Republicans Approve of Democratic Congress More than Democrats

by: Chris Bowers

Thu Sep 20, 2007 at 15:38

Via TPM election central, this new poll from Gallup pretty much sums it all up:

Republicans approve of a Democratic controlled Congress significantly more than do either Democrats or Independents. Really, it makes sense, since the conservative governing majority in Washington has not been stopped by Democratic control of Congress. FISA was passed into law. The Iraq war has escalated, without any conditions being attached to it. Liberal political speech is condemned on the floor of the Senate. Republican filibusters are at a record high blocking everything in sight, and when that fails there is still Bush's veto to whip Congress into line. Effectively, Washington is still governing to the benefit of Republicans, and to the disgust of Democrats and Independents.

You know, I have to admit, that outside of the residual forces disaster, Hillary Clinton is rapidly moving up in my rankings of Democratic candidates for President. Say whatever else you want about the Clintons, but they don't take bullshit Republican attacks lying down or cowering in a corner.  And if there is one thing I can't stand right now it is Democrats who won't stand up for themselves, who stab their allies in the back in order to appeal to D.C. elites and Republicans, and then ask us to keep fighting for them. At least Clinton fights back, and hard, whenever attacks are directed her way. That is a big plus in my book.

Update: Also worth reading: Chris Dodd on the MoveOn votes.

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The irony of it all (0.00 / 0)
The candidate many of us - myself included - wrote off as a triangulator is showing more convictions than some of the others.

That goes a long way in my book.

It's A Good Sign That The Public Knows What's Going On (4.00 / 3)
It just goes to show how badly the media spin is failing to confuse folks anymore.  They may not be paying close attention, but their gut, well, let me just say it's a whole lot smarter than W's gut.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

The public knows what's going on (0.00 / 0)
  The beltway consultants don't.

  I've been manning the Democratic Party tent at the Frederick County Fair on and off through the week. The common theme I hear from almost EVERYBODY who walks in is, "If the Democrats would actually get out and talk to real people, they'd own this country."

  We even had a couple of evangelicals drop by and quietly ask us to "do whatever we can to stop this Iraq madness." Actual quote.

  My job is to sell the Democratic Party to local voters. The national party ain't helping.

"We judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their actions. It is a great convenience." -- Howard Zinn

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You Ought To Tape Your Experiences (0.00 / 0)
And send copies to your higher-ups.

Not sure it will do any good.

But it might slow down the process of going insane.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

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And more (0.00 / 0)
Democrats do a much better job of controlling spending, cutting back earmarks, and preserving something closer to a balanced budget while Republicans just give away the store to the politically connected.  Mitt Romney said Republicans were acting like Democrats.  No, Mitt, Republicans were acting like their cartoon version of Democrats.  Republicans haven't had the guts to act like Democrats since at least the 1970s and maybe the 1950s.  They've been enthralled by cheap talk and expensive promises.

This congress isn't stopping things in Iraq but it has prevented the rest of the mess from getting worse.  That's the kind of government that Republicans say they want (not the kind they actually deliver).

we should wrap this poll around 280 rocks (0.00 / 0)
and drop it on our representatives heads and then maybe just maybe, they'll get the message.  Or, once again, they will misread the poll, mistakenly believe they have won over republicans and will be assured overwhelming victories next fall. 

Clinton Fights for Clinton and not the Party (0.00 / 0)
Getting into a war is very easy compared to getting out of it.  Hillary helped put us in one and her ability to fight folks who attack HER is simply not helping us get out of it.

Where are your principles, Chris?  Hillary is the biggest supporter of the WDC Dem leaders, known as the establishment.  They helped drag us into this war.

It will take a movement from regular folks to dislodge the WDC Dem establishment and reconfigure Dem policies and politics.  Hillary doesn't want any of that.

Where are you on this stuff, Chris?  Supporting any right-leaning candidate the Dems throw at us?  They've thrown a lot into the Prez candidate mix and we all should be questioning their strategy in doing that--it's simply to make sure the establishment candidate--Hillary--wins the nomination.  It's hardball politics and it's best that the netroots and bloggers get sophisticated about it instead of being so thoroughly naive.

Jeez (0.00 / 0)
There are a lot of legitimate criticisms of Clinton but that doesn't mean it's impossible for her to get things right from time to time or even often. He didn't say he was supporting anybody, so have a drink and go back to drawing devil horns on her pictures.

John McCain opposes the GI Bill.

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The Clintons Fight for the Clintons (0.00 / 0)
The Clintons fight when they are attacked.  But where was the fight for healthcare in the 1990's?  Where has been the fight against the war?  Where has been fight against job outsourcing?
I wrote an entry on my blog http://www.montanama... in August called "Enough with the Tough".
I wrote
What she's really selling is tough skin when it comes to protecting her family from ridicule and protecting her career, but what is she fighting for?  She's "in it to win it", but win what? For what does she really stick her neck out? What about what has happened because of NAFTA and the WTO agreements? Will she fight her husband and Bob Rubin on those failures and the failures of orthodox laissez faire economic policies?

Will she join the fight against "disaster capitalism" that Naomi Klein talks about?

Tough skin doesn't mean you are a fighter.


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