I take encouragement from Jim Bennett’s great comment:
The Ghost Shirt Democrats are doing their dance, but the vast herds of union-member Democrat-voting buffalo will never return to the plains, and [the] magic ghost shirts will not turn the ballots of angry voters into water [in] 2010 and 2012. Of course, the Republicans could still blow it, but even if they do, the Democrats have shown in a few short weeks that they have no idea how to govern the country, just to loot it. They will be replaced, if not by Republicans, then by somebody else.
and also from Jim Miller (writing about Michael Barone, and recent polls that show recent Republican gains in opinion polls):
Barone is surprised by this result, but he shouldn’t be. Almost all of Rasmussen’s generic numbers since the election are better for Republicans than the generic numbers in the months before the election.
That pattern makes it unlikely that this result is an outlier, one of those bad results that every pollster gets from time to time.
Jim Miller points out that he predicted months ago that the Democrats, if they gained power, would eventually discredit themselves and lose support, but says he did not expect it to happen as fast as it now appears to be happening. I think the Internet is doing it, not that that’s any surprise. We haven’t had a Democratic President as weak as Obama or a Democratic Congress as reckless as today’s since the hazy past of Jimmy Carter and the anti-Republican reaction after Vietnam and Watergate (and after the recession caused by our govt’s ill-conceived economic policies of the late-’60s and early-’70s, let’s not forget). Now that we are there again, the difficulty for the Democrats in running their creaky old sausage factory under modern, ‘Net-enabled, 24/7 electronic hyper-scrutiny is obvious and may prove fatal. Popular opposition to the recent spending bill might have taken months to coalesce in the past but came together this time in a few days. Congressmen can no longer hide their Washington debauches from the folks back home.
If the voters turn out the looters and socialists sooner than we expect, that would be a good outcome. But if President Obama sees what is coming and realizes that he is on course to be a one-term failure, will he change direction by campaigning for tax-rate cuts and blocking extravagant Congressional spending? That would be an acceptable outcome too, but who knows if he has the wit or the balls to do it. It would certainly be out of character for him. But he also has a history of changing direction when his political survival depends on it, so maybe he will do that here too. Time will tell.