Despite the utterly ruinous policies advanced by those in the Obama administration, Republicans have been unable or unwilling to call them to task. Given the GOP’s uncanny ability to impede its own progress, it should come as no surprise that the Democrat Party has consistently led Republicans in generic polling.
As the ObamaCare rollout disaster continues to unfold, however, even Republican self-sabotage cannot sustain the left’s relative favorability. According to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, voters would be equally split between the two parties in a congressional election.
In a showdown between two early presidential hopefuls, Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton, the Republican actually enjoys a one-point lead among respondents.
According to Tim Malloy, assistant director of Quinnipiac’s polling institute, “it comes down to who the voters dislike the least,” especially among congressional leaders.
While members of Congress are notoriously unpopular, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell came out on top in the poll. His 46 percent disapproval rate was lower than Democrats Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.
House Speaker John Boehner, however, is still among D.C.’s most unpopular figures with a 58 percent disapproval rate.
“There are no heroes,” Malloy said of the current crop of leaders. His sentiment rings true with many conservatives upset with GOP representatives who won’t stand up for core values.
While the left is fighting tooth and nail to force disastrous polices onto Americans, Republicans tacitly approve by failing to adequately articulate a viable option. Nevertheless, enough voters are beginning to feel the negative effects of this administration to curtail Democrat momentum.
There seems to be little evidence that the innumerable glitches surrounding ObamaCare will be remedied any time soon. For that reason, Republicans are in a prime position to increase their stake in next year’s election.
Hopefully, they will break with their longstanding tradition of grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory.
–B. Christopher Agee
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