E.J. Dionne, Jr. writes about the "radical center," which he thinks may comprise a portion of a new Democratic majority. As he describes it, those who are part of sound to me a lot like the Perotistas of the early 90s. I cant imagine that theyd coexist comfortably with the netroots.
Then theres the WaPo/ABC News poll, which shows independents favoring Democrats. But look at the actual results, not what the reporters wrote about. Note, first of all, that its a "registered voter," not a "likely voter," poll. Note, second, that trends in voter enthusiasm favor Republicans, not Democrats, and that those who favor Republicans are actually favoring Republicans, whereas a substantial portion of those who favor Democrats say that theyre voting against Republicans. Sounds kinda Perotista to me.
Third, the numbers on Congressional disapproval and on approving of ones member of Congress are, predictably, reversed. Whats more, the levels of approval of ones member of Congress are significantly higher than in 1994 (51-38 in the final 94 poll, as opposed to 62-32 among registered voters now).
There is, of course, some not so good news for Republicans in the poll, but many of the trend lines seem to be marginally favoring them. It looks like they hit bottom in the week after the Foley revelations.