Just weeks ago, if you asked just about any pundit on the planet, they would have told you that the Democrats are in trouble.
The 2022 midterm elections appeared to be heading into “bloodbath” territory for the left side of the aisle, as Republican angst over the 2020 presidential election continued to simmer, as Donald Trump remained the de facto leader of the GOP, and as Joe Biden’s presidency implodes at an ever-quickening pace.
But now, one congressional race in New York has given the left-wing media a modicum of hope to cling to, and they are pushing a wild new narrative that the repeal of Roe v. Wade could flip the script on 2022.
Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan, a Democrat, has won a special election to represent New York’s 19th Congressional District where the candidate made the race a referendum on the Supreme Court’s abortion rulings in a possible preview of November midterms.
Ryan will fill the seat formerly held by Antonio Delgado, the Democrat who resigned to become New York’s lieutenant governor this summer, and serve as representative for the district until 2023.
The matchup in the Empire State district, which covers New York’s Catskills and mid-Hudson Valley regions, may serve as a sign of what’s ahead for Republicans in this fall’s midterm elections as both candidates brought opposing priorities to the forefront of their campaigns.
Ryan was adding fuel to that fire as well:
“Think about the message sent in Kansas, think about the message we can send right here,” he said, referencing a ballot decision from voters in the Midwestern state last month that prevented elected representatives from regulating abortion in Kansas.
“How can we be a free country if the government tries to control women’s bodies?” Ryan asked in his first ad. “That’s not the country I fought to defend.”
The dumbing-down of the 2022 midterms isn’t good for anyone, particularly if the media sticks to this hot-button debate for the simple sake of getting Democrats elected, but responsible politicking never was their strong suit.