(National Sentinel)Â Weak: Last week, pop star Taylor Swift did what most other entertainment elites have been doing in the age of POTUS Donald Trump: She dove head-first into politics and on the side of Democrats.
Specifically, she wrote in an Instagram post to her 112 million followers that she couldn’t vote for GOP Senate candidate Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her home state of Tennessee because of her “appalling” voting record. So, as much as she wants to see women empowered, she declared her support for Blackburn’s opponent, Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen.
â€œAs much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me,â€ Swift wrote. â€œI will be voting for Phil Bredesen.â€
Fine. But did the endorsement help Bredesen?
AÂ new survey from The New York Times, which was conducted between Oct. 8 through Oct. 11 â€”Â in the immediate days following Swift’s endorsement â€” found that Blackburn is maintaining a double-digit lead over Bredesen, 54-40 percent, in the race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Bob Corker.
AccordingÂ to RealClearPolitics, Blackburn now leads Bredesen by an average of 5.5 points.
While Swift’s endorsement doesn’t appear to have boosted Bredesen (aren’t Americans tired of being lectured about politics by entertainment elites?), an undercover sting by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas may have also contributed to Blackburn’s lead.
A newly released video from undercover journalism operation Project Veritas records a Breseden stafferÂ admittingÂ that her boss wouldÂ notÂ have voted to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,Â even though he has been saying he wouldÂ publicly, just to get â€œmoderate Republicanâ€ votes.
â€œNo, itâ€™s a political move,â€ staffer Maria Amalla said when asked if Breseden would have supported Kavanaugh.
â€œHe thinks that like weâ€™re down like half a point right now. Itâ€™s like really close and weâ€™re losing by a point or two. So he thinks that if like by saying this heâ€™s appealing to more moderate Republicans and heâ€™ll get more of them to vote for us.â€
Bredesen may also be suffering in the polls thanks to the “Kavanaugh effect” — voter backlash againstÂ all Democrats thanks to the way the Supreme Court justice was treated during his confirmation hearings, having his reputation sullied and character assassinated by false and disgusting accusations of sexual assault.
Sounds like it’ll take more than Taylor Swift’s endorsement for Bredesen to pull off a victory.
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