To the tune of 72%!
This is very bad news for the majority of the Republican Party.
It has long been the tradition of Republican Candidates to run on Limited Government. This is typically paired with a promise to necessarily reduce it’s size as well.
In fact, many a Republican has won elected office using just such rhetoric.
Well… times are changing, and this news from Gallup cannot be helpful.
I probably don’t need to remind any of you that there is a new, small, vocal and active group of representatives who reside in Washington hailing from the Taxed Enough Already wing of the Republicans. And here lies the problem.
The Establishment Republicans, or RINO’s, enjoy a large majority of membership within the party as it’s currently made up. And, by being the heavy majority they control all things Republican, which has enabled them to shut out that “bothersome” minority of representatives that not only believe Big Government must be reduced in size and scope but act on that belief. (For those of you who follow along, that would be the Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Trey Dowdy types.)
Well, with 72% of the population seeing the Leviathan as the single biggest problem we face as a Nation… the Republican Candidates who run on such rhetoric might be expected to perform on their promises! Combine that with an already present TEA party minority who have been in the district long enough to know their way around, it spells trouble with a “T”. The Horror!
This poll cannot make the John McCain wing of the Republican Party happy at all. I can feel the urgent closed-door meetings being called as I type this. Will they all switch parties? Will they come up with a new message for this election cycle like “Hey… Government isn’t all bad. We’re not watching absolutely EVERYTHING you do.”? Or may be “Obama Care… we oppose it, but there’s nothing we can do!”.
This will end up being a very interesting mid-term election.