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Friday, October 28, 2016

As Congress returns from recess this week, we would like to believe that it will finally get down to the business of governing — but that would be too optimistic, even for us.  Instead, the Republican Congress remains unprepared to address the real issues facing students, working women, and underemployed families.  Most likely, the GOP’s top priority will be grinding government to a halt.

Republican leaders may believe that American voters don’t notice, or hope that their constituents will blame President Obama and the Democrats for the dysfunction in Washington.  But if they do, the GOP will have severely underestimated the electorate.

Our recent battleground survey in the most vulnerable Republican districts and focus groups in two Republican-controlled states find that the GOP’s approach to “un-governing” has marginalized the party, even in red states.

Take these examples:

—In our recent battleground survey, 69 percent of voters in the most vulnerable Republican districts said that they wanted their representative to work with President Obama to address our problems.  Just a quarter (26 percent) of voters in these districts would prefer that their representative try to stop the president from advancing his agenda.

—In the same survey, two of the top concerns among voters in the most vulnerable Republican-held districts were that the Republican Party is “so uncompromising that Washington is gridlocked,” and that the GOP is “only focused on blocking Obama’s agenda.”

In our focus groups, voters in Ohio and Florida were clear about their displeasure with the status quo. Here are some of the terms they used to describe the Republican Party and its leaders:


Con show.”



“Too concerned about fighting with the Democrats.”

And when it comes to the Republican Party’s approach to the economy, they say:

“Not willing to work together.”

“Unwilling to compromise.”

“Being inflexible.”

Looking to the future, Republicans are going to have a very difficult time with young people.  Here is what young voters in Florida think about the GOP:

“I think they’re just so far off the path that most Americans or people who generally identify themselves as Republicans look beyond.”

“They’re just so stuck.”

“I think it also goes back again to they’re just so… they have to do the opposite of what the Democrats are doing like it doesn’t matter like what it is, like they have to fight so they have to do the opposite.  So if they want this then they’re going to want this.”

“This is a prime example of Republicans fighting just to fight, in my opinion.”

Clearly, the GOP is in need of a course correction. With even red-state voters expressing frustration at the nonstop obstruction, Republicans will continue their inflexible approach at their own peril.

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  • BriteBlonde1

    I hope the GOP doesn’t correct its course. I can make it though until the next election period, when EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE GOP office holders will be put out. Amen to that. Let’s move forward WITHOUT the GOP.

    • plc97477

      I think I may miss them, at least for comedy value.

  • John Condon

    In Boehner’s decision to invoke the Hastert rule he ensures that the bipartisan Senate immigration bill will never make it to the House floor, where it might pass with a bipartisan coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans. If Boehner continues his intransigence, the reactionary House Republicans will have succeeded in scuttling the best opportunity for comprehensive immigration reform in a generation. This moment may not come again for a long time. It would be a tragedy if it was squandered.

    • kanawah

      Hopefully, in so doing, he will scuttle the republiCON and Transylvania tea bag party as well. The total destruction of the republiCON and Transylvania tea bag party would be the best thing for the United states.

  • GaelicWench

    The Republicans’ entire motive for inaction is to make the Democrats look so bad as to hope that in 2014 and 2016, people will vote Republican. Reverse psychology, methinks? Highly doubtful. More like digging themselves a grave so deep that they’re unable to climb out.

    Now, it’s all about waiting for the other shoe to drop…..

  • buona

    With their single-minded hatred and hypocrisy, the Repubs have done it to themselves and, unfortunately, the country.

  • Smeagel4T

    This also needs to translate into saving those many states that made the mistake of trusting the GOP in 2010. There is a lot of GOP extremist and ALEC created legislation that needs to be undone in those states currently being oppressed by GOP state legislatures and governors.

  • djc84

    Oh none of this matters. After all the gerrymandering which of these states is a threat to go blue? None of them. Maybe in nation wide elections for the POTUS but they’ll still be churning out scumbag Senators and congressmen by the droves.

    • Bill Thompson

      Wright you are true representative democracy has been lost it will be 10 years before this injustice can possibly be reversed . We are looking at divided government as far as the eye can see .

  • Beaulieu6

    House Republicans keep failing in which they have failed more than once in which the majority of the voters have enough of the Republicans and Speaker Boehner, and in the 2014 mid-term election will vote Democrats in giving back Congress to Democrats and the gavel back to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, in keeping the Senate Democrats.

  • R. DuFresne

    Creating a situation so abhorrent as to make Greed/Disdain seem preferable? Great work there GOP, right on track. Course I hope its the fast train to oblivion but that is just me.

    • Christopher Fowler

      It’s not just you. All real Americans want these traitors to go the way of the dodo bird……hunted to extinction.

  • Dominick Vila

    I take polls like this with a grain of salt. Sanford’s election in South Carolina, Gov. Rick Scott’s approval rating rising in Florida, and similar events in other states tell me that red states and/o districts remain as determined to re-elect GOP and Tea Party members as ever.

    • jointerjohn

      I agree with you. The trumped-up fears that brought voters to support these candidates in the first place, (minorities, gays, immigrants, atheists, evolving social norms, sensible gun control), have a powerful capacity to drive people to vote against their own best interests and sensibilities. Young voters are our best hope, as they are not as easy to fear-monger.

  • howa4x

    The GOP is like the old traveling snake oil salesman shows of yesteryear. Take this anti democrat elixir and all your problems will disappear. Problem is that a lot of people already drank it and see no change, just the salesman coming around every year to take their money. Young people, women, gays, Latinos, and minorities won’t even come to the show anymore, now it’s just a bunch of tired and angry old men.

