William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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THE DEM DEBACLE, SUPERBLY PRESENTED – OVERNIGHT:  The president's news conference did nothing to improve his situation except for assuring us that he could stand and speak for a couple of bad hours.  No one bout with reporters will change the fact that Biden and his party have struck out in the first innings of the presidential game.  Issues and Insights, which draws its staff from Investor's Business Daily, has done a fine job of explaining why the Democratic Party has "Titanic" printed on its headquarters. 

For the past year, Democrats up and down the leadership ladder have been on an endless campaign to portray Republicans as delusional out-of-touch anti-science hate-mongering conspiracy-peddling vote-suppressing anti-vaxxer insurrectionist racists.

The result has been a huge shift in party preference: away from Democrats and toward Republicans.

Have voters finally wised up to the left’s cravenness and radicalism? Will this newfound awareness last?

Gallup this week released its survey on party preference, which found what it describes as “a dramatic shift” over the course of 2021. The public went from favoring Democrats by a 9-point margin at the start of the year to favoring Republicans by a 5-point margin by year’s end – a stunning 14-point shift in preference.

Gallup says “Both the 9-point Democratic advantage in the first quarter and the 5-point Republican edge in the fourth quarter are among the largest Gallup has measured for each party in any quarter since it began regularly measuring party identification and leaning in 1991.”

This follows other polls that show a similarly wild swing in favor of Republicans. A CNBC poll, for example, found that Americans support Republicans over Democrats by a 10-point margin – a record, and “a significant swing that may produce a Republican landslide victory in the 2022 House and Senate midterms.”

RealClearPolitics’ average shows Republicans have been favored in a generic congressional ballot since November.

Then there are President Joe Biden’s approval ratings, which are now lower in some polls than Donald Trump’s were at the same point in his presidency. And keep in mind that Trump’s low poll ratings came amid 24-7 wall-to-wall attacks as the press drummed up the phony Russia scandal. In contrast, the press has been busy genuflecting before Biden, only reluctantly covering the multiplying crises that he’s brought about.

Even more embarrassing for Democrats is the fact that some polls now show Trump – whom the Dems have spent countless hours calling a deranged authoritarian bent on destroying democracy – leading in a rematch against Biden.

How did Democrats blow it so badly? We can think of three main reasons (none of which involve Biden’s obvious mental decline or the Omicron variant).

COMMENT:  Do read the rest, and the three reasons.  We're reminded that decisions in politics have consequences.  Some "news" outlets often try to sweep the bad decisions under the rug, to make those decisions disappear if made by the side they favor.  But the public, usually smarter than the politicians,  increasingly is demanding, through polls, that it wants the mess exposed.   Journalists might want to listen to the public, but they usually don't.  After all, what do those peasants know?

January 19, 2022