NBC poll: Supporters Republicans lost in last two elections are coming home

posted at 7:42 pm on May 12, 2010 by Allahpundit

It’s not because they miss the GOP; in fact, Republicans’ favorables are lower than either the Democrats’ or the tea party’s. It’s because they simply loathe what the Dems have done with power.

The “party of no” indeed.

Republicans have reassembled their coalition by reconnecting with independents, seniors, blue-collar voters, suburban women and small town and rural voters—all of whom had moved away from the party in the 2006 elections, in which Republicans lost control of the House. Those voter groups now favor GOP control of Congress…

Mr. Hart noted that, to his own party’s detriment, a series of major news events and legislative achievements—including passage of a sweeping health care law, negotiating a nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia and making a quick arrest in the Times Square terrorism attempt—has not measurably increased support for Democrats. “A lot has happened,” he said, “but the basic dynamic of the 2010 elections seems almost set in concrete.”

The voters who said they were most interested in the November elections favor Republican control of Congress by a 20-point margin, with 56% backing the GOP and 36% backing Democrats-the highest gap all year on that question…

[D]espite White House predictions that passage of Mr. Obama’s health care bill would boost Democrats in November, the issue still appears to be more of a drag on the president’s party. Some 44% called the health plan a bad idea, compared to 38% who saw it as a good idea.

They bet the farm on ObamaCare and they lost. Behold:

Consider that an epitaph for the Great Liberal Realignment of 2008. The public’s remarkably less enthused about Republicans now than it was during the tidal wave of 1994, yet public opposition to The One’s agenda is so intense that they might actually outdo their gains from that year in spite of themselves. Doesn’t say much for the GOP, but it speaks volumes about Great Society II. More:

Good news for Arizona but also, per the Hispanic numbers, encouragement for the left to keep demagoging this thing at full speed. No smear is too outlandish! One more bit, and a pleasant surprise:

Amazing, given the amount of media coverage of the spill. Exit question: Given the fact that Latinos are angry about Arizona’s law and yet the enthusiasm gap is still +20 for the GOP, what’s left in The One’s bag of tricks to goose liberal turnout this year? Immigration and cap and trade seem likely to do nothing but energize more conservatives. Time for Obama, Reid, and Pelosi to dial down their agenda this year? Or is it actually time to step it up since it looks like the Democratic majority will be goin’ away in six months?


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In the choice of two evils, the Dems make the Reps look like choir boys.

andy85719 on May 12, 2010 at 7:44 PM

That had to have hurt NBC to publish. I hope that November is a really nasty and memorable month for the Dems.

TXMomof3 on May 12, 2010 at 7:46 PM

A horrible experiment gone wrong…it will take years to overcome the damage this administration is doing.

d1carter on May 12, 2010 at 7:48 PM

If the Republicans get them back, they had best not misread their “mandate” like O-douche has…Listen up Congress, or you newly elected members can be replaced too.

JAM on May 12, 2010 at 7:49 PM

6 months…god. Will seem like an eternity.

SouthernGent on May 12, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Let the angry Latinos/Mexicans move to Mexico…

doriangrey on May 12, 2010 at 7:50 PM

suburban woman here! check! we’re back babeeee!

you got to be G..O..P…if you want a vote from me..aint nothin goin on but the rent….

ginaswo on May 12, 2010 at 7:51 PM

The “party of no” indeed.

Just say no to neo-Fascism, aka Obamacism.

MB4 on May 12, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Mr. Hart noted that, to his own party’s detriment, a series of major news events and legislative achievements—including passage of a sweeping health care law, negotiating a nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia and making a quick arrest in the Times Square terrorism attempt—has not measurably increased support for Democrats.

Well, there’s your problem…

Weight of Glory on May 12, 2010 at 7:53 PM

“but the basic dynamic of the 2010 elections seems almost set in concrete.”…

Gee almost like they got concrete shoes instead of coattails from Teh One…Muuhuuuuhaaa

*donate, vote, donate, drive a friend to vote, donate, remind aka nag a relative to vote*

ginaswo on May 12, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Considering what they’ve done to this country, just throwing them out of office doesn’t seem to be ‘enough’.

