiety. With inflation running at a 30-year high, 70% of Americans say the U.S. economy is in bad shape. That is up from 58% earlier this spring.
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Whistleblower: FBI manipulating cases to create ‘illusion’ of domestic violent extremism
In a letter addressed to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said a whistleblower has come forward detailing how the FBI is manipulating cases related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to create “the illusion” that domestic violent extremism is a widespread problem in the United States.
Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, claimed the “manipulative case-file practice” was being conducted by the bureau’s Washington field office, which was instructing local FBI offices to open up cases on their books that were in fact simply related to the Capitol breach.
“The FBI’s case categorization creates the illusion that threats from DVE are present in jurisdictions across the nation, when in reality they all stem from the same related investigation concerning the actions at the Capitol on January 6,” Jordan wrote.
“Such an artificial case categorization scheme allows FBI leadership to misleadingly point to ‘significant’ increases in DVE threats nationwide,” he added.
Jordan noted this particular whistleblower is just one of many with similar information: “consistent with disclosures we have received from other whistleblowers that high-ranking FBI officials — including a senior WFO official — are pressing front-line agents to categorize cases as DVE matters to fit a political narrative.”
The letter also brought attention to the inappropriate amount of resources the department has devoted to the January 6 Capitol riots:
“The whistleblower disclosed that the FBI is sacrificing its other important federal law-enforcement duties to pursue January 6 investigations,” Jordan wrote. “The whistleblower recalled, for example, being told that child sexual abuse material investigations were no longer an FBI priority and should be referred to local law enforcement agencies.
“Such a posture is not only a dereliction of the FBI’s mission to investigate violations of federal laws, but it is a grave disservice to the victims of child sexual abuse and other crimes that do not advance the FBI leadership’s political agenda.”
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