Tag Archives: Republican incompetence


It’s Not the Corruption, It’s the Incompetence!


First Read: “According to this month’s NBC/WSJ poll, a majority of Americans – 56% – said that Trump’s administration isn’t competent, including 39% who said it isn’t competent at all. By contrast, 43% said it was competent, including 16% who said ‘very competent.’ … To put those numbers into perspective, 50% of American said Barack Obama’s administration was competent in June 2014 (so after the Obamacare website crash during his second term), and 53% said George W. Bush’s administration was competent in March 2006 (after Hurricane Katrina).”


Public Opinion of GOP Lowest Since 1992


A new CNN poll finds that just 29% of Americans hold a favorable view of the Republican Party. That is down 13 percentage points from March and is the lowest mark for the GOP since CNN began asking the question in 1992.


America Divided Over Trump Travel Ban

49% to 41%

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds Americans are sharply divided over President Trump’s order to temporarily block U.S. entry for all refugees and citizens of seven Muslim countries, with 49% approving and 41% disapproving. Another 10% are undecided.


Want a ‘Know Nothing’ President? Vote for Carson

The candidate’s advisers are saying on the record he doesn’t know anything, has trouble learning anything, and cannot seem to recall even what little information he has managed to assimilate. I don’t see how a Carson presidency could go wrong.

— Jonathan Chait, in New York Magazine.


Graham Calls Shame on GOP

Shame on us as Republicans for having a body that cannot generate a solution to an issue that’s national security, that’s cultural, that’s economic. I’m close to the people in the House, but I’m disappointed in my party. Are we still the party of self-deportation?

— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), quoted by The Hill.

News & Comment

Maybe Republicans Really AREN’T People, Too

It is a newspaper, but it ain't the Times.
It is a newspaper, but it ain’t the Times.

In its new “Republicans Are People, Too” advertising campaign, the GOP is going to some lengths to show that party members are, variously, guys with beards and tattoos, young black women, Prius drivers and young dudes who read the New York Times.

But according to TPM, the images used in the ads are all stock photos that have been used in other campaigns or, more egregiously, show a young man holding the Wall Street Journal who is, the ad alleges, reading the New York Times. Whoops!

The Republican Party’s ad agency really is clueless, too. Really.

Kind of reminds me of a little limerick I wrote.


Gingrich Lambasts GOP for Lack of Positive Messages

The fact that we do not have positive themes and positive issues is going to cost us seats this fall because moderates and independents aren’t going to turn out. It’s an enormous mistake. … You have to sound like you’re more than anti-Obama, and you’re more than some … politician whose primary role in life is to raise money for your consultant to buy attack ads. It’s pathetic … and it’s turning people off.

— Newt Gingrich, who is not thrilled by the current state of the Republican party, Roll Call reports.


Brown Accidentally Speaks the Truth

I am not going to create one job, it is not my job to create jobs. It’s yours.

— Scott Brown (R), quoted by TPM, at a gubernatorial campaign stop in New Hampshire.


Republican Party’s ‘Business Model’ Is Broken

Republicans need to ask what’s wrong with our business model here. This should have been a slam dunk. Virginia almost always votes against the president’s party … All we needed was a mammal up there.

— Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), quoted by National Journal, on the Virginia governor’s race.


McConnell: There Won’t Be Another Shutdown

One of my favorite old Kentucky sayings is there’s no education in the second kick of a mule. The first kick of a mule was when we shut the government down in the mid 1990s and the second kick was over the last 16 days. There is no education in the second kick of a mule. There will not be a government shutdown. … I think we have fully now acquainted our new members with what a losing strategy that is.

— Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), telling The Hill that he will not allow another government shutdown as part of a strategy to repeal Obamacare.