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Friday, February 26, 2010

Generic Ballot: Republicans 44%, Democrats 35%

Republicans Still Out Front

14 comments:

Sarkazein said...

Grumpy Old People

It's because of Rush's lies and Bush's economy and Cheney's chicken hawkedness. All the corporations are robbing from the honest working man with the help of the rich white Republicans. American's are mad because Cuba has better benefits and Chavez is saving the Earth by forced blackouts to save the planets dwindling resources for our grandchildren.

Just in case anybody was missing it.

Sarkazein said...

If the Tea Party causes the Republicans to turn up the libertarianism, the 35% would drop even further.
I'd like to see a hostile take-over of the Republican Party by the Tea Party.

guy faulkes said...

I'd like to see a hostile take-over of the Republican Party by the Tea Party. - Sark

Palin agrees with you Sark. So do I.

Honest Debate said...

Sark,

I didn't see any misspelling and the grammar was impeccable. Not to mention "honest working man" is an oxymoron once you make over $200,000.

Don't worry, impersonating is hard. That's a craft you really shouldn't hone. We'll be fine.

Honest Debate said...

Sark and Guy,

Do you agree the appeal of the tea party is the focus on smaller government, lower taxes and dramatically less spending? I mean, if the tea party had to stake out positions on trade, life, guns, energy, foreign relations and a host of other issues that Republicans and Democrats must then wouldn't that appeal divide?

I think the lesson for Republicans is to focus on the basics. Get their priorities straight. Shrink government, quit spending and get off our backs. I think they're starting to get the message and the polls reflect that.

The takeover has begun.

Sarkazein said...

H.D you wrote:"Get their priorities straight. Shrink government, quit spending and get off our backs."

As I understand it, that's pretty much the Tea Party.
Where the Republicans get bogged down is in all the other stuff. If we don't get a handle on the government now, none of the other stuff will make any difference. A solvent non-intrusive government, a strong national defense, the pursuit of happiness and leading by example not mandate is the priority.

Honest Debate said...

Sark,

That's what I'm saying.

Honest Debate said...

Maybe I should clarify. The "tea party" is not a party. It's a movement. If it was a party then it would have to take positions on a range of issues. By illustrating so vividly the passions that unite people of all political persuasions the movement has opened a lot of eyes. As the opposition party, Republicans have been slapped in the face with the reality of the outrage. This has sharpened their focus in my opinion. That's why I think the "takeover" (metaphorically speaking) has begun.

Sarkazein said...

The more the government concerns itself with "helping" people, the worse society becomes. Look what the government was fighting in drug enforcement before they turned it into the drug war. Drug use is many times worse now. The great society and it's welfare has caused ethics to drop so far in society the jails and prisons are full of predominately the people the government tried to "help". Even in the controlled prison environment, the government cannot stop drug sales and use. How do they think they can do it in an open society? Government regulated businesses, to the point business ethics dropped to all time lows. Bankers used to not loan money to people who couldn't afford it because they knew the borrower would be put in harm's way. Now the government says you have to lend, and it eats away at lending ethics.
The Republican Party needs to campaign on a platform of eliminating thousands of laws, not promising to pass more laws. It may be too late for society, but society cannot be legislated into being responsible and ethical. Small L libertarianism is the only way to save the country.

guy faulkes said...

I agree with your assessments on the Tea Party. The movement's goal is to bring government back under the control of the people. The concept is that a person serving in the Hose or Senate is a public servant, not a public master. As such, the government serves the people, not the other way around.

The Republican Party is not a movement. It is a political party that frequently loses it's way. It abandons it's conservative, small government endorsing base and promotes big government intrusion into our lives when it becomes liberal lite.

This means that a movement such as the Tea Party either has to bring the Republican Party back to it's base or be the emphasis for a third party. A third party would split the conservative votes because of the "yellow dog" Republicans. Eventually either the Republican party or the third party would die. To kill the third party, the Republican's would be forced to turn right. I believe the threat of the third party has all ready accomplished this. I have hopes for the Republicans, at least for a little while.

The issues such as trade, life, guns, energy, foreign relations and others divide any group. My opinion of the Tea party is that it want less government control of all of them.

If one of these issues is a core issue that means more to a person than any other and is the deciding factor in his political philosophy, then it does not matter what party or group to which he belongs. The issue will control his vote.

guy faulkes said...

This poll shows interesting numbers on how the Republicans, Democrats, and Independents feel about the abuses of big government.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/02/26/cnn-poll-majority-says-government-a-threat-to-citizens-rights/?fbid=jktybXfPqvC

Reader said...

Off subject and I'm very sorry HD. If Biden says he doesn't have to do anything in his job, then I suggest we all write the WH and tell Obama to find him something to do. The arrogance is of these jokers.

guy faulkes said...

Reader, I will agree as long as it is stipulated that his job be the equivalent of sorting fly dung out of BB's while wearing boxing gloves. If Biden is given anything substantive to do, he is going to mess it up.

guy faulkes said...

Here is what Rasmussen has to say about things.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/partisan_politics