This is an encouraging poll taken by Pat Toomey and the Club for Growth and the numbers mirror those taken by Newt's American Solutions. This is still a center right nation no matter what the Democrats might think about their wins on tuesday and if they overreach they are going to fall off the pedestal they are on. This was a classic throw the over spending bums out election as Toomey points out. Go read the whole thing to get a little cheer back in your heart, it made me feel better.
Although currently held by Republican congressmen, all but one of these 12 districts we surveyed flipped to Democratic control Tuesday night. Collectively, President Bush carried these districts in 2004 with 53%. They are nearly evenly split in party affiliation: 40% Democratic, 37% Republican and 19% Independent. The poll surveyed 800 voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.46 percentage points.
Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district will always support universal health care, and Jeff Flake's Arizona district will always support less government. But the 12 districts we surveyed represent the political middle of the country, and in this cycle their partisan allegiances changed. The question is, have their opinions on the issues changed as well? The answer is emphatically no.
Consider the most salient aspects of Mr. Obama's economic agenda: the redistribution of wealth through higher taxes on America's top earners; the revival of the death tax; raising the tax on capital gains and dividend income; increased government spending; increased government involvement in the housing crisis; a restriction on offshore drilling and oil exploration in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR); and "card check" legislation stripping workers of their right to a secret ballot in union elections.
On each of these issues, swing voters stand starkly against Mr. Obama. According to the Club's poll, 73% of voters prefer the federal government to focus on "creating economic conditions that give all people opportunities to create wealth through their own efforts" over "spreading wealth from higher income people to middle and lower income people." Two-thirds of respondents prefer to see the permanent elimination of the death tax, and 65% prefer to keep capital gains and dividend tax rates at their current lows.
I have little doubt Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama are going to overreach on taxes and spending and leave the door wide open for the same type revolution Newt led in '94 when the GOP retook control after 40 years. Though Bill Clinton gets the credit it was the policies the the Newt Gingrich led House pushed through that had a direct effect on the economic expansion that ensued not anything Clinton did though he did govern from the center.
The GOP should take this information to heart in the reshuffling that is going to take place within its leadership and from what I am seeing they are with the elevation of some great new faces like Eric Kantor, Paul Ryan, Mike Pence and Jeb Hensarling. Plus we have the young reformers like Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal serving as Governors of states important to our energy issues. I would love to see Newt take the RNC chair and direct the next Gingrich revolution built on solid ideas to advance America into this new century. Newt has more good ideas between a bite on a doughnut and the next sip of coffee than any liberal has had in 40-50-70 years.
Get your heads up my fellow conservatives its time to mount up and fight even harder, George Washington didn't give up and neither should we.