“It’s not been too great for me and some of the other members of the movement.” So said 17-year-old David Hogg in an interview with TMZ. In it he reveals that the number of colleges that have rejected him is now up to four, despite his claim of having earned a 4.2 GPA and scored a respectable 1270 on the SAT.
“It’s been kind of annoying having to deal with that and everything else that’s been going on but at this point, you know, we’re changing the world. We’re too busy. Right now it’s hard to focus on that,” he states in the video that follows:
TMZ is sympathetic, writing, “We’re thinking some of these admission committees are dropping the ball.” But that presupposes that the decisions by the committees were all made in the last six weeks, since Hogg became a national celebrity of sorts, which is highly unlikely.
For all the adoration heaped on him by the Left, moreover, Hogg has shown himself to be something of a loose cannon, which might have been a strike against him with admissions committees.
More discouraging still is that his crusade to change the world may be backfiring. As conservative CBSN contributor Michael Graham notes, for many Americans on the Right, Saturday’s March for Life felt like a direct attack on them and their constitutional rights.
… [T]here was an awful lot of messaging about a Republican President and GOP elected officials like Sen. Marco Rubio. As student speaker Sarah Chadwick put it: “We will no longer be hunted down and treated like prey by politicians who simply don’t care about us.”
David Hogg was even more explicit: “The cold grasp of corruption shackles the District of Columbia. … To those politicians supported by the NRA, that allow the continued slaughter of our children and our future, I say: Get your résumés ready.”
But it may not be Republican lawmakers who end needing to revise their résumés. “Democrats are heading toward some big losses in this fall’s midterm Senate races” announces a March 8 headline at CNBC. The article goes on to note that Democrats have a 9-point advantage in the House race, down from 15 points a month earlier.
The picture painted by OneNewsNow is even bleaker:
Even though the party not occupying the White House typically gains Congressional seats after midterm elections, Democrats – who are down 45 House seats and two Senate seats – have fallen to just a six-point advantage, according to nationwide poll … a drop of 10 points since January.
Whether these shifts can be correlated to voter concern over Hogg’s heated rhetoric, it at least appears to be the case that his noisy efforts are not helping the party that favors gun control.