Yesterday a Republican candidate won a special election for a Texas State Senate in a district that has been held by Democrats for one hundred and thirty-nine years.
I think it’s safe to say this is one heck of an historic election win.
But apparently The Hill doesn’t want to let folks know just how historic it is.
— The Hill (@thehill) September 19, 2018
“More than a decade?”
You have to hand it to The Hill.
They never fail to mislead in their tweets.
“More than a decade.” For crying out loud.
By this rubric the Civil War ended more than a decade ago.
The other day was Constitution Day. I wonder if The Hill tweeted “Today we celebrate the ratification of the US Constitution that has been in effect for more than a decade.”
Odd how you won't say "more than a century." Yes, okay. Technically more than one hundred years = more than a decade. But it's a wee bit misleading.
— Dianny 🇺🇸 (@DiannyRants) September 19, 2018
Surely including in the tweet that it has been since 1879 since a Republican held the seat would garner far more link clicks for The Hill.
So what gives?
Why on earth would they want to downplay this historic win in a Texas district that Hillary Clinton won by twelve points?
Could it be that they fear this Republican victory in what is clearly a solidly Democrat stronghold might be some kind of bell weather for the upcoming Midterms?
And if they don’t think a special election for a state seat is a bell weather, why the hell downplay it by using the phrase “more than a decade?”
Of course the other possible reason is more narrow – specifically the race between Cruz and O’Rourke.
The news media has been working tirelessly to advance the narrative that Beta O’Rourke could likely flip a US Senate seat blue. And this historic flipping of a solidly blue district to a Republican kinda flies in the face of that narrative.
Sure, it’s possible that The Hill’s Twitter account is run by an idiot.
But heaven knows if a Democrat won a state Senate seat that had been held by the GOP for 139 years, we would never hear the end of it. And you can be certain that The Hill wouldn’t use the mealy-mouthed phrase “more than a decade” to promote it.
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