Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Some Good News

We might end up dragging this nation into the 21st Century after all:

Slightly more voters say they’ll vote Democratic in the 2014 congressional elections than Republicans, bucking a historical trend of the president’s party losing seats in his sixth year, a new poll Wednesday shows.

Forty-one percent of voters said they’ll vote Democratic while 37 percent said they’ll vote for Republicans, according to a Quinnipiac University survey.

Overall, 48 percent of voters want one party to control both the Senate and House, while 43 percent would like it split. Sixty-four percent of Democrats want complete control, while 30 percent of them want it split. Meanwhile, 50 percent of GOPers want complete control while 44 percent it split. Among independents, 53 percent want complete control and 35 percent want it split.

So there you have it: people are tired of the obfuscation that Republicans, Inc. have engaged in for the past thirty years, and have ramped up in the past five.

But this is particularly good news this late in the second term of a President: traditionally, in the sixth year of any administration, his party ends up losing seats (see: 2006).

They look at recent history, when Democrats controlled Congress for 40 years, and see progress. Progress on civil rights, progress on peace, progress on science, progress on the economy.

Things got done, in other words. Now? Not so much. And they’re disgusted with the partisan blockade that lets this country burn while Republican, Inc. leadership fiddles. They see history and they are deeply discouraged for the future, not because it’s going to be hard work to fix this nation, but because roughly half of Congress stands in the way, blocking that work from getting underway.

It’s kind of like building a house, only to have the half the zoning commission throw up roadblock after roadblock, simply because they are afraid of what you’re doing.

It’s time to retire Republicans, Inc. for good.