The GOP is at an even stronger point than in previous “wave” elections in 1994 and 2010 and looks poised to make major gains — and possibly take control of the U.S. Senate.
According to the poll, out Monday, Republicans have a 47-43 lead on the generic congressional ballot. That’s a 10-point swing from October, when Democrats, boosted by GOP blame for the federal government shutdown, held a 6-point lead in the Pew poll.
Overall, Democrats are plagued by the still-sluggish economy, the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act, and the undesirable views of President Obama.
“Undesirable” is a nice way of saying Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom now polls worse than George Miss Me Yet Bush did, post-Katrina but pre-recession. And “yet” might prove to be the key word from the headline.
Nice to see is the GOP rebound from the shutdown. As I wrote at the time:
Right now the GOP is pot committed on the effort to defund ObamaCare.
Maybe you thought the defund effort is a wasted one — that’s certainly how I felt, at least at the beginning. Maybe you think nothing short of a full repeal effort will rally voters to your side in 2014 and ’16 — and there’s an excellent case to be made there, especially given voters’ consistent and increasing disapproval of the law. Maybe, like me, you wanted to just Let. It. Burn.
But none of that matters right now.
Indeed. Cruz led a pointless charge and Mitch McConnell did get played, as the polls at the time showed. But I had faith that ♡bamaCare!!! created too many losers and too few winners to ever be a political plus for the Democrats — which again is being proven by the polls.