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Minority of Democrats say Congress accomplished more than usual this year

There was a fair amount of discussion on the Web last month about a stunning National Journal poll finding that only a third of Democrats think this Congress has accomplished more than previous ones. The number suggested a possible reason for the enthusiasm gap, though it was eyebrow-raising enough to be an outlier.

Turns out it wasn't an outlier at all. Gallup has found something similar in a new poll out today: Only 39 percent of Dems think Congress accomplished more this year than it has in recent previous years.

Among overall Americans, the poll finds that only 23 percent think this Congress accomplished more. But the numbers among Dems in particular are what's surprising here. While significantly less than half of Dems think this Congress did more, 22 percent think it accomplished less and 33 percent think it was the same.

In the last year, Dems passed health care reform after a half-century of false starts, and passed the most sweeping overhaul of Wall Street regulations since the Depression. Sure, you can debate endlessly whether either of these initiatives was as comprehensive as they might have been. But even if you think they weren't, these achievements undeniably dwarf those of recent years in terms of sheer scope and ambition.

Yet the number of Democrats who either think this Congress accomplished less or the same as in recent years totals 57 percent.

It's hard to know why this is. Perhaps the Dems' legislative accomplishments were destined to appear less consequential in light of Obama's history-making 2008 victory, and the inflated expectations it produced among Dems. Maybe the failure of the recovery has soured folks so badly that they aren't in the mood to think any nice thoughts about what Dems did accomplish. Or perhaps Dems feel on some gut level that the current Dem leadership has failed to rise to the transformational potential of the moment.

Whichever it is, the Dem lack of awareness of the historic nature of this Congress' accomplishments seems like it might help explain the "enthusiasm gap" as well as anything else we've heard.

By Greg Sargent  | October 29, 2010; 12:04 PM ET
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Greg wrote:

"In the last year, Dems passed health care reform after a half-century of false starts, and passed the most sweeping overhaul of Wall Street regulations since the Depression."

The reform part of health care is a very ambivalent thing. It's like the people who bought houses several years ago on sub-prime mortgages. You enjoy living in them while you can, but you knwo that ultimately you can't pay for it.

Also your characterization of Fin Reg is grossly overstated. It was the mildest least pervasive legislation imagineable in light of the circumstances. It wasn't even the most sweeping change in the last 10-20 years, as Gramm-Leach and CFMA were far, far more important.

So you get half credit for the health care answer and but completely fail the financial answer.

Posted by: 54465446 | October 29, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Couple this with the fact that Republicans are running on a platform arguing that Obama and the Democratic Congress have run amok with new legislation, spending and programs and, well, I don't what you get, except what I suppose you deserve.

Posted by: horacemann | October 29, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Gallup's latest polling of likely voters in this year's congressional midterms confirms that, while similar in gender, age, and education to 2006 voters, the 2010 electorate will be substantially more Republican in its party orientation than has been the case in recent midterms.

This development seems to coincide with a recent scientific finding that liberalism is caused by a genetic defect.

It seems that all those moderates out there don't want to appear defective.

Hmmmmmm!

Posted by: battleground51 | October 29, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

True, horacemann, but do we really deserve Michele Bachmann? I just got a message from Tarryl Clark indicating that not only is 2/3 of Bachmann's money coming from out of state, but most of her GOTV volunteers will be shipped in as well since she's been out organized on the ground. There's still a chance in this race. I hope people will go contribute at tarrylclark.com even if it's only ten bucks.

Posted by: AllButCertain | October 29, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"It seems that being a liberal means one must believe that white men are the most dangerous threat to America and that muslims who want to kill us are just an aberation."


Skipsailing28 wrote this and it is just about correct

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There is a curious direction of hostility coming from the liberals in this country.

White men are targeted. Affirmative action is considered good.

However, when it comes to muslims, the liberals seem more concerned with them than with ordinary Americans.


We are in the middle of a war - and proper measures have to be taken to protect the nation. It is that simple. No one would be going after the muslims if there was no war. Blame Bin Laden, not Americans.


