While on the surface the Republican party will act like everything is wonderful and they’re charged up about having full control of Congress, deep down things really aren’t that great for the GOP. They won all this power last November, not really because voters came out in huge numbers to support their ideologies, but because voters didn’t turnout to vote. So, while Republicans will certainly take the “victory,” deep down they know it’s a very hollow one.
They also know control of Congress means very little because:
- Democrats still control enough of the Senate to filibuster a lot of what they want to do.
- President Obama can veto everything and they don’t have enough power to override his vetoes.
So while they’ll undoubtedly pass a whole bunch of legislation because they have the power to push some of it through, they know that as long as President Obama sits in the White House they aren’t going to appease the far right with the legislation they want because he’s going to veto pretty much everything they send to his desk.
Then, more “bad news” continues to emerge as the economy continues to grow, gas prices are at their lowest levels in years, the Supreme Court is about to rule on gay marriage in the coming months (most likely deeming all bans on same-sex marriage illegal) and unemployment continues to fall.
You know our economic growth is getting nearly impossible to deny when Sen. Mitch McConnell is laughably trying to take credit for it.
There’s just not a whole lot Republicans can really get behind right now. Even their beloved Fox News had to issue several formal apologies after their anti-Muslim “experts” were soundly debunked by facts and reality.
And now a new poll has come out showing President Obama with an approval rating over 50 percent for the first time in two years.
What’s the big deal, you ask? Well, it’s simple. The more popular President Obama is nationally, the less power Republicans have to try to blame him for nothing getting done. Because let’s face it, nothing is getting done these next two years. And when nothing gets done, who do you think the American voters are going to blame?
- An exceedingly more popular President Obama. – or –
- A Republican-controlled Congress that promised change and ultimately brought the same “do-nothing” attitude it’s had since the GOP took over the House in 2010.
This is exactly what Republicans really didn’t plan for as they celebrated their victories last November – President Obama becoming more popular.
But it’s not just the president’s growing popularity, it’s also the fact that when American voters think of Congress they’re going to think “why can’t Republicans get anything done, they control both the House and Senate.” And as much as the GOP will undoubtedly try to blame President Obama for vetoing everything they try to pass, what they ultimately send to his desk is going to expose just how ridiculous their beliefs are. It was easy to run against President Obama this last election cycle, but they didn’t run for anything. And the reason why they didn’t run on what they plan to do is because many of their stances (anti-immigration, tax cuts for the rich, anti-minimum wage, anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage) are all unpopular with the majority of Americans.
So the last thing they needed was for President Obama’s popularity to start inching above 50 percent. And in most polls that I’ve come across, the president’s popularity has been climbing with no signs of it heading in the opposite direction anytime soon.