Hot new Democratic talking point: Congress is actually “the Republican Congress”

posted at 7:59 pm on October 27, 2011 by Allahpundit

It’s all our fault.

“I’m the first one to acknowledge that the relations between myself and the Republican Congress have not been good over the last several months, but it’s not for lack of effort,” Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos earlier this month…

“I’m sure the president would like it to be creating jobs more quickly. And if the members of the do-nothing Republican Congress would actually put a couple of oars in the water and help us, [we could] do these things like [Mississippi] Gov. [Haley] Barbour mentioned that make so much sense,” Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” earlier this month…

Darrell West, director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, said, “Democrats are trying to give ownership of Congress to Republicans because the institution is dysfunctional and not addressing the jobs problem, and this is a way to tie blame to the GOP.”…

Washington insiders and those who track politics know that the 112th Congress is divided. But polls taken over the last several years show that many voters are unclear which party runs the House and/or Senate.

A cheap messaging ploy but a shrewd one. Congress’s approval rating is now at — no typo — nine percent, the first time it’s reached single digits since the NYT began polling the question more than 20 years ago. There’s no way to know but I’d bet it’s sunk that low only a few times in the whole of American history. Said freshman Rep. Trey Gowdy to Politico, “We’re below sharks and contract killers” in popularity. Hence the appeal to Obama in trying to replicate Truman’s 1948 strategy. As horrible as the economy is and as much blame as The One will get for it, his own alleged “do-nothing Congress” is a scapegoat-in-waiting unlike any that most presidents have ever enjoyed. In theory, all he needs to do is figure out a way to channel public frustration over our stimulus-infused, ObamaCare-burdened economy towards Congress and he’s back in the game electorally. This is a subtle but effective way of doing it, notwithstanding the fact that two Senate Democrats joined the GOP in filibustering his jobs bill and three more said they would have voted no on the final bill. (If you’re unfamiliar with the filibuster, it’s an obstructionist abomination — or, if the GOP happens to have a majority in the Senate, a crucial guarantee of full and free democratic debate.)

The thing is, they’re ultimately making an argument against gridlock here, not necessarily an argument against the GOP. According to the Times, Congress’s approval was 24 percent as recently as February, shortly after the new Republican House was sworn in. That’s not good but it’s in line with where Congress’s numbers have been at times over the past five years. The big collapse didn’t begin until later in the summer, after the interminable debt-ceiling standoff, and picked up speed with the deadlock over Obama’s jobs bill. The GOP will sustain some damage over that since they initiated the debt-ceiling saga by demanding meaningful budget cuts, but what’s got most voters disgusted (I think) isn’t the actual nuts and bolts of the policy disagreements but rather the simple fact of congressional paralysis. That paralysis could be cured by replacing “the Republican Congress” with a Democratic one … or it could be cured by replacing the Democratic president and Senate majority with Republicans. And since the election’s bound to be a referendum on Obama’s first term, the Democrats are more likely to bear the brunt of that anti-gridlock sentiment. Why elect Romney, after all, if you intend to give back the House to Democrats? You’ll end up with four more years of stalemate (unless he ends up governing like a Democrat, of course). In fact, if the GOP nominee ends up leading Obama late next fall, you’re bound to hear him push that message on the trail. “Elect me, but you’d better elect a Republican Senate too or else we’re in for another four-year arm-wrestling match.”

Here’s the leader of “the Republican Congress” on with Laura Ingraham today, wondering where President Zeus got the power to start passing stimulus measures himself simply because he doesn’t like dealing with Congress these days.

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So I guess Harry Reid will be allowing Mitch McConnell to set the Senate calander from here on out then…

JohnGalt23 on October 27, 2011 at 8:01 PM

1/3 of 2/3 of the lawmaking branches are GOP.

Therefore, 3/3 are GOP.

Math!

Good Lt on October 27, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Whos turn is it to cook the popcorn?

percysunshine on October 27, 2011 at 8:04 PM

And everyone should be reminded, day in and day out, that Obama had a full year of unfettered power with huge majorities in both houses of Congress and all the American people got out of it was nearly a trillion dollars wasted on Wall Street bailouts and an unpopular mandate on every single American via Obamacare.

All the while he was promising unemployment to never go above 8%.

That is 100% owned by Democrats. No matter how it’s sliced, diced and served up, the facts are the facts.

ButterflyDragon on October 27, 2011 at 8:05 PM

I want video of Harry choking on his words. No, not die but choke a little on his own words. Harry your life is a waste.

tim c on October 27, 2011 at 8:06 PM

HIS party will actually believe him. Oh, and those thumb up the bum independents that wait until the last second to decide what values and ideals they want to follow in any given election year.

HornetSting on October 27, 2011 at 8:08 PM

They remind me of the Occu-poopers when they all chat the same thing.

Blake on October 27, 2011 at 8:09 PM

McConnell should just come in early tomorrow morning and before Harry and the gang enter the Senate chamber, stride up to the podium and declare the Senate in session.

When Reid comes flying in all a-huff, McConnell can simply state that he heard that Congress was now Republican controlled.

If a staffer could grab video of an exchange like that I will pay 10 bones to the RNC just to see it.

Jason Coleman on October 27, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Senator Harry Reid, Leader of The Upper Chamber of Both Houses Calls Obama A Failure.

Key West Reader on October 27, 2011 at 8:11 PM

We can’t wait for it to be true next year!

Chip on October 27, 2011 at 8:11 PM

McConnell should just come in early tomorrow morning and before Harry and the gang enter the Senate chamber, stride up to the podium and declare the Senate in session.

