Hope and Change: Republicans up 5 on generic Congressional ballot

posted at 12:15 pm on August 19, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

How have American voters responded to the introduction of massive spending and government oversight in the era of Hope and Change?  They have shown great enthusiasm — for replacing Democratic leadership with Republicans.  According to the latest Rasmussen poll on the generic Congressional ballot, Republicans have jumped out to their biggest lead in years. Allahpundit posted about this yesterday, but it’s worth a second look to see the crosstab demographics:

Republican candidates have now matched their biggest lead over Democrats of the past several years on the Generic Congressional Ballot.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 43% would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate while 38% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent. …

These findings come at the same time that voters, for the first time in over two years of polling, say they trust Republicans slightly more than Democrats on the handling of the issue of health care.

Republicans used to maintain majorities even when trailing on these poll questions.  Democrats didn’t take control of Congress until anti-incumbent fervor hit peak levels in 2006, following scandals in the House.  Despite this major reversal, Republicans probably need a similar catalyst, but ObamaCare and cap-and-tax may be enough.

As is always the case, the independent voters tell the story.  The overall polling shows a 43%-38% advantage for Republicans, but that explodes to 45%-18% among independents.  That’s an amazing 27-point gap, which will be most felt in the Blue Dog districts Nancy Pelosi and Rahm Emanuel exploited to gain their majority.  Democrats, especially Congressional Democrats, have utterly lost the unaffiliated voters, which portends a very depressing midterm election cycle next year.

The rest of the demographics show other problems for Democrats.  They have lost their advantage among women, who now favor the GOP by a narrow 41%-39%.  The Democrats lose in every age category except 18-29, which they only carry 44%-34%.  They carry voters at income levels below $40K, but lose every other income demo, by majorities in the $60-75K and $100K+ categories.  They’ve lost all categories of religious voters, which means that the What Would Jesus Cover argument isn’t gaining any traction at all.

Democrats couldn’t have done worse if they had been deliberately trying to lose the 2010 midterms.  Their radical agenda has alienated the nation, which is why we see the angry confrontations in the town halls this month.  That’s no fluke, and these polls prove it.


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So, really, what we’ve learned is that the GOP is best when it shuts its face.

lorien1973 on August 19, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Now, can the GOP ride this wave all the way into 2010?

Me has my doubts.

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM

NBC Obama shill Chuck Todd said this morning that the loss of the soccor moms has Obama running scared.

elduende on August 19, 2009 at 12:19 PM

simple reaction to this administrations overreach and perceived lightening speed shift down the road to deficit spending and big government entitlement programs

gatorboy on August 19, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Maybe they should switch to a “Whose Money and Services Would Jesus Steal?” approach.

Abby Adams on August 19, 2009 at 12:20 PM

The overall polling shows a 43%-38% advantage for Republicans, but that explodes to 45%-18% among independents. That’s an amazing 27-point gap, which will be most felt in the Blue Dog districts Nancy Pelosi and Rahm Emanuel exploited to gain their majority.

We cannot let up. I am pretty sure that the Republicans can find a way to mess this up. For now, it is party time.

TXMomof3 on August 19, 2009 at 12:21 PM

My advice to Republicans: Shut up. Don’t say anything from now until the election. Just lay low. No one likes you, people don’t want to be reminded about you in any way, and that’s what they like. NotDemocrat is a good party as any.

Apologetic California on August 19, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Please, oh please, keep telling US citizens they’re evil, ignorant and un-American. Please.

FreakyBoy on August 19, 2009 at 12:22 PM

I hate to repeat this old phrase but…”it is the economy, stupid”.

d1carter on August 19, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Republicans won’t get back in. We have the votes.

LibTired on August 19, 2009 at 12:24 PM

The GOP will, without a doubt, manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

BadgerHawk on August 19, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Now, can the GOP ride this wave all the way into 2010?

Me has my doubts.

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM

I’m in that leaky boat with you.

Limerick on August 19, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Now, can the GOP ride this wave all the way into 2010?

