“The Corner” by Greg Brooks

Greg Brooks was a Government major here at Centre College who graduated in December and is now working in Washington, D.C. He recently published an article in the National Review Online:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/257628/low-approval-congressional-gops-policies-greg-brooks

Greg observes that public support for the Republican congressional agenda is low, despite the fact that they won the House by historic margins last November.

My explanation for this phenomenon is the same that I proffered in November: most Americans vote based on their pocketbooks, not on detailed policy preferences (here and here). The Republican victory in the House was more a statement of dissatisfaction with high unemployment than a resounding endorsement of the Republican policy agenda, which explains why a plurality of Americans still prefer President Obama to have more influence over the direction of the country than congressional Republicans (50%-44%), as Greg points out in his article.

More importantly, congratulations to Greg for his publication!

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