Are Republicans out of the Doghouse with Voters?

Are Republicans out of the Doghouse with Voters?

February 05, 2018

Americans might miss summer, but Republicans sure don't. Six months ago, the GOP was starting down a bitter defeat on their biggest issue -- Obamacare -- and wondering how to climb out of the political basement. A half-year later, that's exactly what they've done. Thanks to a president who refused to chase polls, congressional Republicans finally have reason to feel optimistic.

As the tax cuts start to take effect, the White House's approval ratings aren't the only thing looking up. Record employment, a growing economy, and a slate of judicial confirmations may be fueling a GOP resurgence. "I just looked at some numbers," President Trump told Republican lawmakers at last week's retreat, "you've even done better than you thought." In a matter of a few weeks, Democrats' advantage on the generic ballot had shrunk to just two points – down significantly from the 15 percent edge they enjoyed in December. According to Reuters, more Americans are starting to trust the GOP with issues like jobs, giving them a much-needed bump heading into spring campaigning.

The biggest change, experts say, is the country's view of the president's tax plan. At Christmas, Americans were highly skeptical of the IRS overhaul, with only 26 percent in favor. Monmouth University shocked everyone last Wednesday when it released the results of its latest survey, showing that support for the law had jumped 21 percent. Now, the number of people who approve and disapprove is dead-even -- a huge accomplishment for the GOP, who struggled to fight the media's propaganda. Turns out, fewer people are buying the spin now that reality is setting in. Only 36 percent now fall for the line that their taxes will go up, compared to a whopping 50 percent in December.

"Republicans Are Winning the War over the Tax Law," headlines like Business Insiders' now declare. And not a moment too soon. While others debate the GOP's fate, this is a lesson in more than perseverance. It's an example of the kind of leadership conservatives need more of. One of the benefits of President Trump's unorthodox style is that he refuses to be driven by the prevailing political winds. Instead of being led by the people, he does the leading -- pushing his party forward to do what it promised. Tuning out the Left's lies and media bias, the president checks off his policy goals, patiently waiting for Americans to see the significance of what Republicans are trying to accomplish. And so far, they have. If the GOP wants to win in November, they'll use this as an example for tackling other issues.

Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

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