The liberals want to unite behind the muslims - but when it comes to white men, it is cause for the liberals to be divisive. It is clear.

Posted by: SolarEnergy | October 29, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

54465446 at 12:13 PM


Earlier in the day you posted about the health care CBO numbers were wrong -

Can you be more specific?

I think it might be a good time coming up to re-visit these numbers and make some substantial adjustments.

Posted by: SolarEnergy | October 29, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Whichever it is, the Dem lack of awareness of the historic nature of this Congress' accomplishments seems like it might help explain the "enthusiasm gap" as well as anything else we've heard.
Hear this, only libreals think this was a great congress. The other 70% of democrats know better. If you don't smarten up obama will be a 1 termer.


Posted by: obrier2 | October 29, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Solar/Rain/Bomber apparently didn't get the memo from George Bush that we aren't at war with Islam.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | October 29, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

solar energy:

You're killing me! I already answered you on the last thread. In one sentence:

CBO numbers use a backed up 21% cut in Medicare provider payments that has been waived 6 times by Congress since 2002, not CBO's fault.

Posted by: 54465446 | October 29, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

apologies, all, I had the wrong headline. corrected now.

Posted by: Greg Sargent | October 29, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Despite the 111th Congress' passage of major legislation, including healthcare, 37% of Americans say it has accomplished less this year than in the past few years, and a smaller 23% say it has accomplished more. Democrats are the most positive about Congress' accomplishments, but less than half say it has done more than usual.


This is easy to interpret.

The legislation passed is not the legislation that is of the utmost importance to most people. Therfore it doesn't count.

If Barack and the Obamatons had passed that which is crucial to Americans, they would be heros instead of heels.

Simple deduction.

Even LESS than half of DEMOCRATS think the Obamanation is anything special.

Obamacrats are hapless dupes. I think they are becoming aware, too late!

Posted by: battleground51 | October 29, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Yes, and now there is word that UPS planes carrying packages from Yemen have been quarantined here and in the UK.

According to the liberals there is simply no reason to concern ourselves about danger from Yemen. After all, how many conservative, Republican, tea partiers are there in Yemen?

Let's ask Anwar Al Awlaki, the spiritual mentor of such placid and mild mannered folks as the 9/11 highjackers, Nidal Malik Hassan (come on, what's a few soldiers shot down in cold blood compared to the threat of the conservatives defunding CPB?), and of course the christmas day bomber abdulamattulab.

Al-Awlaki would know, right liberals? And since Islam is no threat to America, at least not compared to Whitie, he'll gladly share his insight with guys like Ethan and Bernie.
If the stakes weren't so high the liberal position would be laughable. But random death at the hands of muslims in no laughing matter.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | October 29, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Dem lack of awareness of the historic nature of this Congress' accomplishments seems like it might help explain the "enthusiasm gap"


1) Perhaps the democrats realize how fiscally irreponsible the 2,000 page bill is - and therefore it is a financial disaster, not an accomplishment


2) Perhaps the democrats realize that the bill is going to get repealed, somehow, someway - not too historic

3) Perhaps the democrats thought the economy was more important - and should have been dealt with first, instead of Obama spending all his time creating another financial blackhole.

4) Perhaps the democrats wanted Obama to concentrate on the gay agenda

5) Perhaps the democrats wanted Obama to accomplish other parts of the far-left agenda, like giving amnesty to 50 million illegal aliens - and opening up the borders of the US to even more illegal aliens


I think the democrats are aware of the damage to the economy that Obama has caused - with the health care plan - and the drag on hiring - so I think that would explain it more than a "lack of awareness."

Posted by: SolarEnergy | October 29, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Greg:

I think your headline needs a re-write. Don't you mean to say that only a minority of D's say congress accomplished MORE than usual?

Posted by: ScottC3 | October 29, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"According to the liberals there is simply no reason to concern ourselves about danger from Yemen. ... And since Islam is no threat to America, at least not compared to Whitie, he'll gladly share his insight with guys like Ethan and Bernie."

