Will Kavanaugh Inspire A Red Wave

Grind for October 6th, 2018
“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”

– Clarence Budington Kelland

Buzz Kill

The Headline

New research links “light drinking” with increased risk of premature death

The Grind

Medical experts have long held to the belief that a glass of red wine each night can be beneficial for your health. And last time I checked, it was considered “healthy” to consume 1-2 alcoholic beverages per day.

But according to an analysis published this week by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine, the risks of light drinking far outweigh any potential benefits.

The Details

The study, which included more than 400,000 people between the ages of 18 to 85, determined that “light drinking” increased a person’s mortality rate by 20%.

In this case, “light drinking” is defined as having 1-2 drinks per day.

“It used to seem like having one or two drinks per day was no big deal, and there even have been some studies suggesting it can improve health,” says study author Sarah M. Hartz, MD., Ph.D. “But now we know that even the lightest daily drinkers have an increased mortality risk.”

A person’s mortality risk increases as they age, so the 20% increase is far more significant for a 75-year-old than a 25-year-old, added Hartz.

The 20% increase was directly related to alcohol’s relationship with cancer. While light drinking has been shown to help prevent cardiovascular disease, “drinking every day eliminated those benefits,” continued Hartz. “With regard to cancer risk, any drinking at all was detrimental.”

Hartz predicted that as medicine becomes more personalized, doctors might start to recommend that patients with a family history of cancer avoid drinking altogether.

“Overall, I do think people should no longer consider a glass of wine a day to be healthy.”

Unexpected Consequences

The Headline

Kavanaugh drama could boost GOP’s performance in midterms

The Grind

New polls suggest the sexual misconduct accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh could actually boost the GOP’s chances of retaining control of the Senate.

Fox News polling shows a recent increase in Republican enthusiasm that seems to parallel the Kavanaugh issue. The number of Republicans feeling “extremely” interested in the midterm elections is up 8 points in North Dakota – where Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp is facing increasing pressure to make a decision on Kavanaugh.

GOP interest is up 9 points in Indiana, and Republicans are hoping Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly’s opposition to Kavanaugh will boost Trump-backed opponent Mike Braun.

Republicans are particularly irate regarding Democrats’ attacks against Kavanaugh compared to their disinterest in similar accusations leveled against DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison.

“The harsh and unfair treatment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is having an incredible upward impact on voters,” tweeted Trump on Thursday. “The PEOPLE get it far better than the politicians. Most importantly, this great life cannot be ruined by mean & despicable Democrats and totally uncorroborated allegations!”

The Details

Ford’s accusation against Kavanaugh, which is currently under investigation by the FBI, has also caused drama for California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D).

Feinstein supposedly had prior knowledge of the accusation, but kept it secret to avoid revealing Ford’s identity. Ford conveniently revealed her identity via the left-leaning Washington Post in the midst of Kavanaugh’s confirmation process.

There is zero motivation for Feinstein to have kept the information about Kavanaugh a secret, and her claim to have known about Ford’s accusation has prompted calls for her to resign.

Meanwhile, multiple sources have predicted the Kavanaugh issue will harm Republican’s chances of retaining control of the House – especially after Trump mocked Ford during a rally in Mississippi earlier this week. Such treatment of a #MeToo victim threatens to ostracize female voters and independents – whose support is necessary for House Republicans in danger of losing their seats.

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