Politics by the Numbers

Hmm…let’s see:

  1. A recent poll from Stanford for the Associated Press indicates that the vast majority of Americans think that health care reform should have gone much farther than it did in changing the health care system by a 2-to-1 margin over those who think the government should stay out of health care.
  2. The Republican Party is banking heavily in the coming elections on their inflated rhetorical pledges to repeal the heath care reform bill.

What shall we think of this?

  • Republicans are very principled competitors, who care not at all about winning – it’s the ideas that count?
  • Republicans are very stupid and out-of-touch politicians who are living in a dreamland?
  • Polls bear little relationship to what people really think?
  • Polls don’t indicate much about how people will vote?
  • Democrats are stupid cowardly politicians because they have been so reluctant to hammer Republicans on health care and other issues?
  • Democrats and Republicans are not very interested in what most voters really want?

I don’t know.  November could be very interesting.  I have felt for a long time that the Democrats will do better than expected, i.e., not lose big.   If items No. 1 and No. 2 are both really true, then perhaps I’ll be proven correct.


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