Poll: The Republicans are back

A lot of political pundits were burying the Republican Party after the government shutdown in October. A lot of political pundits were wrong, as they often are.

A poll today shows Republicans holding a 49 percent to 44 percent edge over Democrats in the “generic ballot,” which asks registered voters whether they would choose a Democrat or a Republican in the midterm elections without identifying specific candidates.

Two months ago, Democrats had an 8 percentage point lead in the same survey.