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Gayle in MD
09-03-2010, 06:59 AM
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By Eugene Robinson
Friday, September 3, 2010

According to polls, Americans are in a mood to hold their breath until they turn blue. Voters appear to be so fed up with the Democrats that they're ready to toss them out in favor of the Republicans -- for whom, according to those same polls, the nation has even greater contempt. This isn't an "electoral wave," it's a temper tantrum.

It's bad enough that the Democratic Party's "favorable" rating has fallen to an abysmal 33 percent, according to a recent NBC-Wall Street Journal poll. It's worse that the Republican Party's favorability has plunged to just 24 percent. But incredibly, according to Gallup, registered voters say they intend to vote for Republicans over Democrats by an astounding 10-point margin. Respected analysts reckon that the GOP has a chance of gaining 45 to 60 seats in the House, which would bring Minority Leader John Boehner into the speaker's office.

My guess is that with a decided advantage in campaign funds, along with the other advantages of incumbency, Democrats will be able to mitigate these prospective losses -- perhaps even relieving Nancy Pelosi of the hassles of moving. But there's no mistaking the public mood, and the truth is that it makes no sense.

In the punditry business, it's considered bad form to question the essential wisdom of the American people. But at this point, it's impossible to ignore the obvious: The American people are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats.

This is not, I repeat not, a partisan argument. My own political leanings are well-known, but the refusal of Americans to look seriously at the nation's situation -- and its prospects -- is an equal-opportunity scourge. Republicans got the back of the electorate's hand in 2006 and 2008; Democrats will feel the sting this November. By 2012, it will probably be the GOP's turn to get slapped around again.

The nation demands the impossible: quick, painless solutions to long-term, structural problems. While they're running for office, politicians of both parties encourage this kind of magical thinking. When they get into office, they're forced to try to explain that things aren't quite so simple -- that restructuring our economy, renewing the nation's increasingly rickety infrastructure, reforming an unsustainable system of entitlements, redefining America's position in the world and all the other massive challenges that face the country are going to require years of effort. But the American people don't want to hear any of this. They want somebody to make it all better. Now.



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pooltchr
09-03-2010, 09:07 AM
The best we can hope for is for the Reps to win the mid term elections, stop Obama from steamrolling his agenda through, and end up being just as incompetent as the present dem controlled congress.
Then, just maybe, there might be hope for a 3rd party presidential candidate in 2012. Maybe the public needs to see that neither the Dems nor the Reps are willing to actually represent the American public.

Steve

eg8r
09-03-2010, 10:16 AM
This is easy to understand and it makes perfect sense...the ONLY reason the Dems have control is because the American voters were mad at the way the Reps were handling themselves while in office. The voters did not like what the Reps were doing and decided to voice their opinion and vote them out. The Dems are now pissing off the voters and the tide is changing.

What is so hard to understand? If you don't perform to the expectation of the voter then they will vote you out. It is that easy. I just hope that the Reps are paying attention this time around or we will see another shift back to Dems in another few years.

eg8r

LWW
09-03-2010, 01:36 PM
As is so typical of G, she is blaming the victim.

LWW

pooltchr
09-03-2010, 02:27 PM
The American public did not create our economic crisis. That lands squarely on the shoulders of our representatives in Washington.

The American public has to deal with the results of the fiscal irresponsibility of the ruling class.

Is it any wonder the American public is PO'd??????????

Steve

LWW
09-03-2010, 02:48 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: pooltchr</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The American public did not create our economic crisis. That lands squarely on the shoulders of our representatives in Washington.

Steve </div></div>

Yes we did, and only we can fix it.

We, as a people ... not as a whole, believed that we could:

- Spend like drunken admirals.

- Cut taxes.

- De-industrialize so nobody had to smell a factory.

- Turn over control of our schools to the fed.

- Expand SSI, SSD, Medicaid, Medicare, and welfare without drawback.

and that everything would be OK.

We believed it because we wanted to believe the man in the box with the nice suit and then get back to watching the ball game.

We should be ashamed.

We should also be proud that the majority of us either never believed the snake oil sellers, or have finally awoken from our stupor.

LWW

Sev
09-03-2010, 07:58 PM
The founders believed that every election cycle 50% of the elected leaders would be replaced.

Perhaps we are once again on the right path.