Throw the Bums Out!

Amazing poll numbers from Rasmussen Reports:

If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, 59% of voters would like to throw them all out and start over again. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 17% would vote to keep the current legislators in office.

Today, just 23% have even a little confidence in the ability of Congress to deal with the nation’s economic problems and only 24% believe most Members of Congress understand legislation before they vote on it…

…Only half (49%) believe that the current Congress is better than individuals selected at random from the phone book. Thirty-three percent (33%) believe a randomly selected group of Americans could do a better job and 19% are not sure.

A separate survey found that just 11% of voters say Congress is doing a good or an excellent job.

What does this mean in Colorado? Not much, unless you live in CD-4, where Republican Rep. Marilyn Musgrave is the only incumbent with a credible challenger in Democrat Betsy Markey.

But it also means that Republicans should be kicking themselves for not putting up a somewhat-serious challenger in CD-7, where incumbent Democrat Ed Perlmutter should have no trouble with John “Who the Hell Are You?” Lerew. Perlmutter probably would have won re-election no matter who the GOP put up, largely because their bench is paper-thin, but they might have at least been able to make Perlmutter spend some of his money and sweat it out a bit, and that would have helped both down-ticket races and John McCain.

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  1. redstateblues says:

    Are there any for-real GOP contenders in 2010?

    Just wondering.

  2. sxp151 says:

    for two reasons.

    1) The vast majority of people re-elect their own Congressperson. Given that incumbents frequently win with 65% or more of the vote, that’s at least a quarter of the population who’s a bunch of hypocrites. But it’s actually not that bad, because of

    2) If you actually asked people which is better: fresh energy and lack of corruption, or seniority and bringing home money, it would be a much more interesting result. Of course, we already know the answer, since again, they vote for incumbents.

    Ask me if I want free beer for the rest of my life. I’ll probably say ‘yes.’

  3. Nancy L Baldwin says:

    Recruit Nancy L Baldwin for CO Governor.

  4. HoyaDem says:

    While the first impact of such a poll is upsetting, it really is not much different than past years.  I remember my Legislature class in college – my professor hammered the point that well over half of the electorate in any given election would vote to kick out Congress, while almost identical margins would vote to retain their particular Congressperson.  While we have it nice (statistically speaking) here in Colorado, with a few seats that are drawn to be contested each cycle, the overwhelming trend has always been that voters strongly disapprove of Congress as a whole, and yet approve of their individual Representative.

  5. Sir Robin says:

    Did anyone watch The CEO of Lehman Brothers, Mr. Richard S. Fuld Jr., defend his $350M compensation between 2000 and 2007? How about the $3+Billion in bonuses at the end of 2007 when he was simultaneously warning of a coming collapse? How about George H. Walker, President Bush’s cousin and a member of Lehman’s executive committee, breezily shot down the ideas, according to the e-mails.

    “Sorry team. I am not sure what’s in the water at” Neuberger Berman, Walker wrote to the rest of the executive committee. “I’m embarrassed and I apologize.”

    Get that Dear CoPols readers?? GWB’s cousin in on the executive committee!! We shouldn’t be surprised, should we, that this was such a failure.

    McCain’s Keating 5 needs to be put front and center.

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