'Anger Is the Single Most Unifying Force': Why the 'Brett Bounce' May Put a Dent in the Blue Wave
- The countdown to election day is on
as Democrats and Republicans battle over
the control of Congress.
On both sides, the message is simple.
Everyone must vote.
The big question, whowill actually turn out.
- You know, if there'sanything that excites
Republican voters, it's the Supreme Court.
- [Jenna] Kayleigh McEnany,national spokeswoman
for the Republican National Committee
says she's confident GOPvoters know what's at stake.
- But what's interestinghere in particular,
we're seeing a 2016 effect play again.
A pew poll showed, a few months ago,
one month ago I should say,
12 point gap, Democratsahead of Republicans.
That has narrowed to justtwo in the wake of the
post Kavanaugh revelationsand confirmation process.
- [Jenna] Axios calls it the Brett bounce.
Up until the contentiousKavanaugh Supreme Court fight,
Democrats seem to have most of the energy.
But now, the polling pendulumappears to be swinging.
In North Dakota, for example,
a Fox News poll shows Democratic Senator,
Heidi Heitkamp, down 12 points from her
Republican challenger,Representative Kevin Cramer.
Last month, she was only down four points.
An NPR of PBS NewsHour/Marist poll
finds democratic enthusiasmfrom earlier this year
has all but disappeared.
- My sense in covering politics in 2018
is that anger is thesingle most unifying force,
galvanizing force you can have.
- [Jenna] ABC News politicaldirector Rick Klein
says anger is fueling both sides
and one survey givesdemocrats a slight edge
heading into November.
The Washington Post/ScharSchool survey shows
likely voters in 69 House districts prefer
democratic candidates toRepublican candidates,
50 to 46 percent.
Klein says the Democrats lossin the Kavanaugh confirmation
could translate to a mid-term win.
- If you lose a battle,there's nothing better
to motivate your basethan go out there and vote
the next time and bythat, I mean Republicans,
they get their Supreme Court pick.
That means Democrats are gonna say,
"Well we gotta go do somethingto try to change this."
- But each of you will havea chance in just four weeks
to render your verdicton the democrats conduct
at the ballot box.
- President Trump is also banking on
Kavanaugh's confirmation andthe Democrats handling of it.
- You don't hand matches to an arsonist
and you don't give powerto an angry, left-wing mob.
- [Jenna] In Washington,Jenna Browder, CBN News.