Thursday, June 30, 2005

Poll: Democrats Do Have Not Core Values

The Democrats commissioned a poll to get a reading on the mood of the country toward the Republican and Democratic parties. (Hat tip to Captain's Quarters.) The poll showed that 43% of likely American voters favor the Republicans and 38%, the Democrats. According to Stanley Greenberg, pollster for Pres. Clinton, voters perceive that Democrats do not have a "core set of convictions or point of view."

Since 2003, the Democrats have chosen to oppose every legislative initiative put forward by Bush and the Republicans. Democrats have said they are simply copying what the Republicans did in 1993-94, when Pres. Clinton had Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress.

Though the Republicans then did oppose Clinton's tax increases, proposed health-care program, and several other proposed new programs, Newt Gingrich, then Minority Leader of the House Republicans, led Republicans in proposing an alternative, which became the Contract with America. Many Republicans ran in 1994 on the Contract with America. The result was a historic shift of control of Congress to the Republicans for the first time in 40 years.

The Democrats today may be copying the 1993-94 Republicans opposition to the numerous Clinton proposals to expand government, but they are not copying the 1993-94 Republicans in telling the American people what they would do if they returned to control. The Democrats' poll indicates that the American people have noticed.


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