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?