No matter how you spin them, the latest polls show that the Republicans have learned nothing from the past eight years. At least the views they are expressing are only shared by a minority of the citizens of the country. Which I suppose, really does make them the minority party…
Overall, 68 percent of poll respondents approve of Obama’s job performance, a finding that puts him on par with the average for the past eight presidents at this point in their tenures. Ninety percent of Democrats and 67 percent of independents approve of Obama’s performance. Sixty-four percent said they approve of how Obama is handling appointments to the Cabinet and other top positions in the administration, despite tax problems and stumbles that have led to three of his top nominees withdrawing from consideration.
Although Obama has encountered near-unanimous GOP opposition to his stimulus plan in Congress and widespread criticism for a housing bailout plan that some say rewards people who have been fiscally irresponsible, 64 percent of those polled back the economic recovery package, and the same percentage support the mortgage proposal. The broad support for the recovery package comes as just 10 percent said the bill was too heavy on spending and too light on tax cuts, the primary contention of the Republican leadership in Congress.
Overall, 60 percent of poll respondents approve of how Obama is dealing with the economy.*
Yet, in every television appearance, in every news conference, in every speech from the Hill, our Republican representatives tell us that what we see happening isn’t what we see happening. Do they really wonder at the elections outcome? In any stirring of the tea leaves do they foresee a change in their status in four years, eight years, even twelve years if they continue to go against the will of the majority of the people just to prove their “conservative principles”? The only conservative principles being shown these days are “DeLay-ing” tactics.