Republicans have convinced Republicans that they suck

Pew released a survey yesterday showing that the Republican brand has taken a serious hit since the beginning of this year. While voters are split on the Democratic Party, with a 48/47 favorable/unfavorable rating, only 32 percent of Americans view the GOP favorably, compared to 60 percent who hold an unfavorable view. At the end of 2014, 41 percent of voters held favorable views of the Republican Party:


What’s more, the decline in favorability didn’t come from Democrats somehow holding more unfavorable views of Republicans than they already did. Instead, Republicans have accounted for the biggest share of Republicans’ favorability decline:


While the two parties are seen as roughly equally capable of managing the government, voters have soured on Republicans for being less empathetic and more extreme than their Democratic counterparts. In other words, voters are willing to let putting climate change skeptics in charge of science committees go, but the GOP has gotten too dishonest, mean and uncompromising for them to tolerate:


It doesn’t take a wild imagination to come up with some reasons why the Republican brand has tanked over the course of this calendar year.

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The man currently leading their primary polling is a thrice-married, egomaniacal TEN BILLIONAIRE reality show host whose campaign is focused on saying abundantly racist things about our largest immigrant population and doxxing sitting US senators who disagree with him. And his opponents’ biggest knock on him is that he doesn’t bring the fire and brimstone hard enough when he rants about sweet baby Jeebus.

The man who everyone thinks should be leading their primary is the brother of arguably the worst president in the modern era, who has acknowledged how bad of a president said brother was by hiring a bunch of his foreign policy advisers. Everyone thinks he should be leading the primary because he’s supposed to be the “moderate,” “compassionate” conservative in the race — the same “moderate,” “compassionate” conservative who wants to end Medicare and considers marriage equality a states’ rights issue.

The party’s presidential candidates aren’t sure whether the Confederate flag is racist, and their congressional leadership is fighting like hell to keep it flying on public lands. It isn’t a crazy idea within the GOP leadership to change or get rid of the Supreme Court when they make what would otherwise be straightforward, non-controversial decisions that enjoy broad public support.

This year, Republicans have:

And so on. Are we really that surprised that Republican voters are seeing what’s being done in their name and going “Woah. Hold up. Guys, we kinda suck.”

But with the Republican primary in full swing, nobody’s holding up.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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45 Responses to “Republicans have convinced Republicans that they suck”

  1. southe123 says:

    You must be from one of legal marijuana states. You have obviously been smoking too much of your Mary Jane. Do you even know the current Presidents name?

  2. southe123 says:

    They are down in the polls because they lied to us during last years election when we voted them into the Senate. As soon as they won, they forgot all of the promises and started serving their big donor masters screwing over the conservative base. What really ticked me is their interference and dirty tricks in the Mississippi primary when it looked like Thad Cochran was going to be defeated Chris McDaniels. They actually went out and told black democrat voters to vote for Cochran in the Repblican primary else lose their welfare and benefits if tea party conservative McDaniels won.

  3. Bill_Perdue says:

    Obama is breaking Medicare because he’s a stooge for the rich, like all Democrat politicians. Some people will still be fooled by Democrats but fortunately their numbers are steeply declining.

  4. rodnchance says:

    These ‘publicans are just so effing jealous of the President, he is so much smarter, better looking, with a fabulous wife and children. He makes them realize that he is so much more of a man than they will ever be, little men with no honest ideas at all.

  5. crazymonkeylady says:

    It is totally insane when even Barry Goldwater looks like a left-wing nut job to the modern GOP.

  6. crazymonkeylady says:

    100% correct!!

  7. Republicans got caught up in the tea party wave of hate Obama, do noting in Congress and be complete obstructionists until President Obama is out of office. And now they have Donald Trump’s ego to deal with, and their political world is upside down.

    Republicans intended to impede the President’s agenda, but while they were playing dominoes he was playing chess, and he has won more games than he lost to his opponents.

  8. BeccaM says:

    The only Republican I ever voted for was Senator John Heinz.

