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Posted by on Jul 19, 2010 in Politics | 0 comments

Defeat from the jaws of victory?

I couldn’t help myself – I had to steal this great graphic from The Political Carnival. In the last week the Republicans have said it’s OK to run up the deficit to give tax cuts to the rich but not to help out the unemployed middle class, all but three Republicans voted against a neutered financial reform bill and they all but admitted that they can’t talk about policy because if they did no one would vote for them. This should have been a great year for the Republicans but are they about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? While it’s too early to tell we do know that Harry Reid was a dead man walking just a few weeks ago – he now has a seven point lead over wingnut teatard Sharon Angle. Florida may turn out to be a loss as now independent Christ has a healthy lead over Teapartier Rubio. And what should have been a slam dunk in Kentucky became a horse race when Rand Paul won the primary. Whatever the reason there has been a major shift in the generic congressional poll.

People are not happy with Obama and the Democrats but they are not happy with the Republicans either. In 1996 Bob Dole’s entire campaign consisted of “I’m not Bill Clinton.” We know how well that worked. The Republicans are attempting the same strategy in 2010 and have spent the last two years just saying no to everything without presenting an alternate policy with the possible exception of more tax cuts for rich people so they can create more jobs in China.

It’s a long time to November and a lot can happen. The fired up Republican base is more likely to vote than the Democratic base and who knows what will happen between now and then. The reality is the voters are unhappy with Obama and the Democrats for not fixing the economy but they still remember who broke it.

Cross posted at Newshoggers

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