In the 2010 mid-term elections, a number of Washington incumbents were replaced with a class of new politicians. If the latest Rasmussen Report is accurate, this year’s mid-term election may result in a more dramatic replacement of the current members of Congress.
Republicans are hoping to maintain control of the House and regain control of the Senate, but the reality may not be so rosy. A recent poll indicated that 59% of Republicans in Congress have lost touch with Republican voters throughout the nation. That should make GOP incumbents up for re-election this year a little nervous.
The only bright side of that report, if there is a bright side, is that last August the figure was 65% that said GOP members of Congress were out of touch with voters. In October 2009, a record high of 73% said Washington Republicans were out of touch with voters.
Perhaps the scariest part of this survey indicated that 67% of Democratic voters believe that DC Democrats have done a good job of representing the values of the party and voters. Last August this figure was lower at 59%.
Another of their recent polls revealed just how disenchanted Americans are with Congress. When asked, 72% said it would be better if most members of Congress were defeated in in November. Only 9% said that they would like to see most of the incumbents re-elected.
In 2010, only 63% said it would be better if most members of Congress were defeated in that year’s mid-term election. That poll was taken in February 2010 and that year saw a large number of new faces being sworn in after the elections.
It’s obvious that Republican voters are tired of their people in Congress. Instead of standing up for what the party claims to be about, they are constantly giving in to the demands and blackmail tactics of President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. I’ve often written that House Speaker John Boehner is as wishy washy as Charlie Brown in the Peanuts comics. When the younger and newer Republicans insisted on standing their ground against Obama on a number of issues, Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell abandoned them and caved in to Obama and Reid’s demands.
If I were a current Republican member of Congress that was up for re-election this year, I would be getting very nervous and look for another job come January.