Me has my doubts.

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM

No doubts here. Same thing happened in 1993; the GOP skyrocketed in polls due to the debacle of HillaryCare. It lasted well through 1994 and beyond.

Norwegian on August 19, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Republicans won’t get back in. We have the votes.

LibTired on August 19, 2009 at 12:24 PM

At this rate, their own momma’s wouldn’t vote for them.

TXMomof3 on August 19, 2009 at 12:26 PM

The American people have short memories.

Don’t let these numbers throw us off our game.

Knucklehead on August 19, 2009 at 12:26 PM

The GOP will, without a doubt, manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

BadgerHawk on August 19, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Agreed.

myrenovations on August 19, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Outside of 2001, the party that won the white house loses the next midterm election. It’s historical and clockwork and part of our endless two party cycle. Yay for…what always happens.

CrankyIndependent on August 19, 2009 at 12:28 PM

If the unemployment numbers stay high…the Dems will continue to have problems.

d1carter on August 19, 2009 at 12:28 PM

That is a lot of un-American fascists mobsters out there…

right2bright on August 19, 2009 at 12:29 PM

I think the GOP is blowing it – we’ve reached the tipping point and they need to be pushing.

They continue to allow the media and the dems to paint them as the party of “no” …

We need to start pushing back – and turn this into a political war between Democrats and America.

Because …

That’s what this has become.

HondaV65 on August 19, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Now, if only the Republicans were good for anything.

If voted in, I suppose we could expect them to reverse Porkulus and kill any remnants of Cap & Tax or Obamacare that may remain. Of course, they’d need a veto-proof majority.

After that we can trust them to stick to principles for a short while. Say, oh, 20 seconds.

Yeah, they’d be less dangerous than Democrats and gridlock would be a very good thing. What we really need is a part-time Congress, one that meets the way state legislatures do, it would give them less time to do damage.

obladioblada on August 19, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Winning is only HALF the equation.

Don’t delude yourself by thinking they will impose major cuts.

And that is the only remedy.

artist on August 19, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Winning is only HALF the equation.

Don’t delude yourself by thinking they will impose major cuts.

And that is the only remedy.

artist on August 19, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Now might be the time to start “purifying” the party – getting rid of the heavy spenders. It’s not like there are that many to get rid of…

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:31 PM

If these results hold and the GOP takes congress in 2010 (or even a slim difference in the minority). I would conclude that:

(A) Americans rejected statism in 2010.
(B) Americans rejected the spending and corruption of the GOP in 2006 and 2008.

Then can we try true conservatism, especially fiscal, and see if Americans reject that in a future election!

WashJeff on August 19, 2009 at 12:31 PM

They have shown great enthusiasm — for replacing Democratic leadership with Republicans.

If the dems keep up the overeaching, arrogant, we won crap they will be down 10-15 points by election day 2010. I fear that the GOP will still screw up that lead.

farright on August 19, 2009 at 12:32 PM

CrankyIndependent on August 19, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Yes, but I’d still like to see a blowout to put an exclamation point on it.

sherry on August 19, 2009 at 12:32 PM

In response to Barney Frank asking the townhall attendee with the Bozo/Hitler poster “what planet are you from”, Rush said “you’re the one hanging around Uranus.”

txag92 on August 19, 2009 at 12:32 PM

At this rate, their own momma’s wouldn’t vote for them.

TXMomof3 on August 19, 2009 at 12:26 PM

They’re their own mothers. (meant both ways)

TXUS on August 19, 2009 at 12:32 PM

In response to Barney Frank asking the townhall attendee with the Bozo/Hitler poster “what planet are you from”, Rush said “you’re the one hanging around Uranus.”

txag92 on August 19, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Oh, oh… Now we just need some images to confirm that… Back to Google…

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:33 PM

NBC Obama shill Chuck Todd said this morning that the loss of the soccor moms has Obama running scared.

elduende on August 19, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Chuck, you criminals in the propaganda media who foisted this scam on America are the ones who should be running scared. If ol’ Chuckie lived in my neighborhood, I’d make his life a living hell. No venue would be off limits to my opinions to and about this coconspirator.

marklmail on August 19, 2009 at 12:33 PM

By this time next year the Dems will have a health care victory (of some sort), major progress on global warming, an expanding economy and a deficit dropping at a rapid clip (because so much of the current deficit is short-term spending for bailouts and stimuli). Running against shrill, do-nothing Republicans who have mortgaged their party to the birthers and the Pailins, they will do quite well for a mid-term election. Enjoy it now: next November is going to look a lot like the last one.

