Charles Blow: Data Show GOP Has a 'Blasé Mandate'

He sees a "silver lining" for Democrats in chilly voter sentiment after the midterms.

GOP's Eric Cantor and John Boehner (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty)

Despite the GOP's dramatic gains during the congressional midterm elections, Americans aren't all that thrilled about the shift in power, writes New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow.

A poll released Thursday by the Pew Research Center found that people are considerably less happy about the Republicans' victory than they were about the Democrats' victory in 2006 or about the Republicans' victory in 1994. They also approve much less of the "Republicans' policies and plans for the future" than they did of the Democrats' plans in 2006 or the Republicans' plans in 1994. (I must say that that question threw me a bit because I didn't know that Republicans had "policies and plans" for the future. Silly me.)

Perhaps that's a "silver lining" for Democrats, as he puts it; or perhaps it's just confirmation that a significant chunk of the Democratic base sat out this election, and now they want to whine about the results.

Sheryl Huggins Salomon is senior editor-at-large of The Root and a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based editorial consultant. Follow her on Twitter.

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