Friday, February 12, 2010

Throw The Bums Out

"A stunning 8 percent of Americans believe members of Congress should be reelected, a staggering indictment of the legislative branch as Democrats prepare to defend their majority in the midterm elections."

This is earth shattering. Many people have speculated that the electorate is fed up with congress and it appears they are correct.

Typical of news like this, the response from the Democrats and Republicans is different. "Republicans see it as a reason to throw Democrats out of Congress, while Democrats want to blame Republican obstruction for the overwhelmingly negative feelings reflected in the poll."

Of the two explanations, the Democrats have a tougher sell. The Republicans have not been in a position to obstruct the Democrat agenda. The Democrats have a 79 seat majority in the House and up until Scott Brown's election a 60 vote filibuster proof majority in the Senate.

32 members of the House and 6 members of the Senate have announced they will not run. Normally that bodes ill for the party of the people retiring, but in this climate it may be an advantage.

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