Whenever I see foreboding polling like this I usually take it with a grain of salt because polls are really just a snapshot in time. They’re interesting to look at and fun to talk about on Monday morning, but they need to be examined through the correct prism.
In this case I think “window of opportunity” (or perhaps closing SG1 portal to a conservative planet?) is a better way to describe what the polls reflect, particularly for the GOP. Upset, angry Americans know that Nancy Pelosi is “full of it”(to put it nicely), when she says she has a lot in common with the tea party movement. Those who are too busy raising their kids or working graveyard shifts (or possibly both) at least know that something ain’t right in Washington.
And no matter how badly the Democrats wish they could just put a happy-happy joy-joy helmet on the American people and force them to desire a European style health care system, it’s just not going to happen if they’re honest about what they’re trying to do. Ask Ronald Reagan if you don’t believe me.
So what are we left with? We’re left with a period of weeks (months, if we’re lucky) where conservatives can finally cement their values into the collective psyche of the American people. Citizens from all walks of life – many who never paid much attention to politics – know that Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi are trying to fundamentally change the nature of the country. They’re not quite sure how, but something deep down inside them knows that turning over 1/6 of the US economy to 535 members of Congress means something much more profound than those inside The Beltway are willing to let on.
To you and I it might seem silly that it would take 414 billion dollar tax hikes, stimulus bills that did anything but, and health care cost-curves from hell to finally stir a sleeping giant, but like I said: most people are busy running their lives instead of listening to Harry Reid run his mouth.
Think about your mom or dad –or you – for that matter. Think about your daily routine. You probably get up early in the morning, shower, shave, (maybe) eat breakfast, and then you’re out the door. You spend all day working your fingers to the bone (sometimes you don’t even eat lunch), and then you hop on a 45 minute train ride home after work. When you finally plop down on the couch you have time to shed the work clothes, stretch out, and then you’re forced to make a decision: Do you watch Nancy Pelosi manufacture tears of fear over the tea party movement she now says was “hijacked” by the GOP, or do you spend time catching up with your loved ones?
If you’re like me – someone who typically lives politics – you ditch Nancy Pelosi and Chris Matthews and yes, even Sean Hannity and O’Reilly, to grab a bite to eat at Panera with your friends.
I’m lucky because I get to work with people who are conservatism-personified, but the guy who works the overnight shift at Target (like I did in college), doesn’t have that luxury.
And so, we must teach them. And we must be patient. And we must not treat them like the left treats us. And THEN (if we do it right), they’ll come around. Trust me.