Wow. Are you a Republican crowing, or a Democrat worrying, that 2010 marked a fundamental shift in the electorate toward ending entitlements and giving the money tp the rich instead? Look again:
The Republicans spent two years expertly managing a campaign to win the 2010 elections. They made, however, one huge mistake: they won the 2010 elections. That seems to be the clear lesson of the chart (which tracks preferences for a generic candidate for Congress), which shows them declining about as steeply and as quickly as the Democrats did after 2008.
They’ve made a bunch of missteps along the way, all of which come from thinking that the electorate had suddenly embraced their vision, rather than that it was lashing out at the incumbent party in a recession. But the real mistake, I suspect, was joining the Democrats in incumbency; now they too can be blamed for the way things are going.
I found the chart over at Jon Chait’s blog; he’s also turned up the worst picture of Trump yet.
And while we’re on politics, here’s a good article from Conor Friedersdorf warning his fellow conservatives that the big entitlements– Social Security and Medicare– are popular and have been political Kryptonite whenever Republicans convince themselves that they need to be destroyed. Destroying them, in fact, would be a pretty sure route to having them re-enacted. Paul Ryan may be eager to see senior citizens rooting around in trash cans for something to eat– the sight that impelled Francis Townsend to begin the movement that led to Social Security– but it’s been a losing strategy since FDR, though one that the GOP just can’t stop itself from trying once a decade.
Strangely, Friedersdorf writes an entirely reasonable article, chiding conservatives essentially for their “unwillingness to accept reality”, and then throws in one bit of lunacy himself. He talks about conservatives “reining in big government” as “a vital task!”, and yet he’s just spent an article explaining that the big government that we have is pretty much here to stay. The federal government is an old age insurance agency with an army. It’s as big as it is because the American people like it that way.