  9. DoverBill says:

    If this is any indication of the past, they’re about time to double-down on the crazy, triple-down on the hate and and open the floodgates on the lies.

    And I thought it couldn’t possible get any worse/better than the 2012 primaries with their audiences of ignorance.

    So I bought myself on of these:

  10. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Perhaps the flow needs to increase a bit to medical practitioners. If you are on Medicare, check your statements. If you aren’t, I can tell you that the money is not going to them. If the payments don’t increase with inflation, many doctors will stop accepting Medicare. I was in an accident 15 years ago, and Medicare has been very important to me since then.

  11. Indigo says:

    The reactionaries are quickly disguising the conversation as one of studying ways of “improving” Medicare. Their notion of improvement, of course, means to increase the income flow for medical practitioners and their enablers.

  12. Don Chandler says:

    Unfortunately, breaking good things is one of the ways to fight against a more progressive state. We see this GOP tactic over and over. I’m not sure it’s smart politics to want to break medicare though. Are young people in favor of getting rid of medicare or something? If the US has 1/3 of the population without health care or without adequate health care, getting rid of medicare would be nothing short of brutal. Jeb is certainly not going to be able to say he is compassionate. And he certainly isn’t going to “fix” medicare. Ofc, the reason he wants to do away with medicare is that it works so well and it is a beacon for successful socialism–something greedy rich folk fear.

  13. DCinDC says:

    The GOP is the party for people that do not think for themselves. The GOP avoids facts and pushes propaganda, half truths and lies then the GOP wonders why no one trusts them anymore.

  14. therling says:

    The only Republican I ever voted for was Sherwood Boehlert, who was a congressman in upstate NY when I lived in his district in the 80s. He was a centrist who was pro-environment, pushed for tougher CAFE standards, supported funding for science, and was on various congressional science committees. He was a true RINO.

  15. Houndentenor says:

    I live in a Gerrymandered district. Competitive? How would we know since Democrats haven’t bothered running candidates here for years in spite of the district containing a very liberal college town?

    But you are right. The right is tired of dog whistle language. they want their agenda screamed and Trump is giving them what they way. He knows what he’s doing and is doing it very well. Rather than the others who are trying to moderate their town. Trump doesn’t really think he’s going to win and therefore has nothing to lose.

  16. RepubAnon says:

    And that’s the real problem facing the Republican leadership: transparency. The Republican base is tired of politicians talking in code words, and wants their real agenda shouted from the rooftops. The Republican leadership knows that this makes most districts un-winnable, and even the most gerrymandered district competitive.

    I expect the Republican leadership is trying to figure out some way to have ISIS/Daesh successfully pull off a 9/11-level terrorist attack in a large US city… it’s about their only hope.

  17. crazymonkeylady says:

    The GOP is scared shitless by the ignorant and overbearing Tea Party Extremists.

  18. Bill_Perdue says:

    Reform is impossible because both parties are owned by the rich and led by rightists. “A new scientific study from Princeton researcher Martin Gilens and Northwestern researcher Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

    Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often. It’s beyond alarming.

    As Gilens and Page write, ‘the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.’ In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.” (My emphasis)

    What could possibly be complicated about that. The vast wealth of the rich rules in your system and it can’t be beaten in your system or by working in either of your two parties. The equation of vast wealth vs. political and economic democracy can only be changed by socialists operating outside your system and your two parties. Farcical elections don’t bring change and we are adept at using them as a tool help organize working people for a fight against your system and your two parties. Socialists, buy Defeating Democrats in local lections are leading the fight for $15 and organizing workers into unions. We’re beginning to win that battle against your system and your two parties.

    The people who were fooled by Clintons, Obama and other Democrat/Republicans won’t be fooled again, there are tens of millions of them and those numbers keep growing. Left is not right, day is not night. However, Democrats and Republicans are the same except for their differences about who should get elected and begin to live off corporate contributions. As people see that most will break to the left and will abandon your two parties and your system.

