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Pew study showing bleak mood should be a warning to politicians

THE TAKE

By Dan Balz
The Pew Research Center has produced a report about the mood in America that states the obvious in such a powerful and unambiguous way that no one should ignore its implications.

That the mood is bleak has been clear for months. That it will fall heaviest on the Democrats in November is almost a certainty. That all politicians, no matter their party, are now on notice is the real force of the findings in the Pew study.

Anger, distrust and anti-incumbency are the prevailing attitudes 15 months into President Obama's first term. The standing of Democrats has fallen precipitously over the past year. The standing of Republicans, already low to start, has barely moved in that same time. Evaluations of the political system stand at record or near record lows.

Pew's study argues that a perfect storm of conditions -- "a dismal economy, an unhappy public, bitter partisan-based backlash, and epic discontent with Congress and elected officials" -- has brought the system to this low point. Politicians seem determined to milk these conditions to their advantage rather than attempt to ameliorate them.

It is these same politicians that Americans hold responsible for the current crisis of confidence. Americans do not see their elected representatives as noble beings trapped in a dysfunctional system. Instead they see the system as more sound than the politicians.

Fifty-two percent said "it's the members of Congress that are the problem," compared to 38 percent who said the politicians are well intentioned, "but it's the political system that is broken." That is a harsh indictment of elected officials that helps to explain why so many other indicators have been pointing downward.

Congress has never been a popular institution. Compared to the presidency, Congress has been a perennial whipping boy for the American people. But Pew found congressional approval -- at 25 percent -- at its lowest point in the quarter century the research institution has polled public attitudes.

That 25 percent rating came a month after Congress approved the big health-care bill, the most significant piece of domestic legislation in 40 years. That brought the yearlong battle in Congress to a close and Democrats hoped it would show the public that, despite everything, Congress was capable of getting something done. It's impact on attitudes, however, was negligible.

Health care and other factors have taken a huge toll on the Democratic Party, if Pew's figures are any measure. At the start of Obama's presidency, 62 percent of Americans said they had a favorable impression of the Democratic Party compared to just 40 percent for the Republican Party. Since then, Republicans have dropped another three points to 37 percent; Democrats have plummeted to 38 percent. That adds up to the lowest combined favorability rating for the two parties ever in a Pew study.

How does Congress rate now compared to other tumultuous midterm election years? It's not even close. In the summer of 1994, four months before the Republicans took control of the House and Senate, 53 percent of Americans said they had a favorable impression of Congress. Four years ago, as Democrats were capitalizing on anti-Bush sentiment on their way to taking back the House and Senate, 41 percent gave a favorable evaluation of the legislative branch.

Today's 25 percent is foreign territory for members of Congress and ought to be scary -- if they thought hard about it.

Compared to 2005, virtually every measure of congressional performance has deteriorated sharply. Between 48 percent and 60 percent give Congress a poor rating -- the lowest possible -- on dealing with important issues, acting ethically and honestly, working across party lines and understanding the needs of people.

Self-identified Republicans have shifted dramatically in those five years, which is understandable given the shift in power from the GOP to Obama and the Democrats. Far more significant is the deterioration among independents. Majorities of independents give Congress poor ratings on all those questions today. Five years ago, only about a third of independents were that harsh in their judgments on most of those measures.

Republicans see all this as beneficial to their hopes of making substantial gains this fall -- perhaps enough new seats to take control of the House or even the Senate. The measure of voting intentions in congressional races show a roughly even split in the Pew survey, which translates into bad news for the Democrats, who enjoyed strongly positive advantages in the last two elections.

Just as important, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents most dissatisfied with government today are the most motivated to vote in November.

The Pew study, however, carries such a broad indictment that Republicans ought to worry as well about what they might inherit if they were to gain control of Congress or even if their majorities are significantly enhanced. Public antipathy toward all politicians is that significant.

Pew found that just 43 percent of Americans said they want to see their elected member of Congress reelected in November, the lowest in 16 years of asking this question. Anti-incumbency crosses partisan and ideological lines. Among independents and Republicans, it's never been lower, according to Pew. Among Democrats, it is at the same level as it was in 2006 -- and that's when Democratic voters were looking to get rid of the Republicans in power.

Perhaps an improving economy will quell some of this anger. If not, the political class is heading toward severe jolts this fall. Those shocks will be felt most directly by the Democrats, but the Pew findings are a reminder that right now, no politician should feel comfortable or immune.

By Dan Balz  |  April 20, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
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Comments

ged0386, thank you for your viewpoint. The Obama-haters are not so angry about a black/white President but that President Obama has, without any exertion, made these made these people look so stupid! They can't handle the fact that are actually different races out there that are actually as, or MORE, intelligent as the white guy! That's all it is... jealousy! and the fact that they have no solutions of their own, even bad solutions, lolol. I have no fears for 2010 or 2012. If the Republicans, birthers, TeaPartiers, etc., don't change their tone of voice, they are going to assist a stampede to vote Obama et al into office again! For me... I can't wait to watch the circus... it's already happening! (Smiles)

Posted by: dakotahgeo | April 23, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

These white people simply hate having a black President. Hello!? It's all racism pure and simple.


Posted by: Gary12 | April 20, 2010 4:47
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HELLO - Obama was voted in by the WHITE people. If not for the whites he would not be POTUS. The man is just NOT qualified for this position - he is doing an AWFUL job.

Posted by: cperr57 | April 20, 2010 6:11 PM
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I don't see it so much as hating a black man as POTUS, as much as it is an INTELLIGENT, forward-thinking black man as President of the United States. From one very proud WASP who will continue for vote for and support our PRESIDENT OBAMA and His Administration!

Posted by: dakotahgeo | April 23, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I find myself on he horn of a dilemma. As a long term registered democrat I can no longer support a party that has been captured by the radical left. Nor can I support one that is hard right either. As it now stands in my opinion neither one is worth the powder to blow it to hell.
What is needed is a third party that is middle of the road and where the peoples interest not the parties is primary.

Posted by: cropsey71 | April 21, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

AmericanSpirit has posted some cogent and insightful comments, including (from the post @ April 20, 2010 5:36 PM):

"...This plan with the mandate is not supported by the progressive on the left or the Republicans as we all know, this plan with the mandate is a violation of your economic rights. The left attacks your economic freedoms forcing you to participate and the Right attacks your social freedoms preventing you from fully owning your body. They both support taking away your property ... What we are told in school about being the land of the free is conditioning as it is the land of the free to do as you are told."

Thank you, AmericanSpirit... you're speaking for both of us here, and I couldn't have said it better.

Posted by: Observer44 | April 21, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

So the tea party posse came to Birmingham, Alabama last week with their brand of lunacy, that story was followed on the local news by the one about folks rushing to their local appliance stores to take advantage of the stimulus rebate plan. I couldn't help but wonder how many of them went from the rally to the store. Hypocrites all!

God bless my President, I voted for him once and can't wait to do it again especially when I host my house warming that qualified me for my $8,000 tax rebate.

Posted by: Coodeh | April 21, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

The mood of the people would improve considerably if the people felt as though our elected leaders were acually working for them rather than against them. When government ceases to listen to those governed, the mood does tend to turn black. When Congress, the President and the other hacks in the administration (and yes, the last administration was guilty as well)continue to follow a path of fiscal and social irresponsibility, the electorate soon tires of being taken for a ride. I don't remember, in my lifetime, a more arrogant, incompetent and dysfunctional bunch than the one currently in power.

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Posted by: itkonlyyyou19 | April 20, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

What happens when our government becomes "too big to fail"?

Posted by: gjconely | April 20, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

AmericanSpirit:

It's not about being your brother's keeper -- it's about the preservation of the country. To quote Teddy Roosevelt, "the supreme duty of the Nation is the conservation of human resources through an enlightened measure of social and industrial justice." Also, "no country could be strong whose people were poor and sick".

A "country" is not supposed to be every man for himself; there is strength in unity, so there must be a balance between freedom and security. Basic preservation of the health of the citizens is just common sense.

As far as having a choice, the point is that a lot more people are complaining about the health care bill than complained about the Iraq war, so there must be a difference in their minds.

Posted by: emm2 | April 20, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

These white people simply hate having a black President. Hello!? It's all racism pure and simple.


Posted by: Gary12 | April 20, 2010 4:47
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HELLO - Obama was voted in by the WHITE people. If not for the whites he would not be POTUS. The man is just NOT qualified for this position - he is doing an AWFUL job.

Posted by: cperr57 | April 20, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

People hate the government and the Democrats are in charge. That sounds about right. It works for me.

Posted by: theBozyn

Its a sad cycle because that is just how the democrats got voted in charge, by voters who were just as fed up with their government leaders when the republicans were in charge.

