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The Temper Tantrum Election

Eugene Robinson nails it in his opinion piece in today's (3 Sept 2010) Washington Post when the headline says "We're spoiled brats, and we vote." He acknowledges that every poll and pundit worth his salt is predicting a Republican wave in  November, a wave which many see as flipping the House to Republican rule, and installing the tanned Mr. Boehner as Speaker, all based on a gain of 45-60 House seats by the GOP. Robinson's reaction? Wait a minute.

Mr. Robinson's take: This is one screwed up election.  True, Democratic favorability ratings at 33 percent have tanked, and "voters appear to be fed up with Democrats," yet voters are even more disenchanted with the Republican Party, whose favorability is just 22 percent, or way below that of Democrats. Yet the polls show voters choosing Republicans, whom they despise, over Democrats whom they despise less? Now, how could that be, illogical as it is?  Robinson says this election is not a Republican wave, "it's a temper tantrum."