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Poll: Obama, Democrats in trouble

Our Readers Who Comment are predictably throwing partisan darts at each other in response to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that shows enormous dissatisfaction with the federal government, with President Obama, and the state of the economy. In sum, it's bad news for Democrats with the congressional elections just around the corner.

Democratic-sounding readers keep falling back on reminders of how bad things were in the George Bush years, but offer little defense of the current administration. Republican-sounding readers complain about the socialist Obama administration. Nobody is happy about the economy and several say they prefer divided government.

As Dan Balz and pollster Jon Cohen write, "For the first time in more than four years, Republicans run about evenly with Democrats on the basic question of which party they trust to handle the nation's biggest problems." The poll's questions and results are here.

We'll start with jimsteinberg1, who wrote, " has been less than two years since Republicans mangled everything they touched under Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld and their gang of incompetence and dishonesty. Santayana ["Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."] would be shocked and saddened to learn that it takes Americans less than two years to forget or fail to learn from the history of w. Bush, the Republican Congress and the fools/liars who "ran things" for eight sorry years."

draw984 predicted, "It will be a contentious two years following the mid-term elections. Republicans and Democrats will continue to lock horns while major legislation bills stall between the President and the new congress in which one of the houses will supposedly be under the control of the Republicans. Hopefully, it can lead toward a government by consensus. I for one do not want to see another super majority ruling the outcome from Washington again..."

jato11 wrote, "Any down and out American who thinks a Republican will give him a break has no memory, no understanding of history, no understanding of the Republican Party and is being duped due to ignorance and or stupidity. For the past 2 or so years the Republicans have held up any legislation that would benefit what's left of the the American worker and the American middle class. And then, the Republicans blame it all on the Democrats. And people believe this garbage..."

bkarpus said, "In my opinion, the Republican party is not the answer, neither is the Democratic party. Both have lost touch with the people .......... I get tried of voting for the lesser of the two evils. Not sure if we will ever have a real choice."

To which craiggger replied, "bkarpus - It is more like the evil of two lessers."

And ahashburn offered, "...if you are lost in the woods, you are more likely to be rescued, if you remain where you are as than it is to walk aimlessly through the woods without any sense of which way you should be going. The democrats have been walking aimlessly through the economy, getting the country further and further lost while the Republicans are trying to make them stop to increase the likelihood of the country being saved before the democrats get the country to far lost."

meinsenkaye007 wrote, "The American people never demanded that the current Administration do what is right for the country, we allowed the President and his party controlled congress do what they like, at our expense. This will not happen again, Republicans will be expected to deliver immediately and regularly. Our population needed to have this awakening in order to realize that they work for us, no more promisies. We must demand results."

But hakafos44 said, "Dream on. And even if they win, when they finish the deluge they started this nation will be in shambles. Be careful what you wish for."

Mindboggle wrote, "...I know leaders and he [Obama] is not a leader. He is a narcissistic individual without any experience where leadership would have come to the front. His books, his upbringing, his words, his friends, his church say that he is a radical in terms of where this country stands and where it has been. I hope that the Union members do not listen to him or to their own leadership--they are just about power and getting money."

But seakeys said, "That's right America, give the keys to the asylum back to the inmates...... may as well end the empire with a pfffft and a bang. Say bye bye to your social security and medicare, granny.... let's talk the real death panels rolling in..."

Prof-Dr-G wrote, "Now, it would be nice if the republicans would tell us what they plan to do. That includes how they plan to clean up corruption in the Congress. Otherwise, we should continue to vote out all incumbents until they get the message!"

andrew23boyle added, "I totally agree. I'm only marginally more pleased with the idea of a Republican Congress than I am with the current crop of venal traitors. It seems every few years we exchange one gang of criminals for another. I hope that the Republicans, if they take back Congress, learned their lesson in 2008. If not, I hope the Democrats learn THEIR lesson from the spanking about to be handed to them. If NEITHER party learns (which will probably be the case), then I hope the American people will FINALLY do so and take up your call for voting out ALL this scum!..."

ggwalt said, "Americans are in stampede panic mode, going back to the Party that has no solutions and that got us in such an awful mess in the first place. The GOP's fear mongering, obstructionist tactics have been paying off, and unfortunately America will suffer all that much longer for it. If the Republicans gain a majority in either House, nothing (and I do mean nothing) will get done..."

nosocialist1 wrote, "It's fortunate that the Republicans will take over in November but unfortunately the damage done by obama turning this once great country into a bastion of socialism is irreversible. In 2012 when a Republican administration takes back the White House, only then can hard working Americans start to have their faith restored in our country."

But cogit845 said, "...don't despair because the folks who brought you two unfunded wars, an unfunded prescription drug benefit and the worst financial panic since the Great Depression are just itching to get back in power. Here's their bumper sticker: Vote for us and we won't do anything! Ah, I love the smell of stupidity in the morning."

We'll close with natecar, who wrote, "The worst thing that happens to any party is to win both the Presidency and the Congress. Then they do all the things they promised they would do - and it turns out they were terrible ideas all along. Happens to both Republicans and Democrats. You'd think somewhere along the way, someone would catch on."

All comments on this article are here,

By Doug Feaver  |  September 7, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
 | Tags: Congress, Democrats, House, Obama, Republicans, Senate  
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One of the themes Obama is pushing is that the Republicans do not have any ideas. Here are just a few as noted by Howard Galganov.

Less Government.
Lower Taxes For Everyone.
More Individual Freedoms.
Less Bureaucracy.
No Cap & Trade.
Scrap Obama Care.
No Card Check.
No Fairness Doctrine.
More Government Accountability.

Those are GREAT ideas MOST Americans agree with.

Posted by: PickyBiker | September 8, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

The current Congress and Administration have pushed an agenda the American people were clearly against. None of the policies pushed by them has worked to improve the economy or jobs. They passed a healthcare bill the American people did not want and all it seems to have done is made costs go up. The passed credit card reform but all that did was make the costs of credit cards go up for most people. The HUGE stimulus bill essentially turned out to be a waste of money. The Congress and Administration are actually at war with the very people who create jobs.

We need to get them out of office before they do any more harm. REMEMBER IN November...VOTE THEM OUT!!!

As long as our government continues the reckless spending and unprecedented meddling with businesses, we cannot expect real long term growth.

The Congress and current Administration have put the country on a course of reckless government spending that has mortgaged the future of all Americans especially future generations. The only way to fix this long term structural problem is to create a pro-growth atmosphere for business. To do this we must reduce taxes NOW. How many different taxes does a business or individual pay on a regular basis? We must eliminate number and complexity of all these taxes and reduce the tax burden.

We also need to end the micro-management of business and the economy. Until we GREATLY reduce the tax burden on business and consumers and remove the senseless regulations that accomplish little in relation to the cost they impose, our future is bleak.


Posted by: AngryMobVoter | September 7, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I can't possibly imagine how a person who has never managed a thing, with virtually no legislative experience and left leanings which make Kerry look like a dyed-in-the-wool conservative is finding it difficult to have success in Washington.

Gosh - and he made it all sound so easy as a campaigner. Maybe those community organizer skills lend themselves more to campaigning that to actually doing anything.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | September 7, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

The economy started going south in 2007, right after the Dems took over Congress. It's gotten steadily worse since Obama was elected.

The Dems have had their chance...and their policies have failed. They've also tried to ram an ultra-liberal agenda down America's throat. Americans have had enough, and will prove it in November.

Posted by: NObama | September 7, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

seems dotcomments is also a partison hack...

Posted by: DwightCollins | September 7, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

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