Rasmussen also said the lack of media attention has allowed Democrats to get away with dismissing the investigation as a partisan “witch hunt.” Most Americans, he said, will for now believe the Democrats’ claims that Issa’s investigation into Fast and Furious is nothing more than a “witch hunt” and “playing politics” just because “that’s the way they believe Congress operates.”
“So, it is a fairly effective rebuttal unless the issue gets much more widespread coverage than it is right now,” he said.
Rasmussen also said he thinks Fast and Furious “has the potential” to be used by presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign in a way that’s similar to how they have focused on the Solyndra green-energy scandal.
“It also has the potential to backfire,” Rasmussen warned, because “Solyndra is a very easy story to understand and it ties directly into the most important issue of election 2012, which is the economy. Anything that distracts from the economy runs the risk of helping Barack Obama just because it draws attention away from the president’s biggest weakness.”
“On top of that, Fast and Furious, while the outcome is horrific, tracking the accountability and tying it in as cleanly as something like Solyndra is, is going to be a bigger challenge,” Rasmussen added.