The problem with the Republican’s strategy to turn the country in their favor is that, well, it couldn’t in any real sense of the word be defined as a ‘strategy’. The Oxford dictionary defines the word as “a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim”. Viewed through that lens, John Boehner and Ted Cruz’s bust up with the White House over Obamacare and the budget was about as close to a political strategy as Fox News’s reporting is to actual journalism. If the GOP had any long term aims other than to ruin the economy and make themselves unelectable for the next 25 years, we’ve yet to hear about them.
Thankfully, the brilliance of the Tea Party and the hapless Republicans they’ve dragged down with them could benefit the Democrats not just in the long term, but in the pretty immediate future. From the Huff Post:
A new survey of 25 GOP-held districts shows dwindling favorability for Republican members of the House in the wake of the recent government shutdown.
The survey, conducted by liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling and funded by MoveOn.org, is the third in a series of polls that indicate Democrats have a shot at taking back the House of Representatives in the 2014 election cycle.
The results of the latest survey show that incumbent Republicans in 15 of the 25 districts polled trail generic Democratic candidates. When combined with the results of the previous surveys, the polls show that generic Democratic candidates lead in 37 of 61 GOP-held districts.
Of course this is only speculative – Public Policy Polling noted several caveats to the results they uncovered. The surveys were taken during the shutdown crisis and “incumbent Republican candidates were compared to “generic Democrats,” who may not represent the actual candidates each district will see”. However, it’s definitely something Democrats should get excited about, and it should help them strategize (in the real sense of the word) on how to beat the GOP across the country next. Any Republican tainted with the mess we saw earlier in the month will have serious weaknesses going into an election, and with enough support from the party, Democratic candidates should be able to exploit it effectively.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.