Well, here is some bad news from John Fund of the Wall Street Journal titled "Democrats may not be able to win the House, but Republicans could lose it." I agree with it 100%. The problem is NOT that Republicans are too right wing. In fact, the problem is their move to the left. Republicans haven't been truly right-wing since 1994. That's why I refer to myself as a 1994 Republican as opposed to the "big government conservatism" to today.
Some polls show public disapproval of the GOP among conservatives reaching dangerously high levels. A new Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll found that only 66% of Republicans now approve of President Bush's performance. A new Associated Press/Public Affairs poll found 45% of self-identified conservatives disapprove of Mr. Bush's job as president, and 65% disapprove of the GOP Congress. The disapproval numbers are probably exaggerated because of an oversampling of Democrats, but even if somewhat lower, the numbers are still toxic.
"[What's] happening is a breakdown of the coalition that elected and re-elected the president," says pollster John Zogby. He told the Washington Times that in his surveys he found Mr. Bush pulling in less than 45% support among people invested in the stock market, Nascar fans and gun owners. His standing among born-again Christians was just over 50%.
Today, I give President Bush a weak grade. The reasons are due to spending and the amnesty he supports on immigration. Again, the poll numbers drop when he moves left-wing. I was never very enthusiastic about supporting him, but when the other choices are Al Gore and his hostility to the auto industry and Hanoi John Kerry, then there is no choice. At least Bush appoints good judges for the most part.
The one saving grace for the GOP right now is that as they move left, the competition from the democrats is from those even further left of the George Soros variety, not moderate conservative populists. I don't see Jim Barcia leading the democrats, I see San Francisco's Nancy Pelosi. Harry Reid caved and moved left at leadership's demands committing the same mistake in Libertarian leaning Nevada that Tom Daschle did in South Dakota. The right flank is the major problem for the GOP, and the democrats frankly have no credibility at exploiting it. They only win today if conservatives stay home, which many did in 1996 after the NRA refused to endorse Bob Dole. (Although Dole couldn't have won nationwide anyway, he could have made it closer)
So if I was Dennis Hastert and Bill Frist, this is what I'd push.
1. No amnesty immigration. Heavy fines and jail terms for businesses who break the law and hire illegals. Enforce current laws, particulary tax evasion against them as well. I don't care where the ILLEGAL immigrant is from, whether it be Mexico, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, China, or Canada. Illegal is illegal. Let's quit being afraid of the race baiting charges and do what's right.
2. Secure our borders. Two years ago, a terrorist was busted in Dearborn raising money for Hezbollah. He came here illegally through the Southern Border. Government is telling me to give up my rights in the Patriot Act (which I opposed from the start)while failing to secure the borders.
3. Balance the Budget. Grow a pair and pass Mike Pence's budget.
4. Confirm President Bush's judges.
As Dick Armey said - "When we act like us, we win. When we act like them, we lose." It's time for us to stop pandering to democrats and remember where we came from and what we got elected on, instead.
Else conservatives will stay home, and that will be some bad news in November.