Gallup reports historic poll margin for GOP in Congress

According to the folks at Gallup, Republicans now hold a 10-point lead over Democrats in what’s called the generic ballot for Congress. (Registered voters are asked whether they would be more likely to vote for a Republican or a Democrat, with no mention of actual candidates.)

Gallup reports that the 10-point lead is the biggest it has ever found for Republicans (Democrats had a 32-point lead in 1974, during the Watergate scandal.) The finding adds to evidence that a GOP takeover of the House is likely this year, although as Gallup also cautions, “Democrats moved ahead in Gallup’s generic ballot for several weeks earlier this summer, showing that change is possible between now and Election Day.”

As I’ve noted earlier, the GOP base has made it clear that it has no interest whatsoever in any sort of compromise, and will in fact punish any of its leaders who suggest otherwise. As a result, I think we’re doomed to two of the most divisive, tumultuous years we’ve seen in American politics in a long, long time. It could make the Clinton/Gingrich years seem tame in comparison.

And come 2012, the American people will be asked to render its verdict on that approach.

Politics, like baseball, is a long game played in half-inning increments. And in this particular frame, the Republicans have the bases loaded and nobody out, with the Dems just hoping to limit the damage until their own turn at bat.

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UPDATE: Someone in comments asked for an explanation for the 10-point GOP surge. I responded that people are scared and frustrated, and in their fear and frustration they want government to do something. (The demand to be saved even comes from those — in some cases ESPECIALLY from those — who claim they want government out of the economy).

As I’ve written before, though, government even under President Bush didn’t deserve the lion’s share of the blame for getting us into this mess, and nothing government can do under President Obama can turn it around quickly either. But that doesn’t stop people from wanting what they can’t have.

As supportive evidence, take a look at the Yahoo chart below of the Dow Jones Industrial Average over the last three months. More specifically, look at the timing of the Dow high this summer and compare it to the timing of the Democrats’ highest advantage in the generic ballot. It lends credence to the economic explanation; as the news sunk in about a stalled recovery, the GOP poll performance began to improve considerably.

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Me.

August 31st, 2010
11:47 am

Excellent commentary.

Me.

August 31st, 2010
11:48 am

jewcowboy

August 31st, 2010
11:51 am

Lovely…perhaps it’s time to open that fruit stand in Costa Rica now.

Bruno

August 31st, 2010
11:55 am

“And in this particular frame, the Republicans have the bases loaded and nobody out, with the Dems just hoping to limit the damage until their own turn at bat.”

Jay–Any guesses WHY the Republicans are poised to retake the House and Senate?? Could it have anything to do with the disastrous leadership the past 1 1/2 years?? From my perspective, the Democrats asked for a chance to do things their way, and it was granted by the American people. Since then, it’s been one stifling bill after the next coupled with regular verbal assaults on business by Obama. Not to mention the runaway spending.

Did I mention the runaway spending??

Finn McCool

August 31st, 2010
11:59 am

So, as recently as July the poll swung in the opposite direction? We still have two months for the Republicans to put foot in mouth.

WillieBee

August 31st, 2010
12:00 pm

Obama and the democrats have been the most partisan government in the history of this country. Bookman knows that the democrats decided to jam the most liberal bills they could pass the congress down the throats of the American people. From the beginning when Rham said not to waste a good recession, it’s been nothing but scorched earth from the Democrats. The birds are coming home to roost.

Finn McCool

August 31st, 2010
12:00 pm

regular verbal assaults on business by Obama

You can’t back that up at all.

stands for decibels

August 31st, 2010
12:00 pm

Did I mention the runaway spending??

which most people don’t especially care about, at least not nearly as much as they do unemployment.

http://nw-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/pdf/1004-ftop.pdf

Jay

August 31st, 2010
12:01 pm

Very easy explanation, Bruno. The economy.

People are scared and frustrated, and in their fear and frustration they want government to do something. (The demand to be saved even comes from those — in some cases ESPECIALLY from those — who claim they want government out of the economy).

As I’ve written before, government didn’t deserve the lion’s share of the blame for getting us into this mess, and nothing government can do can turn it around quickly either. But that doesn’t stop people from wanting what they can’t have.

