Monday, August 06, 2007

An Interesting Question

Commenter Cormac-ballz asks:

What I don't get is: Congress is less popular than Bush because they didn't stop the war/stand up to Bush etc.

But Bush should be less popular because he's the one persecuting the war in first place!

Is there something about U.S. citizens that I fail to grasp? Is it because they don't sympathise with people they view as wimpy (e.g., Congress).
The Democrats won Congress by replacing the Republicans in the South with Blue Dog Democrats.

Those Democrats who won in the South promised not to damage the war effort. This has disgusted 1/2 the Democrats. The Republicans are disgusted to begin with. The other 1/2 of the Democrats are disgusted with the disgusted Democrats and no one is interested in solving the overspending problem.

So you have the Republicans who still support Bush - 24% and no one who supports Congress.

There is also the wimp factor which underlies the attitude of the Southern Democrats. They come from a martial culture. It transcends Republican/Democrat.

In many ways the Republicans won the last election. Southern Democrats are closer to the Republicans than they are to San Francisco liberal Democrats.

Cross Posted at Classical Values and at The Astute Bloggers

2 comments:

Snake Oil Baron said...

America needs a second political party. Even the best parties become corrupt when they get to stay in power indefinately. It is a shame that the Democrats have turned into a support group for the slobberingly demented. I hope the Republicans do well in 2008 but in the long term there needs to be a movement for a second political party in America. We have too many up here in Canada and we would send you one but the only halfway decent one is in power and you really do not want one of the others. Trust me.

Cormac-ballz said...

"Those Democrats who won in the South promised not to damage the war effort. This has disgusted 1/2 the Democrats. The Republicans are disgusted to begin with. The other 1/2 of the Democrats are disgusted with the disgusted Democrats and no one is interested in solving the overspending problem."

Well that shows you what happens when you compromise your principles so badly.

@Snake Oil Baron
I imagine 3rd party candidates must find it so frustrating that the media in the US always promotes the status quo of a 2 party system and doesn't promote alternative voices.

We've had the same party in power here in Ireland for the vast majority of about 20 years now (Fianna Fáil), and we're starting to see some of the problems associated with that. Nothing on the scale of current US problems though. :/