Political Vanguard by Tom Del Beccaro What a difference 200 days can make. When Obama took the oath of office at the end of January, the Democrats had a 7% lead in the Rasmussen, generic congressional ballot a simple poll that asks the question if the election were held today, would you prefer a Republican or a Democrat for Congress (no names just a question of Party preference). As of September 6, 2009, that lead was symmetrically reversed to a 7% Republican lead a historic 14% swing. There are two main reasons for that reversal style and substance. On the substance side, there is no doubt that nationalized health care is sending a political shock wave through the electorate. Voters are deeply concerned about this issue because most voters are smart enough to realize (1) that Obama's numbers dont add up, (2) that huge government programs dont work and reduce personal choices, and (3) the fact that it involves their own health care not just some other group of people. The health care debate comes on the heels of similar, deep seated concerns about Cap & Trade and the utter explosion of the Deficit. Those issues and others have given rise to a sense of buyers remorse on substance and not just among those Republicans that strayed to vote for Obama but among Independents who now favor Republicans 43% 21% on that same Generic Ballot.