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POLL: We’re Gonna Keep Our Lousy Congress

July 24th, 2014 - 10:06 am

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Aaron Blake for WaPo:

Americans appear prepared to deal with their historic unhappiness using perhaps the least-productive response: Staying home.

A new study shows that Americans are on-track to set a new low for turnout in a midterm election, and a record number of states could set their own new records for lowest percentage of eligible citizens casting ballots.

The question of Senate control might come down to the percentage of ineligible citizens casting ballots.

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The LIV's and embarrassed Dems will stay home. So will the 20-somethings. I applaud this. If you are one of the idiots who voted for Obama, and you don't now hate him, stay the hell home. That will give us a nice Republican wave to take over the Senate. Then, maybe some of these bills which passed the House but were DOA in the Senate can pass. Then we can watch Obama veto them, and people will be able to see the real problem. Even if he signs them, people will see that the Repubs are getting things done in Congress, that it was the Dems who were the logjam.
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I suspect "Americans" is code for "Democrats".
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They may also include conservative Republicans who are sick of sending back the establishment Republicans, aka Democrat-lights, to office, especially when the candidates were re-selected in the primary by hook-and-crook.

Bet most of McDaniel's supporters would stay home or vote Democrat.
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I rather hope not, as if we repeat 08/12 thanks to the crybaby demographic, we are officially screwed.
13 weeks ago
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Might? Steve, you misspelled "will".

I'd crawl over broken class to check the R this year, though. ANY power we can leverage to stop the damage being done by Obama, we need.
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I always counter "If you don't vote, you can't complain" with "If you do vote, you can't complain because you bought in." But that's mainly because clich├ęs annoy me.

Maybe we need anti-parties running anti-candidates (pleged not to serve) so that if you loathe the Democrat and think the Republican is a fool you can vote for the anti-Democrat. The Republican still wins, but he has to blush when he claims a mandate.

This time, though, staying home isn't in it. I think the solution is to vote for the 'pubby if he's at all tolerable, and the Democrat where the 'pubby's a dead loss. Boehner, out. McConnell, out. A few judicious political executions by the Tea Party can turn 2014 into a come-to-Jesus moment for the GOPe.
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I like the idea of "none of the above" as a choice with the consequence that if "none of the above" wins, then the election is rerun. All candidates who lose to "none of the above" are barred from appearing on any subsequent ballot in that election cycle.

As for Congress' low approval ratings, people's feelings about the institution as a whole tell you nothing about their feelings towards any particular representative.
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