As many of us have heard, two weeks ago the Republicans had a 10 point lead in voter preferences for the upcoming elections. The most recent Gallup Poll, however, shows both parties tied up at 46%. This, of course, can be a fluke. It could also be attributed to President's Obama's address that announced that combat operations in Iraq were officially over. If that is the real reason behind the President's surge in popularity (which I believe is very likely since it was his opposition to the war in Iraq that helped put him in the Oval Office), I hope this will prompt Obama's administration dig out those campaign promises we all liked so much and start going over them.
If the Democrats have any hope of not losing too badly at the polls in November, they have to start listening to their base and not to the screeching of the religious fanatics, crazy Tea Partiers, and Glenn Beck's group of racist jerks. I am convinced that the absolute majority of Americans want peace, jobs, education, healthcare, and security. Even if the militant fringe of the religious right tries to convince us that we want the opposite of all those things. As you can see from the poll linked above, the ultra-conservatives are a lot more enthusiastic than the Democratic supporters about showing up at the polls in the first place. This enthusiasm is due to their certainty that, if elected, their candidates will definitely deliver every piece of insanity they are promising right now. The Democrats find it a lot more difficult to disregard the Conservative howling and stick to fulfilling the mandate they got from their base. I truly hope there is enough time for the Dems to start thinking seriously about the upcoming elections.