Voters must plan ahead to ensure best candidates
Don’t like the people you see on the ballot: Same old candidates; Upstarts that lack qualifications?
It’s your own fault. You did not engage the process soon enough. You did not do your homework and insist that parties field qualified candidates.
What did you do? You partied. You tea partied. You BBQed. You golfed. You goofed.
Now, the consequences are here. What do you do, turn tail and don’t vote? That’s not right. You vote for the party that has the best chance of governing and you keep the heat on, that’s what.
“As November nears, voters turn backs on both parties
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 19, 2010; 9:10 PM
What happens if they hold an election in which voters don't like either of their choices?
We'll find out in 43 days, as poll after poll shows that both national parties are deeply unpopular with an electorate looking for something new and different. Democrats have suffered from being the majority party for the past 20 months - in control of political Washington and expected to do more by voters who elected President Obama to change the culture in the nation's capital. But Republicans are not offering much that will earn them credit in the eyes of most voters, either.
In an Associated Press poll released last week, 38 percent of respondents approved of the job Democrats in Congress are doing, while 60 percent disapproved - not exactly where any party wants to be this close to an election. The ratings for Republicans in Congress, however, were even worse, with 3the election this November and 19941 percent approving and 68 percent disapproving. A New York Times/CBS News survey released last week also showed congressional Democrats' approval rating at a measly 30 percent, while congressional Republicans' sat at a ghastly 20 percent.
And in a Washington Post-ABC News poll released this month, voters expressed a distinct desire not to reelect incumbents in either party. Just 34 percent said Democrats deserved reelection, while 31 percent said Republicans did. The deep unpopularity of the GOP brand is one of the last vestiges of hope for Democrats seeking to retain their majorities in the House and Senate in what - if history is any guide - is shaping up to be a difficult midterm election season for the party.
The official noted that the GOP's unpopularity marks a critical difference between , when the party's sweep of more than 50 seats won it the majority in the House for the first time in 40 years. Then, the official argued, Republicans had been out of power for more than four decades and voters were ready to try something different. This time, voters know what they would be getting with Republicans in charge and don't like it, the source said.”