Remember how we all breathed a small sigh of relief last November? “The Dems have won a majority in Congress on an anti-war platform,” we told ourselves, “Maybe the madness will end.” As usual, it’s fun to revisit some early predictions. I wrote:
Nancy Pelosi scares me — not because of her politics, per se, but because of her body language. She’s been on the news a lot lately, and her head just seems to twitch bizarrely on her shoulders, as if she was some eldritch construct of a nameless race from beyond the stars that has almost, but not quite, perfected its transformation into human form.
Seems like I was dead right on that one. Her political leadership, like her body language, lately has borne the stamp of an almost-perfect mechanical reproduction of something human. This whole blocking-impeachment thing, for instance, makes very little sense to a mind restricted to the usual three Euclidean spatial dimensions. (More on that later.) I also wrote:
What’s next, small-government Democrats demolishing War on Terror posturing and restoring lost civil liberties? We can hope.
Could I have been more wrong? I’m sure it’s possible, but try as I might I can’t see how.
Between prolonging the agony in Iraq and breezily passing an enhanced FISA “by mistake”, this Congress has pretty much destroyed its goodwill. In fact, no Congress has ever been hated more than this one — at least, no Congress that Gallup can remember:
(Hat tip: The Liberty Papers)
A new Gallup Poll finds Congress’ approval rating the lowest it has been since Gallup first tracked public opinion of Congress with this measure in 1974. Just 18% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while 76% disapprove, according to the August 13-16, 2007, Gallup Poll.
What a surprise. Republicans aren’t likely to appreciate a Democrat-dominated Congress — and according to Gallup, only 18% do. But Democrats and independents elected this particular pack of Congresscritters, and they don’t like ‘em any more:
The nine-point drop in Congress’ job approval rating from last month to this month has come exclusively from Democrats and independents, with Democrats’ ratings dropping 11 points (from 32% to 21%) and independents’ ratings dropping 13 points (from 30% to 17%).
That’s a pretty significant drop. And as you might expect, it hasn’t escaped the notice of our xenoconstructed Speaker — Pelosi’s office is busy sending emails to grassroots Democrat groups, trying to rebuild (by long-distance fiat) the same kind of support that put the Dems into the majority last November. The problem is, the same Democrat party that ran on an anti-war platform has, uh, funded the war and tossed away yet more liberty:
Writes Kathy Ember, a Democratic Committee member in Pennsylvania, and president of the Kutztown Democratic Club:
I am the president of a very active grassroots Democratic club just outside Philadelphia in PA. Recently, I got an email from Nancy Pelosi, asking all of us to help build the grassroots.
EXCUSE ME Nancy, but we have been working our butts off out here for years trying to do just that. WE are the ones that put that Democrats back in power in Congress. We’ve been there for you, but you have let us down by not holding the current administration responsible for their crimes.
Not only are you losing us…you are making it impossible for us to “build the grassroots”. Do you know how people look at you now when you ask them to join the Democrats? They laugh in your face. Why, they want to know, should we join or support a party that has done nothing toward getting out of Iraq or impeaching this president?
I am in contact with other Democratic clubs across PA. Some have recently changed the word “Democrats” in their name to a lower case “d”. Others have abandoned their association with the Democrats altogether and have formed instead “citizen action groups.”
As Doug Mataconis points out at TLP, you can’t win when you’re faced with two losing moves:
It’s not at all surprising that the Democrats have disappointed the public. After all, the leadership that came into power in January isn’t all that different from the people that were in charge back when Newt Gingrich’s revolution rolled through the country and brought Republican majorities in both Houses of Congress. In fact, in some case, the same people who were in charge back then are in charge again now.
That’s the problem with the “throw the bums out” idea. More often than not, it really means “throw the bums out and bring back the bums we threw out the last time.” In the end, very little gets accomplished.
And to think that I’m being chastized for “throwing my vote away” on flaky idealists.