Finn McCool

August 31st, 2010
12:01 pm

Did I mention the runaway spending??

Do you know who was President when the TARP was issued?

stands for decibels

August 31st, 2010
12:02 pm

Oh, and while GOPers just love to claim “we got beat in 2006 because we spent too gosh durned much!”, um, no.

You got beat because of three girls: Terry Schaivo, Cindy Sheehan, and Katrina.

bleary

August 31st, 2010
12:03 pm

Generic candidates always win against candidates with an actual record. When these tea party candidates start explaining that ‘taking America back’ means taking away Social Security, Medicare, civil rights, and other things Americans enjoy the GOP support will wither.

Peadawg

August 31st, 2010
12:04 pm

As long as Obama doesn’t veto every damn bill the Republicans try to push through after November then everything will be ok.
Hopefully Obama will get the message that America overall doesn’t like what he’s doing right now….other Democrats seem to have b/c they run whenever Obama comes to their state.

Doggone/GA

August 31st, 2010
12:05 pm

Bruno – congratulations, you got ALL of the excuses down pat.

Jimmy62

August 31st, 2010
12:05 pm

When you favor small government and fiscal conservatism, and the other side favors expanding and spending and expanding more and never shrinking or getting rid of any government programs with the exception of defense, then there is NO compromise. How could there be? If I truly believe in X, and you believe in -X, then the middle ground is something different from both X and -X, and a compromise that is worse than either initial option.

If I, as a GOP politician, think that the Dems policies will destroy the country, then compromising and allowing those policies to go in to effect is pretty much the same thing as supporting destroying the country. And why would you want a politician to support a policy he believes will destroy the country?

stands for decibels

August 31st, 2010
12:06 pm

Shorter Nate: yeah, it’s probably just an outlier, but it still matters.

I’ll add this: if that’s what’s gotta be done to finally light a fire under yo’ butts…

ByteMe

August 31st, 2010
12:06 pm

A majority of self-identified Republicans in a nationwide poll conducted on behalf of Newsweek claim to believe that Obama wants to institute Sharia law in the USA. Seriously.

The Party of Bat-Sh!t Crazy.

Peadawg

August 31st, 2010
12:07 pm

“Do you know who was President when the TARP was issued?”

Yup but Obama voted for it and people will remember that.

ByteMe

August 31st, 2010
12:08 pm

A cleaner version of what just got caught by the language catcher:

A majority of self-identified Republicans in a nationwide poll conducted on behalf of Newsweek claim to believe that Obama wants to institute Sharia law in the USA. Seriously.

The Party of Crazy-Stupid.

Peadawg

August 31st, 2010
12:08 pm

well said Jimmy62 @ 12:05!

Bruno

August 31st, 2010
12:09 pm

“As I’ve written before, government didn’t deserve the lion’s share of the blame for getting us into this mess, and nothing government can do can turn it around quickly either. But that doesn’t stop people from wanting what they can’t have.”

Jay–I do give you big brownie points for consistency in recognizing that business cycles primarily exist independently of government action/inaction. At the same time, you seem to be a big proponent of Keynesian thinking based on previous columns regarding the “stimulus”.

BTW, I’m still waiting for your answer to my query “To the extent that governments can help or hurt an economy, it’s been all hurt from Obama and the Dems. Will any Libs on board admit as much?”

Okie Dokie

August 31st, 2010
12:09 pm

So, you are telling me that the library cop’s name is Bookman? That’s weird.

ByteMe

August 31st, 2010
12:10 pm

Looks like the language god loves me after all :)

Peadawg

August 31st, 2010
12:11 pm

““To the extent that governments can help or hurt an economy, it’s been all hurt from Obama and the Dems.”

But…but…look what Obama inherited. :roll:

Rickster

August 31st, 2010
12:12 pm

And Democrats have no interest in compromise either, Jay. Their idea of compromise is “you do what we want.”

Obama doesn’t need to ‘attack’ the economy. He’s done enough damage to it already with his previous attacks.

And I’ve seen very little mention of the fact that the total spent (so far) in the Iraq/Afghanistan wars is less than what has been allocated for the ’stimulus’ plan.

