Republicans may be heading toward some significant gains in November, but it would be folly to interpret that as a sign voters are enamored of the Tea Party movement.
Morton Kondracke writes in Roll Call that the Republican surge is only a sign that voters want to punish Democrats, not embrace Republicans.
If Republicans think they are what the country is looking to for governance — or that Obama is marked as a one-term president — they need to look more closely at the polls.
(A) Battleground survey showed that job approval of Republicans in Congress is lower than that for Democrats — 32 percent, with 59 percent disapproving.
The Pew poll showed that the Democratic Party has a favorability rating of 38 percent and the GOP 37 percent. Democratic congressional leaders had 38 percent approval, Republicans 30 percent.
Polls all show that roughly 60 percent of voters like Obama personally and, by similar numbers, say that George W. Bush is more to blame than Obama for deficits and the country’s economic condition.
Kondracke says that it may be a good thing for Republicans to take control of the House in November because it will force Republicans to do something other than oppose President Obama, and will force Obama to move his policies to the center.