Tue, April 30, 2013 08:30 pm
The steady drum beat goes on in the background.
Republican Senator Jeff Flake (AZ), who just a short while ago had a favorable poll rating, has now eclipsed his fellow U.S. Senate colleague, Mitch McConnell (KY), for the dubious distinction as the U.S. Senator with the most unfavorable polling numbers.
The reason: Flake’s recent “no” vote on universal background checks for gun purchases.
70% of Arizonans are already in favor of gun purchase background checks. That same figure could also be used nationally showing the support for immigration reform. 90% of Americans are in favor of background checks for gun purchases.
So, for the current two most high-profile national issues, it would seem that the rapidly changed circumstances GOP Senator Flake finds himself in is symptomatic of the circumstances the GOP establishment finds itself in.
On immigration reform, the GOP, contrary to some of its Congressional members’ recent statements, will most likely stand in the way of any reform as the House of Rep. will not – in all likelihood – be able to muster up a majority to pass such legislation.
On gun purchase background checks which already has the backing of 90% of the American public, the GOP-controlled House will mirror their performance seen thus far on immigration reform efforts.
All in all, another year of drift on such major national issues as these on top of the up and down efforts to craft sensible, workable and sane deficit legislation will only result in a purge in Congress – especially the House – of current sitting Repubilcans.
Grover Norquist, Karl Rove, David/Charles Koch, Dick Armey, John Boehner, Tea Party adherents and the like, start packing your backs after November-2014. The GOP as a brand name now ranks with the 1958