Taking the House Back From the Tea Party

Reelecting Barack Obama this year won’t be enough. Unless Democrats retake Congress, gridlock in Washington won’t end.

Now, a Democratic statistician reports that winning back the House of Representatives “is in the realm of possibility,” citing “a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, in which, when asked which party they prefer to control Congress, voters cited Democrats, 47 to 41 percent, as well as a recent National Journal poll that found 48 percent of voters prefer Democrats to take control of the House while 37 percent want Republicans to stay in control. In October, the same poll showed a statistical tie.”

Such a rising anti-Tea Party tide is even more crucial than whatever happens in the GOP primaries. Another four years of Obama won’t turn the country around without loosening the grip of John Boehner and Eric Cantor, as well as Mitch McConnell, in Congress.

As fund-raising for the President goes on at a high level, disheartened voters may want to funnel some of their dollars at the diehard freshman class of 2010 in the other House, reminding voters of how they are wrecking the economic recovery with legislative tantrums.

A recent Obama fund-raising email from Caroline Kennedy cites her departed uncle:

“In his speech four years ago today, Teddy reminded us all of that bright light of hope and possibility that shines even in the darkest hours…”

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Author: ROBERT STEIN

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  1. I hope some of that billion dollar campaign fund goes to support anti Tea Party candidates, otherwise we can, as you say, look to four more years of gridlock.

    Which would be better than four years of Gingrich with a Tea Party majority. (Shudder)

  2. Unless it come with enough votes to override filibuster who cares.

  3. Figures don’t lie, but liars can figure.

    Where were these polls conducted? Did they go to every district in the USA and poll a statistically viable percentage of voters, or did they do a national poll where states like NY and CA could have a significant impact on their outcomes.

    You can poll the people in swing states and find they may prefer Democrats, but then when you get down to the actual districts you will find that most of the liberal districts will stay democrat and most of the conservative districts will stay republican, even thougn the state wide poll indicates a desire for democrat representation. That is due to the larger populations in larger liberal cities.

    So be careful what you take from tjis poll. Redistricting in many states where the republicans took control of state houses in 2010 have made conservative districts more conservative, weakend liberal districts and created more right leaning moderate districts.

  4. I know that the small races are where I’m going to put my money this year. Nobody is psyched about Romney, and pretty much everyone hates Newt. I really hope the DNC is making a true attempt to work the Senate and Congressional elections. They were woefully negligent in 2010 in supporting these candidates.

  5. In their brief tenure, the TP reps have made it abundantly clear they care about their own little cult first and the country last. Unless the voters want more of their nonsense and obstruction they need to give em the boot.

  6. RP has the right of it. 2010 was a bad year for Democrats to stay away from the voting booth. The Texas debacle is a clear example of that. Although the SCOTUS nixed a judicial redistricting (and quite correctly, I might add), they did NOT endorse the Texas legislature’s plan either. Gerrymandering will make it that much more difficult for the Democrats to win a majority in the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, as slamfu mentioned, it can be meaningless anyways if the Republican Party continues to filibuster nearly everything.

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