Everybody’s lips are moving, but we don’t hear anything!

From FIRST READ at MSNBC:

More than half of the nation’s adults (53%) cannot specify the main person who speaks for the Republican Party today, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll.

What a mystery! Kids, this sounds like a case for the greatest detective evah!


Original movie poster.

Also of note, 33% of Republicans said they held an unfavorable impression of their own party. By comparison, just 4% of Democrats felt that way about their party.

From Gallup:
Asked to name the “main person who speaks for the Republican Party today,” Republicans across the country are most likely to name three men: Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, and Dick Cheney. Democrats are most likely to say Limbaugh speaks for the GOP, followed by Cheney. Both Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly say Barack Obama is the main person who speaks for the Democratic Party, although Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats to mention Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

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The responses to the Republican leadership question provide hard evidence that there is in fact a significant leadership vacuum confronting the GOP today. Forty-seven percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents could not come up with a single name in response to the party spokesperson question. In contrast, a much lower 17% of Democrats could not name an individual as the person who speaks for their party.

…snip…

Additionally, no one person dominates even among Republicans who are able to name someone who speaks for their party. Radio talk-show host Limbaugh, former Speaker Gingrich, and former Vice President Cheney — although at the top of the list — are all mentioned by only 9% or 10% of Republicans. The only other individuals named by more than 1% of Republicans are Sen. John McCain at 6%, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele at 2%, and former Massachusetts Gov. and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, also at 2%. Of notable interest is the fact that less than 1% of Republicans name George W. Bush in response to the question.

Democrats are most likely to name Limbaugh as the person who speaks for the Republican Party (18%).

…snip…

Democrats have little difficulty in naming the individual who is the main person who speaks for their party — Obama, mentioned by 67% of Democrats. Six percent of Democrats name Pelosi, and 3% Hillary Clinton.

…snip…

Republicans are also most likely to name Obama as the main spokesperson for the Democrats. But 20% of Republicans name Nancy Pelosi. Recent Gallup polling shows that Pelosi is highly unpopular with Republicans, suggesting that, just as a number of Democrats are happy to characterize the GOP (presumably in a negative way) as being led by Limbaugh, a number of Republicans are just as happy to characterize the Democrats as being led by Pelosi.

Discussion

While being associated with the party of the sitting president gives the Democrats a natural advantage over the Republicans in having a well-defined person representing them, these data clearly underscore the leadership vacuum that confronts the Republican Party today. Almost half of those who identify with or lean toward the GOP cannot think of a single political or other figure when asked to name the main person who speaks for their party. And none of the three individuals whom Republicans name — Limbaugh, Cheney, and Gingrich — would likely be characterized as new visionaries or individuals bringing a fresh or new face to the Republican political scene. None of the three hold elective office at this time, all are older white males (the youngest of the three is Limbaugh, who is 58), and only one has a realistic chance of running for the presidency in the future (Gingrich).

Perhaps most importantly, none of these is mentioned by more than 10% of Republicans, a telling indication that rank-and-file Republicans today simply have no single consensus leader around whom they can gather their forces.

Most pundits and political observers already have a list of possible candidates who could end up battling for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination — including (in addition to Gingrich) Sarah Palin, Romney, Mike Huckabee, Charlie Crist, and Jeb Bush. Gingrich is the only one on this list who is mentioned by more than 2% of Republicans as the person who — at this point in time — speaks for their party.

(You can see all the graphic goodness at the Gallup link above)

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42 responses to “Everybody’s lips are moving, but we don’t hear anything!

  1. i speak for the republicans – and i say we all just suck the big one. anal cysts for everyone!

    • i just finished eating dinner. maybe i should have just rented it instead of buying. πŸ˜•

    • KarenHickdrive

      EVER SINCE RUSH SHARED SOME OF HIS OXY’S WITH ME (THERE REALLY GOOD!!!) I HAS DECIDED THAT HE RULES THE GOP AND IF YOU DONT BELEIVE ME YOUR A IDIOT.
      OBAMAS NOT EVEN A AMERICAN HES A MUSLEM AND HE MAKES TO MANY INSINUENDOS ABOUT RUSH TO BE BELEIVED.
      HE NEEDS TO BE GOT OUT OF THERE AND PUT RUSH IN!!!!!!!!!

      • hey! weren’t you that lady at that thar meetin’ y’all had with capn unnerpants afore the ‘lection?

        • KarenHickdrive

          I DONT THINK THATS VERY RESPECTFUL OF JOHN MCCANE FOR YOU TO BE TALKING THAT WAY ABOUT HIM BECAUSE HE WASNT EVEN A CAPTAIN HE WAS A LUTENANT..
          AT LEAST HE WAS BORN AMERICAN AND HE NEVER CHEATED ON HIS WIFES OR NOTHING.
          HES A GOOD AMERICAN IS WHAT HE IS, AND YOU WERE NO WAY AT THAT MEETING MISS PRISSY PANTS.

          • i never said i was at that thar meetin’! cain’t you reed? alls i said was that you was prolly the one i saw on mah telervishun. an’ he likes the name capt unnerpants. when he was in that thar prisen camp over in viet nom, he din’t have a knickname for more’n 5 years!

          • you may want to check your history…He hasn’t cheated on his current wife Cindy (maybe), but Cindy was his mistress while he was married to his previous wife. Just thought you should be aware.

            • πŸ˜† italco, believe me, she knows the history. that’s just one of karenzipdrive’s alternate personalities. she has the amazing ability of channeling redneck idiots.

  2. I’m surprised the poles didn’t reflect Liz Cheney’s recent suck-off teh media campaign, whom wingnuts automatically say should run based on her ability to interrupt apposing talking heads on tee vee; just frkin’ WOW.

