Pollster.com looks at the GOP brand and the findings are: not good at all.
But if you look at the graph, you see a sharp decline in the Democrats as well. So when you read the post and look at the graphs it boils down to this:
If the GOP brand now conjures up feelings among many Americans as the kind of feelings they have when facing a root canal or a meticulous proctological exam, if the Democrats are also plummeting full-speed-ahead (with the Republican leaning segment of independent voters and with the Democratic party’s progressive wing) can Republicans triumph in the next few years because the Democrats are so busy shooting themselves in the feet (and at each other) that they benefit?
Pollster.com doesn’t have good news for the GOPers — and it has a warning flag for Democrats. Seen within the context of election 2008, it already appears that the Democrats are struggling hard to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. You can project these findings and see how with the right/wrong (choose your buzz word according to your political bias) set of circumstances (with the Democrats’ cooperation) the GOP can make big gains in 2010 and beyond.
Joe Gandelman is a former fulltime journalist who freelanced in India, Spain, Bangladesh and Cypress writing for publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek. He also did radio reports from Madrid for NPR’s All Things Considered. He has worked on two U.S. newspapers and quit the news biz in 1990 to go into entertainment. He also has written for The Week and several online publications, did a column for Cagle Cartoons Syndicate and has appeared on CNN.