You've literally all sense of rationality.

Unbelievable and obviously profoundly insulting.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 29, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!!

Posted by: JakeD2 | October 29, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

54465446 at 12:40 PM

Sorry about that - I was distracted by a very beautiful woman

At first, I thought you had more numbers than your initial posting.


The CBO numbers were "gamed" by the democrats. They all know the rules which CBO must follow when the CBO does its scoring. So it is relatively easy to devise accounting tricks which the CBO is obliged to report certain ways.


The "seven years of revenue against 10 years of spending" is a perfect example.

So is the $500 Billion transferred from Medicare - to make Obama's bill appear "paid for" when in fact another $500 Billion financial hole appeared in another part of the budget.

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Last winter there was talk of the "doctor fix" which was $225 Billion that Pelosi stuck in the budget for doctors - however it was placed elsewhere in the budget - it was not considered part of Obama's health care plan.

The $225 doctor fix was widely regarded as properly should have been put up in Obama's health care budget - making it $225 more in the red

Posted by: SolarEnergy | October 29, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Or perhaps 60-70 percent of voters are idiots? Sure, we threw out the GOP in 2006 and 2008, but if Bush hadn't been such an obvious disaster, it wouldn't have happened. Now, because Obama isn't shoveling the crap out of the stables quickly enough, the country is poised to send the robber barons back in.

Idiots.

Posted by: Tangerine3 | October 29, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

More wierdness from Skip:

"at least not compared to Whitie".
Man, you are starting to worry me...

"But random death at the hands of muslims in no laughing matter."
LOL! All the more reason to persecute all of them.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | October 29, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

The headline gyration is making me dizzy.

But the fact is, a majority of voting Republicans vote against their best interests every year.

Disclaimer: This is a joke, please don't ask for access to the databases I used to construct this premise.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 29, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Tangerine:

"Or perhaps 60-70 percent of voters are idiots?"

That does seem to be a frequent liberal response to electoral setbacks.

Posted by: ScottC3 | October 29, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

ScottC, yes, my mistake. corrected.

Posted by: Greg Sargent | October 29, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Dems are currently living is Da Nile as to why their downfall in the same manner that Repubs were in '06...

Posted by: illogicbuster | October 29, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I think the nation - including democrats - are concerned that Obama and crew are more concerned with "doing something historic" - rather thatn what is "best for the nation."


The suspicions over these motivations makes the whole country uneasy.


Are we getting what is best for the nation? Or just some ego trip looking to do something "historic?"


My experience is that whenever you hear the word "historic" thrown around, the event really isn't.

When people have time to use the word "historic," it isn't.

Truly historic events are unexpected, they aren't planned - and they have meaning that everyone can agree on.

This health care plan is a historic nightmare - it is a historical fiscal time-bomb. It is a historic disaster FOR the democratic party.

Posted by: SolarEnergy | October 29, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Ok, now the headline fits the text. ScottC, we have to keep in mind, a little more than 49% of the electorate is likely to have an IQ score below that of the average.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 29, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

What do you care chuckie? gonna whine to Mr Sargent to have me banned? Isn't that what lefties do when folks take positions that opposing the liberal agenda? How dare I say things that violate the PC strictures of Whoppi and Joy?

Where did I say persecute anybody pal? This is just more typical liberal hyperbolic nonsense. Putting words in the mouths of others is just what guys like you do. Thoughtless bigotry is now commonplace among liberals.

Perhaps its a function of the fact that Americans have rejected you. I imagine that such rejection would cause all sorts of personality disorders among guys like you.

Weak self image? Nothing like having the vast majority turn their backs on you to toughen you up, right?

and Tangerine3 provides today's daily proof of the arrogance of the left. According to this genius, 70% of America is just too stupid to understand liberalism. Yeah, that will do about as much for the popularity of the movement as Bill Mahers claim that every one with the nerve to disagree with him is a hillbilly.

You guys really understand public relations right?

Posted by: skipsailing28 | October 29, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Christine O'Donnell does not support public relations.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 29, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

This talk about fear-mongering.

