“A recent Gallup survey showed that 40 percent of Americans identify themselves as political independents, a sky-high figure, while both major political parties are suffering their lowest-ever identification numbers — Republicans at 25 percent, Democrats at 31 percent.”
— Allegiance to Party Wanes Real Clear Politics
In one of the key scenes in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, a party boss tires to stop the hero. When I was watching the movie with a friend, I remarked how the movie would be all but impossible now. TV, internet, phone calls would undermine the part line the political machine would have. This was back in 1995, btw, before blog became a mainstream thing. Nowadays it seems odd that any party would have so much power.
Between blogs, the 24 hour news cycle and a cynical public, most Americans don’t trust “politicans” and “party bosses”.
“What have you done for me lately?” is the battle cry. Sure, things like the ACA, student loan bailouts, “income inequality” el al. get floated around, but it’s hard to sell promises to a public in the middle of the worst economy in 50 years.
The DINO and RINO wingtip set seem to think that voters are idiots who can and will vote for them “because they are leaders” or something. Regan won the “Regan Democrats” not just because of the economy but because they agreed with him. And no, the media was hostile to Ronald Regan, but the voters forgave him because of the 80’s economy and his stance against the USSR. Clinton hoodwinked the public because he could sit on his hands while the 90’s economy boomed. Again, people voted because he appeared to support them.
The party bosses are learning the hard way that the era when they could simply point and say “do this” is over. That’s why many older pols retired recently, they know they’ll lose because the public is angry at Foggy Bottom.
We’ll see come Nov. 4th. I suspect that the left and the RINO’s will blame the “right wing conspiracy” or the Koch Brothers (cue the scare cord). Live by the dumb die by the dumb.