The Blow Back Cometh

Homo-not-so-erectus republicanus

What do you get when you attack women who use birth control as baby killing sluts, announce that your goals include giving more tax breaks to the rich, rail against social security and medicare, bash teachers and state employees as lazy over paid good for nothings, and threaten to start yet another war in the Middle East?  If your answer is Republicans with falling poll numbers and increased negatives, DING DING DING!!!!

As another round of voting takes place this week in the Republican presidential race – with 11 states holding Super Tuesday contests – a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that the combative and heavily scrutinized primary season so far has damaged the party and its candidates.

Four in 10 of all adults say the GOP nominating process has given them a less favorable impression of the Republican Party, versus just slightly more than one in 10 with a more favorable opinion.

Additionally, when asked to describe the GOP nominating battle in a word or phrase, nearly 70 percent of respondents – including six in 10 independents and even more than half of Republicans – answered with a negative comment.

Some examples of these negative comments from Republicans: “Unenthusiastic,” “discouraged,” “lesser of two evils,” “painful,” “disappointed,” “poor choices,” “concerned,” “underwhelmed,” “uninspiring” and “depressed.”

The ever so noticeable march off the right bank of crazy river has driven women to Obama and made marginal front runner Romney’s image worse than Dole, McCain’s and Kerry’s at similar points in the race.

While the nomination battle has damaged the GOP and Romney, it has only helped President Obama’s political standing. In the poll, his approval rating stands at 50%-45%, his highest mark in the NBC/WSJ survey since Osama bin Laden’s death. What’s more, he leads Romney by six points, 50%-44%, winning independents (46%-39%), women (55%-37%), suburban women (46%-44%), and those in the Midwest (52%-42%). Obama enjoys bigger leads over Paul (50%-42%), Santorum (53%-39%), and Gingrich (54%-37%). Bolstering Obama’s standing is increased optimism about the state of the U.S. economy: 40% believe the economy will improve during the next year, and 57% say the worst is behind us (versus 36% who say the worst is still ahead). Peter Hart, the Democratic half of our NBC/WSJ survey, sums up the current poll’s outlook on the 2012 race: If it were a cocktail, it would be “one part Obama, one part the economy, and three parts the Republican Party’s destruction.”

I heard some interesting conversations over the weekend at the pundit tables.  One was about the possibility of Romney trying to move to the middle after charging hard right to capture the right and secure the nomination. The right wing has not been enthusiastic.  The damage with the middle is stunning.  Is there something called a triple flip flop?  Plus, if he does move to the middle, what does that do to the turn out for the flipped out right?  Do they stay home?  Will any one believe him at this point?  This poll indicates Romney is doing better with the TeaBots.  Seventy-two percent of all Republicans say they’re satisfied with a Mittens outcome.  Will they come out and vote for him on a cold, wet November day?

We’re going to be live blogging Super Tuesday tomorrow and BB’s got a morning thread for you that will have a lot of Super Tuesday information.  Will turn out be any better and will Romney get any where close to the 50% win mark in any state?  What will the eye of Newt do if all he gets is a Milquetoast win in Georgia?  Stay tuned, it’s getting brutal out there.

13 Comments on “The Blow Back Cometh”

  1. dakinikat says:

    From CNN Breaking News:

    Ohio’s Super Tuesday primary is a dead heat between GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, according to a CNN/ORC International Poll.

    Strong support among Catholic voters in Ohio appears to be one reason why Romney has gained on Santorum. Among Ohio Catholics who are likely to vote, the poll says 39% back Romney and 33% support Santorum.

    Contests in 10 states on Tuesday will decide how more than 400 delegates get allocated. In Georgia, the poll indicates Newt Gingrich is enjoying home-state advantage, with a 23-point lead over Romney.

    On Super Tuesday, go to and CNN’s mobile apps at noon ET for the CNN Election Roundtable, a live video chat hosted by Wolf Blitzer. Tune in to CNN TV later for live coverage of the primaries, and follow real-time results on, on the CNN apps and on the CNN mobile website.

