When harnessed correctly, confidence can be a very good thing. It can help those who are lucky enough to be feeling good about themselves to add even more fuel to their proverbial fires, and and even spark them on to bigger and better things. We can’t say the same thing about overconfidence.
When someone feels a little too good about themselves or their current state of affairs, that’s when unwelcome attributes such as sloppiness and laziness begin to rear their heads. Mistakes undoubtedly follow, and the overconfident folks eventually wind up sitting around and scratching their heads while trying to pinpoint where they went wrong.
In a few short days, we’re going to learn exactly what is currently on display from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders. Is it confidence or overconfidence? To wit, there seems to be a growing sentiment on the left that Democrats will win back the House during the midterm elections.
In Pelosi’s case, she has even called her shot on national television. Even the person she was chatting with didn’t think that was the best idea in the world. Check out this exchange, courtesy of Fox News.
“Let me say this. Up until today, I would’ve said, ‘If the election were held today, we would win,’” Pelosi said on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Tuesday. “What now I’m saying is, ‘We will win.’”
Colbert responded by warning her not to jinx the Democrats’ prospects.
“Do you want to say that on Hillary’s fireworks barge that she canceled?” Colbert said, referring to Hillary Clinton’s planned fireworks for the night of her expected 2016 presidential victory. “Please don’t say that.”
As Colbert reminded her, the same kind of irrational exuberance that appeared on the left back in 2016 is rearing its head once again. Clinton was considered to be a shoe-in, and there were all sorts of hyperbolic prophecies about it potentially being a rout of epic proportions.
Similar to the present day, the press was parroting that talking point over and over, and they spent an inordinate amount of time telling the American people that traditionally red states like Georgia and Texas were going to be won by Clinton. How did those predictions turn out?
We’re seeing the same thing play out in 2018. Take a look at the Senate race in the state of Texas, for example. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is facing off with far-left Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke, who the press continues to fawn over and present as if he’s some kind of gift to the world of politics. The press is insisting that this race between the two is neck-and-neck, but numerous polls indicate that O’Rourke is going to get crushed.
Speaking of the polls, that appears to be a big part of what’s leading to the overconfidence on the left. Many polls indicate that Democrats will in fact gain back control of the House. The fact that many of these polls also indicated that Clinton would win in a landslide seems to be completely forgotten.
We don’t know how the midterm elections are going to turn out. Anyone that claims to know beyond a shadow of a doubt what is going to happen is not playing it straight with you. Period.
We’ll patiently wait and see how things turn out on Tuesday night, but we will note that those who are already putting the champagne on ice might want to readjust their thinking and focus.