Time to Clean House, and Senate

10 Aug

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In what has already become the most disastrous failure of the American political system in history, political extremism in this country may well have killed the fatted calf of the American economy. The only question I have at this point is WTF were those folks in Wisconsin thinking – who only threw ot 2 of the 6 nutjobs bent on converting the state to a simulacrum of Nazi Germany,

Politicians depend on the American public to have a short memory. So unless thanger felt by the electorate in this poll converts into some sort of action in the streets…

It’s likelythat the same old failures will be in the same old jobs come 2012.

CNN Poll: Time to clean house in Congress?

Need more evidence that Americans are extremely angry at Congress?

Well, here you go: According to a new national survey, for the first time ever most Americans don’t believe their own member of Congress deserves re-election.

Read full results (pdf).

And the CNN/ORC International Poll released Tuesday also indicates that while Republicans may have had the upper hand in the recent battle over raising the debt ceiling, they appear to have lost a lot of ground with the public and the party’s unfavorable rating is now at an all time high.

Only 41 percent of people questioned say the lawmaker in their district in the U.S. House of Representatives deserves to be re-elected – the first time ever in CNN polling that that figure has dropped below 50 percent. Forty-nine percent say their representative doesn’t deserve to be re-elected in 2012. And with ten percent unsure, it’s the first time that a majority has indicated that they would boot their representative out of office if they had the chance today.

“That 41 percent, in the polling world, is an amazing figure. Throughout the past two decades, in good times and bad, Americans have always liked their own member of Congress despite abysmal ratings for Congress in general,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Now anti-incumbent sentiment is so strong that most Americans are no longer willing to give their own representative the benefit of the doubt.  If that holds up, it could be an early warning of an electorate that is angrier than any time in living memory.”

As for all members of Congress, the poll indicates only a quarter of the public says most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected.

A lot of that anger seems directed toward the GOP.  According to the survey, favorable views of the Republican party dropped eight points over the past month, to 33 percent. Fifty-nine percent say they have an unfavorable view of the Republican party, an all-time high dating back to 1992 when the question was first asked.

The poll indicates that views of the Democratic party, by contrast, have remained fairly steady, with 47 percent saying they have a favorable view of the Democrats and an equal amount saying they hold an unfavorable view.

“The Democratic party, which had a favorable rating just a couple of points higher than the GOP in July, now has a 14-point advantage over the Republican party,” adds Holland.

The same pattern holds for the parties’ leaders in Congress.  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the top Democrat in the chamber, have never had great numbers, but the public’s view of them have remained essentially unchanged in the wake of the debt ceiling debate.  But House Speaker John Boehner’s favorable rating has dropped 10 points, and his unfavorable rating is up to 40 percent, a new high for him.  On the Senate side, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t faring much better – his unfavorable rating is 39 percent, a seven-point increase since July.

The poll indicates that Americans’ views of the tea party movement have also turned more negative, with 51 percent saying they have a negative view of the two-year-old limited government and anti-tax grassroots movement, with favorable ratings dropping from 37 percent down to 31 percent. Freshman House Republicans elected with major support from tea party activists were instrumental in keeping any tax increases out of the agreement to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International on August 5-7, with 1,008 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey was conducted both before and after Friday night’s downgrading of the country’s credit rating by Standard and Poor’s. The poll’s overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.


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8 responses to “Time to Clean House, and Senate

  1. brotherbrown

    August 11, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Yeah, but 80% will be right back, because “the devil you know” always has an edge.


    • btx3

      August 11, 2011 at 2:57 PM

      Unfortunately, I think you are right BB.


  2. t-shirts101

    August 11, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    I don’t know… two out of 6 Republicans were recalled in deeply Republican districts. Latest news out of Wisconsin is voter suppression, vote-count fraud, etc; it’s being reported that another two Dems were leading Repubs throughout the election – but pulled a switcheroo at the end. The Federal prosecutor will hopefully get involved (wishfull thinking).

    Lastly, did you here about the Republicans who booed Mitt Romney this afternoon – he said rasing taxes on corporations isn’t a good idea because corporations are people. Once again, Mitt’s base isn’t going for it.

    I think we may be in for a pleasant surprise in 2012.


  3. brotherbrown

    August 13, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Thought you might enjoy this New York Times Article “What happened to Obama’s Passion.”


    • btx3

      August 13, 2011 at 8:58 PM

      Right after the inauguration I was invited to a cocktail party at the home of a friend who loves rubbing shoulders with the hoi polloi in Washington. One of the guests at the party was a well known political adviser to Obama administrations.We got to talking about what the Obama Administration should do about the corruption and criminal acts during the Bushit Administration, and how they should be prosecuted…

      What ensued was a 3 1/2 hour long toe to toe battle over the Administration’s decision to let those crooks go. Under the maxim that “No good deed goes unpunished” we (by this time we had the whole party divided into two camps) argued that the immense funding and political organization structure built up by these miscreants would be utilized to bring down the Obama Presidency – and effectively cripple efforts going forward. They argued that they wanted to break the cycle of political investigation and prosecution…

      The result of not putting the scum in jail is the Tea Party, and effectively hamstringing the Democrats for two long years seeking some sort of nonexistent “bipartisanship”.

      You sleep with dogs, you get up with fleas.


  4. brotherbrown

    August 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    To have people who supported you now question what they thought the saw in you is a bad thing going into an election year. It would be one thing to say, “I don’t like the direction the president is leading the country.” It is a completely different thing to say, “What was I thinking when I thought this man could be president?” But this is where Obama finds himself in the summer before his last race.

    If there is one consolation for Team Obama, it’s that the republicans can’t get out of their own way and will have thoroughly beaten Romney up and forced him to take Bachmann as running mate.


    • btx3

      August 14, 2011 at 2:37 PM

      Supposedly, President Obama is going on the offensive this week. One of the things he could do to change the perception is to ram through his Judicial nominees.


      • brotherbrown

        August 14, 2011 at 6:31 PM

        He’s not going to change the perception that for him, it’s about the campaign, not governing. A bus tour sounds like campaigning, which a sitting president doesn’t really have to do if he is performing on the job.



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