ByteMe

August 31st, 2010
12:12 pm

Bruno: if you really understood Keynes, you would get that stimulating in a recession is only HALF of what Keynes wrote. He also wrote that on the way out of recession you raise taxes and run a surplus so that you have some flexibility for the next recession.

Normal

August 31st, 2010
12:12 pm

If the GOP does gain control of the House and the economic bubble bursts again as it is setting up to do, will they save the banks again, or let them fail?

Finn McCool

August 31st, 2010
12:12 pm

As long as Obama doesn’t veto every damn bill the Republicans try to push through after November then everything will be ok.

As long as the Republicans refuse to cooperate on every damn bill the Democrats try to push through then everything will be ok.

Oh well.

ByteMe

August 31st, 2010
12:13 pm

Really, Rickster? Then why was HALF the 2009 stimulus package tax cuts that Republicans wanted? Hmmm?? Because we all know that Democrats love to raise taxes? Riiiiiight…..

Jay

August 31st, 2010
12:13 pm

See update above.

Uhoh

August 31st, 2010
12:14 pm

Compromise? My ass.

Seems you were once proud that Obies polls mirrored Reagans early polls. How do you like me now?

ByteMe

August 31st, 2010
12:14 pm

Normal: They’ll hope that the Fed and Treasury save their political butts faster next time. They won’t vote for a thing and just get Obama to do the job behind the scenes. Again.

USinUK

August 31st, 2010
12:15 pm

Bruno – “To the extent that governments can help or hurt an economy, it’s been all hurt from Obama and the Dems.”

I’m sorry, but regulations need to be implemented. it was a lack of oversight that got us into much of this pickle – call it anti-business if you want to, but there needed to be a significant change – particularly on wall street.

Jason T

August 31st, 2010
12:15 pm

Jay, do you think …maybe, just possibly, that it might just be…..the POLICIES and priorities of this Administration, and the Dems in Congress?

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel

August 31st, 2010
12:15 pm

“It could make the Clinton/Gingrich years seem tame in comparison. ”

I always thought the libs touted the Clinton years as Nirvana.

F-105 Thunderchief

August 31st, 2010
12:15 pm

Bruno, we’ve had lousy leadership for a long time now. So, yes, it has to do with lousy leadership … from both parties for many, many years.

Finn McCool

August 31st, 2010
12:16 pm

When you favor small government and fiscal conservatism

This describes republicans in concept only. Did you have your head in a hole the last 10 years? Spend spend spend is the Republican way. Ever heard of any other party running two wars while giving out tax cuts?

Jay

August 31st, 2010
12:16 pm

Rickster writes:

“And I’ve seen very little mention of the fact that the total spent (so far) in the Iraq/Afghanistan wars is less than what has been allocated for the ’stimulus’ plan.”

I reported that last week, in an earlier post about the economy: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2010/08/25/housing-market-economy-still-deep-in-a-post-binge-hangover/

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel

August 31st, 2010
12:18 pm

F-105 Thunderchief
August 31st, 2010
12:15 pm

Harumph, harumph!! When the top dem leaders include Pelosi and Reid, and the top rep leaders include George Hamilton, er, uh, I mean Boehner, and McConnell, we are surely doomed.

Bruno

August 31st, 2010
12:18 pm

“You can’t back that up at all.”

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0710/39495.html

“Do you know who was President when the TARP was issued?”

See Peadawg’s 12:07. TARP is only the tip of the iceberg. The health care bill will make that look like chump change one of these days.

“Bruno – congratulations, you got ALL of the excuses down pat.”

Thank you, Doggone. As I told @@ below, I do try.

stands for decibels

August 31st, 2010
12:19 pm

Jay, I think you might want to re-size your new DJIA graphic from its current 800 pixels to something more like 600–it’s making my browser unhappy.

flacker

August 31st, 2010
12:19 pm

Government is like lawyers, everyone hate them until they need them. A flood, earthquake, other disaster and people seek their help.

Correct me if i am wrong, but i distinctly remember when Bush came into office USA national debt was $5 Trillion, when he left it was $10 Trillion.

Every administration is going to spend, the problem wasn’t the spending but bailing out the banks who, rather than loan the money, choose to shore up their balance sheet.

