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What Do You Call a Non-Pyrrhic Victory?

Eugene Robinson writes, “Republicans have been actively encouraging this groundswell of distrust on the theory that it’s bad for incumbents, meaning Democrats. Indeed, the approval rating for the Democratic Party has plunged to 38 percent. The problem is that approval of the Republican Party has also fallen — to 37 percent.

“The moral here, for giddy GOP strategists, is the one about people who live in glass houses.”

Isn’t this a trifle misleading? In Pew’s poll, the favorability rating of Democrats has dropped by 24 points since January 2009. The favorability rating of Republicans “has also fallen” by. . . 3 points. The gap between the parties has fallen from 22 points to 1. Republicans would be crazy to draw the moral that Robinson does.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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