GarandFan on May 12, 2010 at 7:54 PM

They won their old voters back – and then some! Wait and see how many old Democrats and Independents hop on this band wagon, now that they see that the DemoRats have been hijacked by the Progressives.

honsy on May 12, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Hispanics need to decide whether their loyalty is with America or the $hithole, Mexico, that they fled from.

MB4 on May 12, 2010 at 7:55 PM

The smartest thing the Dems could do is cool their heels to minimize the damage in November, and pass all their wish list items before the new Congress comes into session.

BadgerHawk on May 12, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Told you that Gallup poll on GOP voter enthusiasm was nonsense.

It had Republican enthusiasm losing ground, when on the very next day, Repubs showed up in huge numbers in OH, IN, and NC.

Anyway, a 20pt. margin is more like it.

But we already know how pumped up we all are…

nickj116 on May 12, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Considering what they’ve done to this country, just throwing them out of office doesn’t seem to be ‘enough’.

GarandFan on May 12, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Aint that the truth… I’m thinking… miles of good old fashioned hemp rope, Streetlamps, and Pennsylvania Ave.

doriangrey on May 12, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Actually the Republican primaries have been sending a loud and clear message that ‘socialist lite’ is a bad brand. Hopefully most will get it; the others will get the boot.

GnuBreed on May 12, 2010 at 7:57 PM

After seeing the corruption and huge power grab from the Dems in Congress, as well as the Obama Administration, there is absolutely no way I will ever vote for a Demonrat for any position… never ever, never!!!!!!!!

redridinghood on May 12, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Just use a picture of George Takai already!!!

Denverslim on May 12, 2010 at 7:58 PM

NBC poll: Supporters Republicans lost in last two elections are coming home

Huh?

SoulGlo on May 12, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Hispanics need to decide whether their loyalty is with America or the $hithole, Mexico, that they fled from.

MB4 on May 12, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Their loyalty is unquestionable to Reconquesta de Mexico del Norte

doriangrey on May 12, 2010 at 7:59 PM

What those numbers say to me is that the jig is up for politicians; America is tired of the Democrats’ big government approach, and have little desire to watch Repubs return to crony capitalism themselves.

Patrick S on May 12, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Dems must be worried about Scott Murphy (NY-20) losing his seat to Chris Gibson. (I can hope)

Blue Dogs tap Murphy to introduce bill

Connie on May 12, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Hispanics need to decide whether their loyalty is with America or the $hithole, Mexico, that they fled from.

MB4 on May 12, 2010 at 7:55 PM

No freakin’ kidding!

mrsmwp on May 12, 2010 at 8:00 PM

That had to have hurt NBC to publish. I hope that November is a really nasty and memorable month for the Dems.

TXMomof3 on May 12, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Also for teh MSM, I will cherish those looks and comments. Not as much as Nancy having to hand over the DAMN GAVEL! Sorry, channeling my inner Allen West I guess.

bluemarlin on May 12, 2010 at 8:00 PM

They bet the farm on ObamaCare and they lost.

And so they should.

This is what matters:

Security
Economy/Jobs
Liberty/Freedom

Plus, a craven narcissistic ‘god’ at the helm is what the country sees, hears, 24 hours a day. The land has one more chance. She’s dancing on a pivot.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Buffoons like Hatch, Lindsey, McCain, McConnell and etc. don’t deserve this but the country can not affort what she has.

May they all go to a bad place.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2010 at 8:02 PM

If the Republicans get them back, they had best not misread their “mandate” like O-douche has…Listen up Congress, or you newly elected members can be replaced too.

JAM on May 12, 2010 at 7:49 PM


Something tells me thats exactly what will happen. Or worse, we’ll get more of the same because the Republicrats think they know what best for us too.

jackal40 on May 12, 2010 at 8:02 PM

NBC poll: Supporters Republicans lost in last two elections are coming home

Good news rides a fast horse…

Khun Joe on May 12, 2010 at 8:03 PM

BadgerHawk on May 12, 2010 at 7:56 PM

My fear is that they are just smart enough to think of that.

ladyingray on May 12, 2010 at 8:04 PM

I hope “patient dumping”, law license revoked, huge A mama is getting in to the act.

No candy or soda for you.

No garden for you..

Big mama will decide what and how much you eat….tubby bloomberg is so happy to jump on that commie bandwagon….

nondhimmie on May 12, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Kharma, it’s a b!tch.

