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|America's Midterm Political Circus|
Doug Thompson - Capitol Hill Blue
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October 17, 2010
“People often tell me to ‘cheer up, things could be worse,’” My granddaddy used to say. “So I cheered up and — sure enough — things got worse.”
With just over two weeks to go in a midterm election that is already being called everything from a “game changer” to the “day Americans take back their government,” most polls show Republicans poised to recapture control of the House but falling short in the Senate — although they will pick up some seats.
|America is a screwed-up nation, led by screwed-up Presidents with help from a screwed-up Congress elected by screwed-up voters.|
While polls are tightening in several key races, they still show widespread — and deep anger — against the status quo.
Barack Obama‘s star has plummeted from the political sky with all the speed of a global killer comet. One poll shows Americans sharply divided over whether Obama is a better President than the widely despised George W. Bush.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Obama and his fellow Democrats have managed to do what many thought impossible — rescue the tarnished Bush presidency from the dustbin of political history.
The fact that Obama’s 23 point lead over Bush in public approval ratings is gone showcases what a monumental failure the great black hope has been at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Of course, he has had help — sheer incompetence from the so-called Democratic leaders in the House and Senate — but Obama’s complete and utter failure as President proves that great campaign speeches don’t make great leaders.
Obama continues a tradition of voter incompetence when it comes to picking leaders. No President in recent times will be remembered as a great head of state. Obama will go down in history as a black Jimmy Carter, Bush as a despotic President who lied his way into an impossible war, Clinton as a philanderer who preferred blowjobs to policy and Bush the first as a liar on taxes who said “read my lips” and ended up a one-termer when Americans did exactly that.
America is a screwed-up nation, led by screwed-up Presidents with help from a screwed-up Congress elected by screwed-up voters.
The system is so flawed that the current hope for salvation comes from a phony grassroots operation called the tea party, a corporate-driven campaign that has delivered the looniest collection of candidates to ever populate ballots.
The “take America back” movement has given us loons like Sharron Angle, Chrstine O’Donnell, Carl Paladino and other misfits who couldn’t lead a Cub Scout Pack, much less a nation.
Yet some of these clowns will win on Nov. 2 because the average American voter is willing to try anything — even untrained monkeys — rather than the “business as usual” collection of political pabulum offered by the Democratic and Republican establishments.
Those frustrated by a faltering economy, continued unemployment and the longest recession in American history justify their intent to vote for the clown posse from the tea party by saying “they can’t do any worse” than the current collection of crooks, misfits, con-artists and mentally-challenged idiots who occupy Congress.
That’s the problem.
They can do worse.
And they will.