With Paul Ryan announced as the Vice Presidential candidate alongside of Mitt Romney, the Republicans were hoping to save a collapsing party ticket, catapulting the Republicans into both the White House, but also the Senate. However, instead the latest Gallup poll is demonstrating a general dislike with Congress, with approval in general down to 10%.
This of course comes as bad news for the Republicans, who were counting on Ryan’s popularity in Congress to bolster up the lackluster performance of Romney. Instead of the usual Vice Presidential announcement bump, instead we are finding a lackluster response, virtually unchanged. This of course bodes bad for the chances of the Republicans to even retain the House in the upcoming election.
Combine that with these new poll numbers, the risk to the majorities in the House is incredible. Add to it that it seems another independent is coming to the Senate, and that there are 17 Senate races up in the air, we are facing a potentially new race in only the last few weeks of this campaign season. Then there is the waning power of the Tea Party, which has lost its luster and now appears more closely aligned with radical elements, which hurts the ability to motivate an ill-educated base. Unless something changes soon, the Republicans are facing a very bad election season.
Of course the Republicans are hoping their ace in the hole is enough to win the elections, the voter purges with the goal to eliminate voters who would vote for Democrats. The general wish to eliminate the right to vote for groups not traditional Republican voters has resulted in suits against states engaging in illegal voter suppression tactics by the Department of Justice. The President is not pulling his punches here, the tactics of the past no longer are working for the Republicans, and Obama is clearly out to win.