Oh, how quickly the political wind can change. On Labor Day the idea the Republicans could re-take control of both houses after a mere 4 years in the minority was a real one. It seemed the Republicans had out enthusiasm-ed the Democrats and were enjoying a near 10 point lead in the generic Republican vs. Democrat for congress polls. Unfortunately a wild card called the TEA Party has reared its head confusing the situation.
While thereâ€™s no denying that the TEA Party movement have been the driving force generating enthusiasm on the Right, victories by TEA Party candidates in Republican primaries has generated another kind of enthusiasm the GOP was hoping would not occur. And that is a growing enthusiasm on the Left to prevent any of these lunatics from actually winning.
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Battle for Congress tightens between parties is reporting that enthusiasm among Black and Hispanic voters has increased significantly. The new poll shows that in the generic Republican vs. Democrat for congress poll the Republican lead has dropped from a 49 to 40 percent lead to a 46 to 43 percent lead. This puts the gap within the margin of error.
Add to this a newly re-energized President Obama out drumming up the youth vote and the idea weâ€™d be uttering the foul tasting words â€œSpeaker of the House John Boehnerâ€ in the future is joyfully diminishing. Anyone who watched the Presidentâ€™s speech on Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin will tell you that Campaign Obama is back. I have no doubt weâ€™re seeing just the beginning of the Democrats answering Obamaâ€™s call to action.
So, to my Democratic brethren and to all who value reason over blind emotion I make this plea. What ever your opinion is about what the Democrats in Congress have or have not done, please ask your self this question. Do I really want to sit this one out and risk that the â€œtax cuts for the wealthy, de-regulate everythingâ€ simpletons are allowed back in the driverâ€™s seat? Listen to me my fellow Americans. The Republicans didnâ€™t just drive the car into a ditch. They ran us off a cliff doing a 100 miles an hour and this country crashed and exploded into flames. The wreck they left for the Democrats is going to take a great deal of effort and time to rebuild.
Simply putâ€¦ itâ€™s never a good idea to hire the guy who crashed the car to fix it! And itâ€™s even dumber to change mechanics in the middle of a repair.
Devin Barber, Politics Correspondent
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