WordsMatter on May 12, 2010 at 8:08 PM

May they all go to a bad place.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2010 at 8:02 PM

May a thousand breeding sand fleas invest their noses and their xxxxx for all eternity.

MB4 on May 12, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Karma, it’s a b!tch.

WordsMatter on May 12, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Go ahead, GOP, let American voters do your heavy lifting via YouCut and you guys just keep measuring those drapes…

Fletch54 on May 12, 2010 at 8:11 PM

But impeached former president Clinton said voting for Hell-Care would assure reelection.

jukin on May 12, 2010 at 8:15 PM

OT: what passes for a “town hall” now: I just got a call saying your town hall with senator patty murray is going on live right now, hang the line to listen in.

Gee, thanks for the big lead time on that so i could prepare a question.

The first thing I hear her say is “we all feel” and then going off on corporate contributions to campaigns.

Sometimes I hate my state and the people they keep voting in time, after time, after time.

WitchDoctor on May 12, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Go ahead, GOP, let American voters do your heavy lifting via YouCut and you guys just keep measuring those drapes…

Fletch54 on May 12, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Isn’t that the truth! I vote to cut Graham, but then again, that might not be prudent since he’ll probably join the growing Crist Coalition of Bitter Grumblers.

MeatHeadinCA on May 12, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Go ahead, GOP, let American voters do your heavy lifting via YouCut and you guys just keep measuring those drapes…

Fletch54 on May 12, 2010 at 8:11 PM

It’s better than the Dems WeSpendYouIntoOblivion program.

Denverslim on May 12, 2010 at 8:18 PM

could someone ban the troll who is either sociopathic or planting sociopathic threatening remarks?

gracias, no pun intended

ginaswo on May 12, 2010 at 8:19 PM

It would be better if the GOP had to stop sucking first.

exception on May 12, 2010 at 8:19 PM

One problem is that the electorate has turned into a bunch of spoiled, selfish, “what’s in it for me” type voters. The Repubs only promise freedom and adherence to the Constitution not the proverbial “chicken in every pot” schtick that the Dems constantly promise.

People may not be enthusiastic about the Repubs but some are finally starting to see that the Dems are truly destroying their futures and that maybe the things they’ve been promised just may not be worth it.

mrsmwp on May 12, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Also for teh MSM, I will cherish those looks and comments. Not as much as Nancy having to hand over the DAMN GAVEL! Sorry, channeling my inner Allen West I guess.

bluemarlin on May 12, 2010 at 8:00 PM

The secret simply will not keep
For America is losing sleep
It’s time to break the spell
Who is Allen West and what is he up to, do tell?

Rumor has it he’s a cannoneer
He’s a reckless buccaneer
I hear he carries several guns with many clips
He’s the annihilator of creeps with information on their lying at his fingertips

They say he’s nearly seven feet tall
And yet quite graceful…all in all
I’m told there are lightning bolts when he walks
And thunder when he talks

Is he vulgarian or sleek?
Just what does he seek?
I hear he’s steely as you please
I hear he’s really Japanese

Queen Pelosi will think he comes from Hell
Or maybe just from somewhere around the dell
But he will be here and he will be there
You could see him giving the dim tyrants Hell most any time and most anywhere

He meddles with their demoniac devolution
Stomping them mightily throughout each week
Spoiling their lying elocution
La, what cheek!

PercyB on May 12, 2010 at 8:21 PM

jukin on May 12, 2010 at 8:15 PM

ahh but Big Dawg said that like 4 months before they rammed it through. He had begun speaking about it in the past tense 2 months before they rammed it down.

Big Dawg moved center when the people told him STOP. Obama is tripling down with Pelosi and his narcissitic personality disorder doesnt seem to allow him to listen to the people when we say STOP.

Thus we will take his decisions away from him at the ballot box in November.

ginaswo on May 12, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Or is it actually time to step it up since it looks like the Democratic majority will be goin’ away in six months?

Double down, baby!! They got nothin’ to lose.

The scary time-frame is between election day and the swearing in of the new Congress. A lame-duck majority, with absolutely nothing to fear, will be a dangerous animal indeed.

BacaDog on May 12, 2010 at 8:23 PM

America knows a GOP restoration in Congress is needed to temper the liberal spending orgy.

