BOSTON (WBZ-AM) - This is the diet of a political reporter:
Most of the time, you’re fed a steady menu of spin, speculation, rhetoric, cotton candy, and other junk foods.
Then, on a handful of days each year, you get a steak dinner, in the form of an actual election.
Elections tell you all the things that spin and bloviating never can – which party or candidate had a message that really connected with voters and persuaded them to turn out, what voters really thought as opposed to what they told reporters and pollsters. And sometimes you get a glimpse of how regular folks are really reacting to what they’re seeing, not how partisans and spinmasters hope they’re reacting.
Whether you blame the president for making everything that happens about himself or the media for flogging the “referendum on Trump” storyline – or both – every major election this year has seemed to be at least in part a peek at the unfolding relationship between this president and the public.
And the results haven’t been pretty for Mr. Trump.
In June, the Republican barely held a solid GOP House seat in Georgia.
Last month, a Democratic wave washed away the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia and the party’s edge in the state legislature.
And now, the Senate race in Alabama, one of Trump's best states last year.
This time around, primary voters rejected his and Mitch McConnell's choice, then the nominee was shunned by the general election voters.
And all the begging for support of the Presidential agenda and hollering about elites and "fake news" couldn't put Trumpty together again.
Yes, elections usually send a meaningful message.
And this one’s message to the Republicans is – what you’re doing and how you’re doing it isn’t working.
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