What Has the GOP Done for America?
by Jonathan Singer, Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 12:29:28 PM EST
According to top GOP strategist Todd Harris, not a whole lot:
H/T to Huffington Post for making this catch.
The prognosticators are right that swing elections tend to be about the party in power more than the party out of power -- but they can overstate that point, too. To take an example I wrote about yesterday, although Ronald Reagan's approval rating was in the dumps in 1982 (about 43 percent at the time of election day) the Democrats weren't completely able to capitalize as the party in opposition, picking up a more modest 26 House seats (as compared with shifts of 47, 48 and 52 in 1966, 1974 and 1994, respectively) and just a single Senate seat. Just two years removed from a Carter presidency, voters simply were not as quick to embrace the Democrats as they might have otherwise been. This fall, just two years removed from the George W. Bush presidency, will voters really be much quicker to embrace the GOP?