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May 14th, 2008
02:58 PM ET

Should Republicans in Congress start packing their bags?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

"There is no district that is safe for Republican candidates," according to the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Representative Chris Van Hollen. He tells the Washington Post that "no one could have imagined the tsunami that just crashed on Republicans in Mississippi."

That's where a Democrat won a Republican-held congressional seat in the northern part of the state yesterday. This is a district where President Bush won by 25 points in the 2004 election, and the former Republican congressman won reelection with 66% of the vote in 2006.

It's the third special election the GOP has lost this spring, including a House race in Louisiana that had been Republican for more than three decades and the seat of former House speaker Dennis Hastert in Illinois.

Seems to have set off some warning bells. The head of the National Republican Congressional Committee is calling on all GOP candidates to "take stock of their campaigns" and get ready for "challenging" races in the fall.

Democrats say these races are a sign of what's to come in November. They say they're going after the Republicans' strategy of tying Democrats to Barack Obama, a strategy that has failed twice now in the Deep South.

Meanwhile, a new Gallup poll shows Congress' approval rating has dipped below 20% for only the fourth time in 34 years. Only 18% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. That ties a record for this survey.

Add in the fact that 82% of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction, and it's no wonder so many incumbents in Congress are opting not to run for reelection.

Here’s my question to you: Was yesterday's race in Mississippi a sign that congressional Republicans should start packing their bags?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Mark from Kalamazoo, Michigan writes:
Not necessarily, Jack. But they will need to give us a reason to vote for them other than just their party. If Barack is teaching us anything, it's that the old divisions are becoming obsolete. Our nation’s leaders for the next generation must be able to reach beyond old categories of race, gender, or party. If Republican (or Democrat) incumbents can do that, we'll listen. If not, they're out!

Shawn writes:
When the Republican Party turned its back on the conservative principles of smaller government and controlled spending, we turned our back on them. The RNC has offered no vision, no agenda, and nothing to get excited about. And we're supposed to get behind John McCain, Mr. Democrat-Light?

C. writes:
Not if the Democrats hand the GOP something to rally against like a polarizing candidate of Hillary Clinton. So, don't count the Republicans out yet. We all know the Democrats have a way of self-destroying. The current primary is a good example.

Douglas from Rochester, Minnesota writes:
Yes, they should start packing. Republicans should also be required to undergo an exit interview, accounting for their time, efforts, and voting record on various legislation that could have prevented our country from being in the mess it is in now.

Jerry from Simpson, West Virginia writes:
They might as well pack, otherwise they will just be spectators as a filibuster-proof Democratic Congress legislates whatever policies they choose. What gridlock?

John from New Jersey writes:
The Mississippi campaign was less a sign for Republicans and more a sign for incumbents. Republicans are branded BUSHED. But let’s not forget Pelosi and her posse promised us some serious changes and frankly, it got worse not better.

Erin from North Carolina writes:
No, don't over-estimate the intelligence of the voting public, Jack.

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soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. Ruby, Kansas

    Yep!

    May 14, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  2. Steve from Seattle

    I certainly hope so.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  3. sarah, Indiana

    considering how dissatisfied we the people are with the constant deadlock and partisan bickering and the current republican idiot in the white house my guess is that a lot of republicans will be on the chopping block. luckily our next president, McCain, is known for working well with the dems.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  4. Mark in Kalamazoo

    Not necessarily, Jack. But they will need to give us a reason to vote for them other than just their party. If Barack is teaching us anything, it's that the old divisions are becoming obsolete. Our nations leaders for the next generation must be able to reach beyond old catagories of race, gender, or party. If Republican (or Democrat) incumbents can do that, we'll listen. If not, they're out!

    May 14, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  5. Angus McDugan

    Why? The Dems have not accomplished anything and have a very low approval rating. Could it be that America does not like the position we are in but agree with the path taken?

    May 14, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  6. Peter Pan McKinney, Texas

    I think all republicans should pack up and leave. Right now we already have a democratic controlled congress who does not address the real problems in America. Lets turn the whole congress over to them so they can't blame the republicans for their stupid mistakes and short comings. Let America see the democrats steal their money and squander it away on things like wars which they were a 50/50 partner in more pork barrel spending projects like bridges to no where and condoms for inmates in new York penitentiaries. ( Another Hillary Clinton democrat smart idea.) The democrats could have cut the funding off for the war 2 years ago and they didn't. That is just what America needs more democrats. Yeah right.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  7. Terry in Virginia

    Yes, and I'll gladly help them pack.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  8. spencer

    Yes, and Keep going right out of the country...........

