By passing all manner of radical legislation that will make people’s lives more and more difficult, Republican governors could turn out to be the biggest recruiters of Democratic votes in 2012. All have approval ratings in the toilet, but they keep pushing their hard-core agenda.
A Quinnipiac poll released last week found that just 29% of voters approved of [Rick] Scott’s job performance, while a 57% majority disapproved.
[U]nion-busting Gov. John Kasich is now so unpopular that a recent PPP poll showed him losing a do-over election by an astounding 25-point margin.
[Scott] Walker’s approval rating tanked, capped off last week when a PPP poll found that a 50% majority of voters wanted to remove Walker from office.
Then there’s Michigan’s Rick Snyder, whose “financial martial law” bill — which would allow appointed bureaucrats to dissolve municipal governments in struggling cities and void union contracts — sent his approval rating down to 33%, with a 50% majority of voters disapproving of his job performance.
If you don’t know why these poor governors are feeling the wrath of the voters, the TPM article has the gory details.
All this might tempt us to feel a bit giddy about the prospects for a landslide of epic proportions for Democrats in 2012, and on one level I’m feeling it. But right this very minute, the above mentioned Republican governors, as well as others not making so much noise about their despicable policies, are ramming every piece of legislation they possibly can through the process, and happily signing laws that will make their citizens suffer — while siphoning off that money for tax cuts for the rich and big corporations.
Recall doesn’t come quickly or easily, and some states (Florida) don’t have recall for governors, so these pigs have lots of time to a HUGE amount of damage. So the Democrats might win big in 2012, particularly President Obama, but there’s a lot of suffering between now and then.