Monday, May 16, 2016

Young Cruisin' for an Upset in 2016

Baron Hill
Congressman Todd Young is clearly overconfident.

He doesn't think he's going to even have to break a sweat in the upcoming General Election fight against Baron Hill.  You can tell by his social media postings.

Young's campaign posted on Facebook the IndyStar's Tim Swarens's opinion from a Fox 59 IN Focus piece that Hill was the "loser of the week" in Indiana politics saying that even Democrats had written off his race against Young.

Obviously Swarens hasn't been reading my blog.  I don't believe one can write off any race for the Republicans with one Donald J. Trump and one Michael Pence at the top of the ticket.  It's a weak 1-2 punch for the Indiana GOP.  It's also an anti-incumbent audience out here, and Baron Hill has a strong record of votes that he can point to as well.  He wasn't part of the obstruction in Congress for the past five or six years like Young has.

Trump is a gift that may keep giving down the ballot.  At the Decatur Township Democratic Club meeting last Monday night, Hill cited a poll that he said was done for a campaign, and he said the poll shows that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump are too popular in Indiana.  He said the poll does show a tight election with Hillary Clinton coming out on top.  Of course, he didn't cite the poll by name or the methodology of it, but there are polls out there showing that with Trump as the GOP nominee that it could drag down Republican fortunes in reliable GOP states in the South and elsewhere.

Hill said his fundraising had gone up since Trump became the nominee and that his campaign was going to hook Donald Trump like an anchor to the SS Todd Young.

One way or another, Young should know Hill isn't intimidated by those that have defeated him before in the past.  Mike Sodrel found out exactly how dangerous Hill can be in rematches.  Young shouldn't doubt him.

He would also be wise not to take Republican-leaning punditry opinions and posting them on social media as the Gospel.

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