The same day a Gallup poll showed that Republicans hold a commanding lead with voters on the issues, Republicans in the House were ousting their speaker and a judge was issuing Donald Trump a gag order after he “tweeted” an attack against one the judge’s clerks during his fraud trial. So it goes with the Stupid Party.
Here’s an idea Republicans don’t seem to have considered: Stick to the issues that people care about.
There is a huge, Reagan-sized opportunity here.
It’s not just that the country is worried that President Joe Biden is too old. They don’t believe anything he’s saying. They’re not buying his “Bidenomics” message. They don’t believe his “rescue” plan worked – most say they are worse off than before they were “rescued.” They don’t believe he’s made America more respected around the world. They don’t think he’s united the country, or saved democracy. They’re not buying any of it.
The latest Gallup poll findings underscore this in a big way.
“Although both parties are about equally disliked, the public chooses the Republican Party over the Democratic Party by healthy margins when asked which will better safeguard the nation’s prosperity and security,” writes Gallup’s Lydia Saad. She describes it as an “historically ample lead.”
For example, Republicans old a 14-percentage-point lead in public preferences for keeping the country prosperous. Democrats held the lead on this during COVID. And it’s right up there with where Republicans were in the 1980s.
“The GOP’s current standing with Americans is even stronger on matters of national security, where it leads the Democratic Party by 22 points for protecting the country from international terrorism and military threats,” she writes.
Finally, “The recent poll also finds the Republican Party leading the Democrats as the party more Americans choose as better able to handle whatever problem they name as the most important facing the country.”
Just as importantly, if not more so, Republicans hold a lead on these questions among the block of independents who will determine the outcome of the 2024 election.
The situation would be even worse for Democrats if it weren’t for the constant attempts by the media to shore up Biden, downplay the economic peril we are in, ignore the massive illegal immigration crisis, and paper over the growing international threats we face while scaring the nation about a return of Trump.
Anyone who’s been around a while will recognize all this for what it is. A repeat of where the country was in the run-up to the 1980 election. The economy was in dire straits. The press was warning voters that Ronald Reagan was a deranged warmonger. Reagan won in a landslide and ushered in a golden age for conservatives and for the country.
The only difference between Jimmy Carter and Joe Biden is that Carter didn’t need help navigating stairs and could read a teleprompter without getting confused.
But on the GOP side, who’s playing the role of Reagan? Who is tying today’s misery around the necks of Democrats? Who is sticking to the issues, offering real policy solutions, giving the country hope that the torment we are suffering can be ended with new leadership and conservative policies?
None that we can see. Instead, it’s all infighting, palace intrigue, talk of retribution.
Well, keep it up, Republicans. And watch as Democrats “unexpectedly” sweep the elections next year.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board