Posted by: ged0386 | April 20, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

The internet blog has turned us into ugly immature people who think because their words make sense to them everyone else is an idiot. Meanwhile politicians are working the rest of us like a cheap trick, feeding us negativity against their opponents for their political gain. Want to know who to vote for, look at the record of accomplishments when they are in office, not what they say about their opponents. If they cant win your vote on their own record why should you allow them to discourage you from voting for another person. This is why republicans are trying soo hard to keep Obama from accomplishing anything, because they cant afford him to have any record of accomplishment because the last time republicans were in power their record was more of failure. And they had the opportunity to control their own policy. They chose war and lifting restrictions for capitalist to do what they wanted and it got them voted out. Now they have no good record of recent to run on so they have to limit Obamas accomplishments. Rush gave the playbook over a year ago, Obama must fail. He did not even know what Obama's political agenda would consist of at the time he said that but he realize what must happen for republicans to regain power at this point. And they have been following that playbook to the point they have their base soo worked up that some of them are convinced they need to start civil war with fellow americans who are democrats. When we look back on this time in history I hope we wont be saying the Obama presidency started off as a symbol of hope and ended as a symbol of hatred and division. But knowing our countries history it would not surprise me if it did. I saw a quote from a white man today that said Obama being black is not the only reason he did not like him. And what was sad is he did not think anything was wrong with what he was saying because his hatred of Obama was a more powerful influence than his basic ability to rationalize his thoughts.

Posted by: ged0386 | April 20, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

@tackled JOBS and the ECONOMY

What about the separation of economics and State ?


what is the government doing creating jobs ?

Posted by: AmericanSpirit | April 20, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

@I dont know uncle bugs, healthcare was one of the things that people did want to see fixed. But the thing is, no matter what Obama tried to tackle first he would have met the same resistance.

Why did he not start with single payer and during the negotiations process end up with public option vs starting with public option and negotiating down to a plan that does not allow for medicare buy in ?

This plan with the mandate is not supported by the progressive on teh left or the Republicans as we all know, this plan with the mandate is a violation of your economic rights.

the left attacks your economic freedoms forcing you to participate and the Right attacks your social freedoms preventing you from fully owning your body.

they both support taking away your property ...

What we are told in school about being the land of the free is conditioning as it is the land of the free to do as you are told.

Posted by: AmericanSpirit | April 20, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Bugs3

I dont know uncle bugs, healthcare was one of the things that people did want to see fixed. But the thing is, no matter what Obama tried to tackle first he would have met the same resistance.
-------------------------------------------Sorry, I have to disagree. If Obama would have tackled JOBS and the ECONOMY first there would not be this dissention Health care is an honorable issue, but it should NOT have been passed, just to be passed. Obama, Reid, and Pelosi shoved this bill down America's throat. My take on the passing of this bill is that egotistical Obama just wanted his name to go down in history for its passing, simple as that.

Posted by: cperr57 | April 20, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

rbaldwin2: The fat, racist white man whose picture you used, epitomizes the problem with your data and your conclusions. We, the REST of the people in the US and the MAJORITY of folks in the WORLD outside the US, think this movement is racist, minority (white, old men) driven (which it is - data IS proof) and should be REJECTED as flawed input
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Your reference to "white, old men" disturbs me. Many years ago I was shopping in Macy's on 34th St. in NYC. A woman did something to annoy me (can't remember what), I turned around and called her an old fool. She looked at me, quite calmly and with grace, and said that I would be old someday. Wow, that woman was a physic. I did get old. I regretted my statement to her for over 40 years. So for any of you to judge someone because of age is just as bad as judging someone because of color.

Posted by: cperr57 | April 20, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I'll second that...turn off the tv. Just returned from 2 weeks in Munich and I just don't thing they have as much politics on their tv.

And if a German wants to watch violent television 90++% of the programming is American and dubbed into German.

And tuned in, saw American GI's fighting during WWII and speaking German; dubbed. Happen to be fighting the Japanese in one of Mr. Eastwood's Iwo Jima films.

Anyway, they just don't seem to have the vituperative quality of television that is served to us.

Yup turn the television off. Unfortunately, the wacos will probably spend the time self loading ammo and perfecting their aim. All while drinking lots and lots of American beer.

Posted by: jato11 | April 20, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Bugs3

I dont know uncle bugs, healthcare was one of the things that people did want to see fixed. But the thing is, no matter what Obama tried to tackle first he would have met the same resistance. The republicans strategy is to fight him on every agenda and make him give up on each in order to deem him an infective leader. Republicans cant win back political power on their own record so their only hope is to win it back on their opponents bad record. And most of the things Obama has done were things americans were behind before he was elected. Republicans have done a good job of casting a negative image of him so we forget he is about to pass a jobs bill, and we forget how important health care reform was to us. If he would not have pursued HC republicans would be saying he did not keep his campaign promise to fix Healthcare. If he does something they are mad, if he does nothing they are mad. They are mad because he is in the white house so it does not matter to them what he does. They dont want to work with him, they want to fight him. He cant even appoint his agency heads because republicans want to fight over every nomination. And whats sad is he even tries to bend over backwards and appoint republicans at some of these positions to pacify them and they still fight him. When a political party puts regaining power as their top agenda, doing the right thing becomes an afterthought.

Posted by: ged0386 | April 20, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I blame whatever bad "mood" exists on cable television. Everyone needs to turn the TV off for a month and go outside.

Posted by: squier13 | April 20, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

"Stop. I'm sure you represent a worthy organization, but I don't want to waste your time. I have no money, I can't talk now, and I'd rather you not call again later. Good luck, have a good evening." That's my standard reply after three or four words into the schpeal I get from any cold call, whether sales person or political group. I usually don't wait long enough to find out which one it is.


Pollsters call listed numbers, usually land lines, which leaves out a great number of younger voters or anyone else on mobile phones and anyone not prone to be home in the early evening or 9:00-10:30 am. Many calls to what's left go like this:

Pollster: "Hi I'm calling on behalf of (insert organization here). May I ask you a ..."

Call recipient: "Click"

..and so on until the pollster reaches someone who is polite enough, or dumb enough, or slow enough, or "lookin' to give someone a piece of their mind" and pissed off enough to answer the pollster's questions.


In short, most polls, no matter how "scientific" are not random polls truly representative of all voters. They are at best random polls representative of the kind of person willing to participate in a cold call. I'm guessing many older white conservatives fit that criteria, so guess which way most polls are going to skew, no matter what the majority of actual voters, actually think. If you want an accurate measure of how most people will actually vote, look at the final ballot count on election day. Anything else is really just a guess, and usually a biased on at that.

Posted by: grantmh | April 20, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

devilsadvoc8: Last I checked the majority of Americans voted Obama in office and I for one think he is doing the best job possible given his hand to play so sit down and shut up!
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Brilliant statement - obviously the majority of Americans voted him in. BUT, would you like to guess the percentage that REGRET that vote? He is NOT doing the best job possible, he is only focusing on HIS own agenda, not Americas - now you sit down and shut up!

Posted by: cperr57 | April 20, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse
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Do you want to guess how many Americans regret voting Bush in for a second term?
Just because someone likes the current administration and does not agree with your position makes you an idiot for telling them to sit down and shut up. At least the person that gave their opinion was standing up and voicing their opinion, just like you are, which is why living in America is great. Sitting down and not saying anything is what has gotten us into this mess to begin with. It must be empowering to be able to tell someone to sit down and shut up while on the internet. If you did that to me in public, those would be fighting words.

Posted by: ai3di | April 20, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

The Capital Class has too much influence in the direction and governing of our society.

They have purchased the media and dictate the Corporate and Political propaganda emanating from teh media.

The CApital Class owns the Political Class which it directs to limit freedom and impose control by introducing freedom limiting policies via the Left in terms of theft of economic freedoms and via the Right via social freedoms...

the CApital Class is too large in this country.

You are a corporate asset.

do what you are told. do not get out of line.

Posted by: AmericanSpirit | April 20, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

@ Why are people so willing to have the government spend billions of their tax dollars to try to prevent an unlikely terrorist attack but rabidly opposed to spending similar amounts to ensure health care for themselves and their uninsured fellow countrymen?

I dont recall being presented with a referendum on either, the perpetual Wars since the end of the World War II and the creation of a standing Army in the United States.

You have no choice. You are Fee to do as you are told.

YOu have no autonomy. think about it ...
you are Free to do as you are told.

in every aspect of your life ... you have choice yes but your choices are presented for you to choose from ...

do want you want ... but pick from these options ....

You have been captured.

Not all of us believe in the greater good I am by brother's keeper as it REQUIRES exchanging freedom for security.

TOO BIG A PRICE TO PAY!

Posted by: AmericanSpirit | April 20, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

The right is so concerned about power and politics that they don't even try to figure out what there vision really means.They should look at the kind of country they are trying to achieve.Low wages,few entitlements ,no benefits ,poor health care system and a very rich upper class.If it sounds familiar,it is because this is the philosophy of every third world democracy.

Posted by: mars7578 | April 20, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I apologize for the multiple responses, a glitch in my computer.

Posted by: cperr57 | April 20, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The right is so concerned about power and politics that they don't even try to figure out what there vision really means.They should look at the kind of country they are trying to achieve.Low wages,few entitlements ,no benefits ,poor health care system and a very rich upper class.If it sounds familiar,it is because this is the philosophy of every third world democracy.

Posted by: mars7578 | April 20, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Republicans, their is a mid term in 2010 and a presidential election in 2012. Its coming no matter what. Why are you so angry? Just wait till then and vote. You people are on websites insulting people, showing up at rallies in angry mob form. If their are any people that voted democrat last election and are somewhat dissapointed at this point your behavior is going to turn them off and chase them back to the democrats before the elections actually take place. I know if I am a swing voter and I am not pleased with Obamas progress when I look at my other choice and see how they are behaving I am even less impressed with republicans. I say chill out, stop with the angry mob bit, stop threatening civil war and violence. Because all you are going to end up doing is scaring the independent and swing voters back to the democrats. Stop catering to the extreme and concentrate on the centrist vote if you want to win back political power. The angry white guy image is a total turn off to centrist voters.

