According to Mitch McConnell last January, now that both the Senate and the House are in Republican hands, we are seeing just how well the Republicans know how to run a government. Well, six months have passed and according to the Gallup pollsters, the Congressional approval rating is still a dismal 17 %. Seems like McConnell was right: We are learning just how well — or poorly — the Republicans can do.
One thing is clear, it seems: The Republican leaders are not capable of leading the Republican party. How, then, would they fare in running the country?
Meanwhile, the President whom they so bitterly oppose has approval rating three times higher than the Congress. The Republicans seem unable to learn any lessons from this.
They have been saying for awhile that the only reasons they aren’t more popular are, one, they haven’t done well at getting their message out and, two, they won’t pander to America’s lazy slackers.
The first reason is quite off base. Their problem is not that they have failed to articulate their position well but that most people have in fact figured out their message and simply reject it. The second reason shows in a different way how out of touch with reality they are. Unless they believe the vast majority of Americans are lazy slackers, the Republicans need to figure out why 8 out of 10 Americans disapprove of the Republican-led Congress.