Perennial Democratic candidate Jerry Brown may have governed like a liberal when he helmed the Golden State, but this year he’s campaigning like a conservative, promising, in a recent ad, not to raise taxes without voter approval.
Taking aim at some of the big-ticket items on his party’s agenda, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin echoes Republican ideas:
Meanwhile, Glenn Reynolds alerts us to a new poll showing that the “Republican message [is] more popular with voters than Republicans are.”
The general Republican message of less spending, lower taxes and repeal of the health-care overhaul is connecting. Pluralities of those polled support overturning the health-care measure — Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment — and back the “Pledge to America” that offers a road map for how Republicans would govern if they win congressional majorities.
Still, the [recent Bloomberg National] poll suggests voters aren’t embracing Republicans as much as they are rejecting Democrats. . . . The poll finds Republicans in an anomalous position — poised to make political gains while the party and its policies are unpopular.
Methinks this unpopularity has to do with recent memories of Republican governance when the party failed to hold the line on federal spending. When, in 2006, Democrats regained their majorities in Congress, they had been out of power for 12 years. For the GOP in 2010, it’s just four, with many thinking it’s just been two years, assuming that Republicans controlled Congress during W’s entire White House tenure.
These Democratic campaigns and polling data suggest that if Republicans hold true to their principles, if they regain their majorities next month, they could hold onto them for a long time. A long time.
But, that all depends on their willingness to cut government spending while reducing federal regulation and promoting a freedom agenda.