Led by Democrats since the start of this year, the US Congress now has a “confidence” rating of 14 per cent, the lowest since Gallup started asking the question in 1973 and five points lower than the Republicans scored last year.
The voters put the Democrats in to end the war and it’s escalating. The Democrats voted money for the surge. They voted for the next $459.6 billion military budget. Their latest achievement is to provide enough votes in support of Bush to legalize warrantless wire tapping for “foreign suspects whose communications pass through the United States.” Enough Democrats joined Republicans to make this a 227-183 victory for Bush.
The Democrats control the House. Speaker Nancy Pelosi could have stopped the bill in its tracks if she’d really wanted to. But she didn’t. The Democrats’ game is to go along with the White House agenda while stirring up dust storms to blind the base about to their failure to bring the troops home or restore constitutional government.
I'd planned to write about this myself, but I'm happy that Cockburn saved me the trouble. I've watched the Congressional approval rating plummet over the past few months with a genuine sense of awe at the Herculean incompetence of the Democrats. It's taken real talent to squander the level of goodwill they had in November of 2006, but they've managed it without a single correct step--I literally can't think of anything they've done right. And they're now the least popular Congress on record. Given the tremendous unpopularity of Bush, Cheney, and the policies of this administration, that's nothing short of astonishing.
But the really astonishing part will come in November 2008, when--despite this staggering record of opportunistic incompetence on the part of the Democratic Party--50% of the voting population in the US will give them their support at the polls. After all, what other choice do they have?