Up in smoke

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Say, does anyone remember the sizable lead the Democrats enjoyed in their quest to regain a majority in Congress?

Just over a month away from critical elections across the country, the wide Democratic enthusiasm advantage that has defined the 2018 campaign up to this point has disappeared, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

In July, there was a 10-point gap between the number of Democrats and Republicans saying the November elections were "very important." Now, that is down to 2 points, a statistical tie.

Democrats' advantage on which party's candidate they are more likely to support has also been cut in half since last month. Democrats still retain a 6-point edge on that question, but it was 12 points after a Marist poll conducted in mid-September.

I'm certain you can ascertain as to why the sudden nosedive.

The results come amid the pitched and hotly partisan confirmation battle over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when he was in high school and college. He categorically denies all the allegations.

So you're saying that accusing a highly respected jurist of "gang rape" with zero corroborating evidence and expressing outrage over throwing ice in a bar are not things which resonate with the electorate? Huh.

As Steve Deace at Conservative Review so eloquently put it: Whoever is dumbest last will lose in November.

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