Bleeds Blue on August 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Yay for…what always happens.

CrankyIndependent on August 19, 2009 at 12:28 PM

I believe the drop in these numbers is unprecedented…at least I think the loss in the polls for Obama is the largest.
So for the “always happens”, not this way, not this dramatic, not this quickly.
What makes this more dramatic, is that Obama has a built in 12% vote that will never not vote for him (under any circumstance), crack smoking with a hooker, doesn’t deter these voters.

right2bright on August 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Oh, oh… Now we just need some images to confirm that… Back to Google…

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Me no want images of Frank & Uranus. :)

These poll numbers make me happy.

WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

txag92 on August 19, 2009 at 12:35 PM

They’re their own mothers. (meant both ways)

TXUS on August 19, 2009 at 12:32 PM

You might have to explain that to me.

TXMomof3 on August 19, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Bleeds Blue on August 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Oh, come on! You can troll better than that!

Let me know if you need some one-line Bush zingers.

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:35 PM

WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

txag92 on August 19, 2009 at 12:35 PM

That should be asked DAILY.

artist on August 19, 2009 at 12:35 PM

WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

txag92 on August 19, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Errr… the shovels didn’t ship in from China.

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Bleeds Blue on August 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM

It takes real effort stick so much stupidity in a short comment. I applaud your effort.

lorien1973 on August 19, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Bleeds Blue on August 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Now I am demoralized.

WashJeff on August 19, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Republicans should just SHUT UP…..

The Democrats ran on that platform and got all three branches……Barry Hussein did not run on anything other than Change from Bush…that was it and it worked out pretty well for him….folks voted in the most liberal Socialist on planet earth without a care…

SDarchitect on August 19, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Now I am demoralized.

WashJeff on August 19, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Don’t let the idiot get to you.

txag92 on August 19, 2009 at 12:38 PM

This is a critical statistic and it will continue to trend red as Obama, Pelosi and Reid continue to self-immolate and as they continue to try to ramrod socialist programs through Congress.

The Blue Dogs are correctly worried sick about this, because they, in effect, have a bullseye on their backs.

If I was going to run for Congress in 2010, I would hang the scepter of Obama, Pelosi and Reid around my opponent’s neck.

What I would like to see is an insurgency of red state citizen legislators running against these hacks.

I would settle for them being Republicans but would be happy to see some conservative independent candidates.

The DNC knows that 2010 is poised to be a slaughter for their candidates.

This should be fun.

molonlabe28 on August 19, 2009 at 12:39 PM

SDarchitect on August 19, 2009 at 12:37 PM

A tad better than Bleads Blue, but I think you could work on your act.

I’m going to give you a 5/10. Oh, heck, I kind of liked the Barry Hussein. 6/10.

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Bleeds Blue on August 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM

getalife.

Del Dolemonte on August 19, 2009 at 12:39 PM

The key word is “generic.” What the Republicans don’t have is the candidates who can make this reality.

They — and the conservative movement in general — have abandoned, in action, the principles that once made them worthwhile. They have enjoyed the Washington Kool-Ade, and as a group are as bloated and self-centered as Osama Obama’s minions.

People like Gingrich, Thompson and Palin transformed themselves from doers into talkers, leading a massive game of inside-baseball theorizing and arguing. Instead of enacting policy, they babble about it.

