You wouldn’t know it by watching or listening to most pundits, but the Republican Party is more unpopular today than at the lowest points of George W. Bush’s presidency. And they’re far less popular than they were when they won 1.3 million fewer votes than Democratic House candidates.
On the day of the president’s State of the Union, the House GOP wasted their time and our money passing a bill that dramatically limits abortion rights, which has zero chance of becoming a law.
Just before the West Virginia chemical spill, they passed a bill that would gut hazardous waste legislation.
The GOP’s obsession with regulating women’s bodies and deregulating polluters couldn’t be more out of touch with the public — which is obsessed with jobs, the deficit and education.
But with safe districts and and billionaires working overtime to give them power, the House of Representatives has become performance art designed to please base voters and donors.
Abortion was actually a big issue in one recent election — Virgina, where Democrats won the governorship and the legislature, making it the only state from the Old Confederacy not currently led by Republicans.
Terry McAullife definitely outspent his opponent but Ken Cuccinelli definitely out-abortioned him. “Cooch” is famous for three things: opposing abortion, hating sodomy and suing to try to stop Obamacare.
At the peak of the Obamacare roll-out disaster, the law’s premier opponent lost and took the GOP down with him.
Virginia’s demographics also played a key role in the Democrats’ big win. The “coalition of the ascendant” that put Obama in office twice is growing rapidly in the state. The same shift is happening in Georgia and North Carolina.
In these states, voters are obsessed with raising the minimum wage and other policies that directly make lives easier. And the GOP is focused on making corporations’ lives easier and women’s lives more difficult.
Their safe districts, insulated media and friendly U.S. Senate map let them get away with this. But the fact that they’re yelling at clouds that most Americans don’t see should become a fact that we all acknowledge.
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