Every once in a while I go over to the liberal sites. Most of it is just opposition research. I don’t expect to learn much, but at least I know how the bed-wetters are formulating their opinions and thoughts and what-not. Then sometimes you find hilarity.
In a recent post over at the DemocratUnderground, ElsewheresDaughter wrestles with a brainwave, and comes up empty.
We constantly are seeing polling down from the major news services that follow President Obama’s approval ratings and it is an important stat to keep track of, but can you tell me what the media is not covering? How low the Republicans have been polling ever since they became the party of “Waterloo.”
The Democratic leaders do have terrible polling numbers, Nancy Pelosi has a 34% approval rating in DKOS’s new poll and Harry Reid has a 31% approval rating, but let’s take a look at the Republican leadership, shall we?
-KingShamus: some chart I don’t feel like pasting into this post, click on the link if you’re really curious-
Mitch McConnell is polling at an 18% approval rating. That’s eighteen percent. John Boehner is polling at 12% approval rating. Just think about that one. And it doesn’t take much to make him cry. Mitch and Boehner are viewed less favorably than Dick Cheney was during the dark days of the Bush administration. Why don’t we hear about that on teevee?
The overall approval ratings of Congressional Republicans is 17% as a party! The Dems are taking their lumps over this chaotic time, but nowhere near the kinds of wounds the GOP are suffering. The media make it appear that all these teabaggers are rallying around the RNC and the country just loves the Beltway elites’ favorite party, but that’s not true at all.
Let’s see if we hear any of this on the Sunday talk Shows. But I won’t hold my breath.
Wow. Where to start?
The post refers to a Daily Kos poll. Shock of shocks, a poll commissioned by Markos Moulitsas’ outfit finds Democrats in better shape than the GOP.
Lets compare the DKos poll to something a little closer to reality, such as Rasmussen’s methodology. The Kossack research polls all adults, whereas Rasmussen polls likely voters. So sure, the leftists are looking at everybody. The problem is that not everybody votes, so getting everybody’s opinion is sorta pointless from an electoral perspective.
Look at the favorability ratings for a couple of the congress-critters. In the Kos poll, Speaker Pelosi’s favorable/unfavorables are 34/57, Senator Harry Reid’s are 31/57. Rasmussen puts Pelosi and Reid at 34/57 and 27/49, respectively. So, the Dkos is close-ish when looking at the Donkey-Punchers.
John Boehner and Mitch McConnell get short-sheeted by Kos, though. There, we see Boehner at 12/63 and McConnell at 18/64. Compare those numbers to Rasmussen,where Boenher stands at 21/41 and McConnell’s number are 25/34.
Basically, Kos vastly overstates the amount of rancor felt towards the GOP. Why would he do this? The answer is as obvious as Kos’ dementia.
The goofy polling data leads ElsewheresDaughter into some lame conclusions, the most important being that the Democrats are not in trouble. It’s weird looking around the DU website because it’s almost as if the Donkey-Punchers don’t control both houses of Congress. This haziness makes it seem like Pelosi and Reid’s unfavorables are just part of the overall hatred the public feels towards Congress.
It may be that people feel strong dislike towards all of the legislative branch, but unlike the DU’s selective blindness, it’s pretty clear that Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the Democrats are running the show in Congress. The fact that the Donkey Punchers own the leadership positions means that it is they-and not the Republicans-that are on the hook for the last 9 months.
People can be plenty annoyed at the congressional GOP, but the fact is they don’t have any power. They’re badly outnumbered in the House and the Senate has a near filibuster-proof majority for the Democrats. At this point, the Republican numbers don’t mean hardly anything compared to the Democrats’ polling.
2010 is shaping up as a referendum on Barack Obama and the Democrats. If the economy continues to shit the bed and the world keeps crashing in on Barry’s ‘Grow The Government’ spend-o-fest, the Democrats are in for a rough mid-term election. This means that ElsewheresDaughter and the rest of the Democrat rank-and-file are grasping at non-existent straws when looking at uber-shaky GOP unfavorability numbers.
So much for the reality-based community.