Thanks to Ted Cruz and the Republican Congressmen who sided with them (and with the people who voted for them!), the GOP is on record as having attempted to force the government to undo Obamacare. This supposedly hurt the Republican “brand” (people who still think Karl Rove and Dick Cheney are worth associating with obviously have no idea what really damages the Republican reputation). They tell us that Ted Cruz is a joke. There are big-money people in Utah ready to oust Mike Lee.
But does the effort still seem so bad now? According to the Washington Times, “Republicans mount shock comeback, erase Democrats’ edge in eyes of Americans.”
In just six weeks, Republicans have completely erased a 9-point deficit in a generic congressional ballot question and are now running even with Democrats.
Thirty-nine percent of registered voters say they would vote for a Democrat in their district — and the same percentage say they would vote for a Republican — if elections for the U.S. House of Representatives were held today, according to numbers from a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday.
Last month, Democrats had held a nine-point advantage on the same question, 43 percent to 34 percent.
Independent voters favored Democrats in October, 32 percent to 30 percent, but now favor Republicans by a 37 percent to 26 percent margin.
That’s not to say voters are wildly impressed with either party; 20 percent approve of the way congressional Republicans are handling their jobs, compared with 73 percent who disapprove. Interestingly, 30 percent approve of how Democrats in Congress are handling their jobs, compared to 62 percent who disapprove.
So the results are somewhat mixed, but they are also still in flux and headed in the right direction. Another six weeks could show some amazing changes, especially if Republicans don’t blow it.
Wouldn’t this be a great time for the RNC to say, “Yes, it was a long shot and yes Republicans failed to get what they want, but at least we tried to save you all this pain. We knew it was coming. We tried to spare you, even though we knew we didn’t have much chance and that it would make us look like ‘the bad guys’ in the media.”
Is there any chance at all of Republicans launching such a confident campaign?
Or are the big-money Republicans just going to continue their efforts to get rid of the Tea Party?