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GOP: generic optimism over poll

Republicans must be giddy over the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Thanks to the BP oil spill in the gulf, the administration’s problems getting a public handle on the disaster and the stubborn economy, President Obama’s job approval rating dropped from 50 percent last month to 45 percent now. His disapproval rating is now 48 percent. To make matters worse, 60 percent of those polled say the nation is on the wrong track.

Republicans surely are smiling over who poll respondents said they wanted ruling Congress after the November midterms. For the second survey in a row the GOP came out on top. They were favored 45 to 43 over Democrats. But that's such a cheap thrill. Of course Democrats are getting a polling beat-down on that generic question. This result says more about what the Democrats ARE doing than it does about what the Republicans WOULD do.

I’ve written plenty about the dearth of ideas from the GOP. And I’ve complained about its reliance on gimmicks. YouCut -- where we the people get to vote on which wasteful programs to eliminate -- is the latest example from House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.). Meanwhile, the one fella in the bunch who’s had the guts to make tough choices, commit them to paper and try to sell them -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and the Road Map for America’s Future -- is virtually ignored.

I can understand why the Republican leadership won’t touch it. Many of the ideas are draconian and would be wildly unpopular. But they are real ideas that the American people could compare and contrast with the governing ideas of the Democrats. If that were to happen, it’s guaranteed that the preference for a GOP-controlled Congress would diminish greatly.

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 24, 2010; 4:03 PM ET
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So has anyone wondered how the GOP rigged the rig to blow up? Diversionary tactics are nothing new for the 9/11 party. The GOP is so toxic and anti-America, I wouldn't blink an eyelash to find out their covert operatives are behind the whole mess.

Posted by: EdSantaFe | June 24, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

It would be fun to make the gop put out there what they would do, but of course, they don't dare.

Posted by: mikel7 | June 24, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats are on life support gasping for their last breath as an effective party. Obama can't even count on the approval of the progressives. Except for the appointments of radical gays, he hasn't come through for the liberals. Meanwhile, the GOP doesn't need to propose anything with the Democratic leadership imploding and running scared.

Posted by: pastor2 | June 24, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

While it is true that Obama's poll numbers are falling like a rock, it is not true that the oil spill is the culprit. The American people are upset at Obama: Because of his lace of ability to even adequately manage the Gulf crisis; Because of his lack of leadership overall; Because he is attacking Arizona when the state is fighting for its life; Because of his handling of foreign policy; Because he is trying to find a way to grant amnesty to 20MM illegal aliens over the wishes of the vast majority of Americans. Because generally, Barack Obama is at war with the American people.

Posted by: mike85 | June 24, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

If that were to happen, it’s guaranteed that the preference for a GOP-controlled Congress would diminish greatly.
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Clearly, people always would rather get short term benefits for "free" rather than face the reality that long term stability will have to mean reduced benefits at higher taxes.

The failure of democracy is when people realize they can vote themselves benefits. Which is what the founders were trying to avoid by have a federal government of limited powers.

Posted by: BradG | June 24, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Ryan does try to kill grandma with maxed out at $9500 vouchers for medicare, but at least he has something besides lip service. Looking at the self destruction of Jindahl, Pawlenty, Barbour (a minor oil sheen), Gingrich (Tea Party is the militant arm of the GOP), Huckabee (pardoned killer), that leaves only Cantor whose does not make major mistakes, and Romney that gave up a third of his previous platform to get the conservative GOP base. Lots of buyers remorse in VA and NJ when education must be funded through higher property taxes or fail to keep up high standards. DE has a strong senate candidate but elsewhere in previous conservative strongholds people like Paul, Rubio and Angle have serious flaws that a thinking voter can't stomach.

Posted by: jameschirico | June 24, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

"The democrats are on life support".

Really?

Maybe that assertion needs to be compared to these facts...

http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2010/06/pdf/voter_demographics.pdf

Posted by: DaveR1 | June 24, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

mike85 says "The American people are upset at Obama: Because of his lace of ability to even adequately manage the Gulf crisis; Because of his lack of leadership overall; Because he is attacking Arizona when the state is fighting for its life;" Etc etc
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Don't include me or most of my friends in your generic American people comment. Don't you watch Jon Stewart? He did a montage of clips where everybody and their dog uses the goofy "The American people" thing. No, I disagree with your opinion statements 100%. And since you're so sure, how about letting us know who the other choice will be in 2012. Who?

Who are your version of American people putting up? Eh? You haven't had much success as a Party -- and in fact have been laughable failures during most of this century. Incredible and laughable. Have you really got a new trick up your sleeve?

I didn't think so. Have fun with the GOP and Tea Party poll numbers, which are lower than low.

Posted by: cturtle1 | June 24, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Only a few supporters left for Obama.

Within his administration, there are only sycophants and hangers-on. The competent are bailing out (even his generals can't stomach him).