    May 14, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  9. dennis north carolina

    the ones that stand with the bush/McCain policies should pack their bags. the people want change in the way government does business. they want them to know that the people are the owners of the country and that they are the employees.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  10. james east st louis il

    yes jack the president has done agood job for the demacrates this year veary soon uhaul will have no trucks to rent

    May 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  11. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    I dont think so, the American people are not ready to give the whole works to the democrats. I believe we need a balance of power. Also lets look at the record of the democrats in congress, what have they done so far ?

    May 14, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  12. Douglas -- Rochester, MN

    Yes they should start packing. Republicans should also be required to undergo an exit interview, accounting for their time, efforts, and voting record on various legislation that could have prevented our country from being in the mess it is in now.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  13. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Not yet, Jack. I'll give it another three to four months. Then, I'd tell them, "Don't let the door knob hit you where the Good Lord split you!"

    May 14, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  14. Hiro - Elk Grove, California

    It's no secret that the GOP will be having a migraine this November, Jack. I think more, that it's a sign that the usual Rovian tactics and character smears will no longer work as a substitute for valid discussion on policy. The GOP tried tying Obama and Rev. Wright to the Democratic candidates, yet look what happened. I'm not surprised they're growing so desperate since even they can sense that the tides are shifting in the American public. If even Swift Boating won't work, what else do they have? Running on their record? Debating issues?

    ...Yeah they're in trouble.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  15. Diane/Allentown, PA

    Yeah, I hear John McCain is heading that retreat. Hop on board guys!

    May 14, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  16. John in San Diego

    Jack, yes they should start packing and destroying all their e-mails. And I predict that many Republicans are seeing the writing on the wall, and will soon announce they are not running for re-election.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  17. Chris Swansea, MA

    The Nation can only hope.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  18. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    No. Republican's will still show up and vote for the republican candidate.
    Gerry-mandering has not been changed and so many of the races are fixed so that there is only one candidate and no opposition. Until this corrupt and dishonest system is systematically changed,our votes will continue to mean nothing.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  19. Mark, Berwyn, PA

    Overall, yes. But there are still many pockets of truly hardcore, GOP areas where the GOP candidate/incumbents will win regardless of the national sentiment. So some will survive, but their numbers will be severely weakened in Congress.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  20. Robert W. Brooks

    Jack,

    While the attention by the press has been given to the battle between Clinton and Obama, one fact has only been mentioned occasionally and that is that Democrats has been voting in the primaries by a 3 to 1 margin over the Republicans. Voters are upset over the war, high gas prices, high food prices, the housing market and the economy. The only way to correct these problems in most people's minds is to clean house in November. Let the Republicans beware!

    Robert
    Forest, VA

    May 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  21. Debbie,NJ

    They might as well pack their bags. Like Obama said, change starts from the bottom.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  22. Tom in Desoto Texas

    Since getting show Congress' exit door in 2006 Republicans as a whole have continued to stand behind George Bush. (There have been exceptions.) Many republicans have chosen not to seek another term instead of being soundly defeated this year. I believe the supporters of Bush will know what it was like to ride with Custer at the Little Big Horn. See ya, wouldn't want to be ya.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  23. Edward in Atlanta, Georgia

    In the last few months Republican Congressman have been annoucing that they are leaving Congress so often that the trickle has become a raging flood. They all say the need to concentrate on their families...I guess returning to "Family Values" is a bonifide Republican value

    May 14, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  24. Josh

    Yes, Jack. Because we are tired of them blocking legislation and kowtowing to Bush. I can't believe they haven't proposed any legislation to deal with the cost of gas, healthcare and how to get out of Iraq. The Republicans haven't really done anything to represent the needs of the American people. Jack, you may think I am being partisan but, when was the last time the Republicans got together wih the Democrats and stood up to Bush and his criminal administration for the sake of the American people?.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  25. Don Ocala, FL.

    As a lifelong Republican I am ashamed at the way that Bush and the current group of my fellow Republicans have completely mucked things up. They have taken things to a NEW LOW in Washington and they will pay a high price this fall. I personally am voting for Obama and becoming an Independent and ask everyone's forgiveness for my support of Bush in the past. May God Bless and Protect the USA!

