That is what the polls say. Americans dislike Republicans the most, Democrats the next worse, and President Obama isn’t setting the world on fire with his handling of negotiations either.
This is a good point for American voters to recalibrate. Here are some things to consider.
- Obama is on board for three more years.
Don’t treat him as a lame duck. Make him work by taking away excuses. Give to him a Democrat controlled Congress and a list of things to accomplish. Don’t let him make up the list, that is up to We the People.
- Keep the heat on Republican leadership to turn government back on and to prevent default. Any incumbent who lets the nation trip across the red line and into default should be removed from office and that goes for both parties.
Insist that the leaders of both the House and Senate be replaced with people with more contemporary skill, knowledge and experience. As important, make certain that leaders have strong collaboration and consensus-building skills.
- How about replacing all men with women? That should fix things automatically.
Here is an afternoon report from Ezra Klein; he will fill in the details.
“Another poll shows Republicans losing the budget showdown
By Ezra Klein, Published: October 14 at 3:42 pm
Hoo boy. When The Washington Post polled the public on how the Republicans were handling budget negotiations on Sept. 29 -- the eve of the shutdown -- the numbers already looked pretty bad for the GOP: 26 percent approved and 63 percent disapproved.
Now they're even worse: 21 percent approve and 74 percent disapprove. Those numbers are barely even comprehensible in a competitive, two-party political system. I'd say the GOP's numbers can't fall much farther, but then I never thought they could fall this far to begin with.