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NBC/WSJ poll: 60 percent say fire every member of Congress

By Domenico Montanaro, Deputy Political Editor, NBC News

 

Throw the bums out.

 

That’s the message 60 percent of Americans are sending to Washington in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, saying if they had the chance to vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress, including their own representative, they would. Just 35 percent say they would not. (More)

 

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It also reflects Americans' continuing disconnection with politics and the real things that affect their lives. Everyone in Congress isn't a bum. The Republicans are the problem. The Tealiban faction are the worst thing to happen to American politics in my memory, but the rest of the Rs are hardly any better, because they have shifted farther and farther to the right in order to keep their seats and their power. They may not be quite as insane and irrational as the Michelle Bachmanns and Louie Gohmerts, but their voting records aren't much different. They deserve to be swept out of office by the electorate and into the dustbin of history because they have outlived any useful purpose they've had and now are actively harmful to our democracy. A party interested only in serving the interests of the top 1% and clinging to power for the sake of power is of no use to anyone except the tiny constituency of the ultra-rich who have been funding them (now to their own great chagrin in most cases -- their Frankenstein monster has turned against them, as well).

 

It is beginning to look like Americans are starting to wake up (finally) and realize that elections DO have consequences! And most of them aren't liking the consequences of their past choices, or their failure to go vote at all. The Republicans have been very busy the past couple of years utterly alienating just about every identifiable voting bloc you can think of. The shutdown seems to have enraged pretty much everyone else who wasn't already fuming about them. That only leaves them a very small swath of the electorate that still hates the President, hates minorities, hates gays, hates taxes, hates the government, and, well, just hates! It's taken a really long time, but it seems that most voters who are dissatisfied with the way things are and who have perhaps been reacting with great unease at the pace of social and technological change are finally realizing that hating it all doesn't offer any solutions to the concerns they have, and that the Republicans and Tea Party have nothing to offer but ugly rhetoric, venom and apocalyptic visions of the future and coming end times that only a small fraction of evangelical Christians believe.

 

I really think we are seeing the end of the Republican Party. What will take it's place is anyone's guess. Right now the two wings of the Republicans are so divided that it's possible two parties will emerge -- one catering to the extreme rightists and another for the remaining centrists and moderates. How America will function in a multiparty environment is a mystery because we really haven't much experience with it. We've always had two dominant and mostly pragmatic parties that could manage to find compromises and get the people's business done. Now the Republicans have become rigidly ideological and unable to accomplish anything because of their inability to compromise on any of their insane principles. The Democrats seem to be heading into the ascendancy, but it's important to our system of checks and balances to have an effective opposition party to keep ANY majority party from just running amok itself! But it's not all that clear where we are going, except that the Republican Party, as we have known it, is not likely to part of our future for much longer.

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