Meanwhile, a lot of Republicans are unhappy with Bush’s performance. The fiscal conservative crowd is aghast at the giant deficits, the neocons are panicky about the poor execution of their grand Middle Eastern dreams, the military is feeling put upon and ill used, the libertarians are uncomfortable with the Patriot Act, and Christian right is disappointed at how little action there’s been toward a more faith-based America now that one of their own is sitting in the Oval Office. The Bush campaign has had to vet crowds for loyalty and has shown little creativity beyond inventive smears.
Until now, this was just a vague feeling. But according to today’s New York Times, Democrats are way ahead of Republicans in registering voters in the battleground states of Florida and Ohio, and there are indications that they’re ahead elsewhere as well. This effort could make the difference.