All signs point to a rout of the Democrats in November, but the Republican Party can do itself a big favor by avoiding the “M” word. When a party begins to believe it has a mandate from the people, all good sense seems to fly out the window, and the feeling that it can do no wrong flies in.
While I believe it’s true that voters will want to put a stop to many of this administration’s initiatives and its profligate spending, it doesn’t necessarily translate into a mandate for the other side’s wide-ranging initiatives and their own flood of expensive legislation.
Americans seem to like incrementalism and, even when they lurch from one party to another, it doesn’t mean they expect a lurch from one extreme to the other from their government.
There is a large and growing suspicion that neither party is up to the task, and, while the Republicans may be the beneficiaries of Democratic overreach in this upcoming cycle, they need to beware of misreading the message. Imagined mandates merely lead to hubris and, as both sides are learning, voters are far more willing than ever to “throw the bums out.”