Nov 11 2009
Obama was supposed to be a post partisan leader who could bring the people together. Instead he has been an inexperienced shill for those whacky liberals in DC. And Americans are taking notice. The backlash against the liberal policies being pushed by Obama and Democrats is growing wider and deeper.
But first, a very important polling result from the recent Virginia elections, were the GOP routed the Dems statewide and across most of the congressional districts (many of which are now in Democrat hands, but not for long):
We also asked a message question that was stunning for two reasons.Â One, it was stunning in its rejection of the notion of the Democratic wave of 2006-08 is any lasting move, and it was stunning for how close it was to the final election margin:
â€œIâ€™m going to read you two statements, and please tell me which one comes closest to your opinion.
Some/Other people say it is more important to elect a Governor who will help President Barack Obama implement his agenda.
Other/Some people say that it is more important to elect a Governor who will serve as a check and balance to President Barack Obama.â€
Voters opted for the check and balance by a 55%-35% margin.Â Independents (who voted for Obama by one point in 2008 in Virginia) opted for a check and balance by an overwhelming 58%-25% margin.Â Throughout our tracking, we regularly found open-ended comments from Independent voters saying they wanted to balance the overwhelming power that the Democrats have in Washington.
It seems independents are on a mission to trim the Democrats back down to size. Which is why this Gallup poll result is not really a surprise to anyone who lives outside the Political Industrial Complex:
Look at the shift in only a few months, from +6% to -4% just since July. A 10% shift is huge and could be an indicator of a Virginia/New Jersey like wave building in the country. Made worse by the fact most polling models still assume the Obama effect, which masks the true size of the wave and led many pollsters to grossly underestimate the force behind the GOP in last week’s elections.
Update: Ed Morrissey notes the GOP leads +22% among independents. If that holds (or grows) 2010 will be such a disaster Dems will be looking fondly back on 1994. I personally think it will grow because, as I have said since February, the faux stimulus bill is the killer. Unemployment was supposed to be getting better long before now. After spending the spring and summer watch the liberal scheme of rampant government spending produce nothing but generations of national debt in one year, people are heading into the fall realizing how bad the Democrats really are. And their mood will not be getting better as we go through Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter with unemployment over 10%, underemployment nearing 20% and the rolls of Emergency Unemployment Compensation expanded by millions and millions of out of work Americans (see here for all the numbers from the federal government). Going through that period with this mess will only make these numbers expand to historic levels of backlash.