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    GOP Poll Hit: Temporary or Long-Term?

    Most of us know that the GOP has taken a significantly harder beating over the government shutdown and debt ceiling crises than the Democrats have. But will this be just another blip in the polls that will disappear in a couple months, or is this part of a long-term trend?
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    Re: GOP Poll Hit: Temporary or Long-Term?

    when there are essentially only two parties to choose from and each has gerrymandered safe districts, it's hard for actions to have serious long term consequences. as someone who votes candidate by candidate, though, i have to admit that the latest incarnation of the Republican party is not something that i would reward with a vote. the tea party has really turned me off, and i used to be a libertarian. my guess is that many other independents are as annoyed as i am.

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    Re: GOP Poll Hit: Temporary or Long-Term?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    Most of us know that the GOP has taken a significantly harder beating over the government shutdown and debt ceiling crises than the Democrats have. But will this be just another blip in the polls that will disappear in a couple months, or is this part of a long-term trend?
    I honestly can't believe I'm saying this but I hope its at least somewhat long term. Our party needs a wake up call and this is one of the only things I can imagine might do the trick.

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    Re: GOP Poll Hit: Temporary or Long-Term?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    Most of us know that the GOP has taken a significantly harder beating over the government shutdown and debt ceiling crises than the Democrats have. But will this be just another blip in the polls that will disappear in a couple months, or is this part of a long-term trend?
    America has a 20-second soundbite mentality. This will be forgotten by next week, when the new crisis of the week pops up. America collectively has Odzheimer's Disease. I would not be surprised, unless the Tea Party self destructs the GOP, if the Republicans pick up house seats in the midterms.

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    Re: GOP Poll Hit: Temporary or Long-Term?

    It'll have a lingering effect, as it'll take some time for it to trend back up. But it'll be short term in regards to keeping it at such a low mark.

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    Re: GOP Poll Hit: Temporary or Long-Term?

    Quote Originally Posted by DiavoTheMiavo View Post
    America has a 20-second soundbite mentality. This will be forgotten by next week, when the new crisis of the week pops up. America collectively has Odzheimer's Disease. I would not be surprised, unless the Tea Party self destructs the GOP, if the Republicans pick up house seats in the midterms.
    On this I will disagree. The expiration of this deal will come early next year. And the memories will be bolstered.

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    Re: GOP Poll Hit: Temporary or Long-Term?

    Quote Originally Posted by year2late View Post
    On this I will disagree. The expiration of this deal will come early next year. And the memories will be bolstered.
    Time will tell.

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    Re: GOP Poll Hit: Temporary or Long-Term?

    It'll stay around for a while, probably until Obamacare is recognized for what it is. At that point, the GOP can gain some sympathy and "I told you so" points.

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    Re: GOP Poll Hit: Temporary or Long-Term?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    Most of us know that the GOP has taken a significantly harder beating over the government shutdown and debt ceiling crises than the Democrats have. But will this be just another blip in the polls that will disappear in a couple months, or is this part of a long-term trend?
    The long-term thing will be the perception that the Republican constituency is getting narrower and narrower. The best hope of the party is that the voters they lose will decline to vote, not cross over, until the party can find a recovery strategy.
    But I'm confident the Democrats will find a way to squander any advantage, that being the nature of politicians.
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    Re: GOP Poll Hit: Temporary or Long-Term?

    The real long term effect is likely to be the split between the Tea Party and the rest of the Republicans. Unless the Democrats split also, the Republican Party is likely to lose more elections and become less of a factor in Washington.

    But, both parties will be around for a long time to come as the Congressional seats are mostly safely gerrymandered to insure that there are enough partisans in them who wouldn't vote across party lines if their party were running Beelzebub.
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