Posted by: ged0386 | April 20, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The Entire Congress will be cleaned out of Democrats..

PRAISE THE LORD.....
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Don't fool yourself. There isn't enough qualified politicians in other parties to fill all of those seats. Just clean out some Democrats for other new Democrats.

Posted by: ai3di | April 20, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

devilsadvoc8: Last I checked the majority of Americans voted Obama in office and I for one think he is doing the best job possible given his hand to play so sit down and shut up!
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Brilliant statement - obviously the majority of Americans voted him in. BUT, would you like to guess the percentage that REGRET that vote? He is NOT doing the best job possible, he is only focusing on HIS own agenda, not Americas - now you sit down and shut up!

Posted by: cperr57 | April 20, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

devilsadvoc8: Last I checked the majority of Americans voted Obama in office and I for one think he is doing the best job possible given his hand to play so sit down and shut up!
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Brilliant statement - obviously the majority of Americans voted him in. BUT, would you like to guess the percentage that REGRET that vote? He is NOT doing the best job possible, he is only focusing on HIS own agenda, not Americas - now you sit down and shut up!

Posted by: cperr57 | April 20, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

devilsadvoc8: Last I checked the majority of Americans voted Obama in office and I for one think he is doing the best job possible given his hand to play so sit down and shut up!
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Brilliant statement - obviously the majority of Americans voted him in. BUT, would you like to guess the percentage that REGRET that vote? He is NOT doing the best job possible, he is only focusing on HIS own agenda, not Americas - now you sit down and shut up!

Posted by: cperr57 | April 20, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

devilsadvoc8: Last I checked the majority of Americans voted Obama in office and I for one think he is doing the best job possible given his hand to play so sit down and shut up!
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Brilliant statement - obviously the majority of Americans voted him in. BUT, would you like to guess the percentage that REGRET that vote? He is NOT doing the best job possible, he is only focusing on HIS own agenda, not Americas - now you sit down and shut up!

Posted by: cperr57 | April 20, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

In my opinion, both parties are arrogant, self righteous, mendacious hypocrites! They sell themselves to the highest bidder and mouth what they think the audience of the moment wants to hear. They care more for their position than they do for the American people. They refuse to be honest about the issues because they are afraid it will cost them votes. They appeal to the basest feelings of the people just to get elected. What happened to truth? What happened to fairness? What happened to justice? What happened to all of the things we have been told America represented for the last 234 years? They've been turned into a joke by our modern politicians and their operatives because the idea is to win. That is the end in the political process now. Doing right by the people means nothing. Both parties are an embarassment. I'm worried as I've never worried before about our great country. I'm afraid we've left it in incompetent hands.

Posted by: Sonny53 | April 20, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Lastly, do not presume to know what the rest of America wants. I am American, and I see that the VAST majority of Americans want this current administration out.
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You should take your own advice because I can say the same thing but opposite of your view. I see a vast majority of Americans who are okay with the current administration. Apparently since the person you are commenting back with this is wrong to your opinion making them the minority point of view.
If most people enjoyed the way their houses were supplied with water and a bill was getting written letting those without water receive water, I am sure there would be a majority of people who do not want their water supply messed with even if it means that those without water die of thirst.

Posted by: ai3di | April 20, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

People hate the government and the Democrats are in charge. That sounds about right. It works for me.

Posted by: theBozyn1 | April 20, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure about the whole "dysfunctional system" idea. Depends on what you mean by "the system," I guess. If you go strictly by the laws, regulations, policies and traditions that are supposed to govern how Congress does business, there appears to be nothing wrong with the system. If you look at how the men and women in Congress actually go about doing business, then it's no better than the evil corporations liberals love to hate: all motivated by egos, profits and power, and to hell with the average citizen.

So I guess I'm one of those who thinks the system is fine, it's the people who are screwing it up.

Posted by: Bugs3 | April 20, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

These white people simply hate having a black President. Hello!? It's all racism pure and simple.

Posted by: Gary12 | April 20, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted (by some foreigner) a few down:
"Americans are consumed by hate for each other." ...crooked ... jaded...
Right, and go ask someone else for money and volunteers when there's a disaster or to send their aircraft carrier to help out when there's a tsunami.

Posted by: kls1 | April 20, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

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Thanks for helping me make my point about the hate .............

P.s based on the general tone of these blogs I bet if it was up to you, you would not send ANY help...

Posted by: RPLCO | April 20, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

bailey50

Stop foaming at the mouth you angry republicans. Obama does not run for president until 2012. You cant vote him out during a mid term election. And get this, even if you win back a majority in congress if you dont actually doing anyting but fight Obama the next two years it will be your party that voters will be angry at for not helping americans. Dont let your hatred for Obama lead you to Obsessing over regaining political power to the point that you dont do your job. So far what have the republicans accomplished in congress? Besides fighting Obama at every turn? Thats all you can get credit for. When given a chance to present an alternative to health care reforms republican leaders gave us campaign speeches, not new ideas to solve problems. You have been in constant mud slinging campaign mode since you lost in 08. You spend your days on web blogs arguing with anyone who will respond and insulting democrats because they won the election. You have done nothing to win back voter confidence. You are hoping to win on the campaign of lesser of two evils. Thinking you can paint a more negative picture of Obama than voters have of republicans. Good luck.

Posted by: ged0386 | April 20, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or doesn't it seem odd that Texas didn't get effected by the mortgage crisis? They have 1.5% delinquent mortgages
as of 2010 and only 2.5% in 2009. Did the state of Texas know something that the rest of the Country didn't know? Did a past President let the state of Texas know in 2006 something was going to blow up in the mortgage industry, because he himself set the wheels in motion to put the Country in free fall to divert money to his rich buddies? Kind of makes you wonder when the rest of the Nation is suffering and Texas is smelling like a turd blossom?

Posted by: lunetrick | April 20, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

cperr57 wrote;
Lastly, do not presume to know what the rest of America wants. I am American, and I see that the VAST majority of Americans want this current administration out.
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Last I checked the majority of Americans voted Obama in office and I for one think he is doing the best job possible given his hand to play so sit down and shut up!

Posted by: devilsadvoc8 | April 20, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted (by some foreigner) a few down:
"Americans are consumed by hate for each other." ...crooked ... jaded...
Right, and go ask someone else for money and volunteers when there's a disaster or to send their aircraft carrier to help out when there's a tsunami.

Posted by: kls1 | April 20, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

NOTHING HAS REALLY CHANGED EXCEPT NOW WE HAVE A 24 HOUR NEWS CYCLE, OPINIONATED CABLE NEWS SHOWS, INTERNET, E-MAIL, HOT MAIL, TWITTER, ETC.
A person can fart and its news around the world in a minute.

Chill out. Its spring.

Posted by: sherardg | April 20, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I will vote against every incumbent this Nov and keep doing so until Congress gets the message they are part-time employees paid by the American People.

SAVE AMERICA
FIRE CONGRESS
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And since these incumbents got voted in by the American voter, I am sure more will be voted in for each one that gets voted out. Old joke, if someone says they want to be a politician, they should automatically be disqualified.

Posted by: ai3di | April 20, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

NOTHING HAS REALLY CHANGED EXCEPT NOW WE HAVE A 24 HOUR NEWS CYCLE, OPINIONATED CABLE NEWS SHOWS, INTERNET, E-MAIL, HOT MAIL, TWITTER, ETC.
A person can fart and its news around the world in a minute.

Chill out. Its spring.

Posted by: sherardg | April 20, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

In 2008, 33 American citizens were killed in acts of terrorism.(National Counterterrorism Center (wits.nctc.gov)). That same year, 44,800 Americans, including 2,266 veterans, died for lack of health insurance (Harvard Medical School study, 2009). Why are people so willing to have the government spend billions of their tax dollars to try to prevent an unlikely terrorist attack but rabidly opposed to spending similar amounts to ensure health care for themselves and their uninsured fellow countrymen?

The Iraq war has cost $700 billion over 7 years. The health care bill will cost $940 billion over 10 years. People have gotten so worked up about the health care bill costs, but isn't it more reasonable to spend $9-10 billion per year to save the lives of Americans? Where were these same "concerned taxpayers" when our government was spending the same amount of our tax dollars getting 4,300 American service members killed, 30,000 wounded and 100,000+ Iraqis killed? Is it because war provokes national pride? How proud can we be when Americans, including the veterans who fought in our name, are dying because they can't afford medical care? It's shameful how selfish people can be. Their patriotism is hollow -- they love America as a concept, but couldn't give a damn about the people who actually make up the country.

