Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It's true that public opinion surveys are not showing any 2010-style GOP "wave," but Democrats are rightly nervous that when polls begin identifying likely voters closer to November, superior Republican "base enthusiasm" could put a thumb on the scales in their favor.

There's a downside to GOP optimism about 2014, however: it seems to be eroding healthy fears about the party's long-term standing, beginning with the 2016 presidential election.


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A valid concern. Football coaches call it "playing down". Also known as "The Apollo Creed Syndrome". You're convinced you're going to stomp your opponent's guts out so you con't give it 100% effort.

#1 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-30 12:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

"This is not to say that Republicans are in any way doomed to defeat in 2016, much less in subsequent elections. But a party whose activists are half-convinced that insufficient conservatism is its achilles heel, and half-convinced elections yielding no ideological mandate are hardly worth winning, won't need a lot of convincing to interpret a good or great 2014 outcome as the irresistible wave of the future."

Good eye, Lee.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-30 12:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

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