NYT Analyst: Is GOP Generic Ballot Lead the New Normal?
12:50 PM, Aug 31, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Vulnerable Democrats seem to understand this better than the talking-points authors in Washington. North Virginian Rep. Gerry Connolly, head of the freshman House class of '08, conceded today that health care is a problem:
It has already proven dangerous for Democrats to underestimate the displeasure with government's processes and excesses (the very ones Obama was supposed to fix) created by the passage of Obamacare, especially among independent voters. The dismal economy will certainly be a large part of the losses they incur, but ignoring the new level of disgust Obamacare has wrought will only serve to bolster the GOP's newfound edge.
The new normal is not merely an accident of the economy, and the election is not merely an anti-incumbent fervor that happens to be afflicting Democrats. They're paying a price for their actions, not just their circumstances.