The Republican Party now has just one animating principle to which all of its members adhere: Obama is the anti-Christ. Nothing else pulls the party together. And, unfortunately for the GOP, that’s not enough to win elections.
Even the love affair with Sarah Palin isn’t as strong as the hype suggests; just 18 percent of Republicans view her as best reflecting the party’s core values. According to The Washington Post,
Republicans and GOP-leaning independents are overwhelmingly negative about Obama and the Democratic Party more broadly, with nearly all dissatisfied with the administration’s policies and almost half saying they are “angry” about them. About three-quarters have a more basic complaint, saying Obama does not stand for “traditional American values.” More than eight in 10 say there is no chance they would support his reelection.
But for all the talk among Republican elected officials about a nascent comeback after gubernatorial victories in Virginia and New Jersey this month, there is also broad frustration among Republican voters about the party’s direction, detachment from its congressional representatives and a schism over its priorities.
Fewer than half of the Republicans and Republican-leaners surveyed by The Washington Post see the party’s leadership as taking the GOP in the “right direction,” down sharply from this time four years ago. About four in 10 are dissatisfied with the policy proposals being offered by congressional Republicans, and similar numbers see the current crop of GOP legislators as out of touch with their problems and personal values. Nearly a third say the Republicans in Congress are not standing up for the party’s core values.
One of the more intriguing findings from the poll, conducted by the Post, was this: About four in 10 are dissatisfied with the policy proposals being offered by congressional Republicans.
They are dissatisfied with the policy proposals being offered by congressional Republicans? What policy proposals? Congressional Republicans have no policy proposals.