Since Democrats outperformed expectations on one other Election Day, the normal media has been in search of methods to handle its grief and lock down the narrative that Democrats are in large hassle. New York Occasions reporter Peter Baker dug into the Virginia election outcomes and actually went for it on Thursday:
Has this skilled political reporter by no means encountered a detailed election earlier than? Or familiarized himself with the idea that successful a detailed election remains to be successful? Nah, Baker simply can’t deal with the truth that voters created a story he didn’t management, a story very completely different from the one he and the Occasions have been pushing.
Think about this, too: It’s true that Democrats had a few slim wins in Virginia on Tuesday. However so did Republicans. As Baker factors out, one Democratic victory within the state Home was by simply 830 votes. That was within the twenty first District, the place Democrat Josh Thomas beat Republican John Stirrup by 51.48% to 48.33%—not razor-thin when you think about percentages. In the meantime, unremarked on by Baker, within the 82nd District, Republican Kim Taylor defeated Democrat Kimberly Pope Adams by 228 votes, 50.32% to 49.51%. Within the 57th District, Republican David Owen beat Democrat Susanna Gibson by 966 votes, however with a tighter proportion unfold than Thomas’ win: 51.16% to 48.4%. (And that was the race the place Republicans needed to ship 1000’s of revenge porn-themed mailers to tug out a win.)
Equally, within the Virginia Senate, the place Baker famous that 1,923 votes in a single district would have reversed a Democratic win, there have been districts the place Republicans received by 1,684 votes and 1,528 votes.
Baker’s take is that Democrats virtually didn’t win and it will have modified the narrative dramatically if a small variety of votes had flipped. Nevertheless it’s equally true to say that Democrats have been remarkably near a good greater win—and it’s apparent that Baker went in search of shut races received by Democrats to additional his most popular narrative, ignoring information that didn’t match his case.
Baker isn’t alone in persevering with to frantically push the “Democrats are nonetheless in large hassle” narrative. NBC Information used a sequence of unnamed Democratic operatives to push the favored narrative that Democrats could have received however Biden remains to be in enormous hassle, with the added twist that these unnamed Democrats are irritated that the Biden marketing campaign “desires to personal” Tuesday’s good outcomes. Former White Home chief of employees Ron Klain pushed again:
Having it each methods is precisely what the media calls for, although.
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