Republicans members of Congress are becoming more popular with Republicans, Public Policy Polling announced Monday.
The poll is released on a day when moderate Republicans are increasingly under pressure to join Democrats in ending a partial shutdown in government operations.
Calls for an end to partisanship sound lovely to independent voters, but politicians who call for it have no intention of changing their ways. Calls for independent mindedness are routinely accompanied by appeals for money to be used exclusively for electing more members of one party.
Republicans itching to please should consider the case of Abel Maldonado. At one time a politician with promise, Maldonado was done in by the notion that Republicans will gain if they help Democrats pass a major bill.
In 2010, Maldonado joined with Democrats in the California State Senate to increase taxes to balance the budget. He did so in exchange for a plan to do away with partisan primaries in favor of an open primary to allow everyone to vote for any candidate, regardless of party.
An open primary, Maldonado argued, would result in more moderates representing Democrats and Republicans in the state legislature, in statewide political offices and in Congress.
Instead, California has made a dramatic shift to the left. Recent legislative victories include granting drivers license to illegal immigrants and allowing students to use school restrooms and showers of the opposite sex if they identified more with the other gender.
As to Maldonado’s career, he is an active member of the enemy lists of both the Democratic and Republican parties.
He has lost races for congress, state controller and lieutenant governor. He is now running for governor in an almost penniless campaign that is derided by both Democrats and Republicans. He is becoming the Harold Stassen of the 21st Century.
If Republicans say they stand for principles, they should stand for principles. The heavens are not falling, and the Democrats will not thank them if they “cave.”