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Repub­li­can foes were ea­ger to spring upon new Gallup poll find­ings re­veal­ing that a mere 25 per­cent of vot­ers cur­rently iden­tify with the Grand Old Party, com­pared to a record high 42 per­cent who call them­selves in­de­pen­dents and 31 per­cent who were Democrats. Is it time to gnash teeth and panic as midterm elec­tion sea­son sets in? No, Repub­li­can strate­gist Matt Mack­owiak tells In­side the Belt­way.

“There are many dy­nam­ics at work here. You have to re­mem­ber how many peo­ple also iden­tify as con­ser­va­tive or lib­eral, and that the generic con­gres­sional bal­lot cur­rently fa­vors Repub­li­cans. You also have to con­sider voter mo­ti­va­tion and en­thu­si­asm, a force which will likely sway the elec­tion in GOP fa­vor,” he ob­serves. “And yes, the party must woo in­de­pen­dents to win a na­tional elec­tion.”

But Mr. Mack­owiak is keenly in­ter­ested in re­cent news that a pair of Democrats — Reps. Carolyn McCarthy of New York and Mike McIn­tyre of North Carolina — have cho­sen to re­tire, which places a damper on the Demo­cratic Party’s grand plans to gain con­trol of the House.

“One sur­vey doesn’t mean more than a Demo­crat in a red state choos­ing to re­tire,” Mr. Mack­owiak says. “I pay more at­ten­tion to the de­ci­sions of Mike McIn­tyre than I do one Gallup poll.” spokesman Gar­rett Mar­quis tells In­side the Belt­way.

And they’re ex­cited. The group has been in­vig­o­rated by a few choice rev­e­la­tions in the up­com­ing mem­oir by for­mer Sec­re­tary of De­fense Robert Gates that sug­gest the for­mer sec­re­tary of State op­posed the 2007 troop surge in Iraq as a cal­cu­lated po­lit­i­cal strat­egy to woo lib­eral vot­ers in the crit­i­cal lead-up to the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign that was to fol­low. Proper talk­ing points were vi­tal.

“Sec­re­tary Gates con­firms what so many Amer­i­can have al­ready known, Hil­lary Clin­ton is disin­gen­u­ous and de­ceit­ful. She will do any­thing, in­clud­ing mis­lead the coun­try, by putting her po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions ahead of the safety of Amer­i­cans at home and abroad,” Mr. Mar­quis says.

“From White­wa­ter to Beng­hazi and now the truth about her op­po­si­tion to the troop surge, Hil­lary con­tin­ues to show her true col­ors and why Amer­i­cans can’t trust her now or as pres­i­dent,” he con­cludes.

“We must take an hon­est look at the dan­ger to the home­land from the spread of ex­trem­ism. Con­tin­u­ing to down­play the ter­ror­ist threat en­dan­gers our abil­ity to de­feat it,” said Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas Repub­li­can.

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