Saturday, July 13, 2013

Public Puts the Blame On Where The Problem Is: Congress

If you're gonna blame the gridlock in our nation on someone, you better blame the right suspect(s).  The recent polling from Quinnipiac suggests that a slim majority of Americans are figuring it out:

According to the latest survey from Quinnipiac University, 51 percent of voters believe gridlock is mainly a result of the congressional GOP's determination to block any of Obama's initiatives. A mere 35 percent blamed gridlock on Obama's lack of "personal skills to convince leaders of Congress to work together." Obama has drawn blame from both Republicans and the press for purportedly being too isolated and unwilling to perform the type of cajoling necessary to making a deal in Washington...

I wouldn't say 35 percent is "mere", but at least 51 percent can tell where the gridlock is really happening.  After all, Congress is where the legislation is supposed to come from.

And this is happening despite the Republicans' best effort to lay the blame on Obama (or on Obamacare.  Or on libruls.  Or on zombie FDR.  Anyone but themselves).  The voters are starting to not buy the snake oil they're selling.

In this, I refer back to John Cole, who brought up current pundits' observations at how broken Congress has become, and how he noted even as far back as 2009 just how stupid and horrifying the GOP Obstruction gameplan was going to be:

I really don’t understand how bipartisanship is ever going to work when one of the parties is insane. Imagine trying to negotiate an agreement on dinner plans with your date, and you suggest Italian and she states her preference would be a meal of tire rims and anthrax. If you can figure out a way to split the difference there and find a meal you will both enjoy, you can probably figure out how bipartisanship is going to work the next few years.

This is why I've been saying "Don't Vote Republican" the last 6 years 10 years.  And it's only now that a decent majority of fellow Americans are waking up to how bad Teh Crazy really is.

I can only hope this growing outrage against Congressional incompetence and insanity leads to more voters tossing the Far Right wingnuts out of office this 2014.

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