    May 14, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  26. sandy in Ohio

    Jack, Unlike alot of Dems I believe there are some very good Republican members of Congress just as there are some bad Democratic ones. I hope this election is used to weed out the worst in both parties and make those who remain remember that they work for the people and not the other way around.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  27. Esther Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    I would suggest to all in Congress to pack their bags. The American people are going to go to the next level after this election we going to throw them all out. It has always been in their hands and I think and pray that we have learned a big lesson from all this. Throw them out and start over with Young people and turn it over to a new guard. I hope that more Young people get the hint that the experiment is over. I as a woman over 50 am ready for the old stiff old men to get out. The ones who say do as i say not as i do. I am ready to get some fresh untried blood in the white house and all around it. I am ready to end it all in this country. Never out send a woman to do the job that a man was meant to do. A man's job is to protect a woman' job is to take care of the children which they have done a horrible job of the last 40 years. I am tired of the split in our country. We either are one or we just need to end it. I left it once I said love it or leave it and I am back loving her again and if you do not do the same in loving this country than just pack your bags and get out. Those in the Congress have sold us out to the highest bidder and we are lost. Take it back and this time when i say DON'T TREAD ON ME I MEAN IT

    May 14, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  28. Esther Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    NOT A TEA PARTY BUT A PETRO PARTY

    May 14, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  29. Garnet, Corning, Oh

    I would love to see every one of congress, who has gotten us into this big mess, to pack their bags, lose the pensions that we have to pay for, lose the health care that we have to pay for, go to Iraq and bring my kids home,and suffer as the commom person out here has to suffer. If all of them had to go to jail for all of their lies, just how many would be left? Yes, I wish all of them would pack their bags, but have somebody check the bags as they left.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  30. Julian, New Orleans

    Absolutely Jack. The Republicans are a fading brand. Their attacks in Mississippi failed as they did everywhere else. Linking Childers to Rev. Wright and Obama failed, which was the best the Republicans had. It only shows the weakness of the Republican party, and the strength of the Democrats this year. The people are ready for change, that means out with the old and in with the new. The Republicans failed in their attacks, which is only a glimpse of the larger Republican failure in the Presidential election.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  31. Ralph, Long Island, NY

    They'll probably take all the light bulbs and door knobs from their offices with them. Good riddance and I hope they die as poor as they've made the rest of us.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  32. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Jack,

    That depends on how tightly they tied themselves to W's coattails. Republicans like Chuck Hagel (who is unfortunately retiring) are safer than most of the others in congress as he fought Bush on a number of different things.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  33. lou from Iowa

    The Obama train is coming to town. They better get out of the way.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  34. Raj, Toronto

    In the last 2 years, every seat that has been up for grabs is going Democratic. Second, they have made anti – Obama commercials in these contested races for seats in congress, and guess you wins, Obama. They seats have been republican for the past decades. Third, look at voter turnout in the primaries. Fourth, look at money raised. Fifth, look at polls about the direction of the country. Sixth, the debate between McCain and Obama has only started. Seventh, McCain and the republicans don't know what is going to hit them, its going to be a land slide, Texas will even go for Obama.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  35. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Jack not only should the Republicans start packing, any person in elected office, democrat, republican or independent that has not put the American people first and for most in all matters should start packing. There is going to be some serious changes this year, the handwritting is in the air. I smell change in the Air.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  36. Mike Nunn - Hot Springs, Ar.

    No, unfortunately the Dems will find a way to keep them in office. For some reason the majority of the Democrats will find a way to lose in the fall. The inability of the Democrats to mount a stable campaign is painfully obvious. It appears that they are presently circling the wagons so they can shoot each other.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  37. Tina (Ft Worth)

    No not yet cause there will be some who are re-elected, unfortunatley. I am hoping they all get booted out and lets have a fresh change and when they are leaving dodge lets boot out the lobbyists who have made our lives miserable by making the cost of living unbearable.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  38. Troy

    I hope the Ron Paul type republicans stay in the congress. I could care less what happens to the rest.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  39. Matthew, Virginia beach,VA

    Jack,
    This is just the beggining of the end for the bush era, Americans are tired of the government that doesn't work. it is high time we take back our freedom from the undercover tyrants.
    As for John McCbush, this should be an eye opener.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  40. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If the lobbyist can't bail out the congressional Republicans, I'd say it's time to saddle up.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  41. College Kid

    Jack , not only should they start packing their bags, but emptying out their drawers,and pockets. It should be a total shake down of the republican party.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  42. Mwita (Los Angeles, CA)

