Posted by: Puma1 | May 19, 2009

Steele Rising: After Four Years Behind, GOP Pulls Even With Dems in Party ID; RNC Outraises DNC in Cash

According to the latest Gallup figures, the Democrats have lost their advantage in party identification: for the first time since June of 2005 the two parties are equal.

Seems voters do not want the entire country to eventually resemble the debacle in California.

Democrat and Republican respondents both numbered 32%, with 34% identifying as Independents. With the numbers adjusted to include leaners, 45% of voters identify as either Republican or Democrat.

It wasn’t too long ago that the Democrats had an eye-poppingly large lead in party identification. Now, Gallup has another eye-popping result, this time showing the two at parity. To connect the two divergent results, there’s been a radical “correction” in the party ID numbers even though very little has happened in the political world.

via RealClearPolitics – HorseRaceBlog – On the Bouncing Party ID Numbers.

Actually, a helluva lot has happened in the political world, most of it to do with Democratic overreaching.

The GOP rebound is indicative of a backlash to endless bailouts, government takeovers of private industry, bullying investors and running roughshod over contracts, spiraling deficits, a bloated stimulus package that isn’t working, near double-digit employment, givign serious consideration to raising energy costs with an awful climate bill, vilification of the CIA, grandstanding on Guantanamo, and daily flip-flops from the President on national security and other issues.

Give credit to the chairman of the GOP. Michael Steele has utilized these missteps perfectly to raise money for his party:

Some good news for embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele: the national party said Friday it raised more than $5.7 million in April, and had $24.3 million cash-on-hand.

That’s more than double the roughly $9.8 million Democrats had on hand in March, the last month for which the party’s fundraising figures are available…

Many political observers expected Steele’s biggest success would come as party spokesman, not on the fundraising front…

The RNC has outpaced its Democratic counterpart on the fundraising front since Steele took the helm…

The DNC did outraise the RNC in March, $7.8 million to $6.8 million, but remained $6.6 million in debt. The RNC is currently debt-free.

via CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive – RNC raises more than $5.7 million in April « – Blogs from

The death of the oppositionas always — has been greatly exaggerated.


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