And everything has gone wrong.

Obama thought being president meant that he gave orders, spent money and everybody would tell him how clever he was.

Turns out it's way harder than it looks.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | June 24, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Polls will change.
Since the GOP is out of power they will not be able screw up or invent enough disasters to make a difference.

The Dems need to get mean..

Send the Facts...
and
Repeat them over and over.

Posted by: godwithfire55 | June 24, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

You only have to look back 2 years to see what damage the GOP does to the country when they are in charge. If the current polls indicate a preference for the GOP, we need to find out why American citizens have such a short memory. Could it be all the processed foods we eat? Maybe it's the mercury in seafood? I'd hate to think that it's just because Americans aren't all that bright.

Posted by: JimZ1 | June 24, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, polls mean nothing at this stage. The only poll that matters is on voting day. And at that time, people will vote a considered opinion not the flavour of the day. And a considered opinion will deeply favour Obama. Right now, all incumbents in congress are at risk. And the low support for where the country is headed has to do with congress basically going nowhere with no way to get to agreement on anything. And that will only be solved with new players that have a message that the habits of politicians in the past decade are not acceptable. You can't leave America's business in limbo forever. And you can't run a country without oversight and without sensible social policies. Yes social. American politicians need to vote common sense and practical things. But that takes courage eh? Elect some courageous men and women okay and you might get the direction you need. For sure you will get some direction.

Posted by: paulstewart | June 24, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Well, polls mean nothing at this stage. The only poll that matters is on voting day. And at that time, people will vote a considered opinion not the flavour of the day. And a considered opinion will deeply favour Obama. Right now, all incumbents in congress are at risk. And the low support for where the country is headed has to do with congress basically going nowhere with no way to get to agreement on anything. And that will only be solved with new players that have a message that the habits of politicians in the past decade are not acceptable. You can't leave America's business in limbo forever. And you can't run a country without oversight and without sensible social policies. Yes social. American politicians need to vote common sense and practical things. But that takes courage eh? Elect some courageous men and women okay and you might get the direction you need. For sure you will get some direction.

Posted by: paulstewart | June 24, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

I have always said that the best thing that can happen for Republicans is to let the liberal Democrats run things for a little while. Democrats are so awful at it that Americans almost immediately start wishing the GOP was back in power.

The funny thing about this time around is that Republicans did not have to do much of anything. The Obama/Pelosi/Reid regime did it all for them.

Obama is destined to be a one-term wonder.

Posted by: battleground51 | June 24, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

to all,

the sad thing for the DIMocRATS & "the motley crew of bigots, fools, know NOTHINGS, antisemites & common criminals", that BHO has infested the USA with, is that they are just too DUMB to know that they will be the victim of the coming bloodbath of 11/02/2010.===> the DIMocRATS will LOSE BOTH houses of congress by a massive landslide & on 11/03/10 they will blame the voters for their own STUPIDITY.

a goodly portion of that STUPIDITY is the arrogant, empty-headed, foolishness of BHO, who turned down help from 14 other countries on the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico BUT who instead sent LAWYERS "to deal with the situation".- even my "yellow dog democrat" friends thought that was FOOLISH!

even the intelligent members of the hard left have figured out that BHO/"Poor Joe" Biden & the rest of "the current administration" are incompetent to run a hotdog stand, much less the US government.- at this rate, soon only the brain-DEAD "party hacks" & the "BHO worshipers of the media" will support BHO, Princess Pelosi & the rest of that ARROGANT group of SELF-impressed FOOLS.

note: i work in a large office of over 100 people, about 60% of whom were BHO supporters in 2008.- in OCT/NOV of '08 about HALF the employess cars/trucks had BHO stickers.
NOW exactly TWO still have one.
(interestingly, i saw 8 cars, just yesterday, that still have KERRY-EDWARDS stickers.)

yours, TN

Posted by: texasnative46 | June 25, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Does it really matter what the Republicans or the Democrats think? The American public is being ignored by both parties. Thus, we have the polling results. This seems to be a lesson neither party has learned. We have grown too far left and too far right for anything worthwhile to come out of Washington. Mr. Obama promised to close the gap…remember? His administration would not allow business as usual. Instead, he has done the exact opposite. There is a total lack of leadership, no clear vision, political appointments made to payback favors, an agenda far from the wants and needs of the American public and a deficit our great grandchildren will be dealing with.