    Yes. It was the Republican's first use of negative campaign adds against a democratic candidate using Rev. Wright and Barrak Obama. And it failed! This Republican failure not only is eye opening for future congressional seats, but also for the larger presidential general election. Using Rev. Wright in a "Swift Boat" style attack, may not be successful, and may actually backfire.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  43. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    The writing is on the wall and when they go read that wall they need to have John McCain with them.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  44. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Not yet. They can hope that if Obama is our nominee, he will drag down a lot of Congressional Dem candidates. We have already seen attacks ads that target such candidates; they will proliferate tremendously in the Fall campaign, and many will be quite effective.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  45. kathy

    They will if they are not as stupid as some people I know.

    Kathy

    May 14, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  46. Mac in Truro Nova Scotia

    No they should not pack their bags. What would all those die hard Hillary voters do who want to vote for McCain when Obama defeats her?

    May 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  47. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Jack, when the Democrats took control of Congress they promised a lot and delivered nothing. Things may have been bad before they took over, but the economy, gas prices, the mortgage crisis, have all happened since they got there. Instead of rebounding under the Democrats, Congress' approval rating has fallen further, and is lower than Bush's. I think all incumbents, regardless of party have some explaining to do.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  48. C. H. Collins

    Its not just Republicans that should pack their bags, but all the politicians that have a record of deceiving us whle filling their own pockets with special interest money. We are on the look out like never before, and it matters not whether you are a Republican or a Democrate. Americans are tired of the mess you have gotten away with, way to long.
    C.H. Longview, Texas

    May 14, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  49. Soothsayer in Indy

    Let's Hope so.That way maybe we can end the war and get something accomplished in Washington...instead of all the fighting.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  50. mitch martin arkansaw

    i'd be more than happy to pack their bags,for them.no charge.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  51. Nuwan Sam

    Not yet, when democrats screw up this primary and elect Obama and he looses to McCain, republicans can still be in the Congress and control this country even if they loose the majority. People are not disapproving just republicans in congress. They disapprove the whole congress. If someone has to pack the bags then everyone including democrats must be ready to do so because they all have failed.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    May 14, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  52. Linda in Geneva, FL

    Why should they? Do we only have room for one set of ideas and beliefs in this country? Is one side automatically right and the other automatically wrong?

    May 14, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  53. Sam

    if Obama is the nominee i think the Republican will keep their stuff in the white house.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  54. Chyrel Wallace-Jackson Chicago, IL.

    The Republicans should be ashamed of themselves for following these horrible Bush policies over the past 7 1/2 years. They definitely should pack up their bags, and switch party affiliation as a result of all the attrocities that will forever be associated with being a republican. Shame on all of you. Shame on you!

    May 14, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  55. C.Jones

    Jack; "Should the repubs start packing their bags?" I hope so! That would be the BEST DAY we've experienced in 8YEARS!

    Chuck OH

    May 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  56. A Kraft Naples, FL

    you betcha...and let's all HELP THEM PACK and take their earmarks with them since they wont be getting them anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  57. MICHAEL

    Jack, you would think that if the republicans can come with an exit strategy to get out of congress, you would think they could come up with an exit strategy on how to get out of that disaster in Iraq.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  58. Greg

    Haven't they been doing that for years with money?

    Greg
    Oak Park, IL

    May 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  59. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, not only should the Republicans start packing their bags;but they should be shown the door by the Voters in November!

    May 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  60. Gus in Chicago

    A lot can change from now until November. There is so much at stake for both parties that waving a white flag this early would be foolish.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  61. Patricia ID

    Oh, yea. Picture a row of Dominoes.

    Boise

    May 14, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  62. Helen from Mifflin County, PA

    If Obama wins the election in November they will not wait to be voted out; they will be running from the hill. Part of Obama's promise is to do things differently in Washington and when that happens the Republicans will not have a clue how to get anything done. The sooner they recognize the dilemna the sooner they can compete for those $7.00 hour jobs that other Americans are searching for to support their families. Then see who is complaining that the minimum wage is too low!