Posted by: emm2 | April 20, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

The zealots from the left have pretty much doomed the Democratic Party. You get nitwits like "vmunikoti", and "Mighty7" that bather endlessly about "conservatives" and the "Tea Party", knee jerk defending the indefensible policies of the present Administration without it ever occurring to them that those policies are in no way different from Bush's or Clinton's, both of which were disasters. All three White Houses fastened on the idea that they could trade our factories, technology and jobs off to China and India to buy foreign policy cooperation and "world peace". Now, 45 million jobs outsourced later, after more than 4 million H1-B, L-1 and other cheap "guest workers" displace U.S. workers in this country, after years of declining real income for the middle class, these idiots seem to think a new face painted on those old failed policies will somehow make everything better. Well, it wont, and the Post and other media outlets, the pollsters, too, don't help matters any with their blackout of the *primary* concern of most voters, the real number one issue - job outsourcing. The voters have ben reduced to playing musical chairs with political careers until someone, hopefully the Post or Gallup, actually points this out. Voters, liberals, Tea Party people, liberals and conservatives, want an end to this "free trade" nonsense. We are sick and tired of trying to buy a pair of shoes that isn't made in China, being warned by our pharmacist that a generic drug is made in India and cannot be trusted as to dosage or formulation, that toys we buy for our children are dangerous, have enough lead paint to kill the family dog. We want and end to free trade and every one of us will gladly put up with trade tariffs, punitive taxes, fees, whatever it takes to put an end to outsourcing and REVERSE that, by making those Chinese and Indian imports so expensive that those jobs will return home. That is at the core of the fire that is feeding voter furry, distrust of all of our institutions. It is the underpinning of the current depression. And all of us full well understand that nothing is going to get better until we put a stop to this global economy nonsense. Until they recognize that one fact, no politician's job is safe and all of those Goldman traders and executives had better scuttle back to Brazil's beaches because their criminal activities will be prosecuted.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | April 20, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

rbaldwin2: The fat, racist white man whose picture you used, epitomizes the problem with your data and your conclusions. We, the REST of the people in the US and the MAJORITY of folks in the WORLD outside the US, think this movement is racist, minority (white, old men) driven (which it is - data IS proof) and should be REJECTED as flawed input. The media should IGNORE these jerks unless they want to move to Arizonie and become part of the first US Police state and carry guns (either openly or concealed - the laws in Arizonie don't seem to care) every where so you can shoot people on sight, then move on down the road. Because, if you stay put, we're giving you back..
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Firstly, where exactly is Arizonie?

Secondly, that "white old man" that you refer to has just as many rights as you (and guess what, you are gonna be old one day).

Lastly, do not presume to know what the rest of America wants. I am American, and I see that the VAST majority of Americans want this current administration out.

You do not do your leftist agenda service, you appear to be ignorant and uneducated. Give it up.

Posted by: cperr57 | April 20, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

What is the Pew Study? I hope that the public sees what obstructionists the Republican side of the aisle has been. They are the ones that should be voted out of office. I feel sorry for this country if the Republicans ever have the majority again. Only the rich will survive.

Posted by: davpenjas | April 20, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

rbaldwin2: The fat, racist white man whose picture you used, epitomizes the problem with your data and your conclusions. We, the REST of the people in the US and the MAJORITY of folks in the WORLD outside the US, think this movement is racist, minority (white, old men) driven (which it is - data IS proof) and should be REJECTED as flawed input. The media should IGNORE these jerks unless they want to move to Arizonie and become part of the first US Police state and carry guns (either openly or concealed - the laws in Arizonie don't seem to care) every where so you can shoot people on sight, then move on down the road. Because, if you stay put, we're giving you back..
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Firstly, where exactly is Arizonie?

Secondly, that "white old man" that you refer to has just as many rights as you (and guess what, you are gonna be old one day).

Lastly, do not presume to know what the rest of America wants. I am American, and I see that the VAST majority of Americans want this current administration out.

You do not do your leftist agenda service, you appear to be ignorant and uneducated. Give it up.

Posted by: cperr57 | April 20, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

After perusing these blogs I find these folks do not realize politicians all over the world including America,reflect the values and principles of the country in which they live. In other words Americans are as crooked and jaded as their politicians so you can keep changing them as often as you want but they will always be the same as the voters.So forget about changing politicians. Change your own values by deeds not words. However no one should expect that to happen anytime soon. Americans are consumed by hate for each other.What an irony for a country that claims it was founded as a "Christian" country. I have followed politics since Ike was around and I have seen less and less "Christian" ( follower of Christ)Americans and politics over time.In the mean time everyone including Repubs, Dems and Tea Partyers, etc can keep howling at the moon..like is done in these blogs

Posted by: RPLCO | April 20, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

After perusing these blogs I find these folks do not realize politicians all over the world including America,reflect the values and principles of the country in which they live. In other words Americans are as crooked and jaded as their politicians so you can keep changing them as often as you want but they will always be the same as the voters.So forget about changing politicians. Change your own values by deeds not words. However no one should expect that to happen anytime soon. Americans are consumed by hate for each other.What an irony for a country that claims it was founded as a "Christian" country. I have followed politics since Ike was around and I have seen less and less "Christian" ( follower of Christ)Americans and politics over time.In the mean time everyone including Repubs, Dems and Tea Partyers, etc can keep howling at the moon..like is done in these blogs

Posted by: RPLCO | April 20, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

And liberals, in their extreme arrogance, would never acknowledge that their ineptitude has any bearing on public dissatisfaction whatsoever.

Posted by: RobParker | April 20, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Arrogance? Why are they arrogant? because they won the election and decided to actually govern? What have they done? tried to pass legislation? The last time I checked thats what they are suppose to do? What should they do? Ask republicans what to do? Oh wait, republicans are who they replaced. And now they think their purpose in government is to object and fight the democrats, insult them, lie to themselves about them, call them names and so forth. But your party has done a good job of convincing you that anything the democrats do is negative. Their existence to you is a bad thing. Maybe liberals should just change their party or to exist or just not try to govern until instructed by the republican party. Or maybe you are just mad that the republicans lost the elections so instead of placing blame where it belongs, on republican leaders you have convinced yourselves that your loss of power is somehow the democrats fault. But one thing I realize about republicans like you, when you have nothing to fight about you have no purpose because your who political strategy is based on having an enemy to fight against, not working with people to accomplish something for the common good. And thats because your party is controlled by corporate america and they are not in the business of the common good, they are in the business of being capitalist and making money and its hard to be for the common good and be a successful capitalist at the same time. But the GOP does a good job of brain washing its supporters into not seeing their true motives. They dont want to make life better for americans they want to make life better for the companies that support their political party. You are just to dumb to see it.

Posted by: ged0386 | April 20, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The Dems wanted to prove they could "get something done," huh? Trouble is, the voters didn't elect them to get a health care bill passed. The voters elected them to undo the damage eight years of George Bush (in many people's minds) did to our country. Health care reform? Where the hell did that come from?

I think people expected vigorous action on overreaching security measures, Guantanamo, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and improving our image in the world. What they got instead was more than a year of Congress obsessing over an issue that had nothing to do with those immediate, critical concerns. It's as if Congress said "We're busy implementing our Progressive vision right now. We'll take care of the people's priorities when we get around to it."

Posted by: Bugs3 | April 20, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

@ bleak mood ...
this is a Global phenomenon. You have to be blind not to see it.

Economic Globalism was used to intertwine countries so that a crisis, as we are facing now, would require an effort by governments around the world working together to "solve" the "crisis".

Globalism, and the subsequent financial crisis that resulted due are the means by which Global Governance is being ushered into being.

What is occurring transcends the so called two party system. To frame what is happening in that way is misinformation and an attempt to keep the people from seeing.

You are living through a Global Capture of your life, liberty and property.

The only thing that will stop this trend is for a Global 1960s like decade of push back by the people to the Control.

Taking back their individual Rights.

The smallest minority is the individual.

The BAnk of International Settlements and the IMF Rule over us all and these folks are appointed not elected.

They operate outside the People's sphere of influence.

Transparency is bringing this to light; this Epic struggle has gone on since the begging of time.

Your Chains that bind you are the chains of debt, invisible unlike the visible chains the slaves of long ago wore.

You have been Captured to serve.

This is Global in nature. We are many, they the unseen hand is few.

Where are our Leaders today ?

Where is the Martin Luther King of this generation ?

Owned; how does it feel ?

Posted by: AmericanSpirit | April 20, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

rbaldwin2,

Don't kid yourself that more than a small percentage of Tea Partiers are racist. The vast majority are pissed off at what they perceive as overwhelming government. They may be hypocritical and more than a little misinformed but I won't paint the entire movement as a KKK redux.

Posted by: Ken_Davis1 | April 20, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone else tired of these fat old people, collecting their SSN, already covered by Medicare, complaining about big government. Give me back my SSN payments or shut the &^%$ up!

Posted by: clear_eyed_man | April 20, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, the same perfect storm that brought Barack H. Obama into the White House, and the destruction to this country is not sustainable.

Posted by: prossers7 | April 20, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

An almost complete list:
"a dismal economy, an unhappy public, bitter partisan-based backlash, and epic discontent with Congress and elected officials"
But you forgot the big one -- CROOKS.
The longer they're in, the crookeder they get. The single best reason for dumping anyone who's been in for a while.

Posted by: kls1 | April 20, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse


Has it occurred to any of you people that you are the problem? You have allowed self-serving politicians to run the country into massive debt, believing ridiculous theories about how this would make money magically appear. You want all the benefits of the social welfare state, but you don't want to pay for it. You have elected incompetent leaders who've squandered $trillions defending you from threats that don't exist, because you're so afraid. You don't want to pay to support the infrastructure that allows you to make money, because planning anything is too much effort. You attend political rallies instead of looking for a job, because it's more fun to bite the hand that feeds you.

Oh no, it's not our fault! It's those politicians, who we elected. Just elect some new ones and everything will be fine.
You make me sick.

Posted by: DaveHarris | April 20, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse
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That's what really is funny. We will elect "new ones" and all will be fine.

And you say "you people are the problem".

And not you I suppose.

Maybe you should run. You will learn, you can't turn the Titanic around in a bathtub.

