Tuesday, April 18, 2006


Sinking Fast

Poor Sue. According to the latest numbers from Gallup, public approval of the Republican Congress is sinking, and sinking fast.

From Gallup:
PRINCETON, NJ -- Public approval of the job Congress is doing has dipped to its lowest level of 2006, and is now the worst Gallup has recorded since the closing days of the Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994.

According to an April 10-13, 2006, Gallup Poll, 23% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while 70% disapprove. The current approval score is slightly below the 25%-27% range seen since January.

The current 23% approval rating for Congress is a near-record low for the institution. Gallup's trend for this question, which started in 1974, shows lower approval scores on only three other occasions: October 1994 (21%), March 1992 (18%), and June 1979 (19%).
1979, 1992, 1994.... anyone starting to sense a pattern developing here?

Those incumbent Republicans who have shown independence of judgment, original thinking, moral courage, outstanding leadership skills, and a willingness to engage with their constituents may (and should)survive the tidal wave that these national trends suggest is coming.
Unfortunately, whatever else one might think about Ms. Kelly, she has not been accused of independence, originality, courage, leadership or engagement with her constituents. Which, by itself, should be reason enough to replace her.
Fortunately, the 19th District has a choice this year of exciting and qualified candidates who offer all of those traits, persons of real accomplishment, none of them party hacks, who give the 19th District the chance to vote FOR someone great, instead of just voting AGAINST Sue.
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