Where are the Goldwaters, the Reagans? Sad to say, they appear to have vanished. Without some active, determined and, most of all, committed-to-priciples candidates, we can expect to the the Left continue to dominate policy creation and enactment, with only the feeble bleating of armchair-politicians to counteract them.

We are not in good shape, and this poll means nothing in reality.

MrScribbler on August 19, 2009 at 12:39 PM

By this time next year the Dems will have a health care victory (of some sort), major progress on global warming, an expanding economy and a deficit dropping at a rapid clip (because so much of the current deficit is short-term spending for bailouts and stimuli). Running against shrill, do-nothing Republicans who have mortgaged their party to the birthers and the Pailins, they will do quite well for a mid-term election. Enjoy it now: next November is going to look a lot like the last one.

Bleeds Blue o

Are you Barney Frank’s neighbor on Uranus?

Beaglemom on August 19, 2009 at 12:39 PM

The Bush boys seem to have escaped the trend, but every Presidential approval rating line graph looks the same since folks kept track of this kind of thing.

I believe the drop in these numbers is unprecedented…at least I think the loss in the polls for Obama is the largest.

CrankyIndependent on August 19, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Bleeds Blue on August 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM
Oh, come on! You can troll better than that!
Let me know if you need some one-line Bush zingers.
Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Thanks, dude! I’ll keep you in mind. Pleased to see the conservatives starting their celebration so early. I believe that’s what the Hessians did at Trenton.

Now that Obama has decided there’s no need to play nice, the game is going to change…I think it was just about this time last year some Arctic Hottie was lifting the McCain ticket to new heights, moving it ahead in the polls and guiding the way to victory.

Bleeds Blue on August 19, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Obama has a built in 12% vote that will never not vote for him (under any circumstance), crack smoking with a hooker, doesn’t deter these voters.

right2bright on August 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM

I agree, but I believe it’s closer to 30%.

farright on August 19, 2009 at 12:40 PM

1984 is coming. We will live in a country where the message is, it’s not the State that has betrayed you, it is your family, your friends, your co-workers.

They have betrayed you. They are in the way of Utopia. They must be informed upon. They must be dealt with.

Of course, Conservatives are “they.”

OhEssYouCowboys on August 19, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Now, can the GOP ride this wave all the way into 2010?

Me has my doubts.

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM
I’m in that leaky boat with you.

Limerick on August 19, 2009 at 12:24 PM

What was the name of our resident conservative “cheerleader” that banned himself after the last Presidential election, (if Obama won)? Can we find him?

Rovin on August 19, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Thanks, dude! I’ll keep you in mind. Pleased to see the conservatives starting their celebration so early. I believe that’s what the Hessians did at Trenton.

Now that Obama has decided there’s no need to play nice, the game is going to change…I think it was just about this time last year some Arctic Hottie was lifting the McCain ticket to new heights, moving it ahead in the polls and guiding the way to victory.

Bleeds Blue on August 19, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Now, that’s far higher quality trolling.

You’re getting the hang of it!

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:41 PM

What was the name of our resident conservative “cheerleader” that banned himself after the last Presidential election, (if Obama won)? Can we find him?

Rovin on August 19, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Really? I never saw this poster.

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Bleeds Blue on August 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM

More proof that KoolAid causes brain damage.

Knucklehead on August 19, 2009 at 12:42 PM

TXMomof3 on August 19, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Sorry, too cryptic. Mothers in the sense of wanting cradle to grave protection for themselves to be paid for by the rest of us. And mother effers, one of the ballerina Rahm Emanuel’s favorite terms.

TXUS on August 19, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Caution is the word of the day here.

As much as it might look better for republicans it can turn on a dime again if the repubs don’t make good use of the airwaves and start publicizing their alternatives for health care reform and start adopting some policy toward the ‘green’ policies (we do need them, climate change or not this place is getting pretty polluted).

Repubs need to adopt a better foreign policy as well. Jumping into invasion after a token attempt at diplomacy isn’t going to cut it anymore. As much as conservatives are griping that the liberals aren’t listening on healthcare and cap n tax, THEY need to listen on things like foreign policy. There are other ways to handle things than talk one sidedly a bit, bounce off the useless UN once or twice then invade.

