The White House must be getting a little worried. On June 28, the Rasmussen Daily Tracking Poll margin was even at zero. Since then, on a poll that has a +/- of 3 percent, we’ve been seeing popularity deficits of 3 percent, then 5 percent and, today, 8 percent.
The more the administration consolidates power, and the more congressional Democrats overreach, the worse the numbers will get for this administration. That’s why I thought adding Al Franken was a net loss for the Democrats, as the last thing they need is a celebrity politician reminding America of how liberal the party is. And that’s why the GOP must continue to hammer the Democrats on things that every single American can relate to and get behind.
When it comes to matters of policy, most Americans will not follow percentages and specific programs. What they will see, however, is a government that is suddenly in the car business, or an increase in jobless numbers despite promises of salvation. Similarly, because most Americans strive for fiscal responsibility in their own lives (even if they don’t achieve it), they’ll understand that we should not be spending more than we’re taking in, and will resist increases in taxes to provide revenue for a government that squanders it on ineffective plans.
Above all else, however, the Republican Party should remind the American people that the Democrat leadership has passed landmark legislation without even reading it. Every single GOP representative and senator should be in his or her respective district or state, arguing that regardless of whether the times are lean or fat, most Americans will research and agonize over a $200 electronics purchase, but are being governed by a party so intent upon passing disastrous, agenda-fitting legislation before the power-enabling crisis passes that trillions of dollars have been spent without officials even having bothered to read the bills.
If Republicans can learn to shout loud enough, and take the extra effort to increase outreach to constituents on both sides of the aisle, Barack Obama could essentially be rendered a lame-duck president before the mid-term elections.
Even at this time last year, well in advance of November’s election, I was arguing that an Obama presidency could be in the long-term best interests of the United States of America, perhaps even more so than a McCain presidency would have been. Much like a person who walks away from a horrible traffic accident with a new found respect and love for life, I firmly believe that the American people are gaining more and more such respect and love for freedom, and that we will walk away from this political wreck surely with ground to recapture, but at the core stronger than ever.