Posted by: sherardg | April 20, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Polls said that Obama would not be president before he got elected. Elections are like football games, we can predict but you have to have them take place in order to really know the outcome. We cant go by the tea party people because a great percentage of them are the same people who vote for a particular party anyway. So if a group is sort of extreme left or right leaning its going to vote for that party regardless of who is running and what the other party does. What we know right now is the republican base is worked up. These are the people who did not vote for democrats the last election and nothing has changed their minds regarding the next elections. Now the only reason democrats will be affected more than republicans is imcombants will take a hit so whoever is in office now no matter what party they belong to will have a hard time from both parties. If you are sick of government then you vote against the guy who is in now. Some may even lose in their primaries.

Posted by: ged0386 | April 20, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

The far right ignoramuses and the far left whinos are the biggest drag on America. For instance, the healthcare bill which was a very moderate, very centrist and very responsible bill that both Republicans and Democrats should have supported from the get-go got riled up in demagogic rubbish coming from the far right, insane chattering from the far left who thought that nothing but a single payer system was ideologically acceptable, and the political hop scotch engaged by such people like Blanche Lincoln, Ben Nelson, Joe Lieberman, and even Olympia Snowe. But above all, I blame the American public, too stupid to bother to read and understand the plethora of real facts being presented by the real media, and too dependent on fringe media sources on both the right and the left. Of course we're all going to grumble if our news comes from partisan pundits (most of whom are NOT learned men (or women) as the term pundit implies), and fringe media sources like Glenn Beck on the right and Jane Hamsher from Firedoglake on the left. Obama isn't perfect but he's been battered not only by the shameless Republicans, but also by the useless lot within his own party. That having been said, he's achieved a lot. Our stupid citizenry, of course, wants instant results, instant soup, instant oatmeal, instant everything. We're fat, lazy, stupid, and ignorant.

Posted by: jaysit | April 20, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Has it occurred to any of you people that you are the problem? You have allowed self-serving politicians to run the country into massive debt, believing ridiculous theories about how this would make money magically appear. You want all the benefits of the social welfare state, but you don't want to pay for it. You have elected incompetent leaders who've squandered $trillions defending you from threats that don't exist, because you're so afraid. You don't want to pay to support the infrastructure that allows you to make money, because planning anything is too much effort. You attend political rallies instead of looking for a job, because it's more fun to bite the hand that feeds you.

Oh no, it's not our fault! It's those politicians, who we elected. Just elect some new ones and everything will be fine.
You make me sick.

Posted by: DaveHarris | April 20, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Simply put, it's all about the win! Which, as with all forms of power, brings with it it's own addictive tendancies. And for those of us who know the rush that accompanies a victory, nothing else need be said. And if you don't get it, I'm sorry.

Posted by: jralger | April 20, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Talk about ineptitude....how about Bush attacking the wrong country (Iraq) for the wrong reason (WMD's). Now that's what I call inept.
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Log, of course Bush was an inept bungling fool. But what is your point? Should we allow the government to continue to suck and use Bush's bunglings as an excuse to continue this mess, or do we try and fix it?

Posted by: Obamasnotyamama | April 20, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

WHY WHY WHY HAS NOT AMERICANS LEARNED THAT OUR GOVERNMENT WORKS FOR THEMSELFS AN NOT FOR US ! KIDS WILL BE OUT OF SCHOOL AN OPEC IS AT AGAIN WITH SKY HIGH PRICES. THAT IS NOT OK FOR OPEC TO CONTINUE TO RAPE AMERICANS WALLETS. SAY IT AINT IN NUMBERS AMERICA GEES !

Posted by: JWTX | April 20, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

WHY WHY WHY HAS NOT AMERICA LEARNED THAT GOVERNMENT WORKS FOR THEMSELFS AN NOT FOR US. THAT KIDS ARE GETTING OUT OF SCHOOL. ONLY FOR OPEC TO RAISE GAS PRICES BECAUSE OF UNETHLICLE GREED. IT'S NOT OK OR ALRIGHT FOR OPEC TO CONTINUE TO RAPE AMERICANS WALLETS ! SAY NO, TO THEM IN NUMBERS AMERICA !

Posted by: JWTX | April 20, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

WHY WHY WHY HAS NOT AMERICA LEARNED THAT GOVERNMENT WORKS FOR THEMSELFS AN NOT FOR US. THAT KIDS ARE GETTING OUT OF SCHOOL. ONLY FOR OPEC TO RAISE GAS PRICES BECAUSE OF UNETHLICLE GREED. IT'S NOT OK OR ALRIGHT FOR OPEC TO CONTINUE TO RAPE AMERICANS WALLETS ! SAY NO, TO THEM IN NUMBERS AMERICA !

Posted by: JWTX | April 20, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

herardg, don't you think "fundamentally transforming America" is radical? Look the meaning of the words up in the dictionary.

This is Obama's words, not mine. And yes I think Bush had some of the same motives but didn't openly admit it like Obama.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | April 20, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse
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I don't have to look it up.

The world is changing and so are we. I am glad we have a leader who recognizes it. And if someone can please tell my what liberties they are losing and all of a sudden we care so much about the Constitution? No one gave a damm about it until now. Hmmm.

Anyway:

I went to the TEA Party on Thursday evening. I loved how they got this black woman to speak. “See, I am here and I am black so how can we be racist”? I looked around and saw about two or three blacks in the audience.
Then this British chap came out and called off the FOX crew one by one. Sean Hannity, “yea”, Bill O’Reilly, “yea” Glenn Beck, “yea” and Gretta Van (whateverhername) ‘Yea”. “And then Greta is soo hot he went on and on.
Oh barffff. .
This rally at a park called Gravely Point. I skipped this one.
The commercial airplanes fly right over your heads at a very close distance.

Let’s see: A bunch of angry Tea Party wingnuts carrying guns and planes flying over head. On the day of the Oklahoma bombings, and the month King was killed, and the month of Emancipation day and the resurgence of the Confederate Observance month

I'll pass.

I mean those plane fly real close.

A plane from EgyptAir or Saudi airlines might fly over.

Can you imagine it!!!

“Those damm A-rabs!!!”

Bang!! Bang!!


I love tea but not with crackers.

Posted by: sherardg | April 20, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Talk about ineptitude....how about Bush attacking the wrong country (Iraq) for the wrong reason (WMD's). Now that's what I call inept.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | April 20, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

sherardg, don't you think "fundamentally transforming America" is radical? Look the meaning of the words up in the dictionary.

This is Obama's words, not mine. And yes I think Bush had some of the same motives but didn't openly admit it like Obama.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | April 20, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I will vote against every incumbent this Nov and keep doing so until Congress gets the message they are part-time employees paid by the American People.

SAVE AMERICA
FIRE CONGRESS

Posted by: chargersix | April 20, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The fat, racist white man whose picture you used, epitomizes the problem with your data and your conclusions. We, the REST of the people in the US and the MAJORITY of folks in the WORLD outside the US, think this movement is racist, minority (white, old men) driven (which it is - data IS proof) and should be REJECTED as flawed input. The media should IGNORE these jerks unless they want to move to Arizonie and become part of the first US Police state and carry guns (either openly or concealed - the laws in Arizonie don't seem to care) every where so you can shoot people on sight, then move on down the road. Because, if you stay put, we're giving you back..

The Klan can live on a island in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico... live and work and cuss and kill yourselves until you had enough stupidity then you can petition to get back into the US... NO RE-ENTRY will NEVER be granted. - YOU'RE DONE.

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | April 20, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse


sherardg, I couldn't agree with you more. You won't catch me defending Bush. What's going on is a developing trend over the last couple of decades. Obama's policies have been the straw that broke the camel's back.

His admitted radical policies have awakened Americans that have been passive to this trend until now.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | April 20, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse
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there's that word Radical again. Cut the B.S. "Openly bribing, breaking promises and deceit won't be tolerated".

Is this something new. Is he the first to do this?

Again, stop the B.S.

Posted by: sherardg | April 20, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

mjenk60995, I was on the street corner with a flag and sign before Bush went into Iraq. I was on the same street corner with the same flag but a different sign during the Obama care scam.

As this article suggests, we need to take our country back from the politicians and elect honorable representatives that will fulfill their oath of office at any cost.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | April 20, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"That 25 percent rating came a month after Congress approved the big health-care bill..."

And this is a surprise? It's not like they weren't warned.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | April 20, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

OHHHHH THE HAMPTONS YOU WANT MORE TAX CUTS RIGHT HAM SANDWICH.

Posted by: mjenk60995 | April 20, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

sherardg, I couldn't agree with you more. You won't catch me defending Bush. What's going on is a developing trend over the last couple of decades. Obama's policies have been the straw that broke the camel's back.

His admitted radical policies have awakened Americans that have been passive to this trend until now. Openly bribing, breaking promises and deceit won't be tolerated.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | April 20, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

HEY HAM HEAD DID YOU NOT SEE MY POST THAT i THINK OBAMA IS THE SAME AS BUSH AND THE OTHERS. YOU JUST PROVED ME RIGHT BECAUSE YOU ARE STILL DEFENDING BUSH WHO IS THE SAME GUY AS OBAMA SO IF YOU SUPPORT BUSH AND NOT OBAMA YOU PROVED MY POINT. I DONT SUPPORT EITHER. GET HELP FOR YOUR SELF. bY THE WAY WHAT POLICIES OF BUSHES THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM OBAMA? THE WAR? NO, THE SCREWED UP ECONOMY? NO CRONIEISM? NO SO WHAT DO YOU SEE THAT BUSH DID THAT IS DIFFERENT. I SAY NOTHING, AND U?