When Reid comes flying in all a-huff, McConnell can simply state that he heard that Congress was now Republican controlled.

If a staffer could grab video of an exchange like that I will pay 10 bones to the RNC just to see it.

Jason Coleman on October 27, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Mitch McConnell? He’d have to locate his ballz for that.

HornetSting on October 27, 2011 at 8:11 PM

If Reid were choking on his own words, would Demint perform a Heimlich?

percysunshine on October 27, 2011 at 8:13 PM

“We Can’t Wait”!

For more free chits.

/Obama Voters.

—————————–

“We Can’t Wait”!
To unleash the Best of America!

/Herman Cain.

Key West Reader on October 27, 2011 at 8:15 PM

If Reid were choking on his own words, would Demint perform a Heimlich?

percysunshine on October 27, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Honestly, he would.

Key West Reader on October 27, 2011 at 8:16 PM

AP writes:

A cheap messaging ploy but a shrewd one.

It is not a ploy. It is a LIE. The President of the United States is an habitual, constant LIAR, which is an outrage. It is similarly disappointing for this to be called a “cheap messaging ploy.”

GaltBlvnAtty on October 27, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Mitch McConnell? He’d have to locate his ballz for that.

HornetSting on October 27, 2011 at 8:11 PM

You have to have ballz to be able to locate your ballz.

Knucklehead on October 27, 2011 at 8:17 PM

don’t bother me with trivial items like who runs congress….new episode of Jersey Shore tonight and I have a test tomorrow in LGBT history!

SDarchitect on October 27, 2011 at 8:21 PM

It is not a ploy. It is a LIE. The President of the United States is an habitual, constant LIAR, which is an outrage. It is similarly disappointing for this to be called a “cheap messaging ploy.”

GaltBlvnAtty on October 27, 2011 at 8:17 PM

We have to stop being disturbed by this fact. We must move forward, knowing that 82% of Americans understand and are dealing with the fact that this man is nothing more than a charlatan.

To berate a man for making a purchase that was ill advised, when he knows it.. is folly.

Key West Reader on October 27, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Washington insiders and those who track politics know that the 112th Congress is divided. But polls taken over the last several years show that many voters are unclear which party runs the House and/or Senate.

…which is why this could easily be turned on Obama because he is still viewed as the leader of this country.

When Republicans get done blasting each other and stop giving OBama this free ride he has enjoyed over the last few months…this “blame game” will start to change.

Obama promised that he could “unite” the country and “work across the aisle”.

He has accomplished hardly anything since losing filibuster majorities.

The buck stops at the Presidents desk….if he can’t get things done in Congress…
…………….then it’s time to get a President who can.

Republicans need to be in front of the cameras 24/7 letting the American people know:
… that democrats have controlled Congress since 2006….
………….Republicans have passed 15 jobs bills that the democratic lead Senate is doing nothing with….
………..democrats have failed to pass a budget in over 900 days…
………………and now democrats want to push a stimulus II that will fail just as badly at creating jobs as Obama’s Trillion dollar one did.

The debates get a tremendous amount of air time and coverage….
…..the sound bites need to be of candidates pointing things like this out instead trashing each other…we are doing Obama’s work for him.

Baxter Greene on October 27, 2011 at 8:24 PM

In a way, it is a GOP congress, at least from the sense that the Senate Democrats resemble a bunch of potted plants.

LFRGary on October 27, 2011 at 8:37 PM

THIS is exactly why the GOP candidates for Prez need to focus on Obowma…

… Expose him, call him out on this crap, bring up his record, the results of his policies, the Democrats as a whole.

In every speech, debate, or political ad…

… the message has to be against Obowma, what he has done to this country, his lies, and his abuse of power.

Seven Percent Solution on October 27, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Seven Percent Solution on October 27, 2011 at 8:38 PM

THIS +1000

cmsinaz on October 27, 2011 at 8:42 PM

don’t bother me with trivial items like who runs congress….new episode of Jersey Shore tonight and I have a test tomorrow in LGBT history!

SDarchitect on October 27, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Actually, it’s the second coming of Beavis and Butthead….

HornetSting on October 27, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Seven Percent Solution on October 27, 2011 at 8:38 PM

THIS +1000

cmsinaz on October 27, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Ditto.

The GOP candidates need to quit spending so much energy sniping at each other and aim squarely at the cause(s) of our problems and present their plans on how to turn this thing around.

davidk on October 27, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Losers never accept the blame for their failures.

darwin-t on October 27, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Things would go a lot smoother if Dingy Harry Reid were to step down.

GarandFan on October 27, 2011 at 9:28 PM

darwin-t on October 27, 2011 at 9:21 PM

“Losers always whine about ‘doing their best.’ Winners go home and bang the prom queen.”

“Carla was the prom queen.”

(Exchange between Connery and Cage in The Rock

Washington Nearsider on October 28, 2011 at 7:02 AM

This is my problem with Boehner: He wants the Republicans to win (of course) but he doesn’t seem to care which Republicans. I sense he would rather have some squishy, mealy-mouthed Romney type in the white house to push around rather than a solid, strong conservative that he will have to bend to.

SKYFOX on October 28, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Washington insiders and those who track politics know that the 112th Congress is divided. But polls taken over the last several years show that many voters are unclear which party runs the House and/or Senate.

Which is why Republican candidates for Democrat-held Senate seats need to campaign on “we could get a lot done on (issue) if the Democrats in the Senate weren’t blocking what the House has done.”

Steve Z on October 28, 2011 at 9:31 AM