When your approval rating is at 12 percent, you figure it can’t go any lower, right? Well, from the dizzying heights of 12 percent, Congress now clocks in with a 9 percent approval rating. Isn’t it time for John McCain to start running against Congress? (Compared to Congress, President George W. Bush is a political rock star.)
If Congressional Republicans had recruited candidates more effectively, had not lost their reputation for fiscal responsibility, and had an actual agenda, they might have an opening to make some gains. (After all, what have Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid done with their majorities other than spend a ton of taxpayer money and lose a zillion votes on Iraq?) Ah, well.
UPDATE: one of my colleagues pointed to this, indicating the 9 percent approval rating may be open to debate. Nevertheless, even in comparison to last month’s Rasmussen’s rating (11 percent), Congress is declining in popularity. And even if we were to be generous and count “fair” ratings as “approval,” Congress would still trail President Bush’s polling numbers. So yes, the public is grumpy and McCain would do well to turn his sites on Obama’s Congressional allies, who will no doubt push him ever farther to the Left.