From Rich Galen’s Mullings
# For most people, voting is not an intellectual exercise; it is an emotional expression.
# The Wall Street Journal poll release yesterday shows Congress with an approval rating (if you can call it that) of 21-72 and 60 percent rate Congress’ performance as “below average” or “one of the worst.”
# You would think, what with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid running the side show on Capitol Hill, that the electorate would be giddy with the prospect of the GOP taking control.
# Not so fast. 33 percent of the respondents of the WSJ poll hold a “very” or “somewhat” positive view of Democrats; but only 24 percent have those same feelings about Republicans.
# What does that tell us? The Dems have done about as much damage to themselves as they can do. The GOP doesn’t have to prove that the Democrats have failed.
# What Republicans have to do between now and November 2 is to give people a reason to feel good about voting for the Republican candidate for Governor, Senator, Congress, State Legislature, or Mayor. (emphasis mine)
# Republican candidates for Congress have to win a huge percentage of the seats in play for the GOP to take control of the House. If they don’t come up with a coherent message, voters may well decide to punish Republican incumbents as well as Democrats.