Archive for April 25, 2011
In every election cycle a point arrives when political strategists begin to perceive the shape of things to come. At first it’s just a will-o-the-wisp, a distant rumble, a scent on the wind. Gradually it begins to take on form and substance and become something that can be recognized, labelled, and turned to advantage.
We are just at the cusp of that process right now…and the emerging impression is not good for the Republican party. A lot of straws in the wind are not blowing their way right now. First, we have the outright facts about Republican performance since the “tsunami” of 2010, and what all those new lawmakers have done with the power given them by voters. They campaigned on bringing jobs to Americans, but there is no public impression that they have been governing with jobs as a goal. Instead the country sees the GOP preoccupied at the state level with things like preventing the sinister threat of Sharia law in the South and the Midwest, passing “birther laws” requiring candidates for public office to produce birth certificates (or proof of circumcision), and introducing multiple bills making it more difficult for women to obtain legal abortions.