Episode #85: Why Was There no Red Wave?

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Jacob and Eric, back from a lengthy hiatus over the Thanksgiving season, recap their respective Thanksgiving stories before fully breaking down the results of the 2022 midterms. They highlight the noteworthy victories and the biggest losses, address the Left’s preferred reasons for Democratic victories, and explain which factors truly contributed to the GOP’s embarrassing defeat.


00:00 Intro and Thanksgiving Tales
10:04 Twitter Back!!!
13:25 American Voter Geography
19:25 Republicans’ Epic Senate Fail
41:58 Recap of the Red House Ripple
42:38 No Red Wave in New England
49:42 The One Northeast State that Had a Red Wave
51:55 Red Wave Dammed Up in the Mid-Atlantic
01:03:44 The South’s Mixed Bag
01:15:32 The Western Draw
01:35:30 Discussion and Debate on the Why No Red Wave Materialized


Eric’s article summarizing how both parties are wrong about 2022: https://amgreatness.com/2022/11/14/the-last-election/ 

Eric’s interview on The Officer Tatum Show, with Carl Jackson, further explaining what happened in 2022: https://righttakepodcast.com/2022/11/17/erics-interview-on-the-officer-tatum-show-with-carl-jackson/ 

Eric’s interview on Carl Jackson’s podcast, expanding even more on 2022 and what to do in the future: https://righttakepodcast.com/2022/12/01/erics-interview-on-the-carl-jackson-podcast/ 

Five states, including two deep-red states, vote in favor of abortion: https://amgreatness.com/2022/11/09/five-states-vote-in-favor-of-abortion/

Washington Post article tracking the wins and losses of candidates who called out voter fraud in 2020: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/interactive/2022/election-deniers-midterms/ 

CNN exit poll showing Zoomers supported Democrats this year by a 28-point margin: https://twitter.com/dellavolpe/status/1590190476334096386?cxt=HHwWhIDTsYT0vpEsAAAA 

The young vote is being widely credited as the main reason for Democratic victories: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/11/young-voters-us-midterms-democratic-youth 

Young voter turnout was the second-highest for a midterm in the last 30 years: https://www.npr.org/2022/11/10/1135810302/turnout-among-young-voters-was-the-second-highest-for-a-midterm-in-past-30-years 

Joseph Cotto’s take on how demographics are the main reason for the GOP losses this year: https://twitter.com/JosephFordCotto/status/1590216329675837440?t=ssW6AVhwZQ3jyivAkd1N_g&s=19 

A solid Twitter thread on how the GOP must start employing quick and easy fear tactics, like the Democrats, if they’re to maintain any hope of future victories: https://twitter.com/Niggledom/status/1590376901289263104?s=20&t=5OrVS2Gj3OOs69pAH4tuvw 

How turnout should have favored Republicans in 2022: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/11/08/election-day-midterms-exit-polls-00065768 

New York Post cover story declares DeSantis to be “DeFuture:” https://nypost.com/2022/11/09/ron-desantis-shows-hes-future-of-the-gop/ 

New York Post cover story mocks Trump as “Trumpty Dumpty:” https://nypost.com/2022/11/09/heres-how-donald-trump-sabotaged-the-republican-midterms/ 

Vox’s article on how “candidate quality,” not Trump, played a role in many outsider candidates’ defeats: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2022/11/16/23458896/republicans-senate-candidate-quality-trump

Newt Gingrich is still living in the 90s, thinks the Democrats are socialist—or at least still thinks calling them that is the best way to beat them: https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/3760487-newt-gingrich-gop-must-learn-to-quit-underestimating-biden/

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