To no one’s surprise, a just-released NBC News poll reveals that feckless Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has succeeded in becoming just as unpopular as his polarizing predecessor, San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi.
The Survey/Monkey poll shows that 30% of those surveyed view Pelosi favorably, a statistical tie with Paul Ryan’s 31%. The two are also tied up in the unfavorable department, with 64% holding an unfavorable view of Pelosi, compared to 63% for Ryan.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is in even worse shape. A Harvard-Harris poll released last week showed the Kentucky Republican with a dismal approval rating of just 19%, the lowest of any politician in the country. In this same poll, Ryan’s favorable rating is 33%, which is in line with the NBC poll.
Meanwhile, President Trump’s approval rating sits at 39%, which is not great but is still better than his congressional counterparts, who are not the focus of a 24/7 hate campaign from our national media.
One need not be a political scientist to understand these dismal numbers for Ryan and McConnell. Both have been exposed as massive liars and frauds, both have serially-betrayed their base, both are terrible leaders who are unable to use a historic, once-in-a-generation opportunity to get a single thing done.
Ryan did manage to get Obamacare passed through the House, but it was an objectively awful bill that failed to keep the seven-year promise of full repeal. McConnell failed to pass even a bare bones Obamacare repeal. On the other important issues of the day: immigration, taxes, the border wall, defunding Planned Parenthood, spending restraint, killing the senate filibuster before the Democrats do, it has all so far been one cowardly whiff after another.
What is so galling about all of this is that a frustrated Republican base knows exactly what is going on here. Republicans now control every branch of the federal government. This means that everything they have promised us they would do, they can now do. But either out of cowardice (fear of the media) or their true ideological love for bigger government and open borders, they simply refuse to.
So it was all a big fat lie… All those promises, seven years of them from the GOP about all the awesome things they would do, all the massive changes they would make … if only we voters would trust them with full control of the government.
Well, we fulfilled our end of the bargain. Republicans are now in a position to pass whatever they would like. But who knew that in reality we were calling their bluff? Who knew that all these promises were nothing more than lies designed to improve fundraising, to expand mailing lists? Who knew the GOP had absolutely no intention of doing a damn thing, and that includes protecting and defending their own president — you know, the guy who on a daily basis takes flaming arrows in the back for the sin of actually wanting to keep his promises?
We have been hustled, hoodwinked, lied to, and taken completely for granted.
Why anyone sends any money to any branch of the Republican Party is beyond me.