Originally Published at The Minority Report
The latest polls…
First of all, let me interject the fact that I despise polls! Polls are nothing more than a lazy way of trying to manipulate public opinion by “reporting” the answers that other people have given to a question that might or might not have been worded in such a way to arrive at the answer the questioner hoped to achieve. Polls are used to drive public opinion by the simple fact that a majority of people are ignorant on most issues, and so base their decisions on the idea that a majority of the “other” people must understand the issues better than they do, and so they will choose to align themselves with the majority as a sign of their own brilliance.
…the latest polls from Rasmussen would indicate that the American people have become disenchanted with the Democratic Party answers to any number of issues, the economy in particular, and now a plurality of them believe that Republicans have better answers than do those Democrats.
Voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on eight out of 10 key electoral issues, including, for the second straight month, the top issue of the economy. They’ve also narrowed the gap on the remaining two issues, the traditionally Democratic strong suits of health care and education.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that voters trust the GOP more on economic issues 46% to 41%, showing little change from the six-point lead the party held last month. This is just the second time in over two years of polling the GOP has held the advantage on economic issues. The parties were close on the issue in May, with the Democrats holding a one-point lead.
As the country become more mired in “Stimulus” and its attendant unemployment and deficits, the Hope and Change offered by President Obama and his Democratic majorities in Congress looks less and less appealing to the American people.
Republican strategists and pollsters rub their hands with glee as the bloom quickly fades from the Democratic rose, while counting the days until the 2010 mid-term elections when they believe the American people will return their own to a majority.
The party that gave us Medicare Part D, No Child Left Behind and spending to rival any drunken sailor of yore, while in the majority for six years, now contemplates a reversal of fortunes as the American people realize that traditional Democrat “tax and spend” cures are worse than the Republican malady that brought the Dems to power.
But a campaign consisting of “We’re Not Democrats!” which appears to be what the National Republican Party is offering, is nothing more than a recipe for disaster. The American people are beginning to realize that the Democratic solutions solve nothing — they merely make a bad situation worse.
But neither are the American people forgetful of the fact that Republican majorities led to the problems in the first place. Republican-sponsored Democrat-lite policies that grow government, spend dollars the government does not have and intrude upon the lives of every citizen looks strikingly like what is happening today under the Democrats.
As the saying goes, “Do not try this at home.”
If the Republican cure, for the Democratic cure, is more of the Republican/Democrat malady, the public will stay with the professionals. Democrat-lite is still Democrat, and so you might as well leave the country in the hands of the professional tax-and-spenders.
On the other hand, as evidenced by the incredible grassroots momentum of the Tea Party movement, the American people are hungry for conservative leadership. A few Republicans understand this, but the message has yet to resonate with party leadership.
Their first clue should have been the mid-term elections in 2006 when a fairly large number of “moderate” Democrats won seats over their Republican rivals by campaigning as Conservatives. These “Blue Dog” Democrats understood what the Republican leadership has yet to figure out.
The second clue should have been the election last year of President Barack Obama. Oh sure, I know he is the most leftist president this country has ever [and hopefully will ever] elect[ed]. But, regardless of what we tried to tell the public at the time, he ran on the conservative principle of cutting taxes on 95% of all Americans.
President Obama spoke of fiscally conservative principles of balancing the budget. We of course knew that it was a smoke screen — he could not possibly cut taxes on 95% of Americans and balance the budget while increasing all of his government spending programs — but the American people came to believe it principally because no Republican leader had made the case for fiscal responsibility in more than eight years.
The recent poll results, and the momentum of the Tea Party tax protests, demonstrate that the opportunity exists for a reversal of the disastrous course the President has set for this country. But that opportunity only exists if Conservative Republican leadership emerges to take that message to the American people.
“We’re Not Democrats!” is not that message.
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