Reichert Protest Part of Nationwide Howl Over Jobs

Constituents in mainly Republican districts across the U.S. voiced their frustration over jobs and unemployment directly — when they could — with their congressional representative this month.

at the Mercer Island offices of GOP appears to be part of a nationwide outpouring of anger, according to the Huffington Post.

The Huffington Post's Tyler Kingkade linked to late last week on over 200 protesters — along with several other protests, town halls and fundraisers across the U.S. — where constituents voiced demands that Congress focus on jobs rather than trying to reduce the deficit.

Republican legislators appear to be the focus during Congress' summer break in August after their "" budget plan failed and a compromise was struck to raise the debt limit in exchange for spending cuts. The wave of protest is reminiscent of the uproar experienced by representatives and senators on break during the health care reform debate in the summer of 2009.

For more on this story, please see Tyler Kingkade's story by clicking here, titled "House Republicans Get An Earful At Town Halls Back Home"

Ray Burt August 23, 2011 at 02:54 AM
I found it fascinating that a safe D-seat to fill Rep. Weiner's vacated seat is suddenly in contention as a referendum on Obama's policies: http://nyti.ms/qhD7Bv More interesting is a 10% approval of congress (R-house and D-senate). You'd think all incumbents would be in trouble.
Kendall Watson August 23, 2011 at 08:02 AM
One would think. I recall not long ago the previous low (although not a record, according to Gallup, but close) was the 109th Congress (2005-2007), with approval ratings in the mid-teens. Commentators at the time labelled that group as the new "Do-Nothing" Congress. Notably, that did not end well for the party in-charge — 19 incumbents in the House and 6 in the Senate lost re-election and flipped control of Congress to the other party.
Ray Burt August 23, 2011 at 01:19 PM
19 incumbents in the house seems like a big number (and it is, relative to other years of incumbents losing) but it's tiny compared to the 435 total that "serve" there. This is one thing wrong with our system.....it's all about getting re-elected. Even in terrible times, only 19 don't get brought back. That's why Schulz is right when he called to halt $$$ to the candidates/parties (see http://on.msnbc.com/pZMbl2). Term limit would also help a ton.


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