Mike Huckabee News
Feb 03 2014
Pundits who were writing obituaries for the Republican Party just a few years might have been a little premature. They had all sorts of reasons why America was permanently drifting leftward: demographics, immigration, you name it. But they neglected to factor in the results of actually having liberals in charge of the White House and Congress for a couple of years. The public is still reeling from the skyrocketing debt, stagnant job growth, a chaotic foreign policy and of course, Obamacare. It all seems to be sparking a mass exodus from the Donkey Party.
According to Gallup, in 2008, Democrats held a 30-state lead in party affiliation over the Republicans. As of last year, their lead had fallen to just three states. Gallup also found a rise among self-identified Independents to the highest level in 25 years. Since liberals are probably satisfied with the Democrats, most analysts assume these new Independents are either disaffected blue collar Democrats or Tea Party conservatives, both of whom felt abandoned by their former parties. But when it comes down to it, they’re both more likely to vote conservative. There are still more registered Democrats than Republicans, by about 6 points. But if the trend of the past few years continues, and that swelling Independent vote leans to the right, the slim Democratic advantage could be wiped out on Election Day like a beach chair hit by a tidal wave. And all the pundits who predicted a permanent Democratic majority may be forced to admit that the pendulum always swings back. And if you don’t remember that, it can hit you in the nose.