Posted by: mjenk60995 | April 20, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

As long as the wealthy can find enough stupid people to vote Republican, nothing will change.

Posted by: mmax | April 20, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

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Funny, you can say that about the liberal elitists who keep getting elected by the "common libersl dope heads, welfare recipients, lazy, faux academics and mis-informed college students.

The Democrats in power are ALL millionaires, you idiot....

Posted by: RobParker | April 20, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey mjenk 60995, did you ever notice that you have no intelligent observations with which to debate. Therefore, it must be racism? On this issue you and your ilk are just plain wrong.

I don't give a rats patoot if Obama is purple. I do care that his policies are wrong for America. Take note that every poll in this country puts you in the minority and the majority of people agree with me.

You are dueling with an empty gun. Keep up the name calling and Bush bashing, because it is falling on deaf ears across this nation.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | April 20, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse


he American people have watched skeptically for many years as our representatives became more corrupt. This past year they watched as Obama and politicians openly bribed, broke promises, deceived and bullied.

This has awoke a sleeping giant. The Tea Party movement is only the tip of the iceberg. People who disagree with Obama are tired of being called racist.

This is not about racism. It's about Obama's admitted agenda to . The American people do not want to change the fundamentals of our government. They want our government to operate as set forth in our constitution, which is what made our country the greatest on earth.

We are fighting two wars in this country. One against terrorism and the other is the war on success.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | April 20, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse
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And where were you the last eight years. I mean really. Is not invading a sovereign nation "fundamentally transforming America"?

Posted by: sherardg | April 20, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone seriously surprised by Pew's findings? The air is thick with America's discontent. The mere fact that government is hiring 6,000 IRS agents to breath down our necks is disconcerting.

Once and for all race has NOTHING to do with this, so knock it off. Obama is leading our nation into socialism, a path MOST American's do not want to follow.

Posted by: cperr57 | April 20, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Look in the mirror. All these studies that show America is mad, don't trust our government, mistrust Government, whine, whine, whine.

WE ARE THE PROBLEM!! We continue to be duped by conservatives who say they can cut taxes but raise spending and it will somehow work. We continue to be duped by liberals who say government can solve everything but the cost can be born by somebody else.

The truth is we must pay for the kind of government we want, and the kind of defense we want. Currently, we want a modest (compared to other countries) level of government services and support (Medicare, Social Security, and Health Care Reform). We also demand a high level (highest in the world) of national defense. These things use vast amounts of money. But, we then turn around and scream about government spending, as if the government we demand does't cost anything.

What? This is a self-delusion that threatens to bankrupt the country.

Look at California for a good illustration of this madness. California is dead broke, has not had an adequate revenue stream for the government it demands for years, so runs a chronic multi-billion dollar deficit.

And Californians continue to elect liberals who act like there is no limit to revenue, and conservatives who promise to cut revenue yet spend more on prisons, corporate goodies; etc.

The result? A public education system that is broke and dying; a university system that once was the best in the world, quickly dying.

And the "growth industry" in government is a prison system where prison guards make more than college professors. And, Californians continue to pass initiatives that cut taxes, raise penalties on criminals, pass bonds that point to endless debt, and BLAME EVERYONE ELSE.

We are the problem and we could be the solution:

1. Pay taxes and push for adequate revenue for essential government services. If there is waste, then act as citizens to attack it. If people don't want a program then stop it, but first do no harm. We need to realize that millions of our countrymen and women have been outsourced out of their jobs. We need to help them to retrain and re-educate.

2. Drive lobbyists out of the political process.

3. Demand public financing of elections. Get big money interests out of the election process.

4. Serve your country. Believe in your country and government. Our system of self-government is just that. It has gone haywire because we have neglected it.

5. Vote. The United States has the lowest participation level in the world in elections and millions of our brave servicemen and women have died for that privilege. Vote.

6. Grow up. Once we have decided to do something, like invade Iraq, then pay for it. If we are going to fight international terrorism, then pay for the fight. Grow up America...WE ARE THE PROBLEM.

Posted by: gbeale1 | April 20, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

you know we are laughable. By we i mean righties, and lefties alike. It's funny because these people that we are following are not on any of our sides, they are on the same team yet they lead us to believe that they are against each other and are fighting for one side or the other WE ARE SO FREAKIN STUPID. THESE PEOPLE ARE LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK WHILE WE HATE ON EACH OTHER. STUUUUUUUPID.

Posted by: mjenk60995 | April 20, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

The pols have found a way to have us screaming at each other rather than at them. Vote them ALL out. Every one of them. Start with a 100% freshman class, hold them accountable, then vote them out if they do nothing. Congress is the problem here.

Posted by: jckdoors | April 20, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow!! And I thought November was going to be a cake walk for Democrats, 'cause everyone would by then understand what a FRIGGIN' BONANZA of GOODNESS Health Care Reform was!! Isn't that what Biden, Pelosi, Axelrod, and Clinton told us???

I mean, if you can't trust those four, who exactly can you trust?

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | April 20, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

hey the hamptons where were u when bush did the same crap. If you were not protesting like you are now, it is abput race. obama aint no different than bush in terms of what he is doing. The only difference seems to be hs is half black. I may be wrong but that seems to be the thing that is most motivating this Tea party Klan thing. I know it's hard but admit that you are racist and get some help for yourself.

Posted by: mjenk60995 | April 20, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Reading these posts shows where the problem lies - the lack of real education in the US. Children are being taught by member of labor unions who could not get in a good school so they went to a teachers's school and got a certificate. Then they got tenure, so no one can fire them. Or, many posters quit school and sit at home or work for the government. What you fail to see is that Obama and the dems are nugging you into slavery. If you want to keep you freedom, you had better vote the dems out in 2010. What has Obama done for you? NOTHING!!

Posted by: annnort | April 20, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

The American people have watched skeptically for many years as our representatives became more corrupt. This past year they watched as Obama and politicians openly bribed, broke promises, deceived and bullied.

This has awoke a sleeping giant. The Tea Party movement is only the tip of the iceberg. People who disagree with Obama are tired of being called racist.

This is not about racism. It's about Obama's admitted agenda to "fundamentally transform America". The American people do not want to change the fundamentals of our government. They want our government to operate as set forth in our constitution, which is what made our country the greatest on earth.

We are fighting two wars in this country. One against terrorism and the other is the war on success.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | April 20, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse


I call out FOX News for their culpability in stirring the pot of hatred which can be looked at as basically seditious.
We've had movements like this throughout history....the difference now is a television network, I'm going to call it FOX. The presence of FOX, which allows its commentators like Sean Hannity, like Glenn Beck to rouse the tea party. Sean Hannity was in an event this week where the tea party was raising money to have people sit in the same stands with him. And the biggest difference in the past when there were right wing movements started we had ...the responsible Republican party would slap it down and there is no responsible leadership in the Republican party now.
Some she see this as soccer moms at tea party rallies who are just worried about the deficit, but then there are these militia groups, these hate groups who believe Obama is coming after their guns.
Now, you're never going to hear any GOP official admit this, but I suspect that the tea party movement has become a bit like Frankenstein's monster to the party establishment. They fomented its origins, fed its growth and now they're having a hard time controlling the beast. It is too wild, too unfocused and too liable at this point to take out not only the designated targets, but a few of the party's own as well.
The Tea Party movement is bringing the hidden far right fringe out in the open with the help of FOX News and these people are dangerous.

Posted by: sherardg | April 20, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

if we are serious about getting rid of the monied clowns running the government there are a couple of simple things we can do. One, make all the jobs none paying. Second make all the jobs one term limit. Third do not, and I repeat, do not allow and funding from industry or special interest. Just get people in there who REALLY care about the people. There are a lot of folks out there who would do this and would do it well. The problem is, YOU HAVE TO BE FREAGIN ONE OF THE MONIED CROWD TO GET ELECTED. And we wonder why shiggedy is a mess. Not to me.

Posted by: mjenk60995 | April 20, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"Pew study showing bleak mood should be a warning to politicians"


The alleged anger will persist for as long as media types keep resuscitating it with stories about it.

Each and every reliable analysis of voter 'anger' shows that a very small, well-off group of white Americans feel they are losing their historical role in the country, and are pissed.

Everyone else just goes to work.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 20, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

They printhis why do you insist on calling this guy black? Is he not just as white as he is black? Why do we claim him exclusively as one of us when he is just as much one of them. Are we so desparate for a black president that we will ignore the white half and bring him all the way to black. I don't cause he is NOT black. Why are the whites not claiming their half. This man is a half white/ half black guy but in no way is he an afro american guy so please stop it.

Posted by: mjenk60995 | April 20, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

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If he flags down a cab - he's black.

Posted by: sherardg | April 20, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

folks lets stop kidding ourselves THE TEA PARTY IS THE NEW DIXIECRATS. THE TEA PARTY IS THE NEW KLAN. Now lets move on.

Posted by: mjenk60995 | April 20, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

We need a new Constitutional Amendment that says, that every 10 years the "whole" Congress must be reelected and nobody who has served or is serving within the last 10 years can be elected.

That will (A) mandate change and (B) get rid of all the political hacks who come up with things like "Deem and Pass".

