But…but…Scott Brown’s election proves that the GOP is surging.
After Republican Scott Brown’s election to the Senate in Massachusetts on Jan. 19, a coalition of liberal groups released a survey of Bay State voters who backed Obama in 2008 and who voted for Brown or did not vote in the special election. The findings, according to MoveOn.org, one of the groups, showed that respondents “worry that Democrats in power have not done enough to combat the policies of the Bush era” and want “stronger, more progressive action on health care reform.”
Those findings parallel MoveOn’s priorities; other surveys might suggest another course for Democrats. But the poll illustrates a shift in tactics by liberal groups, which are increasingly funding polls that buttress their view that Democrats should govern as a populist, liberal party instead of from the center. The blog Firedoglake recently released polls showing the political weakness of some conservative Democrats, whom the blog has been criticizing.
The idea that Americans gave Democrats control of every lever of government just so they could act like Republicans never made much sense.
Some of the results of the new Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll about the GOP are here.