Citizens send their congressperson to bring home the bacon, if they don’t they aren’t re-elected. Stop this romanticizing of what your elected official does and does not do.

Americans are so short sighted, Obama fails we all fails, same if it were a repub in office. At the same time China and India are moving past this country. Wake the hell up!!!

mm

August 31st, 2010
12:21 pm

Well if people think the economy is bad now, wait until the GOP gets in charge, which I don’t think they will. Dems and Independants tend to stay in the backgound until needed. Unlike the GOP flakes that screamed at the townhalls and participated in the Journey to Becca last Saturday.

But it really doesn’t matter, Obama’s veto pen will be ready for use.

Van Jones

August 31st, 2010
12:21 pm

Correction Jay… there is no “demand to be saved”. It is a demand for the govt to quit pokint it’s nose where it doesn’t belong. Nice try twisting the rhetoric though.

Dave the Man

August 31st, 2010
12:21 pm

Do they really have to show The Community Organizer tonite? Why can’t they just input The First Teleprompter, and let us read.

stands for decibels

August 31st, 2010
12:22 pm

Seems you were once proud that [President Obama's] polls mirrored Reagans early polls. How do you like me now?

Well, I’m happy he hasn’t hit Saint Ronnie’s lows of the mid/high-thirties approvals experienced in late ‘82/early ‘83, yet. But I won’t be terribly surprised if he does.

Remind me, how’d Ronald Reagan do in his re-election bid, in ‘84? It was a squeaker, right?

Peadawg

August 31st, 2010
12:22 pm

“As long as the Republicans refuse to cooperate on every damn bill the Democrats try to push through then everything will be ok.”

AAAhhhh, so the Democrats aren’t interested in compromise. Either you do it our way or you’re the party of “no”. Gotcha, Finn.

Bruno

August 31st, 2010
12:22 pm

USinUK–Did I mention how much I look like Damian Lewis?? ;-)

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel

August 31st, 2010
12:23 pm

flacker
August 31st, 2010
12:19 pm

“At the same time China and India are moving past this country. Wake the hell up!!!”

Do China and India have unions, OSHA, EPA, human rights groups, boneheaded elected officials, etc.? If not, then maybe there is a reason they are “moving past this country”.

stands for decibels

August 31st, 2010
12:23 pm

From Bruno’s politico piece:

some business leaders listen only to Obama speeches being tough on BP or on the excesses of Wall Street and assume Obama is hostile to business across the board.

Aren’t they being kind of, well, stupid for assuming such things?

Jefferson

August 31st, 2010
12:24 pm

Short memory some folks have.

Normal

August 31st, 2010
12:24 pm

Newsweek had this great article about Obama and Wall Street.

To me it said alot about Obama’s lack of experience, over trust, lack of loyality of his advisors and more…read it.

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/08/29/how-obama-got-rolled-by-wall-street.html

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel

August 31st, 2010
12:24 pm

stands for decibels
August 31st, 2010
12:22 pm

One-term Carter was still fresh on the voters minds in ‘84.

joe

August 31st, 2010
12:24 pm

Wow Jay, your vacations must have really done you some good. 2 good posts in a row. See what happens when you post real news and not bashing anyone to the right of liberal…

UGAgrad71

August 31st, 2010
12:24 pm

The democoms (Democrat/Communist) in power are clueless. Imam Obama thinks we have unemployment because he hasn’t increased the size of government enough. A paper pushing lemming with a government paycheck produces nothing. He/she is a leech on society. Oh, I know that they really believe they are benefiting everyone. I would freeze ALL SPENDING at the federal level immediately, and have an immediately REDUCE federal employment by 25%. I would have various tax holidays, according to the needs of the states. The overtaxed taxpayer, yes, does not have a money tree in the backyard. Rework the tax codes to encourage growth and production, not have people wondering if they hire someone or try to grow their business, they will give it all back the Imam on his p[rayer rug in the White House.

Normal

August 31st, 2010
12:24 pm

Bruno

August 31st, 2010
12:22 pm

Front or back? :)

kayaker 71

August 31st, 2010
12:25 pm

One of your better threads, Bookman. Now if you could just convice CT to pull her head out, we might have some meaningful debate.