Posted by: AlbyVA | April 20, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

hey printhis why do you insist on calling this guy black? Is he not just as white as he is black? Why do we claim him exclusively as one of us when he is just as much one of them. Are we so desparate for a black president that we will ignore the white half and bring him all the way to black. I don't cause he is NOT black. Why are the whites not claiming their half. This man is a half white/ half black guy but in no way is he an afro american guy so please stop it.

Posted by: mjenk60995 | April 20, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

NYT/CBS Poll showing 57 percent of Tea Partiers view Bush favorably but 58 percent of Americans disapprove of him. He asks what’s going on here. He goes on to say that TEA partiers claim they are a group with a principled opposition to big government in all its forms and how can anyone take that claim seriously with the membership embraces a president who personified everything they are supposed to hate? I mean, this article was a bizarre piece for The Examiner. I mean, they criticized a Republican and the Tea Party. And the debt Bush created, the Medicare Part D mess. But the TEA Party are favorable with this. There was no problem with Bush and all of a sudden here the first days of the Obama administration and here is the TEA Party and now a bunch of WHITE folks with guns right across the river right outside Washington. Here in the month of April we being back the Confederate History Month and Barber insisted its omission of slavery "doesn't matter for diddly." Like his fellow rebel yeller and Strom Thurmond hagiographer Trent Lott, Barbour has been associated with the Council of Conservative Citizens, the kinder and gentler update to the White Citizens' Councils of Jim Crow days. If Barbour and his "friends" think that slavery should no longer be mentioned, it's probably because many of the attitudes and practices many whites have toward as today in by way of the TEA Party Movement are very similar to those that existed under southern slavery.

It's getting boring watching the MSM try to fit the tea party in a particular category that makes them feel comfortable. The right wing fringe is inhabiting the tea party movement and the panel wondered how dangerous could these people really be?

Posted by: sherardg | April 20, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh, yes. Another "study." As a researcher who is familiar with statistics and research methodology as well as the ways they can manipulated and, above all else, be interpreted i can assure you of one thing; no "study" means anything.

It only captures the general, the mean and average of a small sample of the population and the biased direction of the researcher. Further, these "studies", in the case of papers and newscasts, function as a tool to sell more papers and advertising.

So think what you want. This, and any study "reported" by the media, should be taken with more than a grain of salt.

Posted by: topwriter | April 20, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

not for nothing but. I am no fan of the prez but my question for all of you bigots is, you are so concerned about obama peeing away you childrens futures with all the spending but where were you when Bush was doing essentially the same thing. Oh, don't tell me it's different now huh. It's a shame but you tea partyers and the like are not fooling anybody. You are just the new Klan.

Posted by: mjenk60995 | April 20, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Can you believe someone wrote the following:

"If the liberal media did its job correctly, Mr. Obama would not be the president of this once great country...."

Are you serious, John McCain as president and Sara Palin as v.p.

Really? That's what you want for 'this great country.'


Are you aware that your taxes are lower under Obama than any other modern president and that if you're
a gun owner you have more freedom to purchase
a gun than under any modern president?

Take your head out of the Fox tukus.

Posted by: printthis | April 20, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

The tea-baggers are just a sad group of old, rich, white, malcontent republicans who hate blacks, asians, hispanics, the middle class and the poor and can't stand the fact that we have a black president. When they howl "take back America!!" they mean to take it back from minorities. Luckily the middle class and the poor far outnumber the tea-baggers so they will have little effect in November.
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. And the think we are dumb enough not to notice.

As I've been told bluntly in a different blog, the right wingers with their guns are waiting for some defining moment to rally and take back their country (something like the health care reform bill passing) and they have pledged to do it with their guns. And the first one they are aiming their muzzles at is the president of the United States whom, thanks to Fox News, many of these unbalanced people rationalize is not a legitimate president because they believe he was not born here. As far as they are concerned, they will just be righting a wrong done to them when one of them succeeds in murdering him. These are seriously dangerous people. WHY is Fox News allowed to carry on a campaign to overthrow the duly elected administration of this country ? At what point is this recognized as treason ?

Terrorist groups are domestic too: It called the TEA PARTY!!!

Posted by: sherardg | April 20, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

My read of the situation is that the majority of Americans consider themselves moderate, while the two ruling parties are at the extremes.
The smart party will reclaim the middle ground. Even better would be the evolution of a centrist party with a modicum of honesty and common sense.

Posted by: mtpeaks | April 20, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Assuming the GOP takes control of either house, their disinformation machine will switch gears. Talk radio and Fox Propaganda will immediately start singing the praises of the GOP-controlled chamber. They will continue their so-far successful attempt to manipulate American public opinion.

This is why the Dems need to ram through the Fairness Doctrine ASAP. Attach it to the annual farm bill, and give the GOP the painful choice of ending farm welfare or protecting their propaganda machine. Me thinks Elmer Fudd will triumph.

And in the meantime, go through Rupert Murdoch's citizenship papers. If they find so much as a typo, strip him of his citizenship and deport him.

Posted by: Garak | April 20, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

If the liberal media did its job correctly, Mr. Obama would not be the president of this once great country. They allowed Mr. Obama to tell a blatant lie about sitting in Reverend Wright's anti-American church for 20 years, but Obama failed to hear his vitriolic messages. Even if Obama did not attend regularly, it would mean being there approximately 1000 times, and yet nothing anti-American? The same media allowed William Ayers, and Bernadine Dorn, and Obama's connection to them to slip through the cracks. The liberal media, with its army of investigative reporters, did absolutely nothing to investigate where Obama was born, even though his wife, in her own words, said he is from Kenya. The liberl media has done absolutely nothing to investigate why Obama's college records are sealed. Why? They know that he is hiding something, but have failed, in their journalistic duty, to inform the country what it is. The liberal media did absolutley nothing about teling the real story behind the recent fraudulent health-care overhaul orchestrated by Obama, so as those who worked hard all their lives can pay for those who sat on their butts. Almost all of his appointments have questions in their background, but once again the liberal media winks at this. He has befriended our enemies, and thrown our allies under the bus. He goes around the world on apology tours for the wrong-doing of the United States, and the liberal media stands by on the sidelines, and says nothing. The people need to take the liberal media to task for their agendized coverage of the biggest fake in the country's history. Mr. Obama is that fake.

Posted by: jemvbcarmagh06 | April 20, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

moebius22,

I agree that Clinton screwed up, to say the least. But the Republicans started investigating him the day he took office, spent money hoping to find something on him so they could impeach him.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | April 20, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

No graphics with this piece?? A lot of this info is perfect for multimedia. graphs, etc.! Then again, I suppose they would've painted a depressing picture...

Posted by: cgood1 | April 20, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

As surveys repeatedly point out, people want term limits, but they either want to keep their own Representative and Senators, or they can't name them. They think the health care reform bill is unconstitutional, but they can't cite which clause or amendment it violates, or they can't even name the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

My fellow Baltimorean H.L. Mencken was so conservative he makes today's Tea Party members look like Lenin, yet he believed with all his heart both in Darwin's theory of evolution and, especially, that "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public." Mencken would love, just love, to witness what is happening right now.

Posted by: jhpurdy | April 20, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse


a new lie being disseminated by Republican teabagger HQ that the unbridled hate exhibited by Republican teabaggers towards President Barack Obama can be excused because Cheney/Bush critics were equally harsh.

the lie conveniently ignores the fact that Cheney/Bush had the good will of all of us, Republican, Democrat, Independent, lunatic fringe right and left in the months after 9/11 and they squandered that good will with its tissue of lies required to stampede us into the war in Iraq.

Cheney/Bush critics harsh words were predicated by Cheney/Bush actions.

Republican teabaggers rabid hatred—the kind not seen since Little Rock and the battle for desegregation—is predicated on who President Barack Obama is—a black man—as it began before he had even taken the oath of office.

If you take the video tape of the gauntlet of faces distorted by irrational hatred that Democrats walked through on that Sunday when health care reform was passed in the House of Representative and take those same faces and compare them with those to the faces outside Little Rock High School and at the lunch counters and episodes of civil disobedience it is beyond doubt that Republican teabaggers are the children and grand children of unapologetic and unreformed segregationists.


Posted by: teoc2 | April 20, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

We need term limits. We need fresh blood. We should throw all the tired old hacks out of office.

Posted by: FLvet | April 20, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

princeps2,

What's sad is that we should have listened to Jimmy Carter when it came to energy policy. Had we heeded his warnings, we'd have been further down the road on renewable energy and we wouldn't be slaves to the oil-rich dictator countries.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | April 20, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

The Entire Congress will be cleaned out of Democrats..

PRAISE THE LORD.....

Posted by: AlbyVA | April 20, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: sr31

Didn't the Republicans investigate Clinton for eight years with "special" prosecutors, impeach him over lying in a civil law suit, and you consider they were the good old days?

When exactly has a Republican congress worked with a Democrat president?

And really, do you want our good old boy Republicans doing to the country today what they did to it past ten years?
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Clinton only has himself to blame for doing something incredibly stupid like he did. If a Republican President had done the same the Democrats would have dragged him through the mud just the same. That said, Clinton and the Republicans were able to pass Welfare Reform.

I have no particular love for Republicans or Democrats, but they are both necessary in their own way.

Moreover, I think the past 8 years have shown that is a mistake to give one party complete control of government- like we do now.

