The Corner

A Second Chance — and a Short Leash — for the GOP

Inside a mixed-bag NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, one particularly interesting bit: Americans aren’t totally convinced that the Republicans know how to right the ship of state, but they aren’t buying President Obama’s ditch metaphor either. Just 34 percent of respondents believe a Republican congress would bring a slurpee-fueled regression to Bush-era economic policies:

Given the GOP’s low standing, McInturff says Republicans would have a very short leash with the public if they end up controlling Congress. Americans, he argues, will keep voting elected officials out of office “until somebody gets the message — which is fix the economy and get things done in Washington.”

Yet Republicans, it seems, have been able to distance themselves from George W. Bush’s presidency. Only 34 percent believe that the GOP would return to Bush’s economic policies if they regain Congress, while 58 percent say they would bring different ideas.

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