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. 

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.


1 comment:

Randy Eickhoff said...

Nothing wrong with a little rambling Robert! Especially when it highlights many of the facts that people seem to forget or skip past when evaluating a candidate. Cain hasn't really impressed me with his level of intelligence or fiscal experience given his 9-9-9 plan that doesn't seem to make much sense or show anyone how it will get the economy on track. Lest we forget....there was an individual that managed to have his share of indiscretions both before and after becoming President; let's not have a repeat performance.

Romney seems to have the background that hopefully will pull out the win. Strategically, I think he needs to provide a conservative front in order to win the primaries and will need to mellow out his agenda to a more moderate approach in the general election. The public is ready for a change and I agree with you that the Republican slate is lean...let's choose wisely.