What about the smear-mongering coming from the Obama crew ?

Posted by: SolarEnergy | October 29, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are blowing it AGAIN and it's for the same old reasons. They seem to land on the wrong side of every issue. Are they learning challenged??

America loathes Islamic terrorism but liberals (aka Democrats) tells us that Muslims are as American as Mom and apple pie.

Americans are angry about the invading hordes of outlaw "immigrants" pouring over our broken border with Mexico and liberals want to reward the lawbreakers with free, American citizenship.

Most Americans are quite uncomfortable with the full frontal assault staged by homosexual activists in the past two years but the Obamatons are winking and nodding at the "gay" agenda anyway.

Americans are sick of pork barrel shysters blowing the budget and bankrupting the treasury. What do the Obamatons do?? They spend like there's no tomorrow.

The Obamacare stink bomb was an unnecessary, very expensive boondoggle. Jobs and economy should have been #1 on the Obama hit list for his first full term.

Throw in all the people Obama has tossed under his bus, his associations with radicals, his virtual bondage to Nancy Pelosi, his radical, Supreme Court nominees and what do you get??

Crushing defeat!

Obama is going to have to do a Clinton now to avoid becoming a Carter. There is no other way.

Posted by: battleground51 | October 29, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Since most democrats now agree that Obama's job performance has been sub-par, it is probably safe to start calling them all racists.

That is usually the response from Obama and his band of bullies.


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Posted by: SolarEnergy | October 29, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

shrink:

"ScottC, we have to keep in mind, a little more than 49% of the electorate is likely to have an IQ score below that of the average."

Well, we could quibble about how the average IQ of the electorate relates to average IQ in general, but true enough...even when Dems are having electoral success. Somehow, however, I don't think Tangerine's point (or, more generally, liberal contempt for the average voter) has much to do with this tautology.

Posted by: ScottC3 | October 29, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

apologies, all, I had the wrong headline. corrected now.


Posted by: Greg Sargent
+++++++++++++

Shouldn't the headline say, "Majority of Americans wonder, 'Where is Simon Cowell?'"

Seriously, is there any imagineable question that hasn't been polled in the last couple of weeks? The reality is that the majority of Americans do not follow closely what is happening in Congress, and have no real basis, other than "gut feeling," for comparing the accomplishments of this Congress to any other Congress.

Moreover, how people rate their satisfaction (with a product, experience, etc.) depends in large part on their expectations coming in. Expectations were sky high for the "first hundred days" of the Obama Administration, let alone the first two years. In that light, the poll results aren't very surprising.

That doesn't mean the polling is irrelevant; what people are feeling, even if those feelings are not based on facts, obvously affects their decision whether to vote and how to vote.

But think of it this way -- if the Republicans gain a majority in the House, the Tea Partiers will be expecting a revolution (with Second Amendment remedies!), instant economic renewal, and free cookies, pie and ice cream for everyone. They won't get it. In 2012, they will be asking John Boehner why he failed.

Posted by: bearclaw1 | October 29, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Battleground writes:


Crushing defeat!

Obama is going to have to do a Clinton now to avoid becoming a Carter. There is no other way.

________________________________

Don't tell Michelle that !

Posted by: SolarEnergy | October 29, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

SolarEnergy:

You must be a ______-phile in order not to be called a ________-phobe by leftist/liberals. You know what to put in those blanks. This is part of their strategy to marginalize all who disagree with them.

It works with a lot of unsuspecting dupes.

I'm not one of them.

Posted by: battleground51 | October 29, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

This is a great article in a blog posting about one gay Democrat in Chicago


http://hillbuzz.org/2010/10/27/an-open-letter-to-rush-limbaugh-and-his-listeners/

Posted by: SolarEnergy | October 29, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Battleground


How about a Dude-phobe

Posted by: SolarEnergy | October 29, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

All, here's what would have happened if Dems had NOT passed health reform:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/10/what_if_obama_and_dems_hadnt_p.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | October 29, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

SolarE.

