The Associated Press notices that the Democrats have a problem: “White House, Dems backpedaling on AIG”:
For the first time since last fall’s election, Democrats and the Obama administration are backpedaling furiously on an issue easily understood by financially strapped taxpayers: $165 million in bonuses paid out at bailed-out AIG.
Republicans, struggling to regain their political footing, are content to let Democrats try to dig their way out of this mess on their own.
The AP goes on to bash Republicans, lest anyone get the wrong impression. But the truth is that voters’ satisfaction with Barack Obama and the Dems’ clown posse in Congress has been eroding for a while. As a result, for the “first time in recent years,” the GOP has moved ahead of the Democrats in generic Congressional preference, according to Rasmussen Reports. In the most recent survey, the Republicans lead 41%-39%:
And this survey, dated March 15, predates the current furor over the AIG bonuses.
PAUL adds: As I noted last night, a poll taken for NPR by Public Opinion Strategies and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner on March 10-12, 14 found basically the same thing. It had the two parties even on generic congressional preference.
This result, though, is pretty meaningless. The 2010 congressional elections will be a referendum on where the economy is thought to be during the summer and early fall of 2010.