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Atman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:20 PM
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Don't forget, over 60% think their own CongressCritter is just fine
Edited on Sun Oct-08-06 08:23 PM by Atman
And therein lies the problem. Except for the high-profile case of Joe Lieberman, it seems everybody wants to bitch about Congress but the the majority of Americans will once again vote for their same entrenched, scandal-soaked blood suckers, and then blame all of America's woes on every OTHER Congressman but their own. It takes a village of idiots. If we are not willing to clean our own houses on the local level, we can't expect the national politics to change!

Throw every single one of them out and start from scratch. Or just count on more of the same bullshit in perpetuity.

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Greeby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:25 PM
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1. I wonder what percentage of ppl in a district
Don't know who their Congresscritter is :eyes:
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:28 PM
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2. Some of our Congressmen are just fine
You want me to vote out Defazio?? Or Portland to vote out Blumenauer? Or Waxman, Conyers, Kucinich, etc???

If 35% of that 60% are Democrats and you add them to the 40% who DON'T think their Republican Congressman is fine, well that's a very different picture.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:35 PM
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3. Where did that percentage come from?
My senators stink, and every Dem in TX thinks the same. There are a few reps here that are adequate but don't ask me to name names, and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is a stand-out. So I guess TX is the wrong state to go by as far as Dems go.
And I thought the majority of incumbents were toast?
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Atman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:36 PM
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4. An article in today's newspaper
Edited on Sun Oct-08-06 08:38 PM by Atman
I don't have a copy now. I'll try to locate the link. Maybe another DUer has a copy?

The point of what I read was everybody HATES congress, and congressional approval is at a historic low of sub-30%...except for that in the SAME POLL, respondents said their own Congressman was doing fine, and that it was everybody else's congressman that sucked. So how does anything ever change?

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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:39 PM
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6. and when?
The Foley mishap has affected many races.
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gully Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:39 PM
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5. What's with all the "throw out the dems too" bullshit?
We're FINALLY in a position to win something meaningful for the first time in 6 years and we see post after post advocating that we f it up? It's too late to throw out anyone who didn't get tossed out on their ass in the primary races. I'm voting D with pride, and I hope like hell we take the house/senate, piss on anyone who comes here NOW and says otherwise.


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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:40 PM
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7. Agreed 100% n/t
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Atman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:52 PM
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12. I am voting D with pride, too.
Just read what I wrote, and don't try to make something different out of it. I am not so much of a Pollyanna to believe that only the GOP has a skeleton or two in their closet. And, last I checked, one of the most persistent complaints on DU is that a pretty consistent group of democrats vote with Bush every time. Significant enough to have assured his agenda smooth sailing. Now, according to the poll I read this morning, less than 30% approved of the job Congress was doing, but over 60% thought their own rep was doing a good job. So, who is going to be voting out all these republicans? Where is the re-taking of both houses coming from if a wide majority of voters approve of their own critter? It's not like they'll be coming to my state to vote out Lieberman. How do people get removed from office if the vast majority of people approve of the job they're doing?

Please, you know as well as I do that there are only a small handfull of democratic Senators and reps who can truly be considered stand-outs that seem to genuinely share the concerns of both America AND the party. A very small group, imho. Don't hand me the "we're finally in a position to win something" crap. We're in no such position. We're merely in a position to make them work harder to make the theft look more plausible.
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gully Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 09:10 PM
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13. I have no idea what you're advocating/trying to say?
You seem to be talking about many issues and in many different directions?

Even according to your post 40% of Americans are UNHAPPY with the jobs their reps are doing. That's not a happy number for anyone sitting in office.
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mrreowwr_kittty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:42 PM
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14. And if that survey is a broad geographical cross-section
That means, to me if I'm analyzing it correctly, that we may pick up a LOT of seats. Remember, only something like 30 to 50 are in play, depending on whom you believe. The rest are going to safely keep their seats.

If they somehow broke a poll down district-by-district and determined that 60% in each district favored their own reps, then I'd be worried.
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DaveinMD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:45 PM
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8. remember
the vast majority of district are not competitive on both side. That number is actually closer to 50 right now. When the number is that low, you will see incumbent losses.
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:45 PM
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9. In general that's fine
but there appear to be at least 15 seats where people are really pissed at the GOP.
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Hosnon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:46 PM
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10. Ancillary Question: Is "congresscritter" a new thing? I've seen it all of
the internets - even repuke sites.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:48 PM
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11. I've used it to denote House and Senate, male and female. Might
not be p.c., but I have.
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