Friday, January 2, 2009

It Always Is

Shorter Michael Goldfarb: The fact that there are so many Democrats in the Senate is good news for Republicans.

2 comments:

drip said...

Then why are they fighting so hard to keep Franken out?

Rousseau said...

In there defense, it truly is usually the case that the more power the other party holds, they worse they look to the public. Obviously the party in power can do things to boost support, but all other things equal, over time our strong anti-incumbent sentiment works away at all in power parties.

Of course, what we want (presumably) is actual policy. Approval ratings are good only as a means. But that doesn't mean it isn't empirically true that approval ratings decline faster the more power you have.