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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

February 2009 should have been the lowest possible point for the Republican Party. President Obama had just become the 44th president of the United States with the largest majorities in both houses of Congress that any president had enjoyed in generations.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that month found that 26 percent of Americans had a favorable view of the GOP, while 47 percent didn’t. The latest version of the same poll finds that 24 percent see the party positively, and 47 percent negatively.

This isn’t even the GOP’s lowest point in the poll. That came in late October of last year, immediately after the government shutdown, when only 22 percent had a positive opinion compared to 53 percent negative.

Republicans began the first year of President Obama’s second term with about 33 percent seeing the party positively in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. The peak was 38 percent, just before the government shutdown.

In an aggregate of polls tracking the GOP’s favorability, the trend is even more obvious. The party’s favorable ratings, which were already underwater, took a dip as the government shutdown neared — that’s when they nosedived, and haven’t recovered since.

You can call it a gift from Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to the Republican Party.


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  • daniel bostdorf

    Ted Cruz was the next “logical” progression from 2 Bush terms to the final current state of GOP/Teaparty fascism…..Until Cruz shown himself to be worse then Joseph McCarthy during the 50’s….

    Rove and Koch Brothers also miscalculated with Romney….or we would have a full blown dictatorship had Romney won. They also thought they had Christie as President, but that was blown up by the bully candidate himself. And Ted Cruz simply is out of the question in all political reality.

    Cruz, however, has single handedly discredit the Teaparty. And he has poisoned the well of thoughtful Democratic dialogue.

    Here comes Jeb Bush to the rescue? A Third Bush??? OY!

    The GOP didn’t learn the lesson of Obama being reelected to a second term: The people see through the fascism….and particularly Ted Cruz’ damage to the whole political dialogue.

    That is why the polls indicate what they do. “26 percent of Americans had a favorable view of the GOP, while 47 percent didn’t. The latest version of the same poll finds that 24 percent see the party positively, and 47 percent negatively.”

    The damage under Bush is very extensive. 911 was the pretext for suspension of the 1st, 4th and 5th Amendments via the Patriot Act. . The economy tanked because of 2 wars and cutting taxes for corporations and rich.

    Koch and Rove are finishing off the future of the GOP with financing extreme right of center politicians. They are trying to buy the Senate. But that may be a fools errand as well because the American people—and polls indicate this—simply have had enough of the GOP.

    And Ted Cruz led that way…

    Jason states: “You can call it a “gift” from Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to the Republican Party.” More like a legacy to the Republican Party…

    Ted Cruz is the poster boy for GOP/Teaparty fascism the American people have rejected.

    Let’s hope for 2014 elections to drive them out once and for all, and return this country to the center where there is a free exchange of opinion, not demonizing opinion as Ted Cruz, Paul Rand and right wing faux media has done.”

  • VoiceofReason613

    It is not surprising that the Republican ratings are so low when one considers:

    · The Tea Party has shifted the Republican Party so far to the right that Eisenhower, Nixon, and even Reagan would not recognize it or get nominated by it today.

    · Republicans are promoting policies similar to or worse than those that had such disastrous results during the George W. Bush administration, including converting a three-year major surplus into a major deficit, creating very few jobs, and pushing the country to the brink of a depression, with an average of 750,000 jobs being lost per month when Bush left office..

    · Republicans have obstructed efforts to get our country out of the ditch they left us in by consistently voting no on and filibustering many Democratic proposals to improve the economy, some of which they previously supported.

    · Republicans support continued tax breaks for big corporations and the
    wealthiest Americans, while cutting basic social services.

    · Republicans are in denial about the dangers from climate change, despite the views ofalmost all climate scientists and the many wake-up calls we have already received.

    · A strong majority of Republicans voted against aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy and against background checks for arms purchases.

  • Dominick Vila

    President George W. Bush’s problems were caused, mostly, by ineptitude and the subsequent dependence on people like Cheney, Rumsfeld, and others. Sen. Ted Cruz agenda is something entirely different. Cruz is an intelligent and articulate man, extremely ambitious, and willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his personal goals, even if doing so brings destroys his party and affects the livelihood of millions of Americans. Idiocy can be forgiven, devious behavior cannot.

    • dpaano

      Sorry, I have to question his intelligence. Just being smart doesn’t mean you have common sense!! This man is dangerous to everyone….particularly himself (which could be a GOOD thing).

    • elw

      He may have an high IQ, but his psychological problems and radical religious beliefs wipe it out. As my grandson use to say, he is one scary dude.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Every time Ted Cruz opens his mouth, another independent decides to vote Democratic.

    • daniel bostdorf

      yep–moderate Republicans are jumping the ship…

  • howa4x

    When will the GOP learn that Texas republicans spell disaster for them. GWB took the party on a nose dive and Rick Perry’s public abortion fight will take them lower too. In a state with the most uninsured in the country he refused to accept the Medicaid expansion and choose ideology over human life. Cruz will hurt them even more by crisscrossing the country reminding people of the shutdown by trying to convince them it was a good idea. He is still fixated on the repeal of Obamacare and as more get insured he will seem like a selfish man putting his agenda over the health of 9 million and counting. The republicans lack an orator like Obama who can inspire people. The president poked fun at the republicans by publically asking them isn’t trying to repeal the ACA 44 times enough? Or asking why wasn’t 40 enough? Considering they have not presented any alternative plan repeal is ridicules.
    Now they are trying to pit the teenagers against the working poor by saying if the minimum wage is raised then no one will hire you. Problem is teenagers don’t vote and the people suffering under the weight of working full time and not getting by, do. Currently the republicans are on a suicide mission to see who can destroy the republican brand the fastest and the framing of the debate goes against them. A majority don’t go along with the republican agenda, and with Rand Paul and Ted Cruz as its public face they are in serious trouble.

  • Landsende

    Ted Cruz wants to rewrite history be denying he pushed for the government shutdown. Unfortunately for him there is video footage of his actions which every time he denies he pushed for the shutdown can be trotted out to show him for the lying POS he is.

    • daniel bostdorf

      Yes the whole world has watched and listened to this Orweillian double thinker…. Doublethink defined by George Orwell…From the novel 1984:

      “doublethink is:

      “ To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself – that was the ultimate subtlety; consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink……..The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them… To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies – all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.”

      Ted Cruz is one of the absolute masters of doublethink.

      Scary enough that the are those that actually believe that what he says is truthful.

      “Even George W. Bush Did Less Damage To GOP Than Ted Cruz….”

  • elw

    But Cruz would argue to the point of making a fool of himself on National TV that it was the President and the Democrats in Congress that shut down the Government by not giving him what he wanted. The man is twisted by his religious beliefs and clearly a madman. Anyone who watched him last weekend on Face the Nations and would still vote for him is just as crazy as he is.

    • gmv

      elw would nt it be terrible to go to bed at night knowing that you hate Obama more than you love America? Worse yet…you know that…but can t admit it…..?

      • elw

        That is something I will never know and highly doubt that Cruz would think that applies to him.