Ridiculous, undisciplined fiscal policies since Obama’s election have already sealed the Democrats’ fate in November 2010.

Frankly, I see the electorate’s anger only increasing, rather than decreasing, prior to November.

Taxpayers, especially the middle class, are livid, as we all know. They are also sickened and fearful of a future they can no longer plan for, and fear that they cannot afford. These taxpayers are in that position because of congressional Democrats’ completely out-of-control legislative spree, which has been built wholesale upon pie-in-the-sky liberal ideological fantasies that badly misconstrue the real world the rest of us actually live in.

Obama will not be able to calm this electorate down by November, no matter how many damn speeches he makes.

Edouard on May 12, 2010 at 8:25 PM

It’s better than the Dems WeSpendYouIntoOblivion program.

Denverslim on May 12, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Only in terms of degree and fervency. The GOP can and have been big spenders too.

Fletch54 on May 12, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Considering what they’ve done to this country, just throwing them out of office doesn’t seem to be ‘enough’.

GarandFan on May 12, 2010 at 7:54 PM

My thoughts exactly. String em’ up !!

RustBelt on May 12, 2010 at 8:27 PM

Beware the Obwock, my valiant one!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Nannan bird, and shun
The frumious Harsnatch!

Colonel West took his vorpal sword in hand
Long time the Dimxome foe he sought
So rested he by an old oak tree
And stood awhile in thought

And as in thought he stood
The Obwock’s Nannan bird seeking America to put to flame
Came whiffling through the tugly wood
And burbled as it came!

One, two!
Red, White and Blue!
The Colonel’s vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left the Obwock’s Nannan bird dead, and with its head
He went gallantphing back

Cheshire Cat on May 12, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Now figure this is NBC so it is a given they oversampled dems and WOW!

JIMV on May 12, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Just use a picture of George Takai already!!!

Denverslim on May 12, 2010 at 7:58 PM

..huh? I must be exceedingly dumb because I still do not know your common first name. Please, I’m beggin’ ya. Can you help me with that and the reference to Sulu?

The War Planner on May 12, 2010 at 8:31 PM

If these squishes in the GOP took a page out of Chris Christie’s book, they might actually be able to show some leadership. How do you spell Christie? A-W-E-S-O-M-E

TxAnn56 on May 12, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Took that from a diiferent thread but it seems to work here as well! Get out in front of these people and fight about these issues. Do not let the MSM and Dems scare you away and dictate the narrative. The people will get behind another Christie type in Washiington.

bluemarlin on May 12, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Thugs get more dangerous around times like this. Be on guard.

SirGawain on May 12, 2010 at 8:32 PM

If you think the Dems are screwing the country up NOW, wait and see what happens if we DON’T (at least) throw Piglosi ass out of the Speaker’s Chair.

Fire up your neighbors…and keep pressure on EVERY candidate!

We can’t fix it all in 2010…but we can START!

Justrand on May 12, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Voters may not like the Republicans, but they don’t trust the democrats. It’s like deciding who should write your college recommendation letter: Mean old Mrs. Smith, the cranky English teacher who really knows her stuff and taught you how to write; or cool Mr. Jones, the totally awesome philosophy teacher who sits around all hour telling great stories about his pot smoking days in high school. You’d really like to ask Mr. Jones, but you just know he’d screw it up. Some jobs are just best left to grownups. Governing the free world is one of them.

Rational Thought on May 12, 2010 at 8:36 PM

My thoughts exactly. String em’ up !!

RustBelt on May 12, 2010 at 8:27 PM

Remember, remember, come this November
The festering heat they have brought
‘Tis no reason why their assault on Americans
Should ever be forgiven, nor forgot

All you tyrants who lord over us
You who give us the smack of your rod
Soon now we will rend you to bits
We will give you the Judgment of God!

The world may be ugly, but each man must do what he must
Your time is coming overreaching tyrants, in a year you will be dust
Soon now our Lady of Justice will possess you
In her breathtaking, hair-raising beds
She will tingle your spines as she captures your hearts and your heads!

PercyB on May 12, 2010 at 8:37 PM

The Dems have dug this hole by spending huge amount of money without improving the economy. Unless the economy dramatically improves itself despite the Dems socialist programs and higher taxes, the Dems have nowhere to turn. If the economy worsens and/or the stock market crashes before November, you’re going to need a microscope to find any Democrats in congress next year.

docdave on May 12, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Just use a picture of George Takai already!!!

