'Americans want to dump Congress members'

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Grateful Deadline Posted - 10/18/2013 11:46:02 PM | show profile | flag this post

"By Cathleen Decker
"October 18, 2013, 3:10 p.m.

"This is how much Americans dislike Congress:

"They like Homeland Security more.

"They like federal bureaucrats more.

"They like the IRS more. Far, far more.

"A newly released Pew Research Center poll gives Congress credit for a rare miracle: uniting Democrats and Republicans. With a sense of agreement rarely seen in recent weeks, all political groups have come to the same conclusion: They dislike Congress overwhelmingly. And all sides agree that the system isn’t the problem — the actual members are. ... "


(NOTE: The parentheses mean than the person whose byline it is wrote the story -- not me. Anyone want to take bets on the same old worn-out denigrating comments that will be posted here? -- GD)

Quinntessential Posted - 10/19/2013 8:10:24 AM | show profile | flag this post

Look at campaign contributions and individual polling for Congressional races next year.

There isn't much evidence to show the shutdown has had any impact.

That could change. Remember, there has only been two wave elections won by a party that controls the White House.

Add gerrymandering and a crop of weak Democrats, makes "throw the bums out' in 2014 highly unlikely.

Grateful Deadline Posted - 10/19/2013 12:24:24 PM | show profile | flag this post

"By Tina Susman
"October 18, 2013, 5:03 p.m.

"... New York's mayoral race, which has run from raunchy to raucous to downright sleepy, has now turned nasty despite — or because of — polls indicating that it's no contest. If recent surveys are any guide, voters prefer De Blasio by more than 40 percentage points over Lhota.

"The poll numbers are eye-popping on their own, but more so considering that New Yorkers haven't elected a Democrat as mayor since they chose David Dinkins in 1989."


cruster Posted - 10/19/2013 1:03:19 PM | show profile | flag this post

Keep hoping Cotch

After all, a Romney landslide doesn't just happen on its own.

Cruz/Palin 2016

cruiser Posted - 10/19/2013 1:10:16 PM | show profile | flag this post

That is so misleading as to be virtually dishonest

New York City has only elected two pure Reppublicans...and four who were either members of a coalition that included Republicans or swithed parties during their terms...since before the turn of the 20th century (1898). Seven were Democrats, one was independent and one belonged to a splinter party.

The last Democrat...David Dinkins...served from 1990 through 1993. Following Dinkins was eight years of Rudy Giuliani and twelve years of the very liberal maveric Republican-turned-Independent, Michael Bloomberg.

It is surprising to NO ONE that New York City...one of the most liberal cities on the globe...will elect a Democrat.

Oh! Excuse my error. A whole lot of real-world facts apparently surprise you.

Quinntessential Posted - 10/19/2013 2:24:47 PM | show profile | flag this post

Correct cruiser. What's surprising? New Yawk hasn't elected a Democrat mayor since 1993.

This topic was created without much thought.

Grateful Deadline Posted - 10/19/2013 3:55:35 PM | show profile | flag this post

This topic was created to show you what one of the nation's major credible newspapers published.

If you have problems with the stories, take it up with the Los Angeles Times.

cruiser Posted - 10/19/2013 3:59:09 PM | show profile | flag this post

You posted it here

so I'll comment on it here. If you don't like that I'll punch your TS card.

Grateful Deadline Posted - 10/19/2013 4:00:53 PM | show profile | flag this post

BTW, both Los Angeles Times articles were written by media professionals, not by self-anointed "journalist." (The Crotchster fails to form the plural with an S on the end.)

Grateful Deadline Posted - 10/19/2013 4:05:22 PM | show profile | flag this post

I have no idea what a "TS card" is. No doubt it's something profane or derogatory, since that's what you post to women.

I did not post for you and you alone to comment. I posted for EVERYONE reading this thread to read the reports. The world doesn't revolve around you, cruiser. EVERYONE has a right to information, whether or not you approve of that concept.

Grateful Deadline Posted - 10/19/2013 4:07:47 PM | show profile | flag this post

Maybe you could help the world be a better place today by relaxing and cracking a beer, thereby supporting the nation's economy and putting food on the table of a brewery worker.

cruiser Posted - 10/19/2013 4:21:06 PM | show profile | flag this post

"I posted for EVERYONE"

Since everything on this forum is...by default...for everyone, it was fair game for my comment.

I can't believ...oh wait a minute -- yes I can. TS stands for tough sh*t.

