Earlier this week, Karl Rove was in the mood to gloat. Enjoying the Bernie or Bust tensions on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, the Boy Genius said it didn't really matter whether Democrats got their act together in Philadelphia, because they are largely doomed by the negative feelings of the electorate about the direction of the country:
Mrs. Clinton’s [big] problem is that she personifies the status quo in a year when the dynamic is strongly tilted toward change.
Gallup reported last week that only 17% of Americans are satisfied with the country’s condition, the same figure as at this point in 2008.
A July 13 NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that a mere 18% of registered voters believe the country is “headed in the right direction,” while 73% said things are “off on the wrong track.”