DeSantis Drifts Toward Incoherence

“Quite frankly, you have national regime media that they wanted to see Tampa, because they thought that would be worse for Florida. They don’t care about the lives here. If they can use it to pursue their political agenda, they will do it.”

— Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) claimed that “national regime media” wanted Hurricane Ian to hit Tampa to “pursue their political agenda” without regard for the people impacted by the storm, Yahoo News reports.

It’s Nearly Unanimous: U.S. Is in a Mental Health Crisis

90%

A new CNN/Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that 90% of Americans believe that there’s a mental health crisis in the U.S. today. “Asked to rate the severity of six specific mental health concerns, Americans put the opioid epidemic near the top, with more than two-thirds of people identifying it as a crisis rather than merely a problem. More than half identified mental health issues among children and teenagers as a crisis, as well as severe mental illness in adults.”

Johnson from Wisconsin Is Dumb as a Box of Rocks, Son

“To call what happened on January 6 an ‘armed insurrection,’ I just think, is not accurate.”

— Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) repeated his claim Tuesday that the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol was not an “armed insurrection,” adding however, that protesters “did teach us how you can use flag poles, that kind of stuff, as weapons,” CNN reports.

Midterm Outlook for Dems Grows Hazy

68-in-100

Nate Silver: “Overall, Democrats’ chances of winning the Senate are 68-in-100, according to the Deluxe version of our forecast. That’s down from a high of 71-in-100, which persisted from Sept. 13 to Sept. 20, though that change isn’t large in the big scheme of things. In the House, Democrats’ chances are 31-in-100, which reflects an even smaller change; their chances were 32-in-100 on Sept. 23 and 24.”