Nothing is certain in the world of politics, where today’s dynamo could very well be tomorrow’s has-been. But for now, it seems, Republicans can take a lot of comfort in the latest polls leading up to the midterm elections next year:
Republican candidates have extended their lead over Democrats to seven points, their biggest lead since early September, in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 44% would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate while 37% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent.
Support for the Republican party held steady from last week, while support for Democrats dropped slightly. Republicans have held the lead for over four months now. Democrats currently have majority control of both the House and Senate.
Voters not affiliated with either party continue to heavily favor Republicans, 44% to 20%.
Who thought that so soon after the 2008 shellacking, Republicans could make such a comeback? Of course, with a little less than a year left before the elections, there still is an opportunity to make a mess of things, and in the past, Republicans have shown an uncanny ability to make a mess of things when it comes to the political fortunes of the party. But for a party that was thought to be dead a year ago, the GOP is showing quite a lot of life.
I suppose the only decent thing for the RNC and other Republican leaders to do is to thank Barack Obama for having helped make it all possible.