Denverslim on May 12, 2010 at 7:58 PM

..huh? I must be exceedingly dumb because I still do not know your common first name. Please, I’m beggin’ ya. Can you help me with that and the reference to Sulu?

The War Planner on May 12, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Sulu has a new commercial on TV where he says Oh My really gay.
Allah uses “Oh my” quite frequently in his captions on the main page. I’m not saying he’s gay or anything for using it or anything.

And call me Maverick.

Denverslim on May 12, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Thugs get more dangerous around times like this. Be on guard.

SirGawain on May 12, 2010 at 8:32 PM

And wounded animals!

bluemarlin on May 12, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Hispanics need to decide whether their loyalty is with America or the $hithole, Mexico, that they fled from.

MB4 on May 12, 2010 at 7:55 PM

One answer… La Raza

tetriskid on May 12, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Thugs get more dangerous around times like this. Be on guard.

SirGawain on May 12, 2010 at 8:32 PM

We can’t fix it all in 2010…but we can START!

Justrand on May 12, 2010 at 8:35 PM

We will hold on
We will get through
We will not stand idle
While Obama destroys the Red, White and Blue

I don’t know how
I don’t know when
But we will see
Our home restored again

Hold on til then
Oh, wait for me!
We will set America free
And see our home restored again

PercyB on May 12, 2010 at 8:42 PM

One answer… La Raza

tetriskid on May 12, 2010 at 8:41 PM

It just kills me that they get away with that name! I get upset everytime I have to read it.

bluemarlin on May 12, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Hey, I would be all for a strong, conservative GOP leadership to provide the path for us to follow. Clearly we ain’t gettin that.

Plan B is for us voters to put the GOP back in control of congress and drag the leadership behind us kicking and screaming. Then tell them what they need to do once they get there and ride herd on them to make sure they do it.

I’m good with Plan B. Any thoughts Mr. McConnell, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Steele?

azkag on May 12, 2010 at 8:45 PM

It’d be a real leg tingle to see Chris Mathews’ mouth foaming, blood running out of his ears and eyes rolling back, while Olberdouche does a swannie out a side window in the background, as election results pour in.

Karma is a b#$ch.

ontherocks on May 12, 2010 at 8:49 PM

It’s better than the Dems WeSpendYouIntoOblivion program.

Denverslim on May 12, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Only in terms of degree and fervency. The GOP can and have been big spenders too.

Fletch54 on May 12, 2010 at 8:25 PM

There’s a big difference between spending money you have and spending money you don’t have. The GOP has spending problems when revenues are up, but they don’t remedy that by spending more money and raising taxes, they cut spending and lower taxes which is 1000% proven to strengthen the economy. If you have proof that it doesn’t then I would love to see it.

Denverslim on May 12, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Here is a reason to come back to GOP, skip ahead to the 30 min. mark

JusDreamin on May 12, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Here is some repetitive advice I’m certain the GOP will receive ad nauseam:

Don’t fark it up!

madmonkphotog on May 12, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Total power corrupted the Dem’s totally. They didn’t have so far to go considering their Liberals. Now lets see if the Republicans can stop trying to be Dem light and keep on the “Right” track!

chickasaw42 on May 12, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Exit question: Time for Obama, Reid, and Pelosi to dial down their agenda this year? Or is it actually time to step it up since it looks like the Democratic majority will be goin’ away in six months?

The smartest thing the Dems could do is cool their heels to minimize the damage in November, and pass all their wish list items before the new Congress comes into session.

BadgerHawk on May 12, 2010 at 7:56 PM

They’re not smart though. They’ll go full steam ahead. Hold on to your hats!

Colorado Anne on May 12, 2010 at 8:54 PM

NBC poll: Supporters Republicans lost in last two elections are coming home

Kind of awkward wording, don’t you think, AP?
You’re headlines usually get better as the night goes on.

CarolynM on May 12, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Do you think Olby and Ed Schultz will report this? The truth hurts them…

Travis1 on May 12, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Exit question: Time for Obama, Reid, and Pelosi to dial down their agenda this year? Or is it actually time to step it up since it looks like the Democratic majority will be goin’ away in six months?

I say they go full Kamikaze.

