The Emerging Republican Comeback

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on December 11, 2009


The renaissance of the GOP continues to be worthy of note. Written off as dead last year, the party continues to show nonetheless that it has a great deal of life left in it:

Eleven months before crucial midterm elections, a national poll indicates that the public is divided over whether the country would be better off with Democrats or Republicans controlling Congress.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Thursday, 40 percent of people questioned say the U.S. would be better off if Democrats ran Congress while 39 percent feel things would be better if Republicans took charge on Capitol Hill. The 1-point margin is a statistical tie.

Support for Democrats is down from a 10-point advantage in August and a 25-point margin in January.

“As the debate over health care continues, the Democrats may have lost the competitive advantage that they enjoyed earlier this year,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. “Since August, the number who support Democratic control of Congress has fallen farthest in the Northeast and the Pacific Rim — two regions that have been Democratic strongholds for many years.”

The usual caveats apply; there is a lot of time before the midterm elections, anything can happen, etc. But one does hope that we will no longer hear that much talk about this supposedly being “a liberal moment.” For the time being, any march towards a new liberal majority has been halted in its tracks. And Barack Obama–the President who would supposedly bring about a new liberal moment–is responsible for frustrating the creation of the very coalition he has sought to bring about.

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