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Calm Thy Nostrils

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

This table should act as a sedative for people on both sides of US politics who are grossly over-interpreting the midterm election results.

Bear in mind, this is a survey of people WHO ACTUALLY VOTED on Tuesday.  It DOES NOT INCLUDE the 29 million Obama voters from 2008 who did not vote.

29 million.

That’s right: 29 million.

So even among a massively right-skewed sample, the Republican Party is as unpopular as the Democrats.  Actually more so, by a bee’s dick.

Given this, who among us can seriously suggest that the GOP won a meaningful policy or ideological mandate?  Who can seriously argue that the EXACT REVERSE wouldn’t have happened if the Republicans were the in-party instead of the out-party.  Who can posit with the straight face that this election result was anything but a straight-forward reaction against incumbency in a toxic economic climate.  End of story.

Of course, I hope the GOP misreads the hell out of this.  My main concern is that Obama lurches to the right only to find there’s no-one there when he arrives.

As my classmates at Aotea College in Porirua would tell me when I exhibited signs of over-exuberance:  calm thy nostrils.

P.S.  29 million.


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