It’s hard to find someone that the Obama presidency has done more good for than the Republican Party. It certainly didn’t do much good for the American people.We’ve seen Republicans take back the House and Senate, and even the majority of governorships. This isn’t just a revolt against Obama, it’s a revolt against liberalism.
Gallup’s analysis of political party affiliation at the state level in 2015 finds that 20 states are solidly Republican or leaning Republican, compared with 14 solidly Democratic or leaning Democratic states. The remaining 16 are competitive. This is the first time in Gallup’s eight years of tracking partisanship by state that there have been more Republican than Democratic states. It also marks a dramatic shift from 2008, when Democratic strength nationally was its greatest in recent decades.
Gallup considers states to be solidly favoring one party when they have a greater-than 10-percentage-point advantage over the other in party affiliation among the state’s adult population. “Leaning” states are those in which one party has an advantage of more than five points but less than 10 points. Competitive states show the parties within five points of each other.
In all, 13 states’ political classifications changed between 2014 and 2015, with 11 of these shifting in a more Republican direction.
Years ago, in an interview with William F. Buckley in 1967, Woody Allen joked that he was rooting for a conservative president because he thought it would rid the nation of conservativism. Democrats were in the strongest position they’ve even been in politically when Obama took office, and after eight years of socialism-lite, the country is on track to be rid of liberalism.[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]