I don't think there is anything that Congress and the White House have done that the majority of Americans can agree with ["American Mainstream Is Looking More Like Republican Mainstream," usnews.com]. The way they all try to demonize any opposition will come back and bite them come election time. I will not only vote but plan to donate to many races around the country. I suggest that we all stay focused and work to remove as many as possible, including any RINOs like the one in NY-23. Good job everyone, keep up the good works!
Comment by Jerry of MO
[In 2001] the Democrats won both the governor's races in Virginia and New Jersey, which had been held by Republicans. This was only six weeks after the 9/11 attacks and while George W. Bush was enjoying 80-plus percent approval ratings. However, nobody made the case then that those elections were a "boon" for the Democrats and signs that Bush could be in trouble. Why are they only important when the Republicans win them?
Comment by Kevin of GA
This was the best and most concise analysis of this subject. Right on. The left's characterization of NY-23 [Congressional District] that Republicans are becoming extreme is blown away by the fact that independents (often slurred as moderates) are moving toward the conservative argument. Lesson: Make a strong, clear argument and stick to it and people will follow. Once again, great analysis.
Comment by Peter M. of WA
Mainstream America is slightly right of center. The right-wing Republican base does not represent mainstream America. But neither does the left-wing democratic base (Obama, Reid, Pelosi). Mainstream America is frustrated because the right and left wingers are too rigid and unable to compromise in order to make progress. So we become frustrated with whomever is in power and swing to the other side in the hopes that moderate voices will increase in number. Watch the 2010 elections. Democrats will lose seats unless they learn to govern more toward the center. Remember the elections of 1993 that gave Republicans power for the next 12 years. It can happen again.
Comment by Bob of TX
As the Democratic Party moves further to the left, the Dems in the House from districts carried by John McCain are endangered if they go along with the big-spending left. The 2010 elections are likely to be an eye opener if the economy does not start to create new jobs. Government jobs and stimulus spending cannot sustain true growth in the economy. The tax money to support those jobs and spending come from the private sector, and it isn't growing. The Treasury Department is running out of options, bonds are becoming harder and more expensive to sell, the national debt is exploding and creating fiat money will drive inflation through the roof. The future for big government spenders is bleak.
Comment by Dakota of CA