    • kanawah

      The ones runing the show are the “old, rich, white, men”.
      If you are not all 4 (old, rich, white, and a man) you are a fool for voting republiCON.
      Actually, it is no longer the republican party. It is the FASCIST party. Look up the definition of fascist. It is a perfect description of what the republicans have become.

  • Christopher Fowler

    The GOP has gone through a massive pendulum swing since the 1800’s. They started as liberals, supporting the common citizen and our Constitution and it’s established liberties. They were the party of Lincoln, who could never be a member of the GOP today. By the time we got to WWII, they had become moderates, balancing both the left and the right for the best welfare of the people. Then in the 70’s, everything changed. Right wing religious extremists began taking over, piece by piece, with the final culmination of the formation of the very ANTI-Constitutional, pro-religious dictatorship Tea Party taking over.

    They have outlived their usefulness many years ago and need to go. Let’s hope that they get replaced by intelligent, pro-America, anti-theocracy people who will actually serve the interests of the people instead of the theocrats and corporations.

    • S.J. Jolly

      Unfortunately, the theocrats have the energy and the corporations have the money required to elect candidates to public offices.

      • Christopher Fowler

        More’s the pity. And of course none of that will ever change until we can remove money from politics and prosecute politicians for violating their oaths of office.

        • kanawah

          The only hope is that one or more of the right wing members of the Supreme Court drops dead shortly. Then Obama will get to bring the court back to the progressive side. If that does not happen, we may be doomed to another 6 years of this shit.

          • Christopher Fowler

            We can only hope. We need a SCOTUS that is in keeping with the progressive ideals enshrined in our Constitution.

            Most people are unaware that those that we call “conservative” are the same types that sided with the British during the revolution, opposed liberating slaves, women’s sufferage, opposed allowing blacks to marry, opposed inter-racial marriage, opposed the Civil Rights Act and have basically wanted this country to “maintain the status quo”. They are the ones that promote austerity while blaming the poor for the actions of the rich and have become quite adept at the tactic of the lie.

            They are no good for this country and are dragging it down with corruption, religious indoctrination, expansionism and incompetence…….just exactly as it happened to the Roman Empire.

  • LotusJoan

    Their entire agenda is to grind the government to a halt. Never mind that this will hurt the vast majority of American’s including the very people who support them.
    Rank and file Tea Part members who picket for less government can not even identify which part of the government they would do away with.
    The GOP congressional leaders, while accepting a hefty paycheck for doing nothing, are in effect telling the rest of us and future generations ” I got mine and I do not care about you.” This is what passes for public service in the new GOP.

    • kanawah

      If you can find one, take a look at Randy Paul’s campaign rallies. Over half of the participants are either on oxygen, in a power chair, or both.
      Two things that Randy was promoting until the republiCON dog catcher put a muzzle on him was a $2,000 deductible on Medicare, and massive cuts to Social Security. Now that he is in the senate, he is still pushing the same crap.

      Most of the people in the chairs or on oxygen scream “the government better keep its hands off of my Medicare and Social Security”, because they are too stupid to know that both are government programs.

      And you just cannot fix stupid.

  • lady by the bay

    If Republican politicians keep pooping in their Post Toasties there wont be a party. That sad, they use to have some common sense.

    • kanawah

      Unfortunately, most of the “rank and file base” do not have any sense, let alone common sense. They believe what ever elephant crap the republiCONS and Transylvania tea bags throw out to them. Add to that the fact that many of them are rampant racist, the situation is hopeless, until the republiCONS and Transylvania tea bags literally kill off their constituents by wrecking Medicare and under funding Social security.

  • Allan Richardson

    The religious right and the billionaires are trying to create a Biblical economy in this country: not just haves and have-nots, but a few have-a-lots and almost everyone else a have-nothing. Herod, Caiaphas, Pilate in their palaces and everyone else a beggar.

  • Beaulieu6

    The Republicans doesn’t care about the Middle-Class 98% percent and the poor who are living below poverty line they never did, they only care about themselves and the wealthiest 2% percent. The best solution is to replace them with Democrats, in which it will happen on November 2014.

  • Beaulieu6

    In is first term in office President Obama has done an excellent job in strengthening our economy he has cut taxes to the Middle-Class 98%percent, and to businesses the 97% percent, he signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010, he also introduced the American Jobs Act in which the Republicans failed to pass it in which it would had created million of jobs in the private sector, on his second term the President continued to strengthening our economy, by keeping low taxes for the Middle-Class and Small businesses the 97%percent.
    Together as one nation we have made significant progress in which businesses and manufacturing have more confidence in our economy, in which in the past 48 months they created or added 7.3 million new private sector. In 2008 the unemployment rate was 10.0% percent and now is 7.2% percent.
    The Republicans have obstructed the President on so many avenue on his first term and they continued on his second term, in which they kept failing more and more with their obstruction as they simply don’t care about the hard working Middle-Class and they don’t care about the poor living below poverty line, they only care about themselves and the whealthiest 2% percent the Millionaire and Billionaire, Therefore they must be replace in the November 2014 mid-term election by Democrats in which we must give back Congress to Democrats and Speaker John Boehner must give back the gavel to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi D-California.
    Two weeks ago the Senate has passed an historic piece of legislation a bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill by a vote 68 to 32 on Saturday July 13, 2013 I wrote Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz D-Florida 23rd District in calling on Congress to pass a bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, giving the 11 million illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship. The sooner Congress both Democrats and Republicans pass the bill the sooner President Obama will signed it into law.

    • kanawah

      The Transylvania tea bags will never pass anything that looks anything like what the senate produced.

      That will be what finally kills the republiCON and Transylvania tea bag party. Failure to pass the immigration bill will lock the Latino people to the democrats for 2 generations.