    May 14, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  63. Kyle from Dallas

    Jack, I will gladly spot them a U-Haul truck

    May 14, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  64. Ted R. from NYC

    Jack:

    I don't think so. Voters today seem to be able to make selections without sticking to party lines blindly. I also don't think voters would be willing to have one party controlling the presidency, senate and house at the same time.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  65. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl i think we taxpayers spoke loudly in last nov. elections. those that ignored or refused to listen will find that we taxpayers are hard at work packing their bags for them . too little, too, late, it is time to make a clean sweep of all incumbants. i hear they are hiring in mexico, they should go there.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  66. Concerned American

    Yes they should...Maybe they should go to Iraq to fight the war they are so proud of.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  67. john spiller - canoga park, CA

    Yes. And some Democrats also. The country is in a lot of trouble and it appears Congress as well as the Bush Administration is not actively addressing the real issues.

    It is time for voters to raise their voices. Who they have representing them in Congress will go a long way to advocating their desire for change.

    CNN needs to begin exposing those congressional races coming up in November that could impact this country's future... This could be a banner year for the citizens of this country to put people in congress to get us out of the messes we are currently in.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  68. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Yes Republicans in Congress should pack their bags because in supporting Bush they have kept us in a needless war, practiced irresponsible spending, cut programs that help the middle and lower classes, increased the national debt unbelievably, and favored the rich in all cases. When the economy is bad the vote goes always against the incumbent party; I certainly hope this carries over into the Presidential election as well and that Obama will be our next President!

    May 14, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  69. Courtney, South Windsor, CT

    Truly, this is a case of shape up or ship out. So unless our government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" actually starts performing on that axiom, we THE PEOPLE are going to make sure a new government is in place. While I don't think they should all pack their bags, this is a clear wake-up call to the entire Congress: your jobs are in our hands, comprende?

    May 14, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  70. Ed Reed

    I don't know about one race in Mississippi; however, 82% of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction and it started going that way after Republicans took control. Also, 63% of Americans now believe the Iraq war was a mistake, leaving only Republicans who think it wasn't.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    May 14, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  71. K fish

    Hopefully some of the Republicans will have to pack their bags and leave Washington and hopefully some of the Democrates will be following. The current Washington gridlock is caused by individuals who think their own importance or that of their party is superior to that of the nation as a whole. Hopefully these congressmen and senators of either party will be packing their bags.

    We need people in all the elected offices that realize that the American people are their employeers not the party they belong to or the special interests that contribute to their campaigns. Healthy debates and compremises are needed to keep our country strong and headed in the right direction.

    When either party becomes too strong and does not need the checks and balances built into the Constitution or those provided by a healthy debate the country suffers either from idealogs ramming through their agenda or gridlock as the weaker party tries to thwart the stronger party with parlimentary manuvers.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  72. shirley thibodeaux

    Jack,

    After 8 miserable years under the leadership of GW Bush, ther is not ONE republican whose seat is safe. People are hurting and its because of the failed policies of the currrent administartion. People would have to crazy to put McCain in the White House.

    Shirley
    Breaux Bridge, LA

    May 14, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  73. Patricia

    No not all Republicans need to pack their bags... Except for the NEO-CONS who have made life a living hell for the American people. We are waking up & starting to understand just what you've done to this Nation. May all NEO-CONS Be Roasted !!!
    Patricia
    Palmdale, Ca.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  74. Darcy

    Yes, and BTW

    Obama pulled in 91,613 votes to McCains 89,661 votes in West VA. so in spite of the 'waning blue collar hype' and poor performance, Obama would have won WV. Republicans are toast!

    May 14, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  75. James B. New Jersey

    I say we just load the all on a bus and ship them home.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  76. Ruthie, GA

    Yes. Running negative ads about Obama are not going to get them any sits either. No matter how bad they try to portray Obama, they cannot make him worst than Bush. Do any one think having Dick Chaney to campaign for you are going to get you any votes? If you look up the word failure in Webster there will be a picture of Bush and Chaney. The Republican brand is tainted. Maybe they should try running as an Independent or Libertarian, maybe that will get them some votes.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  77. Mary Haddock

    Yes it is time to pack. We need a congress who will take a more reasonable look at our own resourses for fuel. We cannot continue to depend on the foreign countries. Somebody please wake up

    I am from Atlanta Georgia

    May 14, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  78. Ed

    Maybe some should; but it should be right after all the celeb Dems that said they'd leave the country if GWB won in 04 do.

    But then are we supposed to believe celebs or democrats?

    May 14, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  79. Brian - Trinidad

    Sounds like the movement is towards giving the Democrats control of Congress and the Republicans get the White House.Giving the same party control of both doesn't work.And the Dems don't really know how to lead.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  80. Mark from Yuba City, CA

    There is no doubut in my mind that we'll have a severely lopsided Democratic congress maybe even a veto proof majority. If McCain wins this Nov, I believe he will need to have one of the most disciplined and congenial staffs to run the white house agenda.

