HOW THE DEMS DID IT...TO THEMSELVES – AT 10:05 A.M. ET: Gallup reported this week that the GOP holds an unprecedented 10-point lead in the generic congressional ballot. Byron York goes inside the details behind that number and shows the extent of the Democratic fall. From the Washington Examiner:
The most striking example is in health care. Back in October 2006, just before Democrats won control of Congress, Gallup asked the traditional question, "Do you think the Republicans in Congress or the Democrats in Congress would do a better job dealing with [the following issue]…" At that time, Democrats held a 64 percent to 25 percent lead on health care -- a 39 percentage-point advantage. Now, after Democrats passed their long-dreamed-of national health care bill, the result is 44 percent for Democrats versus 43 percent for Republicans -- a virtual tie. That is an enormous advantage to have thrown away during four years in power.
The news is just as bad for Democrats on the economy. In October 2006, Democrats held a 53 to 37 lead over Republicans on the issue. Now, after Democrats passed an $862 billion stimulus bill and touted 2010 as the "summer of recovery," Republicans hold a 49 to 38 lead. Democrats have gone from having a 16 point lead to being 11 points behind.
It took real talent and effort for the Democrats to accomplish this. Give 'em a hand.
Back in 2006, things had gotten so bad for Republicans that Democrats took the lead even in a traditionally Republican area: protecting the country against terrorism. Just before the '06 elections, Democrats held a 47 to 42 lead on protecting against terrorism. Now, after Ft. Hood, Detroit, and the Times Square bombing attempt, Republicans hold a 55 to 31 lead.
The only issue on which Democrats hold the lead today is the environment.
COMMENT: When you show contempt for public opinion, and don't take the people into your confidence, that's what happens.
It's a warning to both parties.
September 1, 2010