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Here’s what is so strange about the plummeting numbers. Some of it can be the natural ebb and flow of political allegiances. Those happen, though not with this kind of flop. It takes a bungling of a serious issue for the party identification to change two points, never mind five, at least with the Democrats. Having a stranglehold on the media gives them a big identification advantage over Republicans. Republicans saw five point drops following the Gulf War, when the economy tanked and spending was out of control under H.W. Bush. They also saw a collapse after Katrina and during the Iraq meltdown, running both the executive and legislative branches. But, regardless of how terrible Democrats have fumbled, the Party-run media has either sloughed the blame off on Republicans, or nature, or chance, or society, or corporations. The Democratic Party hasn’t seen this kind of realignment in the past generation of party i.d.