With less than 100 days until the midterm elections, American voters would give the edge to Republicans by an 11 percentage-point margin if the Congressional election were today. Yet a majority doesn’t think a Republican takeover of Congress would lead to positive change.
Republicans had better not relax just yet. People still don’t think much will change under Republicans. They are wrong about that but it shows that Republicans need to make their case for change and say clearly what they will do and then, and this is the big part, actually do what they promised after the election.
In 1994 they won big and actually did carry through on most of what they promised, but true to their historical form they withered under Democrat’s snarky criticism. It was painful to watch the transformation of Newt Gingrich from hard-driving effective conservative to feckless panderer. To be successful this time the R’s will need to show some backbone and not revert to their old ways of allowing Democrats to put them on the defensive at every turn. It’s time to deprive Democrats of their traditional good fortune of having a weak and confused opposition.
The 1994 success must have frightened Republicans of that era, considering how quickly they gave it up as soon as it proved to work so well. The political stockholm syndrome of being in the minority for 40 years does that I guess. Fortunately for us and to the dismay of Democrats there is a new class of Republicans on the scene who lack those memories and handicaps and are not willing to give up the fight so easily. Republicans such a Paul Ryan and his Road Map For America, for example. Chris Christie, Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels, Jim DeMint, Marco Rubio, Sharon Angle, etc. A few more Republicans of their stripe would be the Democrats worst nightmare. More like Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Scott Brown, John McCain and Lindsay Gramnesty is what they are hoping for.
Hell would have to freeze over for this to happen, but should Christie O’Donnell become the next Senator from Delaware we will know for sure that a new day has dawned in America.