While conservatives are throwing blame around — with much directed at a certain man who rescued an increasingly irrelevant Republican Party from extinction — Tucker Carlson has a different idea about why Republicans underperformed on election night.
Carlson believes it is the fact that Democrats control both the media and the “election machinery” that led to smaller House gains than many expected.
Carlson said, “As of tonight, Democrats have far more control of the election machinery and almost total control of the American media and Republicans don’t. These are not ideological problems. It’s not a question of who’s right on the issues. That’s settled, certainly in our mind, but probably in the minds of even people who would vote Republican if it occurred to them, but it doesn’t because they don’t know what they stand for.”
Dems learned to mass harvest vote by mail in every rust belt state (and highly effective youth vote ops) and they are never going to turn it off
Either GOP admits this and puts big $$$ behind it or have more uneven elections like this
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 9, 2022
Carlson pointed to Democratic candidates like John Fetterman who, after suffering a debilitating stroke in May, never revealing his medical history and having one of the worst debate performances in recent memory, won his race to become a senator representing Pennsylvania. He used Fetterman as proof that candidate quality is not as important as many believe.
Speaking on Fox News, Carlson said that access to channels of communication is a critical path to victory, and while Fox News did its part, the rest of the media is controlled by Democrats.
Carlson said, “You can say whatever you want, but if no one hears you, you’re not really speaking. And that’s the case for Republicans. So often, as of tonight, Republicans can communicate their message unencumbered on a single cable television channel and a handful of relatively low-trafficked websites. That’s it. The rest of the American media amounts to a gigantic filter designed to distort what Republicans are saying. It’s a campaign apparatus and only the Democrats have it.”
In regards to “election machinery,” Carlson said, “Two and a half years ago, the last administration, its Republican allies in Congress, watched passively, seemingly in glassy-eyed sedation as the Democratic Party used the pretext of COVID to rewrite election laws around the country in order to get its own candidates into office. They didn’t do it by accident. They knew what they were doing. Last night those laws, many of which are still on the books, paid off generously.”
Carlson argues that if these really are the problems, then Republicans have to acknowledge the problems as they are and then fight to change them.