There's a new bipartisan poll out today that suggests a majority of Americans, including more than one out of every three self-described Republicans, think the right-wing attack on the filibuster is a bunch of hogwash.
According to the WestHill/Hotline poll conducted last week, 53 percent of the 800 registered voters who responded (40 percent Republicans, 35 percent Democrats, 16 percent independents, and apparently 9 percent who are too confused to figure it out or just wanted to get off the phone and get back to watching "American Idol," for crying out loud) think that Senate Republicans should slowly back away from what they call "the nuclear option" -- the elimination of the filibuster that currently helps prevent bare majorities (like, say, neo-conservative fascist cultists who use fear and religion to divide our country) from cramming unqualified, radical judges down our throats. If the math-and-science-challenged NeoShrub thinks 51 percent constitutes a mandate, 53 percent must be a landslide.
What's more, only 49 percent of Republicans approve of the nuclear option, while 35 percent of it disapprove. (The other 16 percent want you to leave them the hell alone, for the love of all things holy, because "Scott Savol is on the TV right now.") Also, should the Reverand Doctor Senator William Jesus H. Frist somehow succeed in pushing the big red button on the nuclear option, a plurality of respondents (46 percent approve, 35 percent disapprove) believe the Democrats should respond by slowing down or stopping all but the most essential legislation.
I'm just guessing here, but I'd bet a majority would be thrilled to their toes if the Senate were working on all but the most essential legislation anyway. On the way to work today, I passed three gas stations that were selling their Saudi-stained nectar for more than three bucks a gallon. I take no comfort in knowing that Senate Republicans are working on eliminating judicial filibusters when gas prices are through the roof. In fact, I get pretty pissed off about it.
The poll reveals that a pretty significant majority of Americans -- 56 percent -- do not like what the NeoShrub is trying to do to our social security, and that was after his little journey into prime-time television last week. In addition, only 29 percent of respondents think there's a social security crisis; that number was 37 percent last month. Keep talking, George. You're doing just fine.
So the big lame George is going to back off and listen to the people, right? Well, if by "people" you mean "the minority faction of religious nutjob fanatics who helped elect him, or so we've been told to believe, and the large corporations that constantly get their crotches sniffed by NeoShrub himself" you'd be correct. Last night, while shamelessly whoring his social-security scheme to a group of Latino business owners, NeoShrub fibbed that his plan "functions well for a young generation of Latinos and people from all walks of life." However, he did forget to mention the serial benefit cuts he brought up on television last week -- the ones that would paralyze the middle class.
Jesse Rios, executive director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, summed it up best. "Latinos, as they learn more ... know that cutting benefits is never a good idea, whether you're a Latino, an African American or an Anglo," he said.