If you feel like there is a disconnect between Republicans outside of the Beltway and Republicans inside the Beltway, you're not alone. According to a new Rasmussen Report, 63 percent of Republicans feel their Republican representatives in Washington D.C. are out of touch.
Most GOP voters continue to believe that congressional Republicans are out of touch with the party base, while Democrats are happier than ever with how their team is performing in Washington, DC.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 30% of Likely Republican Voters believe Republicans in Congress have done a good job representing their party’s values over the past several years. Sixty-three percent (63%) of GOP voters think congressional Republicans have lost touch with the party’s base throughout the nation.
We saw this play out two weeks ago with the fiscal cliff deal, in which John Boehner got Republicans and the country a whopping $41 in tax hikes per $1 in spending cuts. Boehner also came mighty close to losing his speakership as a result of repeated failed negotiations with President Obama.
House Speaker John Boehner barely held onto his job atop Congress’ lower chamber on Thursday. Just how close a call Boehner had is now becoming clear.
Nine House conservatives voted for somebody other than Boehner, two abstained from voting and one voted “present.” That total of 12 Republicans who didn’t support Boehner was a stone’s throw from the required 17 to force a second ballot election – at which point several more Republican members were slated to back a competitor to Boehner’s, who would unite the party behind him or her.
Politico has reported the original list of members possibly considering defection from Boehner was longer and included Reps. Steve King of Iowa, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Scott Garrett of New Jersey and Steve Fincher and Scott DesJarlais, both of Tennessee.
Politico uncovered this list because Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp “sat on the House floor during the speaker vote brandishing an iPad” with a message “displayed on the screen ticking off members of the House Republican Conference he hoped would oppose the sitting speaker.”
The title of the email message was reportedly: “You would be fired if this goes out.”
Breitbart News has confirmed that the following members were considering voting against Boehner retaining his speakership as well: Reps. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Sam Graves of Missouri, Steve Southerland of Florida, Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, David Schweikert of Arizona, Arkansas freshman Tom Cotton and Brett Guthrie of Kentucky.
The latest Rasmussen numbers also give us further information about why Mitt Romney lost the presidential election. The Republican Party is fractured, hence the reason Republicans didn't turn out in large numbers to vote for Romney, and Washington insiders out of touch with the real world and their base to blame.
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