  19. Houndentenor says:

    They didn’t just encourage the crazy, they ran off anyone sane. They labeled them RINO, voted them out in primaries and shouted them down in public. So they’re gone. The closest thing to a sane Republican running for president is Pataki who isn’t even polling in single digits. (Less than 1%) This is the party the base wanted. So why aren’t they celebrating. Wait, they are. It’s the leadership that’s quivering in the boots.

  20. Don Chandler says:

    Basically correct. I think the Republicans have politically milked Obamacare for as much as they could over these last 6 years. And I’m sure there are plenty of folks that are still not happy with Obamacare. Young people sometimes express unhappiness with Obamacare because they are paying for it before they need it. Anyone hearing that the Illegal immigrants are getting healthcare but not the middle class is going to be annoyed. It’s a place where Cruz can make more hay from the Obamacare issue.

    Unfortunately, Bill has a lengthy manifesto and it’s … complicated. That is why I was trying to say a 5 and 10 people’s pac would be best served up simply in one point. Many things would fall into place if we could just get one thing on there that people would love: Single Payer. I don’t give a fuck about insurance companies. They are acting as if they are doctors: denying this and that when they are only self-serving business pirates. Insurance companies are one of the big lobbyists. If this 5 and 10 people’s pac could get legs, it would defeat bigCorpMoney and empower the little folks. It would also defeat the hated political ad which serves no purpose than to fleece the people.

  21. kendra.tindell says:
  22. FLL says:

    Now I understand your point about Cruz. He is aiming his message at disaffected voters, as is Bill, but Cruz and others on the right are the only ones who are having any success. The last time the left had any success with the disaffected was during the Occupy movement in 2009. I think the reason for Occupy’s success in 2009 was that 2009 was the worst of the recession. Now that the economy has improved, the conditions just don’t exist for anything on the scale of Occupy. With the economic upturn, former supporters of Occupy have moved to support actual candidates like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Economic conditions are no longer drastic enough to support an Occupy-type movement.

    Those on the right, however, are plenty disaffected, particularly evangelical Christians. The recent marriage equality victory at the Supreme Court has created the conditions for disaffected anti-gay voters. In other words, Cruz has successfully drawn a crowd of disaffected conservatives, but Bill is just talking to himself. As disaffected as Cruz’s supporters are, I don’t think they will come close to prevailing in the Republican primaries, let alone the general election.

  23. Don Chandler says:

    1) I see potential here but nothing like Occupy. The racism is bad throughout this country and could be a rallying point. We know the Anti-gays are out to screw folks with discrimination bills.

    2) The only people I see rallying their troops these days are people with a confederate flag and NRA guns. I do see them online in conservative blogs. Usually along side of religious folk with an axe to grind. And often overseen by political hacks. So Bill might think the barracks are overflowing but in truth, it’s the gun nuts that are coalescing . I don’t see a lot of movement among liberals. Trump is definitely rallying these racist types but not from the perspective of revolution, just through plain speaking and a big wall ;)

    3) Ironically, this fits into where I wanted to go with Bill. Cruz is trying to get the disaffected vote. It’s a good thing to get in this country. So Cruz is saying that there are no lobbyist representing the disaffected. Then he goes on to say that Miners aren’t represented by lobbyists. But we know they have unions. So Cruz is wrong. He mentions waiters too. Not sure if they are well represented by Unions. But anyone that waits on tables is probably happy to be on ObamaCare. So Cruz is wrong again, as is Bill, because we all know Obama Care is helping very poor folk and even some lower middle class folk. And that is a big difference between the Dems and the Republicans. But Obama Care needs to be better. So here Bill is right, we shouldn’t be satisfied with Obama Care. I can’t remember all the people Cruz mentioned, but it doesn’t matter, he just wants their vote and he’s saying there is no difference between the Dems and Republicans. But he does say Washington is run buy the Special Interests and he wants to be their lobbyist. I don’t think many of us would disagree that Ted Cruz is only a demagogue , including you, Bill,and me.