Bottom line is that republicans need to do something the liberals won’t do, and that’s realize that this country is perhaps mostly center right, but the key word there is MOSTLY. That means there are others and swingers in between. If they blow it by not constructing this run well, or winning and reversing themselves like they did after the “contract with America” farce, they’ll be out of power for far longer and America will suffer far worse under an extended liberal fascist state than we are even now.

Get it together republicans. It’s either that or we need to start building a replacement party for the GOP rather than for the dumbocrats.

Spiritk9 on August 19, 2009 at 12:43 PM

More proof that KoolAid causes brain damage.

Knucklehead on August 19, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Either that or he’s been sniffing dollar bills.

txag92 on August 19, 2009 at 12:44 PM

TXUS on August 19, 2009 at 12:43 PM

I was wondering if I was to sheltered there for a minute.

TXMomof3 on August 19, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Don’t let the idiot get to you.

txag92 on August 19, 2009 at 12:38 PM

I’m just sh*ttin’ with it. That’s what those goofballs want.

WashJeff on August 19, 2009 at 12:44 PM

getalife.

Del Dolemonte on August 19, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Eh, too many words and full sentences.

myrenovations on August 19, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Either that or he’s been sniffing dollar bills.

txag92 on August 19, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Or the Thundercrack!

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:44 PM

to = too

TXMomof3 on August 19, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Bleeds Stupidity on August 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM

LibTired on August 19, 2009 at 12:45 PM

I’m just sh*ttin’ with it. That’s what those goofballs want.

WashJeff on August 19, 2009 at 12:44 PM

No, I think it’s liberal343 that likes the sh*t. Real Scat Fetish. Be on the look out.

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:45 PM

I expect that when the going starts to get tough – and it will for the Democrats – they will all turn on Obama. He will be the scapegoat for this disastrous 4 years and they will turn to Hillary in 2012. The media can’t bury every story and i think they are starting to realize that.

tflst5 on August 19, 2009 at 12:45 PM

What was the name of our resident conservative “cheerleader” that banned himself after the last Presidential election, (if Obama won)? Can we find him?

Rovin on August 19, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Manly Rash

Patrick S on August 19, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Rovin on August 19, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Manlyrash

http://www.manlyrash.com I think he’s at.

lorien1973 on August 19, 2009 at 12:46 PM

In order for the GOP to win any new seats, the best thing I can recommend is a party coup. Kick the pantywaists away and bring in people who can get things done.

newton on August 19, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Manly Rash

What kind of messed up name is that?

TXMomof3 on August 19, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Obama, Reid and Pelosi have jobs so they don’t care about JOBS.

Therefore they fritter away months and billions while wasting energy on irrelevant follies like Obamacare and Cap and Trade Crap and Trash, and the rest of this partisan idiocy.

It’s Joe Biden’s three letter word, O’morons: JOBS
that should be the focus of the administration’s efforts.

But they simply don’t care that millions are out of work, are losing their houses, and the economy is stagnant and spiralling lower.

They got theirs, screw America.

profitsbeard on August 19, 2009 at 12:46 PM

I find it entertaining watching the trolls try and make themselves believe what they are posting. The one good thing that has come of this mess is that large amounts of people are starting to pay attention to what is going on in Washington.

I can only hope that the lessons learned will not be short lived.

HoustonRight on August 19, 2009 at 12:47 PM

What was the name of our resident conservative “cheerleader” that banned himself after the last Presidential election, (if Obama won)? Can we find him?

Rovin on August 19, 2009 at 12:41 PM

manly rash?

myrenovations on August 19, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Yeah, I have a problem seeing momentum carrying through to 2010. Maybe if NJ and Va go “Red” (you know I hate that. used to be Republicans were blue and then all of a sudden in 2001 we’re “Red”, the color of danger/stopping/commies etc.)