    Dean was a lousy presidential candidate...but what a Chairman of the Democratic party he's become. Credit to him for the Democratic resurgence.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  81. Shirley-Ohio

    No not yet, once Obama clinich the democratic nomination then the can pack it up, they gotta go.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  82. kevin patriquin

    Because of the low overall approval rating for congress, maybe it is a sign that all incumbents are at risk. The Democrats shouild not take this to mean it is solely a Republican backlash.
    Kevin,
    Port Hawkesbury
    Nova Scotia

    May 14, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  83. Rosalynd Florida

    Oh Yea! The Republicans got pinked slipped in Mississippi last night and the wave will continue. It is time for them to pack it in and they shouldn't let the door hit them in the A** on the way out.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  84. Michele

    Gee, ya think!

    War, the Republicans claim, "changes everything." They tap our phones, read our emails, monitor our bank accounts, and give us "free speech zones." They consider torture acceptable and imprison people indefinitely. They take our property, waste our resources, and threaten to spend our economy into oblivion.

    Throughout history, even kings and queens have often failed to survive such disastrous governance.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  85. Bev, Los Angeles

    Two of John McCain's senior campaign staff were forced to resign this week after revelations that their lobbying firm was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to represent Burma's brutal military dictatorship.
    And it gets worse—turns out this goes all the way to the top. Charlie Black, McCain's campaign chairman, ran a lobbying firm that represented brutal dictators like Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines and Mobutu Sese Seko in Zaire—along with terrorist rebel Jonas Savimbi in Angola. Together, these men have been responsible for massive human suffering.

    And for good measure, Charlie Black has represented war profiteer Blackwater Worldwide and Iraqi fraudster Ahmed Chalabi.

    Yes, pack your bags. We're looking for a new direction and a new future. Obama will change the face of Washington and watch all these new folks run for office, win and change Congress!

    May 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  86. peter

    Every incumbant should be packing their bags. Anyone who votes for any of these doofuses should be put in an institution.
    Peter

    May 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  87. tenetbreaker

    America is not all about uneducated old deadly conservative blue collars who don't educate themselves about the world and economics. How about educated middle class voters? Aren't we as important as blue collars? We know where Hillary stands and the truth behind of her political tactics. The summer gas tax gimmick is one example of showing who she really is. We knew it but the uneducated West virginians didn't. This is a great example of their ignorance, they only see the trees not the forest. we can't let those folks run our nation. Let old people live in their pase while we move onto change our future.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  88. John Home-Douglas

    Politics . Thank God I do not live in the U.S.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  89. Chuck

    A whole lot of them should begin making reservations with U-Haul asap! There's going to be a lot of office evacuation after the tsunami of November 4th hits them - some of them might start picking up empty cardboard boxes from the Congressional copy room beginning today. Barack Obama is going to have major coattails in November, due in large part to the ineptitude of the Bush administration's handling of every major foreign and domestic issue it has had for over seven years; aided and abetted by a Republican majority congress for six of those years, who have given W everything but my kitchen sink and yours! From the loss of civil liberties to the debacle in Iraq this band of Republicans has succeeded to derail a healthy Republic. The only unfortunate thing is that the only decent Republicans worth keeping in the House and Senate - the few moderate voices - will probably be swept away as well. They are the ones we need to prove that the right wing, neo-cons are a thing of the past. Good riddance!
    Chuck in Livermore, CA

    May 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  90. Glenn

    Yes, let them all take a long walk off a short bridge! In other words lets just line them up against a wall and spray expensive gas on them lite a match and poof!!

    May 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  91. Tom, Ft Lauderdale

    Jack

    It's partasin politics at it best. They lied together ,supported their party and rode the wrong horse. Oh well most of us never voted for Bush anyway.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  92. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Jack,
    Im sure there are a few republicans in congress who should consider packing. But with the bang up job this democratically led congress has done over the last year I would go even farther in saying incumbent democrats should prepare themselves as well. As long as our country continues to tail spin out of control as congress sit's by and does nothing, no one is safe.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  93. tc

    Yes, they should pack there bags. Shame on them!!

    May 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  94. Bob in Charlotte NC

    Jack, If anyone needed such a sign then they also need an education and perhaps some therapy. Republicans are in deep trouble. Thank you King George!

