That last comment string was getting a little ridiculously long, but we appreciate everyone's comments and input. Let's keep going on our 2010 outlook, but I wanted to take things in a little different direction.
It's become pretty apparent that the Dems are panicking.
Obama's favorables are in freefall. The topic of the day is not Obama's domestic agenda, it's national security, a traditional Republican strength. Their beloved health care plan still has a long way to go, and it's already but a shadow of what the liberals wanted. It's already under attack due to the way it was shoved through the Senate with bribes and threats, so much so that the Dems are already crying uncle. Not to mention its basic Constitutional problems.
In fact, things are so bad for the Dems, that they are not planning on campaigning on Obama's and their party's successes since taking power, but... get this... still trotting out George W. Bush and warning everyone that if you let the GOP back in, we'll have 8 more years of Bush policies. Notwithstanding that the Bush years were marked by a lot of fiscal irresponsibility (Dems and Republicans can all agree on that, it seems), some of the Bush doctrine looks pretty good right about now.
And, of course, the President's party traditionally loses some mojo at the midterm elections.
So, where does that leave us? As we have suggested before, it looks good for the GOP in general, but we can't rest on our laurels. In fact, for all the bad polling for the Dems, the flip side of the coin is that the American electorate doesn't seem much happier with the Republicans. Now they just seem disgusted with both parties.
While being labeled as the "party of no" always seemed a little unfair to me, the GOP is going to have to supply people a reason to vote for them, rather than simply say, "you wanted Dems and look what happened."
If Obama can weather the damage done to his reputation caused by his misstep on the recent Detroit terror debacle, passes some form of health care that he can claim as a victory, and get some short-term traction in the economy, the GOP advantage may evaporate in a puff of smoke. So, let's not get complacent, campers. The sprint to November starts today.
UPDATED 1/4/10 11:20 a.m.: Today, Politico continues with its coverage of this theme, suggesting in this article that the GOP will use Obama himself as a weapon in state elections. Wow, what a difference a year makes, huh?