Saturday, February 14, 2009

When You Got Nothin', You Got Nothin' to Lose

Daily Kos is showing their latest poll numbers on the political parties, and it ain't pretty for the Republicans.

You know, for some reason, obstructing an economic rescue package in the face of a deepening recession doesn't make you popular with the voters. Huh. "I hope the economy tanks - vote for me" doesn't seem to be catching on with the kids. Imagine that.

Is it just me, or is this the exact same strategy Bush had for New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit? Seems to me that wasn't too successful for the Republicans, either.

This, really, is a testament to the intelligence of the American people. No, really. Americans are often satirized as clueless fools, ala Simpson's or Family Guy, but the truth is that most folks will do the right thing once they have the facts in front of them. And this worsening economy is in plain sight for all to see. I think Americans have finally figured this out.

For the Republicans, this strategy of obstruction leaves them with few choices. After two losing election cycles, their base has essentially crumbled down to small pockets in the deep south. They're basically a regional party now, and that base is the hardcore zombie dumbfucks who get their daily marching orders from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, etc etc etc. Obstructing President Obama every step of the way is a good way to sell to these fools, whip up the fear and loathing, and stay energized.

But for the rest of America, this strategy appears cold-hearted, cruel, and ugly. It's amazing to me to see the GOP's approval ratings continue to fall since Bush left office. I was pretty convinced they had reached the floor. But Republicans find ways to make themselves even more hated.

Yes, it's clear that Republicans want our economy to crumble until the 2010 elections, but I'm not seeing how this would benefit them. So far, they are being seen as the villains in this drama. Barack Obama, the President of Cool, remains immensely popular and is widely regarded as the one person in Washington to get us out of this mess. It will be far, far easier for Obama to appeal to the voters in 2010, than the Republicans. Heck, all the Dems need is a few more votes in the Senate, and the Republicans are essentially powerless.

I say good riddance to bad rubbish. You're invisible now, ya ain't go no conceal!

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