The prevailing wisdom says that Republicans are poised to make a comeback this November, possibly reclaiming Congress. This is based on polls showing Republican candidates favored in many close races, as well as generic polls showing greater enthusiasm among Republican voters, indicating greater turnout for conservative candidates. I'm sure these polls are accurate as far as they go, but they fail to take into account of some Democratic Party advantages in firing up their own voters. One advantage is former President Clinton, whom polls also show may be the most popular politician in America. Clinton is already making heroic efforts on behalf of Democratic candidates, and can be expected to continue through election day. And the other advantage of course is the candidate from 2008 who fired up the crowds like nobody else. The video below, from a rally yesterday in Madison, Wisconsin, shows that he's still got it.
What can the Republicans do to counter these stars? They can't exactly call up George W. Bush to stir the faithful. That would only remind people of who got us into this mess. Or John McCain, who would only remind voters of how out of date and out of touch they are. Their other leading lights, figures like Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee and John Boehner and Newt Gingrich, are viewed as net negatives by the public. Voters may not feel that things are going well yet in this country, and a sizable minority are outraged by the direction we are heading, but I doubt there is a majority in favor of returning to the Republican program. That means that if people just take the trouble to show up and vote, the Democrats should hang on this November.