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How can this be?
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Congress has the lowest approval rating in a decade? Lower than the 1994 Newt Gingrich House? After the Democrats won?

Fueled by disappointment at the pace of change since Democrats assumed the majority on Capitol Hill, public approval of Congress has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade, according to a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll.

Just 27% of Americans now approve of the way Congress is doing its job, the poll found, down from 36% in January, when Democrats assumed control of the House and the Senate.

And 63% of Americans say that the new Democratic Congress is governing in a "business as usual" manner, rather than working to bring the fundamental change that party leaders promised after November's midterm election.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), the first woman to hold that position, has also failed to impress many Americans. Only 36% approve of the way she is handling the job, the poll found.
How about that? The promise of the "most open and honest" Congress has failed to materialize and as suspected "business as usual" is still the rule. With Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer (not to mention David Obey) I just can't imagine why.

One of the other reasons they're in such a sad state is they continue to pursue meaningless nonsense such as this:
The Senate yesterday rejected a bid to conduct a vote of no confidence in Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, as Republicans declined to defend the embattled presidential confidant but rejected the effort as a political stunt.
The Economist takes a look as well.

The silver lining however is that it may dampen a bit of the incessant crowing in some quarters about Bush's low poll numbers.

All is not lost however, Democrats do seem to have learned one thing since January: Governing is a lot tougher than sniping from the sidelines.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

That Bush is such a moron. He’s so stupid that he not only tricked the entire country into voting for him twice, and tricked the Democrats into helping authorize the war in Iraq, he’s also tricked the Democrats into taking over Congress, knowing full well they’d have a lower approval rating than he.
Written By: steverino
Democrats do seem to have learned one thing since January: Governing is a lot tougher than sniping from the sidelines.
Even though their opponents have far inferior sniping skills.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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One of the other reasons they’re in such a sad state is they continue to pursue meaningless nonsense such as [holding a no confidence vote on Alberto Gonzales].
The American people are mad at Congress for exercising oversight and voicing displeasure in the Bush Administration? I thought you said they were angry at "business as usual".

A lot of this is due to disappointment in the Democratic base, mostly over the "failure" to end the Iraq war and the fact that, well, there are a lot of reasons to disapprove of Congress no matter who’s running it. I’d be a lot more interested in a poll showing whether or not people plan on voting for a Democrat or a Republican congressperson in 08.
Written By: Badger
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Did you miss this:
One of the other reasons ...
Written By: McQ
"exercising oversight and expressing displeasure in the Bush Administration"?

Hate to burst your bubble, Skippy, but American government isn’t a parliamentary system. A vote of "no confidence"? Jumping Bejus on a crutch, why doesn’t Nancy Pelosi cry "if you don’t get rid of that nasty meanie Gonzales, I’ll hold my breath until I turn blue, Mister Chimpy BusHitler!!" It would have the same effect and mean as much.

As much as Dirty Harry Reid’s moment of silence at 2.15 for the troops killed in Afghanistan. Gosh, think he might have done that just because Jorge Arbusto happens to be present today?

Crooks, liars, morons and flatulent frauds, all of them.
Written By: Christopher
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The 2006 vote was a punishment vote, wasn’t it? The thing is, that Republicans being mad at Republicans isn’t the same thing as Republicans being happy with Democrats.

For a lot of people I believe (with no evidence at all) it was a choice of slapping the party in 2006 or in 2008 and it seemed just about safe enough in 2006 to do it, thus saving 2008 for the more serious presidential race.

Can’t punish one party without benefiting the other, so make a choice which "benefit" is easier to live with. A PITA congress or Hillary.

Written By: Synova
I’ll take "neither" for $500, Synova. 8-)
Written By: SDN
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The Democrats are leaning that not only is Governing is a lot tougher than sniping from the sidelines, but it’s a lot easier to be united when you are jst sniping.
Written By: Neo
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Crooks, liars, morons and flatulent frauds, all of them.
Hey, let’s be fair. I’m sure they’re not all flatulent.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Bean soup seems to be one of the specialites de la maison of the Senate dining room.

The source of their inspiration. If fish is reputed to be brain food, .....
Then why isn’t fish mandated?
Coals to Newcastle, and all that.
Perhaps that is why the Senate chamber is always deserted.
Written By: timactual
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