There is an interesting poll which Harris (hardly a polling organization sympathetic to Republicans) released last week which should have caught a lot of people by surprise.
There is an interesting poll which Harris, hardly a polling organization sympathetic to Republicans, released last week which should have caught a lot of people by surprise. This was not the meaningless “generic ballot” which shows a big gap favorably Democrats (as it always has in every election since 1994, despite the fact that Republicans always win these elections in the popular vote as well as in numbers of congressmen elected.)
Nor does the poll rate the approval of President Bush, who cannot run for re-election. It does not even provide the totally useless question “How do you approve of the job that Congress is doing?” (Which the Leftist media usually forgets to tell us is routinely lower than the approval ratings for President Bush.)
No: this question asks “How do you rate the job Republicans in Congress are doing: excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?” At first blush, the responses might alarm Republicans: only twenty-five percent of Americans picked the first two favorable responses, while seventy-two percent of Americans picked the latter two unfavorable responses. That sounds like really bad news, doesn’t it?
Only if you are unwilling to wade through the parallel polling data. The same poll by the same organization on the same day asked “How do you rate the job Democrats in Congress are doing: excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?” Twenty-six percent of Americans picked the first two favorable responses, while seventy percent of Americans picked the latter two unfavorable responses. The margin of error in the poll is three percent, which means that Americans may actually approve more of the job of Republicans in Congress than Democrats in Congress.
But wait, there’s more! Did Harris ask this question of “registered voters”? No, although “registered voters” traditionally skew more toward the Republican side. Did Harris ask the question of “likely voters”? No, although “likely voters” skew even more strongly to the Republican side. So who did the Harris pollsters ask? “Adults nationwide,” which would presumably include illegal aliens.
What that means is that as of June 2 – 5, likely voters are probably more supportive of Republicans in Congress than Democrats in Congress. But wait, there more! This polling data was before Democrats in Congress cowed down in deference to the obviously guilty Congressman William Jefferson by not removing him, at least yet, from the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representative. That ugly, dishonorable pandering can only diminish congressional Democrats in the eyes of Americans. This was before the spectacle of Congressman Murtha snubbing House Minority Whip out of his blind ambition, all before the eyes of the American people.
This was before Brian Bilbray won the election that many Democrats expected him to lose in California. This was before the worst terrorist in the world was killed by American forces and congressional Democrats seriously argued about whether this medieval murderer should have been killed or not. This was before a government was formed in Iraq. This was before Karl Rove was acquitted on all grounds of criminal misconduct.
The momentum seemed to be shifting to Republicans, and at time that the momentum began to shift, Republicans appear to have already caught up with Democrats in the Harris poll. The Party Without a Plan is still working on its equivalent of a Contract With America, but cannot determine whether to keep the most brazen criminals on key congressional committees or whether to set a timetable to pull out of Iraq.
The Party of Lincoln still stands for the liberation of peoples. Liberation is a messy business (just ask the boys on the beaches of Normandy) or the regiments at Gettysburg, but Americans know instinctively that liberation is very good and very American. The smart money – and that smart money will increasingly also help determine who has the edge going into November – is going to be on the Party of Abraham Lincoln and not the Party of William Jefferson.
Just in time - just in a nick of time – the tide of political battle is turning. And after even a modest November victory, terrorists around the world will cringe, Hitlerophiles in Teheran will find their options limited to spider holes, and the growing strength of truly sympathetic democracies, like Canada and Germany, will begin to cast their lot with those who will win the world peace.
Bruce Walker has been a published author in print and in electronic media since 1990. He is a regular contributor to WebCommentary, Conservative Truth, American Daily, Enter Stage Right, Intellectual Conservative, NewsByUs and MenÕs News Daily. His first book, Sinisterism: Secular Religion of the Lie by Outskirts Press was published in January 2006.