Southernblogger on May 12, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Dick Morris was on O’Reilly tonite and predicted the Senate will fall, too. He said this is going to be the biggest wipeout in voting history. We have to make that happen.

karenhasfreedom on May 12, 2010 at 9:23 PM

I can’t WAIT for Pelosi to give up her jet.

Fly coach, you elitist pig.

John the Libertarian on May 12, 2010 at 9:30 PM

I’m good with Plan B. Any thoughts Mr. McConnell, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Steele?

azkag on May 12, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Under the impression that Steele may get it. The rest: not so much. RNC; fools. RNSC: total idiots. But Jim Dement does.

And Plan B is working in so many places. ACORN or their reincarnation will have to work overtime (heh; a union volunteering overtime. Love that image.) to pull Nov. for the Social D’rats.

Heh. 100 seats in House. 20 in Senate. I can dream. And contribute my $20 + comments to a different bunch each month. Of course, the next month’s solicitations increase exponentially but that’s the price of mailing lists or maybe fame.

Caststeel on May 12, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Hispanics need to decide whether their loyalty is with America or the $hithole, Mexico, that they fled from.

MB4 on May 12, 2010 at 7:55 PM
Their loyalty is unquestionable to Reconquesta de Mexico del Norte

doriangrey on May 12, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Don’t be too sure about all Hispanics. Here in AZ, a lot of Hispanics by descent ain’t happy with illegal border crossers. They have to pay taxes too. And a lot of their kids can’t find jobs; even of the “hamburger-flipper variety”. Arizona’s not 70% white. And don’t forget to take into account the loons in Tempe & Tucson that are so left wing the give Mad Town, Wisco a run for their money.

rotorjoe on May 12, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Sorry. Supposed to be “They give Mad Town”

rotorjoe on May 12, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Imagine if the Republicans had a clue.

What a pathetic excuse for an opposition party.

rickyricardo on May 12, 2010 at 9:54 PM

I just hope it’s not too late to fix when the repubs/conservatives get control back. Obama will turn over the yoke just as the plane goes into the ground, and the MSM and Dems will blame it on the repubs. Just look at the CRA, Freddie & Fannie bomb that went off. Bush was in office so it’s his fault and the msm repeats the dems talking points. Fixing this mess, or collapsing from it, either way, it’s gonna be U-G-L-Y.

Over30 on May 12, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Imagine if the Republicans had a clue.

What a pathetic excuse for an opposition party.

rickyricardo on May 12, 2010 at 9:54 PM

For my first example: Utah and a soon-to-be-former Senator…

Khun Joe on May 12, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Republicans can never outspend democraps for votes, thus it is a losing proposition for republicans to try to one up democraps. If the public wants a spendthrift party they will vote democrap, if they want a more sober party they will vote republican. Looks like the public has been scared sober by the metastasizing Washington democrap crew.

eaglewingz08 on May 12, 2010 at 10:11 PM

It’d be nice if Republicans and conservatives weren’t such wimps. How about we actually REDUCE government and REDUCE entitlements and REDUCE spending instead of slowing their growth compared to the other guys?

therightwinger on May 12, 2010 at 10:26 PM

The GOP will betray you.

True_King on May 12, 2010 at 10:38 PM

That’s right, the band is getting back together again! Live with it!

dczombie on May 12, 2010 at 10:48 PM

I can’t help but think GOP leadership will somehow fritter away whatever mid-term election advantages we’re enjoying right now and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. It seems to be the way we roll. For example, RNC chairman Michael Steele hasn’t said something really, really embarrassing in a televised interview lately. He’s overdue.

I get so exasperated with the Republican Party–my party–sometimes. Branding that relies on the catchphrase ‘Hey, we’re the lesser of two evils!’ just isn’t good enough, not by half.

troyriser_gopftw on May 12, 2010 at 11:37 PM

Vote Republican. We don’t suck as much as the Democrats.

Mojave Mark on May 13, 2010 at 12:28 AM

The Dems strategy now seems to be the push everything including the kitchen sink through this summer and then depend on the presidential veto to defend it until 2012. As the Republicans won’t be able to override a presidential veto they’ll have to go the “no funding” route to stop the Obama agenda, which opens them up to charges of being a “do-nothing” congress. If this year is 1946 (when the Republicans re-took Congress) then in two years it will be 1948 (when the Democratic presidential candidate Harry Truman) made a surprise come-back to unexpectedly win the presidential election.