Iblis on August 19, 2009 at 12:47 PM

I guess that introducing the “Hessians,” regarding this thread, is kind of like talking about the Erie Canal, and “healthcare reform.”

I love the lecturing of history, by Socialist Parasites.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 19, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Bleeds Blue

So… does the display name reference the anime RahXephon or is it liberalism blood disease?

ConservativeJawa on August 19, 2009 at 12:48 PM

manly rash?

myrenovations on August 19, 2009 at 12:47 PM

yep…that is the good fella’s handle.

Limerick on August 19, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Yeah, I have a problem seeing momentum carrying through to 2010. Maybe if NJ and Va go “Red” (you know I hate that. used to be Republicans were blue and then all of a sudden in 2001 we’re “Red”, the color of danger/stopping/commies etc.)

Iblis on August 19, 2009 at 12:47 PM

I think red is more fitting for the leftists, but that’s just me…

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Now that Obama has decided there’s no need to play nice, the game is going to change…I think it was just about this time last year some Arctic Hottie was lifting the McCain ticket to new heights, moving it ahead in the polls and guiding the way to victory.

Bleeds Blue on August 19, 2009 at 12:40 PM

The Obama presidency so far has been lackluster at best.

His economic policies can be safely called a failure.

Chuck Schick on August 19, 2009 at 12:49 PM

I think red is more fitting for the leftists, but that’s just me…

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Absolutely, the first time that I ever saw the use of “red,” for Republicans, was by the media, regarding a Presidential election. The media know, full well, that red is associated with Communism and Socialism. That is why they didn’t want to associate the Democrats with it.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 19, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Maybe they should switch to a “Whose Money and Services Would Jesus Steal?” approach.

Abby Adams on August 19, 2009 at 12:20 PM

I like you.

Mommypundit on August 19, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Obama has a built in 12% vote that will never not vote for him (under any circumstance), crack smoking with a hooker, doesn’t deter these voters.

right2bright on August 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM
I agree, but I believe it’s closer to 30%.

farright on August 19, 2009 at 12:40 PM

This SINGLE point has me rethinking public funding for abortions. Wish I was kidding.

marklmail on August 19, 2009 at 12:52 PM

http://www.manlyrash.com I think he’s at.

lorien1973 on August 19, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Coming from you, I was cringing as this site was opening (since I am at work). Whew!

WashJeff on August 19, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Is ManlyRash back? :o)

Mommypundit on August 19, 2009 at 12:52 PM

It only took Democrats 7 months to do what took Republicans did over 8 years.

Worst. Party. Ever.

Alexander on August 19, 2009 at 12:52 PM

By this time next year the Dems will have a health care victory (of some sort), major progress on global warming, an expanding economy and a deficit dropping at a rapid clip (because so much of the current deficit is short-term spending for bailouts and stimuli). Running against shrill, do-nothing Republicans who have mortgaged their party to the birthers and the Pailins, they will do quite well for a mid-term election. Enjoy it now: next November is going to look a lot like the last one.

Bleeds Blue on August 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Health care victory? Why do you assume that if something gets passed, the people who are complaining now are going to like it? I know that one of the major assumptions of the Left is that people don’t know what’s good for them, but when has that ever worked as policy in history? You people sound like the Iranian grand poobahs telling the people that if they only embraced hard-core Islam, all their problems would go away.

And “major progress” on global warming? Isn’t that a bit ambitious, given the scope of the “problem”? What, are global temperatures going to drop precipitously because a bill gets signed into law? No, but people are going to see their energy bills rise and that will be far more tangible to them.

