Congress’s approval rating just dipped to a mere ten percent — a new all-time low even lower than the all-time low set just months ago when their abysmal approval rating was even lower than the historic low hit a few months before that.
No, Congress, we don’t want to be your Valentine.
About now someone somewhere is saying that folks may not like Congress, but they do like their own member of Congress. Not so. A recent poll showed that voters don’t want their own so-called representative re-elected, either.
So, why do incumbents still get re-elected? Well, in most congressional districts, there is a dominant political party — either the Democrats or the Republicans. The winner of that party’s primary is a virtual shoo-in in the general election.
Most folks turn out to cast their votes in the general election, when in most districts it’s already been decided, but fail to show up in the all-important primary election, when they could actually make a difference.
What to do? Well, several patriots hopped into a phone booth and changed into a SuperPAC, called the Campaign for Primary Accountability. The group says, “We have two parties. Both are irresponsible. Both are unaccountable.”
And already the SuperPAC has raised $1.8 million to target, in their primaries, a number of supposedly safe House incumbents: Representatives Spencer Bachus (R-Ala), Bob Brady (D-Pa.), Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), Tim Johnson (R-Ill.), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Don Manzullo (R-Ill.), Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas), Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio).
There could be no better Valentine for our republic than seeing entrenched incumbents defeated. The primary is a smart place for that battle. You might even want to send your own heartfelt message.
This is Common sense. I’m Paul Jacob.