Posted by: Joe Eds | November 6, 2009

Independents, Come back!

David Brooks, columnist and frequent Jim Lehrer guest, wrote one up today about the independents, the most identified political group in the country. Brooks argues that the big VA and NJ losses for the Dems on Tuesday are rooted in their lack to keep the independents in their pocket.  He even sees them moving right.

Over the past seven months, the number of people who say government is doing too many things better left to business has jumped from 40 percent to 48 percent, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

According to that same survey, only 31 percent of Americans believe that the president and Congress “should worry more about boosting the economy even though it may mean larger budget deficits.” Sixty-two percent, twice as many, believe the president and Congress “should worry more about keeping the deficit down, even though it may mean it will take longer for the economy to recover.”

These shifts have not occurred because conservatives and liberals have changed their minds. They haven’t. The shift is among independents.

Of course, with Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann getting all the headlines for the GOP, indies aren’t heading in that camp anytime soon. But if the Dems don’t swoon them in their corner, Brooks thinks, they might just stay at home. I doubt it (for now). The President’s plans haven’t truly taken effect yet. We are also in that weird myriad state of just talking about health care reform and the ugly steps a long the way. Once Obama signs a bill, the indies will be be impressed.

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