Quinntessential Posted - 10/19/2013 5:02:14 PM | show profile | flag this post

Grateful created this topic for everyone!!! Enjoy her thoughtful cut, copy and paste job!!!!!

mpdodgson Posted - 10/19/2013 9:34:09 PM | show profile | flag this post

Back on topic

Congressional approval rating? 10%. TEN. The Presidents? 43.7

But if we're going to go off topic again; fine. How's that Romney landslide working out for ya? And I still maintain Congress isn't going to change much party wise, but I wouldn't advise anyone to 'run as a Teabagger' right now.

As for New York--God Bless em. They've given us great Republicans (IMO) from Roosevelt to Rockefeller to Rudy. And great Dems; from Cuomo to Kennedy to Hillary. Hell, even I like Bloomberg. If anything, I think NY is a great case study of independant political thinking rather than party politics as usual.

Grateful Deadline Posted - 10/19/2013 10:03:01 PM | show profile | flag this post

It's always the same old steady stream of vulgarity and abuse from you two boys. To treat men the way you do is awful; to beat up women is mentally ill. What are you, about 10 years old?

It's a shame MediaBistro doesn't monitor this forum anymore, or you'd have been kicked off long ago. What you do here isn't normal or acceptable. It poisoned this forum and the entire bulletin board.

When a forum dies, everyone moves on. The next time, it won't be MediaBistro moving you over from wherever you used to be. We'll all scatter. There are loads of other forums exclusively for media professionals, and you're not eligible to participate in them. By driving posters off this one, you're speeding up your loss of your opportunity to interact with real media professionals, not just other poseurs like yourselves.

Is that what you want? Don't you find greater satisfaction in pretending among professionals? Granted, you don't come close to passing as real, but at least you get the opportunity to learn so that you can fake it better elsewhere when the time comes -- because the writing is on the wall: MB will shut down this bulletin board. With the behavior you bring to it, it's a boil on site. That's why it attracts nobody anymore, though every category used to be lively before you arrived. With what is has become, shutting it down is not a matter of if but when.

Nobody who has left misses it. (Yes, we know each other in real life.) That's nothing to be proud of, boys.

Grateful Deadline Posted - 10/19/2013 10:07:44 PM | show profile | flag this post

I appreciate your pulling the thread back on topic, mp.

It's beyond jaw-dropping to see cruiser and Crotch reject news reporting in a discussion forum on current events. Yet another proof that they bring nothing to the table besides their own navel fuzz.

Grateful Deadline Posted - 10/19/2013 10:09:07 PM | show profile | flag this post

This forum has become a total waste of time.

Sorry, mp. It's not your fault.

cruiser Posted - 10/19/2013 11:30:36 PM | show profile | flag this post

"loss of your opportunity

to interact with real media professionals"

Dearie, if you're touting yourself as an example of a media professional, believe me...it's no loss.

The liberal "media professionals" here are among the most partisan and the most juvenile I've ever encountered.

And...yes...as a writer I AM a media professional whether you accept it or not...whether you like it or not.

Quinntessential Posted - 10/20/2013 3:04:25 AM | show profile | flag this post

grateful's modus operandi

Grateful can't debate a topic she created.

Grateful tries to go off topic and fails.

Grateful gets defensive.

Grateful backs down.

Grateful attacks, stomps her feet and screams "I'M A MEDIA PROFESSIONAL!!!!1"

Stop wasting our time.

Do your homework.

proudliberal Posted - 10/20/2013 9:48:49 AM | show profile | flag this post

Congress won't change much if any...

Old saying...people hate Congress but love their congressman...they love it when their idiot rep shows up in town for a photo op with an oversized check to build a new rec facility with money "they got for the project." Which of course is just pork money from the people's own tax dollars. Another reason is that districts are gerrymandered so ridiculously that 90% of all congressional seats are a lock for the incumbent. Only 10% are competitive. Don't believe me? Look up your own congressional district and look at how it is shaped. The one I am in stretches across the middle of the state twisting around for hundreds of miles and is done so to insure a win for the party who owns it. We need to have districts made up by region and population, not to make sure that our representatives can do whatever they want and still return to office unquestioned.

etaoin shrdlu Posted - 10/21/2013 10:03:17 AM | show profile | flag this post

Congress won't likely change until 2022...

at the earliest.

The House is heavily gerrymandered and there are a lot of safe districts for both sides. That can't change until after the 2020 Census.

There are some districts in play for 2014 -- and that does now slightly favor Democrats following the government shutdown. Prior to the shutdown, the GOP had the advantage at keeping their majority.

Republicans probably killed any chance they had of taking the Senate in 2014, though.

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