Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Congressional Republicans face looming disaster

There's an old saying that goes something like this: you are entitled to your own opinion, but you're not entitled to your own facts.

In the last twenty-four hours a handful of right wing bloggers who should know better have been trumpeting the headline that the "Democratic Congress" only has an approval rate of 9%. They try to make the case that Americans blame Democrats in Congress for failures on major issues. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In the very article that one of these dishonest bloggers cites we find the following:
Despite these negative attitudes towards Congress, Democrats continue to enjoy a double digit lead on the Generic Congressional Ballot. Also, Barack Obama holds a modest lead over John McCain in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll. Other key stats on Election 2008 can be found at Obama-McCain: By the Numbers.
AMericans know--or will be told before the November elections--about the unprecendented Republican obstructionism at every level of government, but especially in Congress and the White House. The poll makes it clear that voters understand who is responsible for Congress' failures.

The average American is drowning and the Republican Party tackled the lifeguard. Look at this chart showing how many times Republicans chose to block progress in the Senate.

Time and time again, Democrats have tried to move America forward, only to have Republicans block progress and reform. Republicans chose to thwart the will of the American people as expressed at the ballot box. Republican legislators are going to find their obstructionism is going to be a central issue this November. This--along with unprecendented levels of corruption--helps explain why so many Republican incumbents have resigned rather than face angry constituents at the ballot box.

This November Republicans in Congress are going to face a blowout on the order of November 2006. Democrats will increase their margins in the House and Senate and, working with a new Democratic president, they will begin working on much needed, historic reforms that the Republicans will no longer be able to block.

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