I don't mean any hyperbole in that statement. Seriously.
For the last week, we have been treated to what used to be a near uniquely Georgia phenomenon. Every year the media does stories about Georgia finally turning blue and every year it does not happen. There has always been a "but Texas" angle to these stories, but the media has tended to dismiss them.
This year, and really in the past week or two, the media has gone full on with "Texas is turning blue." You've heard the stories. There was a massive, record breaking surge of Democrat votes in the Texas primary. In parts of the state that had never seen such a wave, the Democrats were surging ahead and the GOP was panicked.
These stories made their way through newspapers and television channels shaping coverage. Republicans I talked to in Texas were starting to get nervous at the stories. Republicans in DC were concerned they were missing something they hadn't seen as television anchors on news networks were telling people about this phenomenon and polling analysts on Twitter were talking about it.
Turns out it was not to be. Texas Republicans overwhelmed Democrats. The massive voting turnout turns out to have been in just fifteen cities in Texas. That will still impact the GOP to be sure. There are swing districts that will be affected. The GOP could possibly lose a handful of seats in Texas in November given the Democrats in suburban areas.
But the media coverage has focused extensively on the last days of Ted Cruz. He was going to be beaten. Again, this is a very familiar narrative in Georgia where only a couple of months ago the Politico did a story about the Democrats' plans to turn Georgia blue this year. They did the same story a few months earlier with the Karen Handel special election against Jon Ossoff. The New York Times did a similar story a few years ago as Jason Carter and Michele Nunn looked set to beat Nathan Deal for Governor and David Perdue for the Senate. They were assisted by a few pollsters you've never heard of who were happy to generate polls showing the press what the press wanted to show.
Here too, pollsters in Texas have been willing to generate polling to show Democrats exactly what they wanted to see. The media helpfully regurgitated the polls as gospel.
But we have the real data now. We have the votes. The votes show Texas is still an overwhelmingly Republican state with an energized Republican base. Even with the supposedly massive, historic surge of Democrat votes, Republicans still outpaced Democrats by several hundred thousand votes. It does not mean there are not issues the GOP must pay attention to. But it does mean the media has lost even more credibility in its willingness to run with nonsensical spin and both fake news and fake polls.