Somehow I don't think "Michelle my Belle" would be as forgiving as Hillary was if Barack fooled around with the sweet, young things.

I bet Barack is too scared of MmB to do that side of Clinton.

MmB is one scary lookin' female.

Look at those Popeye arms and I bet she eats organic spinach too.

Poor Barack. Married a mommy figure.

Posted by: battleground51 | October 29, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"Throw in all the people Obama has tossed under his bus, his associations with radicals, his virtual bondage to Nancy Pelosi, his radical, Supreme Court nominees and what do you get??"

Could you tell me more about that virtual bondage, but keep it on the down low, we don't want to get censored.

Hey, I'm not sure what radical means when it is used in every sentence every hour of every day, but isn't (the great stone face) Clarence Thomas kind of way out there, like in the clear blue sky? His (only) sole dissent, his carefully written opinion on the strip search needs of pubescent school girls was...remarkable. He worries, deep thinker, that if they are not afraid of being strip searched by school officials at any time, they might feel free to hide pills in their panties, like ibuprofen.
Not kidding this time. Read it for yourself.

But his tea bagger wife (I wonder if strict constitutional constructionalism or whatever the heck the wing nuts call it would be ok with outlawing miscegenation) had the temerity to call Anita Hill.


Posted by: shrink2 | October 29, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"Putting words in the mouths of others is just what guys like you do. "

This from the guy who accuses the left of saying that Islamic terrorism is an aberration...

Forget facts, Skip, it's much better to project your fear and loathing onto innocent bystanders.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 29, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Somehow, however, I don't think [shortened it up a bit, hope you don't mind] Posted by: ScottC3

Look, just tell me my jokes are not funny. I'm fine with that.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 29, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

shrink:

"Look, just tell me my jokes are not funny. I'm fine with that."

What jokes? (cue rimshot)

Posted by: ScottC3 | October 29, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

exactly

Posted by: shrink2 | October 29, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I think this issue, a disconnect between facts and perceptions, should be explored further. The same phenomenon exists on the economy, where the facts are at odds with perceptions:

"'The public view of the economy is at odds with the facts, and the blame has to go to the Democrats,' said J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., a Des Moines, Iowa-based firm that conducted the nationwide survey. 'It does not matter much if you make change, if you do not communicate change.'"*

Selzer suggests that a great deal of the problem is inadequate communication by Democrats. I think that's a reasonable suggestion, but I don't think that explanation fully explains the disconnect between facts and reality.

I've noticed, anecdotally (but I believe that it would probably be supported by empirical analyses), that negative economic news gets substantially more press than positive economic news.

For instance, when initial deficit projections under the Obama administration were being made, articles and tv segments about the issue seemed wall-to-wall. But, when the deficit has actually been cut by 8%, the stories are few and far between. That same negative skew exists for reporting on other economic news or indicators.

Now, certainly, you could say that that is a "failure of communication" by Democrats. Again, Dems deserve their share of the blame. Yet, it should never be the sole, or primary, province of any political party to convey factual information.

Ultimately, the public is suffering from a fact deficit. When, this type of deficit exists, I don't see how one can avoid pointing the finger primarily at the media, which is specifically tasked with conveying factual information to the public and dispelling inaccuracies.

*http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/29/AR2010102901403.html

Posted by: associate20 | October 29, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Greg wrote:

"All, here's what would have happened if Dems had NOT passed health reform:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/10/what_if_obama_and_dems_hadnt_p.html"

Opinions are worth what you pay for them, so mine is worth zero. However, I think you have grossly overestimated the importance to the general pulbic of two of your most cherished beliefs, namely that foreign donor money moves the electorate and that most Americans worried about health care.

We have endlessly discussed the donor issue until it looks like a deer carcass on the side of the road. On health care, I believe that the people who cared were very passionate about it, but that they were a distinct minority. I believe that the average American was concerned about rising healtch care costs, but not as much as the economy as a whole, and whether or not they had an actual job.

