Sunday, October 25, 2009

Our Gaping Political Void

More poll results, via RealClearPolitics:

A poll of opinion polls shows Americans' attitudes are changing rapidly.

They are less and less thrilled about the country's direction and Congress, according to Tom Bevan, executive editor of national polling aggregator RealClearPolitics. He says independent voters are shifting away from the polices of the Obama administration and Democrats.

"Independents have flipped negative," warns Bevan. "That's not a good thing for any party."

Democrats continue to pull the country leftward, while Republicans offer nothing but empty anti-Obama rhetoric. Independents seem to be dissatisfied by both.
What does all this portend? Very possibly a Ross Perot moment -- the emergence of someone with serious charts and serious language that angry Americans will see as more authentic than "hope and change."
Possibly, yes. But I think it will merely result in another Republic sweep, but only by default. At this point it seems unlikely that a plurality of Americans will defect from the two major parties. Thus the Republicans, as the opposition party, will enjoy the consequence of voter frustration. For better or for worse.