FOR WHOM THE BELLS TOLL
For those who believe that the "Tea Party" movement (that's right - movement , not party) is a flash in the pan, today's Rasmussen poll concerning party affiliation might be enlightening. While the number of people claiming affiliation to the Democrat party leads Republican affiliation 35.1% to 32.1%, that number is down 6 points from a year ago. But Republican affiliation is also down, 1.5% from a year ago. Republican affiliation has dropped for the past 2 months while Democrat affiliation has dropped for the past 4 months. In the meantime, "The number of adults not affiliated with either major party in now up to 32.9%. While polls have shown that "Republicans are a bit more likely to participate in elections than Democrats" it is pretty clear that neither major party can win without the concurrence of independents. That being said, those politicians - of both parties- who haven't already looked at the future and bailed, would be wise to listen to the anger being expressed. Democrats who are being held hostage by the far left, in particular, should note that, in a center-right country, regardless of party affiliation (or non-affiliation), those that identify themselves as "liberal" are outnumbered by a ratio of better than 2 to 1 by those identifying themselves as conservative. Incumbents, Republican or Democrat, should heed the mood of the country.