Strange Money, Strange Politics

Strange Money, Strange Politics

With a Republican commander-in-chief in the White House, both houses of Congress in Republican hands, and a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court appointed by Republican presidents, it shouldn’t be terribly surprising that Democrats and progressives would be unhappy with Washington, D.C.

What might be surprising is how unhappy rank-and-file Republicans and conservatives are with Washington, D.C.

Voter surveys have found the GOP-controlled Congress to be more popular among self-described Democrats than self-described Republicans. Contemplate that perverse fact for a moment.

Not that regular folks of either the R or D persuasion approve of the Congress, mind you, whether managed by Republicans or Democrats. Why not? The term “representative” — when describing members of Congress — has become a euphemism for “unrepresentative.”

Or perhaps one could legitimately say they are consistently representing Washington, D.C.

Take Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Puh-lease! He’s mighty popular in Washington. The Senate Republican caucus elects him leader. He is not so popular outside Washington, though.

On Sept. 26, a Republican runoff in Alabama pits controversial Judge Roy Moore, who gained national attention and lost his judgeship fighting to keep a Ten Commandments monument on court grounds and again over his opposition to gay marriage, against U.S. Senator Luther Strange, temporarily appointed to the Senate seat vacated by now-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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The Strange appointment turns out to be just that, strange — raising eyebrows because scandal-ridden Governor Robert Bentley picked Strange for the new job in Washington at the same time the governor was being investigated by Strange, then serving as Alabama’s Attorney General.

In the August 15 GOP primary, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks garnered 20 percent of the vote, finishing third to Moore (39 percent) and Strange (33 percent). Declining to endorse either remaining…


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