The news media relishes the chance to issue dire reports that the Republican Party is in complete shambles - divided, disillusioned, fatigued. Yeah, well. Things are not as bad as they are portrayed, and while the Grand Old Party is quite capable of short sprints on the campaign trail, it's also in it for the long march.
"Republican are no more discouraged after six years of Barack Obama than Democrats were after six years of George W. Bush. While there's a healthy intramural battle inside the party during the midterm primaries, the midterm general election looks very positive for the GOP, which will only strengthen enthusiasm for 2016," Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak tells The Watercooler.
"Republicans do believe President Obama has done tremendous damage to our country, but there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel that we can see," he adds.
While both major political parties have their woes at the moment, Republicans do have a subtle advantage. Multiple polls consistently reveal that GOP voters themselves are paying more attention, and are more engaged in both upcoming elections than their Democratic counterparts.
One recent example, this from a CBS News poll: 44 percent of the GOPers say they're enthusiastic about getting to the poll booth in November, compared to 38 percent of Democrats. The survey also found that 47 percent of Republicans are paying close attention to the 2014 congressional campaign so far - compared to 38 percent of the Dems.
Gallup and the Pew Research Center had similar findings.
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