Bruno

August 31st, 2010
12:26 pm

“Bruno, we’ve had lousy leadership for a long time now. So, yes, it has to do with lousy leadership … from both parties for many, many years.”

“This describes republicans in concept only. Did you have your head in a hole the last 10 years? Spend spend spend is the Republican way. Ever heard of any other party running two wars while giving out tax cuts?”

No argument from me, fellows. And sadly, I don’t see any outstanding individuals on the horizon who can lead us out of this mess.

Jefferson

August 31st, 2010
12:26 pm

If you make big bucks, save for your tax increase.

Lil' Barry Bailout

August 31st, 2010
12:28 pm

As I’ve noted earlier, the GOP base has made it clear that it has no interest whatsoever in any sort of compromise
———————————–

There’s no compromising with evil. Conservatives are expecting their elected leaders to stop the Idiot Messiah’s various big-spending, big-government, freedom-smashing programs in their tracks.

Idiot Messiah: Fascist evil-doer.

Jay

August 31st, 2010
12:28 pm

Uhoh:

Actually, Obama and the Dems are still ahead of where Reagan and the GOP were in 1982.

At the comparable time period in Reagan’s first term, in August 1982, the Dems held a 17-point advantage in Gallup’s generic ballot (54-37) and went on to pick up 27 seats in the ‘82 midterms. (That dropped the GOP to 166 seats in the House.)

Bruno

August 31st, 2010
12:30 pm

“Aren’t they being kind of, well, stupid for assuming such things?”

sfd–One of the most important jobs of any President is to be the Head Cheerleader for the country. Jimmy Carter failed completely at it, Ronald Reagan succeeded beyond any expectations. Thus far, Obama is making Jimmy Carter look like Hayden Panettiere.

“Front or back?”

Whichever view USinUK prefers, Normal. Actually, I have no idea who Damian Lewis is, but whatever works, right??

Obama the Obtuse

August 31st, 2010
12:30 pm

We need a Republican Congress so that socialist in the White House can sit on his hands and do nothing except take more vacation. Lame Duck President already. He has been a disaster for this country.

Lil' Barry Bailout

August 31st, 2010
12:31 pm

And what was the generic ballot advantage for the GOP in 1994?

Peadawg

August 31st, 2010
12:32 pm

” nothing except take more vacation.”

He’s does take more. That means he not here to do more harm.

Tychus Findlay

August 31st, 2010
12:32 pm

The real issue lies with Congress’s spending and budgetary habits. I believe the average American is tired of hearing about and feeling the effects of a downtrodden economy while Congress continues to spend the American taxpayers’ money, business as usual.

If the Senate and House are truly committed to fixing the economy, they’ll start in their own backyard by eliminating pork-laden bills, lavish entitlement programs, and by reducing their operating budgets.

The time for people to practice self-reliance is upon us, and Congress needs to lead by example.

Finn McCool

August 31st, 2010
12:33 pm

On her radio show, Dr. Laura, says that homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance.The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, written and posted on the Internet. It’s funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that
knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination … End
of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighbouring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of Menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24. The problem
is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odour for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odour is not pleasing to them. Should I
smite them?

5. I have a neighbour who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some
wiggle-room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by
Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester
blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it reallynecessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I’m confident you can help.

Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

Your adoring fan.

James M. Kauffman,
Ed.D. Professor Emeritus,
Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
University of Virginia

stands for decibels

August 31st, 2010
12:33 pm

sfd–One of the most important jobs of any President is to be the Head Cheerleader for the country.

I would love to hear the reaction if Obama were ever to utter such a thing.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel

August 31st, 2010
12:33 pm

Jay

August 31st, 2010
12:28 pm

But we weren’t in two wars and the economy was not on the rocks like it is today.

Bosch

August 31st, 2010
12:34 pm

I always feel smarter when ByteMe is around. It’s like osmosis.

Bruno

August 31st, 2010
12:34 pm

“Citizens send their congressperson to bring home the bacon, if they don’t they aren’t re-elected. Stop this romanticizing of what your elected official does and does not do.”

