That was the headline of a front page article that appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer last Saturday. Here are a few quotes from the article:
"Independents who embraced President Barack Obama's call for change in 2008 are ready for a shift again, and that's worrisome news for Democrats Independents voice especially strong concerns about the economy, with 9 in 10 calling it a top problem Ominously for Democrats, Independents trust Republicans more on the economy by 42 percent to 36 percent."
Four polls which I've seen in our race, (Chabot vs. Driehaus), show the same thing, but even stronger. Among Independent voters, the results are as follows:
SurveyUSA - Chabot 69%, Driehaus 27%
Public Opinion Strategies - Chabot 51%, Driehaus 40%
the polling company, inc. - Chabot 58%, Driehaus 28%
We Ask America - Chabot 53%, Driehaus 27%
Interestingly enough, the Driehaus campaign has paid big bucks for two polls of their own, and they've refused to release the results of either poll. Obviously the results must have been as discouraging for the Driehaus Campaign as the ones listed above, or they would have trumpeted the results.
Other polling suggests that Independents are particularly worried about the out-of-control Washington spending and skyrocketing debt. Therefore, it's no wonder that so many Independents are abandoning Mr. Driehaus. Now let's compare his record and mine on the issues most important to independents.
Mr. Driehaus voted for the big-spending $862 billion Stimulus bill which has failed miserably; he supported the Pelosi budget which dug us another $1.2 trillion into debt, in one year; he voted for the job-killing Cap and Trade bill; and he voted for Obamacare, after leading us to believe that he would vote against it.
I, on the other hand, consistently supported policies to revitalize the economy and create jobs; had one of the best records in Congress, according to Citizens Against Government Waste, for fighting against wasteful Washington spending (I had a 97% lifetime score, compared to Driehaus's 11%!); and I opposed both Cap and Trade and the big-spending government takeover of healthcare known as Obamacare.
And not surprisingly, independence is important to Independents. (Pun intended). In describing me National Journal said I was "willing to split from his (my) party and willing to take political risks for principle." Mr. Driehaus, on the other hand, voted with Nancy Pelosi 94.8% of the time, and Politico described him as a "reliable backer of party leadership." So much for independence.
And if that isn't enough, the National Taxpayers Union gave me an "A" and Driehaus an "F" for our records on trying to keep our taxes down.
So in conclusion, it's pretty obvious why Independents in this race are making the decision that they are. It's a clear choice between an independent, fiscally disciplined, tax-cutting, budget-balancing, deficit hawk, vs. a big-spending, Pelosi-following, tax-raising, liberal. Remember in November.