The new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released this week has some pretty ugly numbers for both Republicans and Democrats, as well as the President. I have attached the full file below. Which bad news to go over first. Is the nation heading in the right direction? Well 58% say no. Not a good sign for Democrats heading into the midterms. The President? His overall ratings are not bad, with 48% disapproving, and 47% approving of his job performance. But his handling of the economy does not get high marks, with 52% disapproving of the job he is doing in that area. It of course is still about jobs, and economic security. Those basic things are slipping away from more people, and the President and his Party will be blamed.
But Congress is in real tough shape, with over 70% disapproving of their job performance. Both Dems and Republicans showed record lows in voter approvals. And why would anyone anticipate anything different??? I have had a chance to watch “Morning Joe” this week and happened to catch NY Congressman Anthony Weiner on the show. Weiner was on talking about the failure of a bill to assist New Yorkers who aided people at the site of the September 11 attack. Weiner had attacked Republican Congressman Peter King of New York, (who supported the bill) in a very personal way for not delivering more Republican votes. Weiner’s House tirade made its way around the internet very quickly. But come to find out that the Speaker moved this bill as a “suspension bill”, which requires a 2/3 majority for passage. Suspension bills do not allow for amendments. The Speaker was trying to head off a Republican immigration amendment that would have caused a potential split in Democratic ranks. All of that is mind numbing gobbledook to most voters. But that argument derailed a $7billion dollar House bill that had a clear House majority. That is the essence of dysfunction, and why people hate both parties. Scarborough called Weiner out on why the bill was brought out as a “suspension bill”, and Weiner’s double talk here is further evidence of how out of touch these folks really are. Joe Scarborough was right on this one. Weiner was busted, but Republicans would not help to pass a bill without creating a sideshow, so they are not innocent here either. But these types of circus acts, where NOTHING gets done, is what lies at the root of why people hate Washington. After watching Weiner and King in action I am amazed that Congress could even get 20% approval. Wow!
Read the Fix on the poll results.