Listening to the story of one of the Obamas' guests tonight at the State of the Union speech -- a very elderly woman who couldn't get in to vote because of long lines and who went home only to return later and join another long line for her chance to vote.... finally. She isn't just "elderly," she's 102.
The efforts of Republicans to keep people from voting seemed suddenly pathetic and witless. Can you imagine belonging to a party whose only chance of winning is to prevent voting? God almighty!
The self-image of a Republican can't be pleasant at this point. Look at what the latest poll shows:
Fifty-six percent of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll express an unfavorable opinion of the nation’s political system. About as many, 55 percent, hold a negative view of the policies they expect the Republicans in Congress to offer in the next four years.
Barack Obama does better, but not great: Fifty-two percent have a favorable opinion of the policies he’ll pursue in his second term, while 43 percent see them unfavorably. That’s similar to the 51-45 percent optimism-pessimism rating Americans gave the expected policies of George W. Bush heading into his second term. ...
... Intensity of sentiment in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, also is better for the president. While similar numbers have a “strongly” negative opinion of all three, roughly twice as many see Obama’s plans strongly positively as say the same of the GOP’s plans and the political system overall, 30 percent vs. 14 and 16 percent, respectively. ...ABCNews
With those numbers, the Republicans have wound up in the crapper, well and truly.