'...watch this trend going forward: the number of Americans who call themselves Independents has climbed to an all-time high -- 43% -- Republicans are still at their all time low -- 21% -- and Democrats have slipped from 36% in 2008 to 32% now.'
Toldja. One of the huge distortions of the healthcare 'reform' situation has been the senior Dems including Obama characterizing the anti-'reform' town-hallers and tea-partiers as Republican-inspired and Republican-led. There was virtually no evidence of this at any point. 'A plague on both your houses' has been in huge evidence, and as I've pointed out repeatedly, there is more disgust with the Republicans because THEY SHOULD KNOW BETTER.
How this will play out in actual elections remains to be seen. But if independents EVER want to play a constructive role in US politics 2010 would be the year.