55% of Republican voters disapprove of the job Congressional leaders are doing up a massive 9% from the last time this Pew Research poll was conducted in February.
Not only is the base upset with leadership but on specific issues the dissatisfaction grows deeper.
59% of Republicans say the Congressional leadership is not doing a good job on illegal immigration and government spending which should be core issues for any Republican congressional majority.
It’s clear what the GOP base voters want: more confrontation with President Obama. 75% of GOP voters said they wanted their leaders in Congress to challenge Obama more often.
Allahpundit at Hot Air calls the first months of the new GOP Congress “failure theater”.
The genius of “failure theater” is that, as the failures pile up, the argument for electing more Republicans perversely grows stronger among the base. You can’t expect McConnell to go to the mat on executive amnesty when he has “only” 54 votes in the Senate, not nearly enough to break a filibuster. Give him 57 or 58 votes, though, and who knows? Maybe he can shake loose a few Democrats and force an Obama veto. And if he ends up caving after the veto because he’d rather allow executive amnesty to take effect than risk a stalemate followed by a shutdown, well, then that’s all the more reason why we should give him 65 or 66 votes in the Senate so that he has a shot at a veto-proof majority.
Instead, this week marks Sen. Mitch McConnell’s triumphant victory handing President Obama nearly-unlimited power to negotiate trade treaties without Congressional oversight.