Neither of us can prove our position, but the election results will prove that the American public did not at least like the total package presented to them on health care.

Posted by: 54465446 | October 29, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Skip-

I've never called for that banning of anyone here, so you are guilty of what you are accusing me of- putting words into someone's mouth.

Don't be disingenuous- hyperbole about the threat of Islam vis-vis your statement that "the stakes are so high" and "random acts violence by Muslims in no laughing matter" is a hilarious statement to me because you are implying that we should all be on guard against Muslims generally and by your implication ( so pathetically typical) that this Administration/Liberals/Democrats/anyone who doesn't agree with you, is somehow less concerned.


Posted by: ChuckinDenton | October 29, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

"I believe that the average American was concerned about rising healtch care costs, but not as much as the economy as a whole, and whether or not they had an actual job."

That's all well and good, but you can't govern on what the average American says alone. Real governance for the people of this country means dealing with issues of inordinate complexity. Health care policy is thick enough to make the most serious wonk's eyes glaze over. We all know that. Does that mean that nothing should be done? Does a population's lack of highly-detailed knowledge about medicare reimbursement rates mean that the issue shouldn't be dealt with? Of course not. This is WHY we have government. This is why we have Congressional hearings, so lawmakers can explore complex issues with the best minds of the day. That knowledge can and should be presented to the public so they can contribute to the policy and political aspects of the debate.

But to imply that because an issue is not a priority for the average American that it can't or shouldn't be a priority for the proper governance of a country is, I think, fallacious.

There needs to be a return to a basic level of trust, in our democratic republic, where people understand that not only are our public servants dedicated to solving the people's priorities, but that our government is forward-thinking and solutions-oriented on problems that are too complex for us to understand without years of advanced study.

You can look at this from nearly every mainstream ideological bent and at some point complex problems need complex solutions or the country suffers.

Take tort reform. What does the proposed conservative faction suggest should be in the language around tort reform. Does anyone honestly think that the legislative language for a solution to tort reform would be intelligible to the average layperson on the street?

What about a border fence? Legislative language for building a 1,200 mile border fence will not be a 1-pager, I'm sure we can all agree on that.

So, again, I think the idea of simplifying our complex government and solutions to complex problems into laws the likes of which the general public can read and fully understand does a great disservice to not only our public servants in government, but to our country as a whole.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 29, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Haven't you heard? All Democrats are "spineless" and all Democratic accomplishments are too little, too late (also watered down, sold out...). I'm pretty sure I read that somewhere -- probably on someone's blog.

Posted by: CalD | October 29, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Ethan, I admire and sometimes even love your posts.

Posted by: AllButCertain | October 29, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow ABC, thanks! That's quite a compliment. Thank you.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 29, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Ethan

I don't think that I made my position clear enough. I don't think complexity per se is hurting health care. I think it is a big solution to a problem that probably a majority of the American people did not perceive as an equally big problem.

We will never convince each other, which is fine. You can also never rerun the last two years. However it is my PERCEPTION that tackling financial reform first, and actually creating reform instead of the nothing that was done towards financial reform, would have given the President MORE power and prestige than was the case this way.

It is only my insight, and Tuesday will give us some additional insight. There will be no doubt a gazillion exit polls quoting why people voted the way they did. Thanks for the reply.

Posted by: 54465446 | October 29, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Yes, President Obama and the Democrats in Congress have achieved a lot that has made the lives of Americans better. Everything from saving the economy from a complete collapse and helping it slowly recover, to Wall Street reform, health insurance reform, student loan reform, and credit card industry reform. With more big issues facing this country, including the priority of creating more jobs and lowering unemployment, immigration reform, repealing DADT, taking care of long term fiscal issues, and narrowing the growing economic inequality gap in the U.S., we need to keep Democrats who are serious about governing in the majority, rather than replacing them with Republicans who are focused on obstructionism, investigations, and shutting the government down over health insurance reform.

http://www.winningprogressive.org/the-closing-argument-in-support-of-voting-democratic-on-november-2

Posted by: WinningProgressive | October 29, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

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