William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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THE EARTHQUAKE – OVERNIGHT:  There has been a stunning change in party affiliation in the United States.  If it continues, we may be looking at the fadeout of the Democratic Party.  From the Washington Examiner: 

More people now identify as Republican than at any other time this century, according to Gallup’s latest political party preference report.

Republicans currently enjoy a 47% to 42% identification advantage over Democrats, tied for the highest lead Republicans have had since they first took over the House of Representatives in 1995.

The only higher margin for Republicans occurred in 1991, shortly after the first Gulf War.

Democrats started 2021 with a 9-point lead over Republicans 49%-40%. But as President Joe Biden failed to end COVID as he promised, failed to prevent the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, and failed to stop rising inflation, the Democrats' edge over Republicans gradually sank along with Biden’s approval ratings.

According to Gallup, just 43% of adults approve of the job Biden is doing as president, compared to 51% who disapprove. A recent Quinnipiac poll put Biden’s approval at an even lower 35%.

Biden’s approval ratings could be even lower, considering that according to the latest CBS poll, just 26% of adults say things are going well in the country today compared to 73% who say things are going badly.

COMMENT:  What surprises me, considering these numbers, is that there is no serious talk about anyone forming a third party, especially a center-left party to replace what remains of the Democrats.  The great Democratic names of the past – Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson – probably couldn't get into today's Democratic Party.  They'd be called fascists, racists, warmongers, and white.  Kennedy's uplifting inaugural address would be trashed as a call for white supremacy.  None would be considered for the presidency.

That same party now gives us Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.  No wonder the numbers are what they are.

January 17,  2022