Fred 2 on May 13, 2010 at 12:32 AM

The GOP will betray you.

True_King on May 12, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Maybe, but the Dems will slit my throat, suck my blood, abuse my fundament, and then give me a little lecture about how it was my fault for not caring enough about the planet. And that last bit is unacceptable.

theCork on May 13, 2010 at 2:10 AM

Wow, doom and gloom on this comment thread: the GOP sucks, Obama’s going to push through his agenda this summer, a conservative sweep in 2010 will guarantee Obama’s reelection in 2012.

Folks. Let’s pause for a moment and remember when The One had nearly 70% approval ratings. When he was “like God”. When songs were sung in his honor and schools named after him. We’ve come a long way since then.

He and hia party are going to get smacked and smacked hard come November. Remember eight or so months ago, when NO ONE thought taking back the House was possible?

Chins up there, fellow conservatives. The socialist experiment is failing. Onward and upward!

Grace_is_sufficient on May 13, 2010 at 3:54 AM

Mr. Hart noted that, to his own party’s detriment, a series of major news events and legislative achievements—including passage of a sweeping health care law, negotiating a nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia and making a quick arrest in the Times Square terrorism attempt—has not measurably increased support for Democrats.

The “passage of a sweeping health care law” is what’s killing the Democrats right now–before its passage, poll after poll showed 55-60% opposition, and afterward, the same percentages want it repealed, especially as new facts come to light about its encouraging employers to dump health insurance for employees, and higher than “expected” costs.

No one really cares about “negotiating a nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia” while the real nuclear threat is from Iran, and Obama has taken our defensive missiles out of Poland and the Czech Republic.

As for the “quick arrest in the Times Square terrorism attempt”, people still remember Napping Napolitano’s lame response to the Christmas Jock Bomber, Holder’s desire to try KSM in NYC, and Democrats’ repeated attempts to dismantle the anti-terror policies of the Bush Administration (and the surveillance cameras installed by Giuliani) which resulted in Shahzad getting caught, just in the nick of time.

The Dems strategy now seems to be the push everything including the kitchen sink through this summer and then depend on the presidential veto to defend it until 2012. As the Republicans won’t be able to override a presidential veto they’ll have to go the “no funding” route to stop the Obama agenda, which opens them up to charges of being a “do-nothing” congress.

Right now, according to this poll, 64% want to vote GOP to stop the Obama agenda–everybody knows that the best solution to a runaway train is to slam on the brakes.

Fred 2 is right that, even if the Republicans take the House in 2010, 2011-2012 could be a time of government gridlock due to Obama vetoes and Senate filibusters. But Republicans need to frame the debate POSITIVELY, that extending the Bush tax cuts WILL stimulate the economy, refusing to fund ObamaCare will PROTECT health insurance for employed people and Medicare patients who need it most, while saving taxpayer money from funding “benefits” that don’t take effect until 2014, and painting Obama as the “obstructionist”.

A better parallel than 1946-1948 is 1994-1996, when revulsion to HillaryCare led to the 1994 GOP takeover of the House. President Clinton, to his credit, realized that he needed to abandon part of his liberal agenda and signed the welfare-reform bill, and both Clinton and the Republican Congress were re-elected in 1996.

Obama is probably a more rigid ideologue and less pragmatic than Clinton was, and if he digs in his heels and vetoes everything in 2011-12, even some Democrats might abandon him to save their political hides. Democrats won a net 6 Senate seats in 2006, three of them (Tester(MT), McCaskill(MO), and Webb(VA)) by very small margins, and those freshmen will be vulnerable in 2012, as well as the two Nelsons (NE and FL) and Landrieu in LA.

The Republicans need to advance a positive agenda in 2011-12, then blame Obama and the Democrats for blocking it. But first things first–we need to take back the House in 2010!

Steve Z on May 13, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Let’s see a poll that asks that question of “likely Latino voters” rather than “Latinos.” You gotta know a lot of those who were polled are illegals themselves. How do you THINK they’re going to answer that question? Most of the Latinos who are citizens don’t like the illegals anymore than the rest of Americans do, because THEY jumped through the hoops to get here the right way.

Beo on May 13, 2010 at 12:34 PM