    May 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  95. maria from california

    yes they should jack, and they should pack hillary with them.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  96. Michael in Mt. Air, Virginia

    Jack: I think that the Republicans should be very concerned. The American voters are dissatisfied with the status quo. The results in Mississippi is a reaction to dissatisfaction and failure of their elected officials; and this change in Mississippi is in direct proportion to dissatisfaction, realizing that dissatisfaction never changes. If I were a Republican, I would have my bags pack as a safety measure.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  97. Karen from NJ

    You mean they haven't already?

    May 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  98. Ralph

    Instead of John McCain using his campaign money on the general election he should use it to rent U -haul trucks for all his republican buddy's in Washington D.C.

    May 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  99. Marie

    In all reality they should all be fired and receive no retirement, just like the folks who are near retirement and get “downsized” we do not need them–elections would be cheaper and smarter—if we ever catch up with technology so we could vote on a secure line. What have they done for us for 8 years? Who does their performance evaluations?

    Marie
    San Antonio TX

    May 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  100. Steve Idaho

    Republican Party has historically preached about their values and ethics. They had years of absolute power to show us their true colors and all we saw was red. Besides the endless array of scandals by the Bush administration, the corruption and scandals were equally matched by the senators and congressmen of the Republican Party over the last eight years. They have nothing positive in their recent past to bring to the table in the upcoming elections. They're toast, Jack

    May 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  101. John Stevens

    Nah, they will be there for another 4 years if Obama is the nominee. They should renew their leases.

    May 14, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  102. Mary Whartnaby -California

    Jack – all of Congress and Senate, whether Republican or Democrat, should be replaced when a new President takes over. The American people need a new Congress and Senate who is going to do their job
    and that also includes The Speaker of the House!

    May 14, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  103. Steve in Madtown

    Yes – the reason the current Congress can't pass anything is because the formally "up or downvote" Repubs are not allowing anything to get voted on by threatening a filibuster and presidential veto. Dems can't get the 60 votes needed to even get to vote on things. Hopefully, people realize this, although many commenting here obviously don't know how the Senate actually works or won't acknowledge the repubs purposeful stonewalling. With a Dem president, the veto threat is meaningless and given a stronger majority things will actually start to move through Congress again.

    If it were me, I would have given the Repubs a choice – either vote on legislation or let's spend our time on impeachment proceedings!

    May 14, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  104. Manwa in Minneapolis,mn

    Jack,you sure like teasing us,don't you?Its clear that they should have started packing long them if they havent done that yet,and, its not only republicans but also democrats who have been in washington for long and they have forgotten their mission there, the likes of Hillary clinton who is still stuck in the race she has lost.Let them quit being in denial and read the writting on the wall.

    May 14, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  105. Bob from Richmond VA

    Given their recent ratings, most encumbants up for election in November should reserve moving vans.

    May 14, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  106. Jack Frost / Winston-Salem

    I think it's a sign of things to come, a Democratic sweep in Congress – think about it – even if John McCain were to win the Presidency, a Democrat controlled Congress could change the country since they could override any veto. BUT, given McCain's history, he'll probably like having this arrangement as he isn't a pawn of the right wing or the bible packers!

    May 14, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  107. kenny cole

    Kenny cole from Houston,the only thing i know is that when the citizen are really MAD,they will show you it....

    May 14, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  108. Rudy NYC

    Yes. And someone should inspect their bags on the way out of town. I am finally proud of the US. It is waking up to the fact that the wool had been pulled over their eyes ever since Reagan took office. Trickle down economics. The buck stops where? Up there somewhere.

    May 14, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  109. Tiffeany

    They should pack their bags and forget the address. What turmoil our country is in right now because of the mess the Republicans have left us.
    Based on the tides turning in Louisiana and Mississippi the people what change.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  110. OldUncleTom

    I wonder how many Republicans survived the election in 1932?
    The times are not as bad, but the mood could be worse in some ways.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  111. Christy (Louisville, Kentucky)

    Definitely. In November, America will overwhelmingly hand Congressional Republicans their pink slips, and not a moment too soon.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  112. Noah

    I don't think they have enough room for their baggage.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  113. Mr. X

    Yes they should leave. but before that they should be asked to fight in Iraq for remainder of their term.

