GOP Hits Record Low, Meanwhile House Republicans Keep Digging Downwards

With the Republican-controlled House of Representatives engaged in a tense, government-shuttering budgetary standoff against a Democratic president and Senate, the Republican Party is now viewed favorably by 28% of Americans, down from 38% in September. This is the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992.

Best Photo Of What GOP Government Shutdown Is Doing To The Nation


Photo from The Atlantic, taken at National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

No Good News For Republicans In 44 Polls


If the Republicans in the House of Representatives want some reading that may move them to back off their insane position concerning funding the federal government, they might start here.

This article takes a look at the trend in Republican party favorability and notes “there is not a single poll in this series of 44 polls in which the Republican party registered a net positive rating, and not a single case in which the net Republican rating was higher than the net Democrat rating.”

But it gets better (for Democrats) with this line.

“Even worse for the Republicans is that their favorability rating continues to degrade.”


Madison Mayor Soglin Says GOP Shutdown Of Government Has Effect Of Terrorists

I have said the GOP members of congress who are shutting down the federal government are acting like terrorists.  Now I read that Madison Mayor Paul Soglin also correctly stated that the perpetrators of the shutdown are having the effect of  terrorists who in their greatest hope would want to shut down the U.S.  government and that a resolution rests in Congress approving a clean continuing  resolution to restart funding with no strings attached.

It is a shame what is happening to our political institutions and the fabric of our nation from this government shutdown.  The partisan zeal to undermine government, and deprive the citizenry a functioning bureaucracy  is mind-numbing.

Soglin made mention of the hardships that might befall local residents.   Budget shortfalls will possibly impact everything from Section 8 housing to transit funds for metro service.  Citizens are noting what is happening, and who is to blame.

The only question that remains is how long before the moderate element of the GOP congress reasserts itself and leads again from the mature side of their party.

On September 27th I wrote, in part, the following.

Simply put, the appalling behavior from the new brand of Republicans is much akin to terrorists.

Last night on a news program it was noted that the House is not really asking for sane negotiations.   After all, as it was stated, it’s a negotiation if someone is trying to sell a house and the debate is over the price.  But what the House Republicans are saying is ’Give me everything inside or I’m going to burn it down.’

President Obama is correct to say he will not negotiate the good faith and credit of the United States with those who are trying to hold the nation for ransom.  That is not how the political process is handled in this nation, and it is time the three-thumb crowd that got elected from red districts understand that.

There are too many in the world with a bomb strapped to their chests.  We have seen that too many times in the headlines.  As such we can not and must not allow for the Republicans who act as if they were potty trained at gunpoint to also act like terrorists.

For damn sure, this nation will not let Republicans blow our government up.  They need to be stopped.  Anything that allows these nutty Republicans to believe they can trade a debt-ceiling threat for policy concessions simply creates a new hostage crisis the next time the debt ceiling comes up.  This nation does not negotiate with terrorists.


This Is So Fun With Congress, We Should Do it Every Six Weeks!


I must admit there was no way to prepare myself for the news that came from Washington Republicans today.

Speaker John Boehner pitched a six-week debt limit increase to House Republicans in a closed meeting on Thursday morning. He told his Republican colleagues they can’t keep fighting on two fronts, referring to the government shutdown and looming debt ceiling deadline.

Can we also make sure there is a week root canal, and bi-weekly colonoscopy, too.

This is just NOT the way the federal government of the United States should be operating