Posted by: Bockscar | June 25, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Bockscar,

i wouldn't argue with you - that's why the TEA PARTY-supported candidates will SINK the current bunch of Congress-CRITTERS in just a little over FOUR MONTHS!
(we "TeaPartiers" will finish the job in 2012.)

what we REALLY need is a general HOUSE (and SENATE) cleaning & TO replace the current collection of SELF-serving elitists on Capitol Hill with a CITIZEN's Congress, of people who are willing to serve up to a maximum of six years & then happily return to their district/state to live under the laws that they passed.

if i had my way, i would:
1. strip the congress-critters of every "especial perogative of office" that every citizen doesn't receive,
2. cut their salary by half,
3. abolish their pensions,
4. prohibit all gifts & donations from outside of their district/state (particuliarly those of corporations & unions)
and
5. cut the size of their Congressional staffs by at least half.

just my opinion.

yours, TN

Posted by: texasnative46 | June 25, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Which exact quote of the "roadmap" is "draconian"?

Posted by: allsides | June 25, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I have no doubt that the democrats lose against the generic republican. Face it, people are unhappy with the current state of affairs, from the economy to the oil spill to the war in Afganistan. But the true measure will come when the generic republican is replaced with a specific republican. When that happens, the democrats will do fine.

Posted by: Frazil | June 25, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I would not count the Democrats out so soon. There is still that silent majority that is just waiting for November. I think you so-called experts with your predictions are going to be surprised. Five months is a longtime in politics.

Posted by: ydream000 | June 25, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

After doubling the national debt, giving a trillion in tax breaks to the uber-rich, digging us into two wars, turning regulatory agencies over to the corporate hoods they were supposed to regulate, and bringing us to the brink of a second Great Depression, haven't Americans learned that Republicans aren't interested in, or very good at, governing?

Posted by: newsraptor | June 25, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

That's the difference between the Dems and the GOP. Dems will claim popular ideas, but then promote bad law (see Obamacare, Cap n' Tax, etc.). Rep. Paul's ideas might not be "popular", but I have yet to hear anyone say that they are bad ideas. Going forward, we will need to elect leaders that will make the tough choices, not the popular ones, and what we've seen so far is that the Dems are less inclined to make the tough choices on spending cuts and limited government that the nation is looking for. November will be telling!

Posted by: westonyoud | June 25, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

newsraptor,

in case you don't know, BHO & the DIMocRATS have according to the GAO, in about 18 months, spent MORE money than GWB & WEE WILLIE KLINTOON, combined.

MUCH of that money was just plain WASTED on needless, STUPID, boondoggles & in political pay-offs to BHO's & the DIMocRATS cronies.

the DIMocRATS are DISHONEST & SELF-important GARBAGE & if you haven't figured that out, i PITY (rather than disagree with) you.

in any case, you can say "ADIOS" to DIMocRAT/LEFTIST control of BOTH houses of Congress in just about FOUR months.
(even my "yellow dog democrat" friends are throughly SICK of BHO and "his gang of thugs".)

yours, TN

Posted by: texasnative46 | June 25, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Republicans must be giddy.

They love it when Americans are in the shtcan.
They trashed the economy, started an unnecessary, de-regulated the banks, the drug companies, the oil companies, the mining companies, granted corporations 'inalienable' rights to secretly spend millions to buy politicians, and changed the bankruptcy laws.

Then they handed the mess to Obama and immediately blocked everything he tried to do to fix it. They're giddy because actually think they'll get away with it. They won't.

Posted by: thebobbob | June 27, 2010 1:01 AM | Report abuse

thebobbob,

fwiw, you've lost touch with the reality that regular people perceive.

the DIMocRATS will LOSE both houses of Congress in NOV of this year & BHO will lose at least 40 states in 2012.- IF he is the nominee, it won't even be close!
(in point of fact, i don't think that he will even win the DIMocRATS primary, as he has alienated BOTH the moderates & the "nut-job" leftists of his own party.)

yours, TN

Posted by: texasnative46 | June 27, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

While our national energies are diverted towards cleaning up and stopping the BP oil spill, the economic recession, and leadership shake-ups in Iraq and Afghanistan war affairs, Obama has met multiple times with homosexual and lesbian groups whose immoral anti-marriage and anti-family advocacies are destroying the traditional Judeo-Christian foundation upon which this great nation was founded for civilized leadership on the earth. The Marxist-socialist Obamites have been busy dismantling America while hard-times caused Americans to focus on bread-and-butter issues that impact daily survival. Meanwhile, breakdown of the nuclear family, single parenting matriarchy on public assistance, teen-age suicides and gang activity, low school attendance rates and high graduation failure rates demonstrate the need to return to religious morality and principled standards of right and wrong so essential to ordered liberty and the work ethic. Our national heritage, spiritual values, and moral foundation have so deteriorated that the historical fabric of the American Union is being shredded by Marxist-socialist extremists who are deconstructing our system of laws. The forceful leftist-socialist policies by-passing State assemblies and Congress are unconstitutional and destructive to our national security, spiritual vibrancy, moral regeneration, and technological leadership. Comes 2012 we are hoping for a national renewal with a new Republican administration for restoration to new-life and cultural rebirth.

Posted by: WRITETORIGHT | June 30, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

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