It’s pretty easy…the only people that voters like less than Congressional Democrats and Congressional Republicans.
Add in the facts that Republicans have no coherent plan, no definitive leadership and are allowing right wing pundits to organize and promote this Tea Party movement and you have a reality where Dems might actually pick up seats next year.
Personally I think it’ll be a wash, but let’s take a look at what the Independents in a recent Research 2000 poll had to say about Dems and Repubs.
- Nancy Pelosi
22 Favorable, 71 Unfavorable
- Harry Reid
27 Fav, 65 Un
- Mitch McConnell
10 Fav, 73 Un
- John Boehner
3 Fav, 70 Un
- Congressional Dems
32 Fav, 65 Un
- Congressional Repubs
9 Fav, 76 Un
And before you say this is just one poll…here’s another one from Gallup…
Last, and I think this fact sometimes gets lost in the shuffle, Americans remember who was at the helm when the train derailed. Also, it’s not like Dems are running Congress in some woefully inept manner. Are they bipartisan? For the most part, no. But, again, the only people voters think are less bipartisan than Congressional Dems are…you guessed it.
So to all of my fellow politicos who claim that Dems are in for historic defeats next year…you might want to pay less attention to the Tea Partiers and more attention to the swing voters.