    Mr. X

    May 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  114. jerry ohwoghere

    yes all republican have to pack thier bags and leave

    May 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  115. Rick-Minot North Dakota

    Boy I hope so! That retirement for life thing bugs me though. They don't deserve anything for the mess they have put us in. Raging deficits and all they push is more tax breaks for the rich and a war that will never end. Let them take their hypocritical baloney and hit the door running. Whatever happened to the days of tar and feathering? Most of these turkeys deserve it!

    May 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  116. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    Jack,
    The smart ones packed their bags and left already! The rest will still be there, voting however Bush tells them to ! After the election, they(like Hillary) will finally accept defeat! There will probably be some that are so shocked that they will demand a recount, or try to get the Supreme Court put them into office. The arrogance in Washington is amazing, considering the mess they they have made of EVERYTHING!

    May 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  117. Joel Hammer

    The Republicans are now going to learn how much their arrogance and stubborness has damaged this country. 8 years of Bush and his band of criminals has left this country in the worst mess in its history.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  118. Robert

    Yes. I've been a registered republican for 25 years but have had it with a self-righteous party that not only fails to deliver on it's commitments but is also rife with scandal when it's supposed to be the uncompromising champion of all that is moral and ethical. In the impending presidential election, I'll vote for a combined Obama-Clinton ticket if it happens; otherwise, I'll sit this one out.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  119. Karen from VA

    Democrats will make more gains in the fall, but until the Democratic Party finds its backbone and stops caving in to the President, expect that low rating for Congress to continue. As Lou Dobbs says, don't we deserve a government that works?

    May 14, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  120. Kevin Foley

    It does seem as if many Americans are looking for a change. That has just got to help the Democrats in '08.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  121. Alfredo Flores

    Jack,

    Rather than send them home why don't we buy them a one-way ticket to Iraq and let them help to rebuild a country that they destroyed.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  122. Viceroy Regal - seattle

    Well, you can contribute the low numbers for congress to the Bush administration. The Dems can't pass a bill b/c Bush will veto them.
    And the republican party are family to bush (who really isnt popular). It's like having thart uncle who ruins it for everybody trying to have fun. thanks GWB.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  123. Bill from Illinois

    I think that the carnage will be widspread this year and many good people will probably be swept away – mainly because they are Republicans, not because there is someone more qualified running against them. This could well be the year that you can be a "Bumbling idiot" and get elected if you are not a Republican. Oh – I forgot, we've already elected a bunch of bumbling idiots!

    May 14, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  124. Justin in Dallas

    Hey Jack,

    Let's see, a party that runs on being "conservative" - in government spending and overall government - and then they double our national debt while they are in power over the last eight years.

    The phrase, "walking, dead man walking" is the first thought that comes to mind. The next is a Democratic president.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  125. Stuart Rue in Salem, Oregon

    A lot of incumbents are going to lose their seats. Republicans may lose more than Democrats, but I think the most turnover is going to be with new members of either party who have not delivered on their promises.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  126. Samuel, West Virginia

    Yes!

    May 14, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  127. Jason Indianapolis

    Republicans? Every member of congress up for re-election should be packing their bags. Its time the people of this country send them a message.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  128. Forest N.C

    No, Hilary Clinton is dividing the democrats, so McCain will probably win in November.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  129. Mary L OK

    Every politician in Washington should know how Obama has so many superdelegates. His campaign has set aside $20 milliom to help them get relected. Money buys election. The simple truth.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  130. browntown

    i feel you have to have a balance of power but only when those in power are hungry for true justice. i believe that people aren't as religious as they think they are. if and when you love your neighbor as yourself, do you harm yourself? of course not, yet here we are and this is probably where we will always be.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  131. Randy M, Elmira NY

    Jack,

    As disappointed as I am with Republicans right now, let's not forget this is a Democrat controlled Congress with a lower approval rating than George Bush. That is the ultimate in underachievment. If we hard working, middle class folks performed like these guys we'd be unemployed pretty quick. Throw 'em all out and start over!!

    May 14, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  132. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Yes. But so should Clinton. Neither one is going to happen, though.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  133. Gina (mayfield heights, ohio)

    JACK, THAT WHITE HOUSE NEEDS TO BE CLEANED!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  134. Angel (Kenosha, Wisconin)

    What did we actually gain in the last 8 years? Defecits, Inflation,a weak dollar, ridiculous rise in gas prices, wars based on false intelligence, and the lack of a future direction. I'm not saying the the Democrats are going to save the world, but at this point what else to we have to loose.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  135. Denise (Brooklyn, New York)

    Only if Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Nominee.

    May 14, 2008 at 4:58 pm |