August 12, 2007

Republicans on the Run

Almost makes you feel sorry for Republicans. Almost. Emphasis mine:

... Generic polls show voters expressing a preference for a Democratic president by a 24-point margin, a gap unheard of since the Watergate era. ... The public favours Democratic control of Congress by a margin of 10-15 points. Off the record, Republicans use words like “catastrophe” and “Armageddon” to refer to 2008.

The issues that people care about are also tipping the Democrats' way. A Pew Research poll in March discovered growing worry about income inequality combined with growing support for the social safety net. The proportion of Americans who believe that “the government should help the needy even if it means greater debt” has risen from 41% in 1994, at the height of the Republican revolution, to 54% today.

... The Republicans have alienated America's fastest-growing electoral block—Hispanics—with their visceral opposition to immigration reform. Nearly 70% of Hispanics voted Democratic in House races in 2006, up from 55% in 2004. That trend is sure to have been solidified by the Republicans' recent scuppering of the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill, in a revolt sodden with xenophobia.

... Republicans have also whipped up a storm of opposition among middle-of-the-road voters on social issues. The religious right's opposition to abortion has always been an electoral liability: only 30% of voters favour overturning Roe v Wade. But in the past few years social conservatives tested people's patience still further over a federal marriage amendment and Terri Schiavo. Fully 72% of Republican voters opposed the Republicans' attempt to use the might of the federal government to keep the severely brain-damaged woman alive. ...

Americans are rejecting the Party of Cain (What do you mean, I'm my brother's keeper?), along with their xenophobia and misogyny. And finally, finally, someone notices that the supposed moral high ground of denying women their basic rights is, in fact, a serious electoral liability.

Posted by natasha at August 12, 2007 05:56 AM | US Politics | Technorati links |