The Republicans are not just the majority party in government; they now hold the edge against Democrats in national party identification. What has caused this shift in political identification – even as the Republicans themselves move even further to the right? Could it be that the Democrats need to move further to the right or risk losing even more power in Washington (a la Clinton) – I suppose the answer to that question centers on whether this is a true shift to the political right OR if this is more a product of Democratic mismanagement. Article citing Gallup - http://www.editorandpublisher.com/e...t_id=1000736911 [Broken] So, back to the question first mentioned above - It's reasonable to suspect it's the political moderates that the Democrats are losing. To them, maybe perceived spokesmen, like Michael Moore, don't seem so moderate. Don't speak to them or for them. Note that the country watched Moore, along with his films (and books), as he received the Democratic imprimatur at the Democratic Convention, which right or wrong, may very well have connected the two in the moderate mind. – Are the Democrats attempting to be too inclusive, thereby alienating themselves from the middle? Yet, there is an alternate possibility – could it be that Karl Rove is just this much of a political genius? Bush won in 2000 despite the popularity of Clinton / Gore and despite the huge economic growth during that period. Bush won again in 2004 despite the war in Iraq, despite the economy, and despite the budget. In short, what's the cause of this political shift in party identification IF NOT a real move to the right?