Wednesday, October 17, 2007

U.S. sick of the shrub, Congress

As if that were actually news, but it's nice to see it at least confirmed in the lazy mainstream press.

Bush's job approval rating fell to 24 percent from last month's record low for a Zogby poll of 29 percent. A paltry 11 percent gave Congress a positive grade, tying last month's record low.

"There is a real question among Americans now about how relevant this government is to them," pollster John Zogby said. "They tell us they want action on health care, education, the war and immigration, but they don't believe they are going to get it."

What will this mean going into next year? According to Reuters,

The bleak mood could present problems for both parties heading into the November 2008 election campaign, Zogby said.

"Voter turnout could still be high next year, but the mood has turned against incumbents and into a 'throw the bums out' mindset," Zogby said.

In other words, the same mindset that tossed the GOP out of power in Congress last year is increasing going into next year -- this time against Democrats, who have for the better part of a year now demonstrated they are no different in rubber stamping whatever batshit insane legislation or policy the shrub demands they rubber stamp than the Republicans (who were at least honest enough not to bother making pretenses otherwise).

Push people far enough, eventually they push back. Republicans in Congress never learned that lesson, not officially anyway, which is why instead of doing things like actually working with the majority party a bunch have simply chosen to retire while they still can; none of them want to exhaust themselves in losing campaigns in an anti-incumbent campaign season. So the GOP will probably lose even more seats in the Senate, only because they're the ones most visibly standing in the way of everything on everything. But what about the House of Representatives? Democrats will probably lose that chamber of Congress because of the complicity of Nancy Pelosi, and other so-called leaders, in the Bush regime's crimes. If any political party should have learned the lesson that people pushed too far will inevitably push back, it should have been the Democratic Party; they won power because of voter disgust, so why shouldn't they realize they'll lose it for the same reason?

Sure, some Democrats are showing leadership in the House (Kucinich, for example). But they are few and the Bush Dogs, along with their leader, Pelosi, wield too much influence -- and make no mistake, if Whiny Nancy really were opposed to the shrub she wouldn't even be letting his bullshit bills come up for debate yet alone a vote; instead, she has done the exact opposite and gone so far as to protect the boy from ever having to answer for his crimes.

My prediction: Democrats solidify their hold on the Senate by simple "virtue" of GOP obstructionism, while losing the House of Representatives. Don't even try to fool yourselves into thinking they'll win the White House.

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