Sunday, November 13, 2011
My contention that the members of Congress are idiots has become popular opinion.
Recent polls by CBS and CBS/NY Times have indicated that only 9% of Americans approve of the actions of the current Congress, giving it a 83-84% disapproval rating. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 9% of “Likely U.S. Voters” rate the job Congress is doing as good or excellent, while 63% view Congress’ job performance as poor.
Rasmussen also reports that “51% Say Democratic Agenda In Congress Is Extreme, 47% Say Same of GOP's”, and “71% Favor Term Limits for Congress”.
At no other point in my lifetime have we had a Congress that is more “polarized and vituperative”, as another writer has put it.
I am a bit concerned about the growing popularity of Newt Gingrich as the potential Republican presidential nominee. He started the campaign out pretty much of a joke, but, as recently reported by the Wall Street Journal –
“In a race defined by unexpected shifts, Mr. Gingrich has rebounded from a widely panned start to place third in four of the past five publicly available polls of GOP voters, though well behind front-runners Messrs. Cain and Romney.”
I do believe that the excessive partisanship and polarization we see in Congress first began, and grew, when Gingrich was the Speaker of the House. I do not want this man to be the Republican candidate.
Cain’s alleged sexual harassment may eventually hurt his campaign as more and more women come forward. To be honest I do agree that it is easy for someone to wrongly accuse a person of alleged “sexual harassment” for political purposes, but there seems to be a growing amount of “smoke” to suggest that there truly is “fire”. I would never want as Republican candidate anyone who openly supports or actively courts the Tea Party, as Cain does.
Perry’s recent debate FUs will certainly cause damage, even though his response makes him appear more “human”. I do not want another Texas governor in the White House – the last one was a disaster, and, in my opinion, the worst President in my lifetime.
The rest of the pack is either crazy, like Bachmann, or do not have a real chance.
Hopefully Mitt Romney will emerge as BO’s opponent in the 2012 election. Although he now tries to present himself to Republican voters as more conservative than his record and previous opinions would suggest, he is still the most moderate, and the best of a bad lot.