From Paul Kane’s column in today’s WaPo:
Throughout the spring newly empowered Democrats watched their approval ratings plummet, with a liberal base upset at their inability to stop the Iraq war and independents complaining that not enough meaningful legislation was being passed.
Gee, I guess that makes me an independent member of the liberal base, then, because I’m pissed as hell at them for both reasons. They didn’t do enough on Iraq, and I do not for one second accept the weak-assed argument that they couldn’t. That’s just plain bull. Yes, the President vetoed their measure. Yes, they didn’t have the votes to override. Big deal. They didn’t need to override the veto. If the President didn’t sign a bill, the President wasn’t going to get the money. They were holding an ace-high flush. He was showing a pair of twos. They folded anyway.
Their spectacular capitulation on Iraq would be more palatable had they managed to accomplish anything else of note. They have not. Why? Because every time the Republicans threaten them, they drop to their knees and beg for mercy – like they just did in the Senate, with this wiretap legislation. I swear, watching the Democrats in Congress these days reminds me of my dog.
My dog, you see, is a rescued animal. He turned up lying in the middle of a road over on the Windward side of Oahu one night. He was dirty as hell, malnourished, had a bad case of heartworm, and judging by his behavior had been thoroughly beaten on a regular basis. He’s come along nicely since we adopted him. He’s usually a very happy, cheerful animal. But he does tend to drop to the ground in a submissive pose the second he’s faced with anything remotely threatening – including at one point a stuffed animal with a noisemaker. Very much like Congress, really.
Under the circumstances, the surprising thing isn’t that Congress has bad approval numbers; it’s that they’re actually still well above the single digits. For crying out loud, they spent most of yesterday fighting over the minutes from the day before. Given that, I can’t see how anyone who isn’t either a moron or a “the only good government is a totally and completely dysfunctional goverment” libertarian (but I repeat myself) could actually like the job this Congress is doing.