    My problem with Squeaky Wheel arguments is they take away my enthusiasm for the Dems. Trump is actually building up enthusiasm in the Republican party. It’s really hard to get enthusiastic with Hillary. She is heavily invested in special interests. And everyone knows it.

    Solution: would be great to have a type of numbers Pac called the 5 and 10 party. People that can pay 5 to 10 dollars for a specific and simple platform. One of the most important things to appear on the platform is Single Payer Health Care. No longer are people going to have to worry about the 1 % having the very very best healthcare possible. No, they will be able to afford it regardless. But there are a ton of folks that would benefit from Single Payer. When you get 30 million voting folks sending in 5-10 bucks you have names and some money and a platform. It could be far more powerful than a special interest pac. Not only would we have a mandate, but we could sell it as a way to get full employment and redirct money from bad weaponry to healthcare workers. And then we can balance the Citizen’s United money against real votes and operational small change. Young people would love it.

  24. FLL says:

    Edit: OK, let’s say that the “answer” to your inquiry above was that the agent that causes change in our federal and state laws is mass numbers of people organizing in the streets, army barracks and workplaces:

    (1) If this were happening in the streets, we’d surely see it in the news, on the Internet, etc. During the past year, this has only happened in response to racist police tactics, not as a demand to switch to a one-party state and a Marxist command economy. A few years back, the Occupy Movement and the Tea Party emerged, but neither are demonstrating in the streets like they did at first. Don, I’ll have to eliminate the “marching-in-the-streets” possibility as an example of what you call “hot air,” at least regarding the present time.

    (2) Organizing in army barracks. Here, Don, we have a confusion between conscripted Russian troops during the early part of WWI (1914-1915) and America’s current volunteer force, who generally are trying to get tuition benefits. I really don’t think there is massive organizing to overthrow the government and U.S. Constitution in today’s U.S. Army barracks, do you? Sounds like someone has incorporated stupid scenes from the movies Dr. Zhivago and Reds into their echo chamber.

    (3) Organizing in the workplaces. Finally, some substance! Yes, these are called unions. However, almost all unions with significant membership endorse actual candidates. So, Don, if anyone tells you that organizing in workplaces suffices, without any connection to actual candidates, they’re not telling the truth. Unions endorse candidates, and I don’t think it’s any mystery who those candidates are. Of course, the occasional crank might tell you: “Any union that disagrees with me and endorses an actual candidate is a sell-out.” But do you really take cranks seriously? Does anyone?

  25. FLL says:

    You are becoming genuinely curious, but your curiosity is not going to be satisfied the easy way, which would be by you asking a question and then receiving an honest answer. To satisfy your curiosity, you’re going to have to take matters into your own hands and use deductive reasoning. Here we go.

    This is a progressive blog, which is read by presumably progressive voters, right? In fact, the nonstop leitmotif in posts by both John Aravosis and Jon Green has always been the need for progressive people to participate in the electoral process. Enter a few commenters (few = between 1 and 3) who come to a progressive blog and unceasingly demand that progressive voters either not vote or vote for “none of the above.” You, Don Chandler, may dismiss this and conclude that this really won’t persuade anybody one way or the other, and you’re probably right. But it does answer the original inquiry that you posed above: “To be taken seriously, you need a candidate. Until then, it’s just hot air.”

    The “candidate” that you’re inquiring about would be whichever candidate would most benefit if progressive voters were, hypothetically, persuaded not to vote (at least not for any candidate whose name actually appears on the ballot.) So, Don, I think you’ll arrive at the answer to your inquiry through logic and reasoning—and I really, really don’t think you’ll get the courtesy of an honest answer. In other words, it’s always worth it to ask who benefits.

  26. Doug105 says:

    It’s right to birth,not life. Wonder at this point how low they would push being tried as an adult with the death penalty on the line if they could get away with it.

  27. Doug105 says:

    And they get in office to prove how bad it can be.

  28. Doug105 says:

    Missed calling poor people on food stamps animals, just say’n.

