Brief post today, to be updated, for a few reasons, most of them good
Politico tells us what we already know:
Americans aren’t sure the new Republican House majority can do any better handling the nation’s biggest challenges than President Barack Obama, according to a new poll released Tuesday.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted Dec. 9-12 found those surveyed divided – with a slight advantage to the president – over who can do a better job of handling the nation’s problems in the next few years. Forty-three percent said Obama, while 38 percent said they believed congressional Republicans would do a better job.
This isn’t news, because it hasn’t changed. Republicans won in November despite these numbers, and that basic, elemental distrust remains. We can take two lessons from this — maybe three. First, all is not lost. Hope remains. Second, congressional Democrats likely suffered (and this is no surprise, either) from that perennial problem plaguing American politicians, especially at midterms — the anti-incumbent effect — in relevant part, blunting any despair about our (haha) “center-right” country. Third, the message really is the problem. Maybe Americans think the President is an anti-business, class warrior cum socialist. But they’re not really thrilled, either, with the freshman-level punditry that passes for policy in the Republican ranks. There’s room to sell, and that’s room to win.