No sign of an impending ‘wave’ election

This is Paul Ryan country.

Sometimes they love him, sometimes they get frustrated with him, sometimes they worry he’ll become part of the establishment.

Yet, to a person, they fundamentally believe the Wisconsin Republican’s political intentions always come from his roots, grounded in his upbringing in this working-class Kenosha County town.

They also know he had to get something done with Obamacare, even if it was imperfect.

Journalists and handicappers in Washington have obsessed for the last 10 days over the electoral impact of a vote taken by House Republicans to repeal Obamacare; most forecast that the Republicans’ replacement for the Affordable Care Act will be less popular than the original law.

They have obsessed, too, over the electoral impact of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.

In Washington, the general belief is that both portend the collapse of Republican majorities in the House and Senate in the November 2018 elections.

In Wisconsin, even among the most strident Democrats, not so much — especially with regard to Comey’s firing.

“If we are being really honest, the Hillary thing last summer got him hated by my party, then his wishy-washiness in between — followed by the last-minute jab at Clinton — caused, I think, most people to lose trust in him,” said Ellen, who declined to give her last name but described herself as a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter.

Ellen’s “I’m with her” bumper sticker from Clinton’s 2016 campaign, on a car parked on Main Street, underscored her support.

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