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“They both stink.”

So says pollster John Zogby on assessing the state of the Republican and Democratic parties as the stagger, tiptoe and skitter toward the midterm elections, now eight weeks away, give or take a few nervous moments. Mr. Zogby’s new research finds that old ideas persist, even in the fussy, bossy age of Twitter. Behold: Almost two thirds of voters say Democrats will raise their taxes, while six-out-of-10 agree that Republicans oppose President Obama’s proposals because “they want him to fail.” Oh, and 94 percent of Republicans think Democrats want to bring back socialism.

“A still slumping economy and conservative enthusiasm strongly favor Republicans in November. But as these results show, both parties will find a majority of voters ready to listen to why the other side can’t be trusted. How each handles these issues will decide which party wins a majority in Congress,” Mr. Zogby says.

PARSING THE HOLIDAY

“Labor Day was conceived by America’s labor unions as a testament to their cause,” points out historically minded Alfred Regnery, publisher of the American Spectator. “The legislation sanctioning the holiday was shepherded through Congress amid labor unrest in the wake of the violent Pullman railroad strike, and was signed by President Grover Cleveland as a reluctant election-year compromise.”

Wait. This didn’t start out as a feel-good Hallmark moment?

“Labor Day legislation was railroaded through Congress. … Is it just me or do the violent union strikes and fast-tracked legislation fountainhead of this holiday leave a bad taste in your mouth?” Mr. Regnery asks.

He suggests Monday’s holiday - President Obama will be attending “Laborfest” in Milwaukee, incidentally - should be about “basic principles” of hard work, optimism about a better tomorrow and confidence in the abilities of regular Americans.

“Let’s not celebrate Labor Day,” Mr. Regnery, says. “Labor Day is for the liberal elites, the biased media and the ruling class who want to spend more of your money.”

POLL DU JOUR

  • 97 percent of Republicans and 33 percent of Democrats say Democrats “will raise my taxes”.
  • 94 percent of Republicans and 18 percent of Democrats say Democrats want to “bring the U.S. closer to socialism.”
  • 88 percent of Republicans and 14 percent of Democrats say Democrats will make the nation less safe from terrorism.
  • 88 percent of Democrats and 15 percent of Republicans say Republicans want to “take us back to failed Bush policies.”
  • 86 percent of Democrats and 13 percent of Republicans say Republicans are too much under the influence of “extreme conservatives like the tea party.”

Source: A Zogby Interactive Poll of 1,980 likely voters conducted Aug. 24 to 26.

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