With polls showing the Republicans on the rebound, the right wing is ecstatic as conservatives drive to cut Democratic majorities in Congress and win state governorships this fall. More important, the purported rebound may well help them make the timid Democrats appear even more timid as the health care debate reaches a climax smack in the midst of the election campaign. If Obama can’t win a little something in the health insurance fight, he’ll be portrayed more and more as a flop by the right wing. If he wins even a token victory, the GOP attack dogs will nail him as a socialist with a secret plan to “kill Granny”’ by rationing health care. Not true, but that’s the current GOP attack campaign. The Washington Times Tuesday morning lays out the coming attack:
It would be hard to envision a political landscape as tilted against Republicans as it was in 2006 and 2008. There is now a body of polling data to suggest that the generic congressional ballot has closed. In the NBC/Wall Street Journal, Democrats have a seven-point advantage, the smallest it’s been since April of 2006,” said Jennifer Duffy, senior elections analyst at the Cook Political Report.
The papers goes on to cite data from Rasmussen,Rothenberg and Gallup,which it quotes as saying last week,, ” at this early stage, 2010 does not look like it is shaping up to be as strong a Democratic year as 2006 was, and that could make it difficult for the party to hold onto the gains it made in the 2006 midterm and 2008 presidential elections,” the polling organization said.