Rasmussen has the Republicans ahead by 49-37 on the economy and 53-37 on health care. His likely voter poll shows GOP leads on every major issue area: national security (49-37), Iraq (47-39), Education (43-30), Immigration (47-34), Social Security (48-36), and Taxes (52-34).
When Republicans are winning issues like education, healthy care, and social security – normally solidly Democratic issues – a sweep of unimaginable proportions is in the offing.
In a normal year, a conservative as controversial as Michele Bachmann would be threatened. But 2010 is not a normal year. Not even close. Let's just say it's extremely unlikely that Bachmann could lose in this sort of political environment. And the sort of candidates likely to win elsewhere in the country -- the unknowns, the grassroots populists, the anti-establishment figures, the Tea Party-loving conservatives -- will resemble Michele Bachmann much more than, say, Jim Leach. If you think Palin and Bachmann drive liberals crazy now, just wait until the 112th Congress convenes in January 2011, when there will be dozens of Palins and Bachmanns. The reaction will be like a David Lynch movie. Heads will explode.
Update, April 9, 12:22 p.m. A couple of perspicacious readers have pointed out that I've mixed up my Davids. The correct reference is to David Croenberg's Scanners, not any movie by David Lynch. I'll watch a few hours of IFC over the weekend to repent.