  29. Bill_Perdue says:

    This is not a democracy and those who think things are decided by elections are just not schooled in history and don’t understand the reality of class politics.

    Our goal is to use elections, not to create change, because that happens elsewhere but to fight for change where ever and whenever we can – in schools, on job sites, in the barracks and in the streets. Elections can be an educational aid in the struggles to organize worker into unions and fight for better wages and benefits, to end the murder spree of cops, to call for the investigation of war criminals like the Clintons, the Bushes and Obama, and to end environment killers like Obama’s fracking and off shore drilling.

    Democrat and Republican pols have a different set of goals. They want to ramp up border racism with deportations, fines, penalties, and long wait times, to engage in vicious wars of aggression and to begin using the police state apparatus. To be taken seriously you’ll have to ‘reform’ the D and R parties and push out the racists, the union busters, the environment killers and the warmongers. You can’t do that.

    The idea that we have to have a candidate to fight against wars, racism and union busing is ludicrous. We can organize in the streets, in the barracks and in workplaces. It that doesn’t meet with your approval that’s no skin off our back. If we have a national convention and nominate candidates I’ll let you know, but in the meantime, please answer my political questions with political answers. “Please quote Cruz opposing Obama’s border racism, or calling for disarming the zionist colony in Palestine, or for confiscating the banks without compensation, or for socialized medicine or for arresting and prosecuting the hundreds of killed cops who committed murder this year.” Prove that left and right are the same

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  31. Don Chandler says:

    I think Trump and Cruz would like the republican monies. Or Hillary’s money for that matter. Until you tell me who your candidate is, I’m not sure that we are alike or not–all your personal judgements aside. To be taken seriously, you need a candidate. Until then, it’s just hot air. I know many differences between the two parties, and so do you. But you’re going to have to put something up there for comparison sake. Otherwise, you’re wheels are burning more rubber, than receiving oil.

  32. Bill_Perdue says:

    Cruz and HRH HRC and other Ds and R’s don’t have real or major differences. Your party is the same as their party in all but a few cosmetic ways. People have know that for decades but the difference is that recently they take it into account and don’t get fooled by election year histrionics.

    “There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party … and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt — until recently … and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties.” Gore Vidal

    The real difference between Cruz and me is that he has the same right wing politics your party has. If Democrats would just admit it it’d make lurches of your party easier to the much easier. No one will have to pretend. In the end, people can tell that left is not right and they’re voting accordingly.

    BS is a Democrat, he supports zionist racism and mass murder in Palestine and he’s a tool of the MIC.

    Now, please answer my political questions with political answers. “Please quote Cruz opposing Obama’s border racism, or calling for disarming the zionist colony in Palestine, or for confiscating the banks without compensation, or for socialized medicine or for arresting and prosecuting the hundreds of killed cops who committed murder this year.”

  33. Don Chandler says:

    See, Bill, most everything you said is what Ted says–apart form the personal nonsense, ofc, He really believes he is different than Hillary, Jeb, the republican establishment and the democratic establishment. To wit, you’ll just have to suck it up and listen to him. He sounds a bit like you. I didn’t say you were identical twins. I can make those distinctions because I’m not set in my ways or a slave to rhetoric…especially far right and far left rhetoric. The big difference between you and Ted is he wants to be the candidate for president, I don’t hear you saying who you want to be president. I just hear these talking points and I read them and sometimes they make sense and sometimes they don’t.

    In the context of the run up to the presidential race, sometimes I think Trump will be running for president as a republican and Cruz will be his vice president. And together, they might be a rather formidable team against Hillary. But they definitely would prefer to be running against Bernie, or whoever you have imagined but not named.

  34. BeccaM says:

    There used to be such a thing as an objectively moderate Republican. There probably still are some among their party-registered voters.

    But it’s the extremist crazies who’ve been calling the shots, increasingly so since Reagan and then Gingrich. Now, the orthodoxy demands adherence to Teabagger blather, including blatantly anti-populist, racist, misogynistic, and robber-baronism.

