Warren in a Landslide? Not So Fast [OPINION]
My brain tells me that U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) should kick booty on November 6. I'm not buying it just yet. Perhaps my desire to see Warren defeated is clouding my judgment, but I am hearing from too many people, including Democrats and Independents, who tell me they want her gone. Again, perhaps I am just to close to it to see clearly.
The media is ready to call the race for Warren, though she and Republican nominee Geoff Diehl have yet to debate. I think the debates will be a great chance for Diehl to highlight the differences between the two candidates. And there are differences. Night and day differences.
Diehl wants lower taxes, fewer business regulations, and tighter border security while Warren opposed the Trump tax cut, is on record supporting greater government regulations for business, has called for the abolition of ICE and supports open borders. Warren has also stated that separating illegal immigrant "mamas" from their babies at the border is the real immigration story, and not young college girls being murdered by illegal immigrants.
Warren has ignored the fishing industry crisis, while Diehl has formed a fishing industry advisory panel. Warren has called our police officers racist, while Diehl supports law enforcement. The differences between the two are glaring.
MassLive is suggesting that the latest Suffolk University poll on the race indicates Warren may actually win re-election in a landslide. The poll gives Warren 53.8 percent of the vote to Diehl's 24.4 percent, with Independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai getting six percent. According to the survey, 15.6 percent are undecided.
Pollsters report 57.4 percent are happy with the job that Warren, is doing while 35.2 percent disapprove. Seven percent are undecided.
We've learned in recent years that polls are unreliable. Just ask Hillary Clinton. We have also learned that people are not cooperating with the pollsters, choosing to keep their opinions close to the vest or outright misleading them.
Another thing we've learned is the press will attempt to persuade voters that the cause is lost and they should not even bother to vote. Ask Bernie Sanders how the AP sabotaged him that way the night before the California primary.
One thing the Republicans need to fear in November is complacency. If they want to retain control of the House and Senate, Republicans must turn out at the polls. The same is true of Democrats who are looking to retake control of Congress. Polls be damned, whoever gets the vote out on election day wins.
As for the Warren-Diehl contest, I think the debates will tell more of the story. Debates can make or break a candidate. Ask Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.