Apr 08 2010
Let Gallup count the ways. President Obama and his liberal cohorts in Congress have made history this year, and I am not talking about that wreck called Obamacare. The liberals in DC have made this Congress the most despised in modern times:
A record-low percentage of U.S. voters — 28% — say most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected. The previous low was 29% in October 1992.
In the two recent midterm elections in which the congressional balance of power changed (1994 and 2006), the percentage of voters saying most members deserved to be re-elected fell below 40%, as it does today. By contrast, in 1998 and 2002, when the existing Republican majority was maintained, 55% or better held this view.
Additionally, 65% of registered voters — the highest in Gallup history, and by far the highest in any recent midterm year — now say most members of Congress do not deserve re-election.
My favorite graph is the one showing the party breakdown of those who want to throw the bums out:
What this shows is Independents, the ones that actually decide which side will be elected, are on a tear to take out incumbents. By 3 to 1 they are ready to go to the polls in November and send a historic message. As Gallup notes, this is more than just being in the danger zone – it’s historic:
Voters’ anti-incumbent mood is like nothing Gallup has seen in the past four midterm election cycles. While that could have a negative impact on incumbents from both parties, the greater exposure of the Democrats by virtue of their majority status means greater risk for their candidates. Additionally, both parties have seen their majority control of Congress wiped out in midterm elections with less anti-incumbent fervor than is seen today.
Hope & Change 2.0
BTW, I think Dick Morris summed it up well as he predicted the Dems will lose both houses of Congress (which I predict will happen in Governor Thompson runs in WI and Rossi runs in WA).
Were Obamaâ€™s ambitions to slacken, perhaps a cooling-off might eventuate. But soon the socialist financial takeover bill will come on the agenda, followed by amnesty for illegal immigrants, cap-and-trade and card-check unionization. Each bill will trigger its own mobilization of public opposition and add to the swelling coalition of opposition to Obama and his radical agenda.
And, all the while, the deficit will increase, interest rates will rise and unemployment will remain high.
Finally, Obama is now responsible for healthcare in America. When premiums rise, it will be his fault. When coverage is denied, it will be on his watch.
When Medicare cuts kick in, it will be Obama who gets the blame.
Never make a false, exaggerated promise to someone in dire need and then not deliver. That kind of screw up has a searing, long lasting effect which can take decades to repair. If it can ever be repaired.