Glenn linked a post on Politico, Independents begin to edge away from President Obama, that made hopeful for the future of my party. As Obama sticks to his guns and continues to favor big-government solutions to a whole host of problems and pretend problems, independents who drifted away from the GOP during the Bush years because of his own big-government policies, may continue to return to the Republican fold.
Poll after poll indicates that Americans are wary of big government:
But a source of the shift [away from Obama] appears to be independent voters, who seem to be responding to Republican complaints of excessive spending and government control.
“This is a huge sea change that is playing itself out in American politics,” said Democratic pollster Doug Schoen. “Independents who had become effectively operational Democrats in 2006 and 2008 are now up for grabs and are trending Republican.
“They’re saying, ‘Costing too much, no results, see the downside, not sure of the upside,’” he said.
No longer hamstrung by an ostensibly conservative Republican Administration adopting objectively non-conservative fiscal policies, the Republican Party can once again become a vehicle for small government. Or so we hope.
It is now up to the elected Republican leadership to take heed to the latest polling data and the sentimentat the grassroots. If the Republicans stand for freedom and smaller government, they can win back the disaffected independents we lost in recent years.
It’s a question of principle, something, on domestic issues at least, my party lost sight of in recent years.