Posted by: moebius22 | April 20, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the poster who said that racism is part and parcel of the anger against this administration. There will always be those who won't shut up their bigotry until another older white man is in the White House. These same folks would be happy to lie to pollsters just to send a message to the mainstream media.

But I have to wonder about the Pew organization. Ever since hearing polls from Pew, I have come to believe that, perhaps, the Pew organization isn't as non-partisan as it may present. It strikes me as leaning to the right.

We hear very little about the survey-gathering techniques of organizations like Pew. Who does Pew talk to? Do they talk to folks in inner-city neighborhoods? Do they go to areas heavy in Hispanics?

I was a math major and college and have had courses on statistics and probability. The concepts of "error rate" and "confidence intervals" are slippery ones. The rationale for a "3 percent margin of error" based on (say) a sampling of 1,000 survey participants is based on cost savings - one infers the results for 100% of the people based on a survey sample of about 10% of those same people.

I live in a very diverse part of the city of Houston - there are people of many races and income levels. Gays are visible and active here. And there are several major colleges and universities in this area. I have yet to, in over 15 years of spending time in this area, hear of even one person saying they were approached by the Pew organization.

So exactly who is Pew talking to, to indicate such dismal numbers for the Democrats? If it's conducting its surveys exclusively in suburban, conservative, mostly white areas, of COURSE the "numbers" are going to show discontent with this administration.

Naturally, most people aren't going to question. In America these days, you don't need facts - just emotion.

Posted by: wpreader2007 | April 20, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

As long as the wealthy can find enough stupid people to vote Republican, nothing will change.

Posted by: mmax | April 20, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"Throw the bums out" sentiment is once again in the air. Personally, I'm tired of one party rule. Hopefully the Republicans can gain more power in the House and Senate and retain the President in office. The two should work well together like the Clinton days.

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Didn't the Republicans investigate Clinton for eight years with "special" prosecutors, impeach him over lying in a civil law suit, and you consider they were the good old days?

When exactly has a Republican congress worked with a Democrat president?

And really, do you want our good old boy Republicans doing to the country today what they did to it past ten years?

Posted by: sr31 | April 20, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

If the Americans vote the Republic Party back in power, after all of the economic and fiscal destruction under Raygun and the Dumyas, then we truly deserve to perish as a country.

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | April 20, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I blame Lieberman.

Posted by: pressF1 | April 20, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I guess I am so depressed at the political system in general that I don't know where to look to take my depression deeper.

Both party's are not worthy of my vote, but if I sit out the election, the committed fringes walk away with their interests met, and not mine. The President has demonstrated that he is more politician, and partisan, than a consolidator; the Democrats lead from a position of power and the Republicans simply cry, "No", "start over." Is it any wonder that the electorate is as depressed as it is?

Leadership in this country is truly absent, from either side, and the inmates are in charge of the asylum.

There is enough blame to go around to besmirch everyone!!!!

Posted by: Whirlwind630 | April 20, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Pew's study argues that a perfect storm of conditions -- "a dismal economy, an unhappy public, bitter partisan-based backlash, and epic discontent with Congress and elected officials"

They forgot about race. I know of people who hate Obama because he is black and they belong to the Tea Party. The G.O.P. has alienated hispanics and blacks as well. The study also ignores specific candidates. Palin for instance, couldn't get elected in Alaska for dog catcher. The G.O.P. with their latest attack on Hispanics in Arizona may be in trouble in that state and you can bet it will be an issue in Nevada as well. Add to the fact the G.O.P. is against regulating Wall Street and people will find out the Health Care bill is not the big boogie man.

Posted by: thomgr | April 20, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

"These polls are being driven by racism pure and simple."

So the same people who voted for Obama are now against him. That makes them racist ?

Obama is Jimmy Carter part II. Plain and simple.

Posted by: princeps2 | April 20, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I had to chuckle when I watched ABC's "This Week" last Sunday, with good ol' Democratic strategist Donna Brazile going on about how the Tea Party was nothing more than "a movement that has energized the conservative base of the Republican party," and how they can't just disagree with policies but have to "demonize" people in the process.

Let's ignore the last half of her argument, as no unbiased observer could ever forget the demonizing from Democrats and the left in general that took place when Bush was president.

I'm more interested in the first half of her argument. I am sympathetic with the Tea Party movement, but not because I am a Republican. The fact is that as an independent, I voted for Gore instead of Bush (and Bush instead of Kerry). I am a conservative in many areas (personal responsibility, smaller federal government, states rights, strong national defense, free market, strong law enforcement, secure borders, cracking down hard on illegal aliens, supporting our Constitution), but liberal on other areas (even though I'm "straight," I support gay marriage and gays serving in the military, I am pro-choice in the early stages of pregnancy, I detest flag burners but agree that it is their right, and I'm an atheist).

Yes, I am more inclined to now vote for a Republican, not because they are my ideal party, but mainly because they are the the better of two bad options. Chris Wallace interviewed John McCain this Sunday and put up a montage of video clips showing McCain bragging here and there that he was a "maverick" throughout the years and then showing a recent speech where he said that "I never felt like I was a maverick..." McCain tried to weasel his way around the question, and all I could think of was how similar candidates were from both parties - do and say anything to get elected or re-elected.

Ron Paul is looking better and better to me as time goes by.

Posted by: coffeetime | April 20, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

The fat, button-busting slob in the picture doesn't seem to be suffering too much. In fact, this porker could stand to skip a few trips through the Golden Corral buffet line.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 20, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

It's the economy, stupid. It's silly to try to interpret it much more than that. A lot of people are out of work for a long time. Most people are worth a lot less than they were worth 10 years ago. There's a feeling that the American system has failed or is failing. I'm sure the approval levels for banks and big corporations are at record lows too. Anyway, Democrats can take solace in the fact that if Republicans had succeeded in scuttling the bailouts, we might be well into Great Depression II and public sentiment would be even worse.

Posted by: tboyer33 | April 20, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh, this liberal is happy to acknowledge that 3 out of 4 Democrats is an incompetent nincompoop. The fourth is actually a conservative bigot.

But at least the Democrats try to live in a world that corresponds to reality, as opposed to conservatives. When a Republican sees that reality does not match the predictions of his orthodoxy, he blames the liberal media for distorting reality, rather than change his orthodoxy. (See: government regulation, taxation, health care, the budget, the views/demographics of the majority of Americans--guess what, we aren't all old angry white men!--etc.)

Posted by: mr07 | April 20, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"Throw the bums out" sentiment is once again in the air. Personally, I'm tired of one party rule. Hopefully the Republicans can gain more power in the House and Senate and retain the President in office. The two should work well together like the Clinton days.

Posted by: moebius22 | April 20, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

These polls are being driven by racism pure and simple. No matter the Republicans say, they are loaded with racists who are foaming at the mouth because a black man is our President. Health care legislation is for all Americans, but the Republicans and their loony mouthpieces have so demonized it, that these fools would vote against their own benefits.

Not one Republican has refused to take his Social Security check of his Medicare benefits and without those two government sponsored benefits, they'd be living in the streets, with no health care and on the dole. It is racism and the lack of education that has sent these screaming hyenas into the public forum.

They don''t even know what they are screaming about, just that change has come from a black man. Horrors! Republicans suck up everything the government gives them for free, they just don't want others to get the same things. They want all of the benefits of this wonderful country but resent every penny they pay in taxes. Not me, I will gladly pay whatever it takes for the privilege of living in America.

Posted by: papafritz571 | April 20, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Reading these comments, I think I see where the problem begins.

Posted by: Krazijoe | April 20, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

The meme of individual rights being sacrificed for the greater good is the source for the misdirected anger. The people for the most part are still not sure why they are mad but they have a knowing that they are exchanging freedom for control.

Listen to testimony before Congress, listen to the solutions being presented ... it is all a step towards greater good thinking ...
and while you gut might tell you that we should be our brother's keeper ... Understand you are being asked to be your brother's keeper at the expense of individual rights ....
The economic crisis was introduced, created, facilitated to occur so as to allow for global governments to act in concert in offering up solutions that result in an implicit birth of Global Governance.
If this was a matter of a battle of ideas it would be fine and part of the process, but it is not .. the Global Governance movement attack on individual rights is being done in secret.
Let's have the debate. Doing things in secret with an ends justifies the means perspective is what Rules do, not agents of the people elected to serve the people.

The Bank of International Settlements, the International Monetary Fund ... the Central Bansk of the World ...
They exist beyond the arms length reach of the People ... they control the world and are not elected ... operating beyond the reach of the voting public.

And you wonder why the mood of the people is what it is; it has to do with being owned and not having ultimate autonomy.

Serving the greater good, at the expense of our individual rights.

Posted by: AmericanSpirit | April 20, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

This so called president is in for a rude awakening come voting in November. That jerk along with Pelosi can hit the skids. Someone should slap some sense into Obama so he stops campaigning and do something for this country! He's ignorant to the American people, but he sure does put it on for high officials of other countries. We gave you a chance and you messed it all up! Your out of here come November!

Posted by: bailey50 | April 20, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

These right wings momos are going to run this country to the ground.

Posted by: Mighty7 | April 20, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Neo-conservatives are an ignorant, xenophobic, cancer on the teat of America.

Posted by: vmunikoti | April 20, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

And liberals, in their extreme arrogance, would never acknowledge that their ineptitude has any bearing on public dissatisfaction whatsoever.

Posted by: RobParker | April 20, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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