Rasmussen Reports: 5% Think Congress Doing a Good Job: New Low
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just five percent (5%) of Likely Voters rate the job Congress is doing as good or excellent. Sixty-eight percent (68%) view Congress’ job performance as poor.More people believe that Elvis is still alive. Or as Mike Huckabee says, that places Congress' approval “just barely above a pedophile.”
Jokes aside the implications are enormous. In 2000, Republicans controlled the White House, the House and the Senate. Within eight years they lost them all. Why? Unpopular war? Economy? Sure, these played a role, but these cyclical items have come and gone throughout American history without overturning the power structure.
Where did Republicans go wrong?
I submit that Republicans in Congress planted the seeds of their own demise when they went along with President Bush's big-government spending (primarily because Bush had an 'R' behind his name). No Bureaucrat Left Behind. Prescription drug entitlement (the largest expansion of Medicare in the programs history). Bush spent twice as much as his predecessor and Republicans signed the checks.
Republicans may win the White House and the House and the Senate in 2012. We may have a President Romney or a President Gingrich and their histories show a willingness to embrace big-government ideas. Rank-and-file Republicans will be pressured into supporting their programs out of a sense of loyalty.
The Congressional Republicans better start bracing themselves now. In reality, if they support an expansion of government under a President Romney or a President Gingrich or anyone else, it will be a collective act of political suicide. Despite what Washington says, it will be an act of betrayal against the GOP because it will ultimately lead to another Democratic takeover.
And, most importantly, it will be an act of betrayal against the American people and our Constitution.