    But it does seem to reflect the high profile of the others, with the exception of Flailin’ Palin, who gets her PR the old fashioned way by prostituting her kids while attacking Letterman at the same time.

    You can bet whomever gets tossed in the cage with Obama will be bringing an oozie to the knife fight.

    • i heard on tv that when one person was polled as to who the leader of the rethugs is, the answer was “that woman from alaska.” πŸ˜† how’s that for name recognition?

  3. if anyone has nothing better to do, i have a diary up at the big orange.

    • Went over there to rec and tip it. Love the little birdies!

    • I won’t cop to having nuthin’ better to do, but comparing GOPper bird brains to bird brains is frickin’ brilliant. I’m still so not worthy!

      • thanks, saitia, for taking time out of your busy schedule to check out my nonsense over at the big orange! i really got the idea from a puzzle. i was freaking out, because i couldn’t think of anything to write about, and my internets connection kept fizzling out (i’m responding so late, because the connection was gone all damned day until a few minutes ago 😑 ). the puzzle had some collective nouns for birds, so i thought i would do something about collective nouns for rethugs. however, the birds stuck in my mind, because i’m a birdbrain, and i just ran with it. not that you asked! πŸ˜‰

        glad you enjoyed it, and thanks again for making the journey over there. mmwwaahhhh!

  4. They should be listening to Colin Powell

  5. hello italco,
    welcome to the raisin! πŸ˜€

    they should be listening to powell and the moderates, but it seems that moderates aren’t loud enough. the loud extremists are calling all the shots and taking the party down while doing so.

    • ty nonnie, I like raisin’s

      I agree, loud and spin spin spin seems to be the montra…never seen such a spectical of poor sportsmanship.

      Maybe the moderates should form their own party.

      • i’ve been saying for a while that this is a good time for a moderate 3rd party to emerge. it won’t just be good for the moderates, but for the entire country. there needs to be reasonable debate instead of shit-slinging and yelling.

        • I have been saying the same thing. I believe the only viable 3rd party option is a moderate based party. Leave the democrat to the liberals, the republicans to the conservatives, and form a “Moderates Of America” Party bringing in the scattered independants, moderate democrats and moderate republicans…that would give everyone and equal oportunity and an equal voice across the board.

  6. 2010 is going to be huge…88% of congress is up for election when being an encumbant isn’t an advantage.

  7. I *wish* we did not hear anything from the GOP.

  8. Sorry, I haven’t been around much lately (having too much fun in real life!) .

    I find it so ironic that the GOP picks the most controversial figure of the Dems as the main person to speak for them (Pelosi). It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out. They are so transparent.

    • Her and Franks are the only 2 they have to punch…the rest use them as punching bags.

    • you never have to apologize, yorkie!

      i think it’s funny that the rethugs feel that they have to pick on pelosi. they’re scared shitless of picking on obama! πŸ˜† what makes it really funny is that most people don’t know who pelosi is. those who are political junkies are usually already decided as to which side they’re on. the rethugs already dislike pelosi, so their ranting really doesn’t do them any good at all. in fact, it only makes them look nasty and bitter at best and misogynistic at worst.

  9. Thanks so much for getting me out of my depression this morning (may be a hangover, but I forgit).

    I’m blogrolling you. The wisdom of this site should be disseminated widely.

    Oh, and if you ask Newt he’ll tell you that he is the visionary (everyday) and he’ll bring a fresh woman into his boudoir to prove it.

    And none of the three individuals whom Republicans name β€” Limbaugh, Cheney, and Gingrich β€” would likely be characterized as new visionaries or individuals bringing a fresh or new face to the Republican political scene.

    And Michael! What kind of oozie did you have in mind? (Inquiring minds and all that . . . .)

    You can bet whomever gets tossed in the cage with Obama will be bringing an oozie to the knife fight.

    • hello suzan!
      welcome to the raisin! πŸ˜€ forgive me for being such a terrible hostess. my internets connection was down all day following the most unexpected and amazing hailstorm this afternoon. put your feet up, look around, and i’ll get you a bloody mary for that hangov….headache! πŸ™‚ i am honored to be on your blogroll. thank you so much.

      the rethugs had better tap another talent pool, because they got nuthin’ at the moment. newtie is as photogenic as psoriasis, cheney has the charisma of syphillis, princess sarah is dumber than a bag of rocks, and the rest are as interesting as dry toast.

  10. jeb

    In the survey I said Jon Voight.

    • πŸ˜† that’s what everyone should answer if they’re polled. i read that the rethug were trying to push gary sinese into running for office. they must be desperate if they have to go after those damned hollywood types. funny how they have to settle for luminaries like jon voight and chuck norris.

  11. Whats funny about that is Voit and Norris couldn’t even get a gig in holywood now…they are as effective as using Gary Coleman…oh wait they have Palin the Letterman stalker…she is always good for a few votes….lmao

    • i think it’s hilarious that some of the conservative actors like patricia heaton bitch and moan that they can’t get work, because they’re discriminated against for being conservatives. i would argue that it’s because she’s unpleasant to watch. i liked everybody loves raymond, but i disliked her and her character way before i ever knew she was a conservative.

  12. Character actor(resses) can’t get jobs because their character is no longer funny…

    now had they showed her leaving and divorcing Raymond and marrying Robert the brother…then she could have moved on with him…but no, she is still there with Raymond and his Mom across the street…lol.

  13. You’re very welcome. It’s great to have you aboard my small sloop.

    And your comments today are as hilariously compelling as the ones that drew me to you earlier.

    Thanks for the great commentary!

    S

    because they got nuthin’ at the moment. newtie is as photogenic as psoriasis, cheney has the charisma of syphillis, princess sarah is dumber than a bag of rocks, and the rest are as interesting as dry toast.

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