  2. The Rock says:

    The ever so noticeable march off the right bank of crazy river has driven women to Obama and made marginal front runner Romney’s image worse than Dole, McCain’s and Kerry’s at similar points in the race.

    Dak, we are soooooooooooo fu&%^d.

    Hillary 2012

  3. propertius says:

    If your answer is Republicans with falling poll numbers and increased negatives, DING DING DING!!!!

    So we end up with four more years of *what*, exactly? Corporate hand-outs? Denial of due process? Extra-judicial assassinations? Obama on the cover of Ms? Maybe a special Nobel Prize for “most use of killer drones by a Peace Prize winner”?

    I’m with “the Rock” – we are “soooooooooooo fu&%^d” – and contrary to your illustration, they didn’t even give us flowers first.

    • dakinikat says:

      Either way we get four more years of that. It’s just if we get the horrible culture stuff too.

      • dakinikat says:

        5 Things to Watch for on Super Tuesday by Gwen Ifil

        It’s hard to see a scenario in which Mitt Romney will not still be the front-runner after Super Tuesday. But polls show he has been significantly weakened by the battles of the winter primaries. Losing Ohio and any other key state on Tuesday would raise old questions again for Republicans who have taken their sweet time settling on him.

        1. How weak or strong will Mitt Romney be on Wednesday morning?
        2. What is Rick Santorum’s path come Wednesday morning?
        3. Newt Gingrich has said he is not credible if he does not win his old home state of Georgia. The question on Wednesday morning: Will Gingrich be credible as a likely nominee even if he does?
        4. How vigorously will President Obama try to use his White House bully pulpit to stomp on the GOP’s big day?
        5. Will Republicans begin to coalesce around a winner?

  4. peggysue22 says:

    The Right Wing was warned by it’s own more moderate members–those rare but still existing pro-choice Republicans: don’t touch the contraception issue.

    They can’t help themselves; they marched right off the plank.

    Love the image and caption, Dak!

    I read that Limbaugh made a comment that Rappers say worse than he did. Does this man know what an apology really is? Somehow I don’t think so. The man has been so elevated in importance by Republican pols that he may have forgotten how. But the classic rule of thumb–when you’re in a hole, stop digging–applies in spades.

    As for moving to the center for Romney? If he is gaining Tea Party support, I don’t know how he does that. They’ll flip him right off. Unless he thinks there are more rational Republicans out there. Think again!

    • dakinikat says:

      He’s gotten away with so much for so long he’s finding out what it’s like when people are finally fed up with it. I couldn’t believe he didn’t experience worse after what he called Chelsea Clinton or Amy Carter as little girls. It’s been a long time coming.

      • ralphb says:

        If not for the new social media, he’d be getting away with this now. That’s the change.

  5. ralphb says:

    Listening to Willard, I don’t see how anyone could believe him. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a top candidate for office just bald faced lie all the time the way he does. It’s remarkable.

    • dakinikat says:

      It’s just amazing how far down the rabbit hole we’ve gone that a major party doesn’t have problems with some one so blatantly unfamiliar with the concept of truth

    • I’m old enough to remember when the only lies candidates told were the promises that they made. Now, the sky’s the limit. Don’t you think that Romney et al can do this because the folks on the Right are only listening to Fox, who are comlicit, since they tell the same lies? And, even if they happen to accidentally see Obama say something that completely contradicts what Romney & crew said, those folks will just figure the Liberal Media doctored the tape? It just seems to me that those who watch Fox, only watch Fox and only believe Fox.

      • ralphb says:

        That has to be part of it. But surely, at least some of the people listening to Willard must know he’s just blatantly lying. Maybe they just don’t care?

  6. janicen says:

    The ever so noticeable march off the right bank of crazy river

    LOL! Awesome writing, dak!