Local lefty bloggers, and those that comment on these echo chamber blogs, have taken great glee in decline of registered Republicans in Nevada County, with an increase in Independents. I will admit, I have given some thought to changing my registration, to Independent as Republican leadership has been dismal at the State and National level. I am still a conservative, but not sure Republican is the right label. But, I digress.
Ellen and I watched the SOTU on Fox News, on our Dish satellite connection. Fox recently started a new feature on Bret Baier’s Special Report called Bing Pulse. It is an opportunity for viewers to log in and register their response to questions and comments by the discussion panel. The three categories are Republican, Independent or Other, and Democrat. See the graphic below.
During the SOTU Fox had the Bing Pulse online. Viewers could respond to issues introduced by the President. I was surprised to see the Independents tracking almost in sync with Republican during the whole SOTU presentation, or at least when the Bing Pulse was on the screen. It has been a political rule of thumb that Independents were more aligned with Democrats than Republican, at least that has been the mantra proclaimed by our local liberal echo chamber blogs.
It appears, that under the current political atmosphere, the Independents and more aligned with conservative Republican views, rather than the more liberal Democrat views. This should have some impacts on mid-term elections. How much it will have on local county elections, is not clear, but the impact of a Republican controlled House and Senate will impact us all.