Economy expanding? Seems dubious. Consumers will remain tapped out, as per this analysis: http://www.zerohedge.com/article/detailed-look-stratified-us-consumer and the weakening economy is spiraling even further down, as shown here: http://www.zerohedge.com/article/taylor-rule-estimate-suggests-fed-fund-rate-differential-whopping-68

Now that you people are in power, can you please start coming to grips with reality?

venividivici on August 19, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Absolutely, the first time that I ever saw the use of “red,” for Republicans, was by the media, regarding a Presidential election. The media know, full well, that red is associated with Communism and Socialism. That is why they didn’t want to associate the Democrats with it.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 19, 2009 at 12:50 PM

In order to avoid colorism, we could call the Barney of Bawney Fwank the 0′s and the Opposition party the 1′s…

Eh… slang that probably no one else will get …

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Manly Rash

Patrick S on August 19, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Manlyrash

lorien1973 on August 19, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Thanks…..maybe it’s time to recall manly for duty?

Rovin on August 19, 2009 at 12:53 PM

On the burner: BarryCare = everyone fuming

On the back burner:

1. Cap n Trade = Gorebal Warming bots fuming!
2. Iraq/Afghan = Code Pinko bots fuming!
3. Immigration = Hispanic Groups fuming!
4. Israel still breathing = Apologists fuming!

Good job, Barry.

Limerick on August 19, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Bleeds Blue on August 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Congratulations: Everything you said is wrong as well as pathetically stupid.

CrankyIndependent on August 19, 2009 at 12:40 PM

you get the “blatantblue” Award for being totally wrong: No POTUS has fallen this far in approval ratings as Obama

You pretend to not be the same as “blue” but you are; he just admits it.

Janos Hunyadi on August 19, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Is ManlyRash back? :o)

Mommypundit on August 19, 2009 at 12:52 PM

He and a lovely bottle of chardonnay got me through election night.

sherry on August 19, 2009 at 12:54 PM

The Obama presidency so far has been lackluster at best.
His economic policies can be safely called a failure.
Chuck Schick on August 19, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Banking system recovered, housing market stable, unemployment dropping (FWIW), stock market inching up, Detroit selling cars, — given the state of the economy a year ago, I’ll take that.

Oh, and all without Republican help. If the economy recovers, and it will, the Dems get all the credit. The only hope of the Republican Party is a crushing double dip recession.

Bleeds Blue on August 19, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Pleased to see the conservatives starting their celebration so early. I believe that’s what the Hessians did at Trenton.

You need to work harder at your military metaphors; the Hessians never celebrated at Trenton, they were overrun and defeated in fairly short order.

Bishop on August 19, 2009 at 12:55 PM

I was wondering if I was to sheltered there for a minute.

TXMomof3 on August 19, 2009 at 12:44 PM

No way. Texas women, as a rule, aren’t quite the sheltered type… thank God.

TXUS on August 19, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Banking system recovered, housing market stable, unemployment dropping (FWIW), stock market inching up, Detroit selling cars, — given the state of the economy a year ago, I’ll take that.

Wait…what? You are about to get eaten alive.

Bishop on August 19, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:52 PM

I’d rather be a hammer than a nail. :)

HoustonRight on August 19, 2009 at 12:56 PM

I’d rather be a hammer than a nail. :)

HoustonRight on August 19, 2009 at 12:56 PM

+1 for you!

Upstater85 on August 19, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Banking system recovered, housing market stable, unemployment dropping (FWIW), stock market inching up, Detroit selling cars, — given the state of the economy a year ago, I’ll take that.

Oh, and all without Republican help. If the economy recovers, and it will, the Dems get all the credit. The only hope of the Republican Party is a crushing double dip recession.

Bleeds Blue on August 19, 2009 at 12:54 PM

You Socialists can only “take.” You bring nothing to the table, but the forced confiscation of the earnings of others.

You are parasites.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 19, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Bleeds Blue on August 19, 2009 at 12:40 PM

i’ll tell you the same as the other trolls, you have the white house ,the house of represenatives and the senat and you still can’t get things done without trying to demonize the republicans and regular citizens, what a bunch of loosers….acomplish something thats good for america then come back and talk shit!!!

SHARPTOOTH on August 19, 2009 at 12:58 PM

No way. Texas women, as a rule, aren’t quite the sheltered type… thank God.

TXUS on August 19, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Amen!

txag92 on August 19, 2009 at 12:59 PM

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