A series of recently conducted polls continue to show the ever-dwindling prospects of the Republican Party in next year’s mid-term elections. Despite the spin that the likes of Ted Cruz are trying to put on the government shutdown it is fairly obvious that the general population of the country isn’t drinking the Tea Party Kool-Aid. The average American knows that it is the Teapublicans that are responsible for the circus that was the shutdown. As such, it is looking very bad for the Right next year.
The first major poll, noted by Business Insider, but conducted by CNN, indicates that 54% of those surveyed feel that having the Republican party in charge of the House is detrimental to the country’s well-being. That’s more than half the country as represented by the survey group! Only 38% feel that a Republican controlled House is a good thing. In addition to this, 63% feel that Speaker John Boehner should be replaced for the piss-poor job that he did in representing the interests of the country. On top of that, the poll showed that although President Obama’s approval rating is 44%, it was 44% before the shutdown as well; meaning that he is rightfully not being blamed by the general public for the shutdown.
The second poll, or rather series of polls from the start of the shutdown until now, as reported by Huffington Post, show a marked increase in the efficacy of the Democratic party retaking the House of Representatives. The 2012 election already illustrated the public’s dislike of a Teapublican-controlled House, but the new data that comes from Public Policy Polling puts it truly in reach. According to the latest polls, although the Democrats need 17 seats to take control of the House, it is possible that they could win 30, 40, or possibly close to 50 seats in next year’s elections. With that kind of majority in place the country could finally get back on track to growing the economy and halting all of the partisan gridlock that threatens are well-being.
As Business Insider’s Joe Weisenthal put it, “If the U.S. were based on a parliamentary system, Obama would definitely call for a national election right now.” With where polls stand today, the Democratic party could easily oust the Republicans from the House, and probably gain seats in the Senate. Unfortunately, we still have another year to go. Now is when the Democrats need to focus on two things: First, they need to not screw anything up. A lot can happen in a year. If they can fix the issues with the ACA’s website and avoid any major scandals, they could maintain their current footing. The second thing that they should do is start finding and fielding good, solid candidates in all of the contentious districts. They can’t sit back and hope that they can ride this sentiment for the next year. They need to be aggressive and pick people who are going to keep their opponents down for the next twelve months. If they can do that, the Left will be celebrating big in a little over a year.
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