Oscar Madison: Now kindly remove that spaghetti from my poker table.
Oscar Madison: The hell’s so funny?
Felix Ungar: It’s not spaghetti, it’s linguini.
[Oscar picks up the linguini and hurls it against the kitchen wall]
Oscar Madison: Now it’s garbage.—The Odd Couple, 1968
One of the funniest movies ever! And speaking of garbage….
From The Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
The Republican brand is in the garbage
There’s only one thing worse than being a member of Congress these days – being a Republican member of Congress.
According to the latest Gallup Poll, Congress’ job approval rating has dropped to 14 percent – a record low for the survey. That’s a figure that qualifies President Bush, with a 31 percent approval rating, for American Idol.
Eighteen months ago, a Democratic majority took control of both houses of Congress. And a curious footnote to the latest Gallup data is that Democrats actually give Congress an even lower rating than Republicans or independents.
An opposition party with a sliver of insight and shred of principle would easily be able to capitalize on this sentiment. That party is not the Republican Party of 2008.
In the 51-49 Senate, Republicans are struggling – not to net enough seats to put Democrats back in the minority but, rather, to stave off enough losses to prevent Democrats from obtaining a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority.
How is this happening? How is it possible for Republicans to face electoral disaster at the hands of summer vacationers Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid?
The easy answers are George W. Bush and Iraq. But those are only partially correct.
A first-year marketing student could identify the real problem – the Republican brand is in the garbage. Credit John McCain’s maverick reputation and stands on ethics and earmarks for his ability to thus far fight Obama to a draw in the polls. Every candidate whose name on the ballot is followed by an “R” is running at a disadvantage. And it’s not difficult to understand why.
Begin with Tom DeLay, R-Texas, Mark Foley, R-Fla., Duke Cunningham, R-Calif., Bob Ney, R-Ohio, Larry Craig, R-Idaho, Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., and now Ted Stevens, R-Alaska. That’s a partial list.
But a campaign theme of “We’re no worse than the other guys” has all the appeal of a trip to Siberia with Jack Abramoff.
If Republicans had shown zero tolerance for corruption, opposed careless government projects, affirmed a prohibition against earmarks and declared a new conservative compact, it would have provided a sharp contrast for the American people.
Instead, the Republican leadership has delivered more of what caused the 2006 electoral wallop. They shouldn’t be surprised if the results in 2008 are no different.
I disagree with a lot of what this guy, Jonathan Gurwitz, says, but what fun to see what conservatives are wringing their hands over! 😆