Scott Rassmussen

I have positioned my blog as beyond left and right, though I realize many readers may judge it otherwise.

But Scott Rasmussen perhaps captures this better in this article about him by John Fund in the Wall Street Journal, America’s Insurgent Pollster.


only 23% of the people in this country believe today’s federal government has the consent of the governed.

“Americans don’t want to be governed from the left or the right,” Scott Rasmussen tells the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conference of 1,500 conservative and moderate legislators. “They want, like the Founding Fathers, to largely govern themselves with Washington in a supporting—but not dominant—role. The tea party movement is today’s updated expression of that sentiment.”

“The GOP will benefit from that this year, but 75% of Republicans say their representatives in Congress are out of touch with the party base. Should they win big this November, they will have to move quickly to prove they’ve learned lessons from the Bush years.”

Rasmussen’s polls have been more accurate than most. He realizes that the dynamics are beyond Democrat and Republican, left and right. He finds the conflict is between the political class and the mainstream public.  Obama’s stunning reversals and failures have derived from a gross misreading of the dynamics of public opinion.  He sees a very different game than the electorate. He is playing basketball, but we are watching football and he isn’t making any touchdowns.