    The part that bothers me though is the other side — the Dems — continue for the most part (albeit not exclusively) to push for their pro-robber-baron neo-liberal agenda, rather than populism.

  35. Bill_Perdue says:

    Hit a nerve. Don’t be silly.

    But a solid thwack to the funny bone. Definitely.

    Now, instead of vague instructions to me to prove your theory that left equals right, please provide political answers to my political questions: “Please quote Cruz opposing Obama’s border racism, or calling for disarming the zionist colony in Palestine, or for confiscating the banks without compensation, or for socialized medicine or for arresting and prosecuting the hundreds of killed cops who committed murder this year.” Those are all positions that thousands of leftists promote and the neither right wing Democrats or Republicans have much use for.

    Just for clarity’s sake, I’m proud to be a political opponent of your right wing party and Cruz’s right wing Party. A pox on both.. etc.

    Many of the 27 million plus people who voted for Democrat Obama in 2008 and abandoned his party in 2010 (you remember, that was when your right wing party lost the House because people couldn’t tell the difference between tehm and Cruz’s rgiht wing party) and the other millions who shot you down in 2014 (when you lost the Senate as well) have exactly the same opinion about your party and the Republicans.

  36. Don Chandler says:

    Must have really hit a nerve. You’ll just have to listen to Cruz yourself if you want to understand how the Right uses your pet rhetoric. Know thy enemy, sometimes it’s the other guy and sometimes it’s yourself. Nice squeak, though.

  37. Bill_Perdue says:

    Please quote Cruz opposing Obama’s border racism, or calling for disarming the zionist colony in Palestine, or for confiscating the banks without compensation, or for socialized medicine or for arresting and prosecuting the hundreds of killed cops who committed murder this year.

    The pretense that the right, Democrats and Republicans, has any thing in common with the left is, to put it mildly, not reality based. I understand that we’re in for a period of frenetic campaign infighting between your right wing party and Cruz’s right wing party but given the proven fact that this is not a democracy, it all seems a little silly and pointless. Democrats and Republicans are in agreement, in action if not in words, on all the key issues. The differences between you and your Republican brothers and sisters are cosmetic at best.

  38. Indigo says:

    If it’s working, break it. That’s Jeb! for you and the rest of the pack back him up on that point.

  39. Don Chandler says:

    You sound a bit like Ted Cruz, Today. Or more appropriately, he’s borrowed your twin party platform.

    edit: wanted to add, he actually said something nice about Bernie Sanders….

  40. Bill_Perdue says:

    The Republicans, now that they control congress, are in the same boat they were in 2006 and 2008, and as Democrats were in 2010 and 2014. Or, that would be the case if the theorhy of the lesser evil still fooled people, but it doesn’t. People find it difficult to distinguish between the twin parties because they have the same program. Their sole real difference is about who gets the spoils of victory.

  41. JeffAtMinetfiber says:

    Republicans are the part of Bad Government.
    They basically say Government is Bad (unless it’s doing something they want), and they are Bad at Government (except for the parts which benefit themselves and their buddies).

  42. Jim Olson says:

    I’m really ok with giving Donald Trump all the air time he wants. And, I’m ok with him taking his dolls and dishes and going home to run a third-party bid for the White House if he doesn’t get the Republican nomination. By all means, please do.

  43. 2karmanot says:

    Let’s see, the Republican brand:
    Incompetent at economics
    Start but can’t win wars
    Want to control women’s bodies
    Right to life, but wrong to nurturing
    Hate poor people
    Want to abolish Social Security and Medicare
    Restrict veteran’s care
    Gays are icky, can marry but will be fired for doing so.
    Support killer cops
    Love Donald Trump
    Deny funds for education
    Cut school lunch programs
    Hasten along old people to the grave
    And more…..
    What’s not to suck, well you know what I mean. Just read the third stall in the truck stop outside of the Bakersfield off ramp.

  44. emjayay says:

    Maybe next thing Republicans will figure out they can’t run a government either. Eight years of rather recent evidence is available to examine.

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