Speak for yourself, flacker. I vote for whomever I think will spend to least and tax the least. In the words of the immortal Van Jones:

“It is a demand for the govt to quit pokint it’s nose where it doesn’t belong.”

Scout

August 31st, 2010
12:35 pm

Ah, as I have long said ……….. the backlash is coming.

Peadawg

August 31st, 2010
12:35 pm

“3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of Menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24. The problem
is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.”

HAHA!!!!! :lol:

Lil' Barry Bailout

August 31st, 2010
12:36 pm

Looks like in 1994, when the Republicans won a landslide victory, their generic ballot advantage was never more than 5 points, and was zero in November.

Uh-oh, Democrats.

Liberal on a Red Island

August 31st, 2010
12:36 pm

@ Rickster – “And I’ve seen very little mention of the fact that the total spent (so far) in the Iraq/Afghanistan wars is less than what has been allocated for the ’stimulus’ plan.”

I’ll be your huckleberry. Here are the numbers as of today:

Iraq – $749.9B
Afghanistan – $337.8B
Total – $1.09 Trillion

CBO Estimates for Stimulus Spending – $814B
Heritage Estimate – $2.57T

Let’s go with the big number from the conservative leaning site for “fairness” sake (even though that number includes Medicaid numbers that are not part of the stimulus and would be spent regardless of it’s passge).

Is it better to spend $2.57T American tax dollars ATTEMPTING to help Americans (liberals) or $1.09T American tax dollars ATTEMPTING to help Iraqis and Afghanis (neo-cons)? Simple question.

I anxiously await your answer.

Red

August 31st, 2010
12:36 pm

If you make ‘middle’ bucks, vote against your own economic interests in preparation for the day when you might be making big bucks < seems to be the mantra of the TEA party types.

Lil' Barry Bailout

August 31st, 2010
12:37 pm

When Democrats lose, Americans win.

Obama the Obtuse

August 31st, 2010
12:37 pm

Amen Scout. This is adirect referundum on Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and they jerk Barney Frank. These people would never make it in the private sector and they are all about government. Get out of our way government hacks.

Usmc Dawg

August 31st, 2010
12:38 pm

“As a result, I think we’re doomed to two of the most divisive, tumultuous years we’ve seen in American politics in a long, long time.” -Jay Bookman

Wrong again, Jay, as usual.

We are currently in the most divisive, tumultuous two years of American politics in a long time.

Comrade Obama has rammed his idiotic “policies” down our throats and we are all paying for it now.

The Democratic majority led Congress, led by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, has done nothing to cooperate with the other side.

If you want communism Jay, move to Cuba, North Korea, or China. Moron!

jt

August 31st, 2010
12:38 pm

Like that Nazi rule,

There needs to be a Reagan rule.

I would call it the “subconcious yearning for adult leadership and parental control and Decency” rule.

SYALPCAD Rule.

It is the Default of Decency,

The DOD rule.

Jay

August 31st, 2010
12:38 pm

In August ‘94, the two parties were tied on the generic ballot, 46-46.

Kamchak

August 31st, 2010
12:39 pm

Just remember, backlash spelled backwards is hsalkcab.

Bosch

August 31st, 2010
12:39 pm

“Actually, Obama and the Dems are still ahead of where Reagan and the GOP were in 1982.”

Jay, if I were you, I’d quit holding on to that hope. I think people are just alot more stoopid than they were back then. Back then we didn’t have the Intertubes where any nut job can set up a website, make up crap, and the wingnuts believe it to be gospel because they need justification in believing their batshyt crazy lies to cover up for their prejudices, and we didn’t have the Hannity/Limbaugh/Beck idiots twisting information again, for the benefit of the wingnuts who will believe anything simply to deny their own fears.

Terrible Swift Sword

August 31st, 2010
12:39 pm

Based on the above “rationale”, we might as well discard murder, stealing, lying, worshiping other gods, etc. while we’re at it. In other words, adopt the Democrat party platform in toto.

mm

August 31st, 2010
12:41 pm

“Do China and India have unions, OSHA, EPA, human rights groups, boneheaded elected officials, etc.?”

No, and look at their pollution levels andlife expectancies. Do you folks ever think outside of your talking points?

stands for decibels

August 31st, 2010
12:41 pm

These people would never make it in the private sector and they are all about government.

Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover aaah-gain.

jt

August 31st, 2010
12:42 pm

Instead of the Godwin Rule,

ByteMe should brush up on the DTD rule.

Whenever progressive policies are subject to reality,

they revert to comparing Sir Ronald Reagan.

Arguement is over.

Dave the Man

August 31st, 2010
12:44 pm

Jay

August 31st, 2010
12:38 pm
In August ‘94, the two parties were tied on the generic ballot, 46-46

Oh boy, Jay….if that’s any indication, there must be a Tsunami on the way!!! YES!!!!

Bruno

August 31st, 2010
12:44 pm

The words of Ronald Reagan uttered in 1961 ring truer now than ever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRdLpem-AAs

I wonder if the secret agenda behind ObamaCare isn’t to make the “capitalistic solution” to health care so unattractive, that socialized medicine will seem attractive by comparison.

Bosch

August 31st, 2010
12:45 pm

mm,

“Do you folks ever think outside of your talking points?”

Do you really need to ask that? :-)

GA VOTER

August 31st, 2010
12:45 pm

Nearly four years of Pelosi/Reid in charge have made things worse, not to mention the Muslim socialist in the White House.

Washington needs an enema !

BS Aplenty

August 31st, 2010
12:46 pm

USinUK -

The Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, FIFTY state banking and insurance departments,…

Each of these government agencies promulgates its own set of federal or state regulations to regulate the banking industry. There are thousands of pages of regulations that all banks must follow in order “to promote sound banking practices.” There are thousands (I do not overestimate) of regulators/examiners who, at least annually, must examine each and every bank in this nation, perform a regulatory audit and produce a Report of Examination detailing the bank’s condition. Each and every year. The government knew what was going on in the banking industry. The insurance industry is likewise heavily regulated.

And yet I’m am continually amazed at seemingly intelligent individuals who believe the banks and insurance companies were not already inundated with regulations and examiners who monitor their activities closely and can, with relative ease, have a Cease and Desist Order issued to make ANY bank comply with those regulations and sound banking practices. ANY bank.

The unfortunate fact is that the regulatory community is not capable of instilling sound banking practices (whatever those are) and regulating the banking industry like the free market does. The exact same reason the Soviet Union could not keep up with the United States. Free (or more free) markets simply work better at governing market behavior AND generating wealth. In addition, when other government agencies like FNMA, FHLMC and GNMA are undermining sound lending principles in the residential mortgage banking it absolutely works counter to the primary regulators purposes. The insanity of too much government. I now understand how the average communist worker must have felt. Bring on the vodka!!

The issue does not appear to be too little government involvement, but too much government involvement and differing government agencies that worked counter to each other. In the end, only the market can truly and fairly discipline the participants.

jt

August 31st, 2010
12:47 pm

Eventhough, the Repugs have strayed, after a good enema, it might come back.

Coersion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him.

Ronald Reagan

Lil' Barry Bailout

August 31st, 2010
12:47 pm

In our President Bush’s first midterm elections, Republicans picked up four seats in the House and two in the Senate. How many seats in each chamber will Democrats pick up in November after two years of the Idiot Messiah?

Atlantan

August 31st, 2010
12:47 pm

And Obama and the democrats comprised when over the past 20 months? ObamaCare – no, Stimulus – no, extending Bush tax cuts – no, Cap & Tax in the house – no. Extreme partisan as a Supreme Court nominee – no.

Time for real change.

ByteMe

August 31st, 2010
12:48 pm

jt: no idea what you’re talking about. I’m sure you’re not surprised by that either.

jt

August 31st, 2010
12:48 pm

Here is for the milqi-toast Americans who believe that seat-belt laws are just.

I don’t believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.

Ronald Reagan

Jay

August 31st, 2010
12:49 pm

Really Leg Lamp? The economy in ‘82 “was not on the rocks like it is today”?

In 1982, unemployment was averaging 9.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Bubba Bob

August 31st, 2010
12:50 pm

That was almost an even-handed column. Very nice.

jt

August 31st, 2010
12:50 pm

ByteMe

A while back you posted something about Godwins law.