A new Rasmussen poll has a shocking number for Congressional Republicans. A strong majority of Republicans feel that Congressional Republicans have “lost touch with Republican voters from throughout the nation.” An overwhelming 63% feel this way, while just 30% feel that Congressional Republicans do represent the party.
These are striking numbers if they represented the entire nation. Yet this is Republican voters, not other voters with different ideological bents. When members of the party itself rejects that the leadership represents their wishes, the chance of winning a national election is close to nil. It also suggests that the Republican Party could be a lot closer to permanently fracturing or even disintegrating than most people think.
None of this should be a surprise. Congressional Republicans have taken extreme positions on the debt, taxes, immigration and social issues, not to mention rape and abortion. It has polarized them from independents and now puts them at odds with party moderates who still number a significant number among Republican voters.
The cause is not found just in the Republican Party. The Democratic Party has similar problems, but not anywhere near the magnitude of the Republicans. The problem is that winning a Congressional campaign takes a million dollars. That is nearly impossible to raise in $20 individual donations. The big bucks have to come from big businesses, PACs and free-spending millionaires. All these groups have different agendas than the middle-class Republican moderate.
When a candidate is elected to office, the money cycle continues. This time the characters are lobbyists, who are usually closely tied to the same groups that spend wildly to elect pliable Congressmen.
Congressional Republicans really are out of touch. Somehow, Democrats have avoided that — for now. That puts Congressional Republicans at a distinct disadvantage for pushing their agenda. Money might be paramount in a campaign, but votes are still needed to win an election.