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RUSH: Don Surber: ‘The War is twice as popular as Congress. Under Democratic leadership, the 110th Congress is the least popular Congress since pollsters began measuring this. Various polls peg the disapproval at various numbers at various times. But one thing doesn’t change: Worst Congress ever. Democratic apologists say that this is because Congress has failed to end the war. Well, that may explain the low marks on the Democratic end. But the 63 votes so far this year on the war obviously are turning off independents and Republicans. Let us review. In November, Gallup pegged the Congressional job approval at 20% with 69% disapproval. In December, Gallup found that 40% of Americans think the Surge is working, 39% say not working. And while 57% now say going into Iraq was a mistake, 41% say it was not a mistake. Apparently 69% say electing this Congress was a mistake. Only 20% apparently believe this Congress was not a mistake. While obviously the questions are slightly different, the pollster is the same: Gallup.’

Maybe Congress needs to redeploy to Okinawa and not the troops. (laughing) War 40, Congress 20, and 69% say electing this Congress was a mistake. Speaking of this Congress: ‘Each day lately, Democrats inch closer to giving President Bush more money for the war in Iraq without any serious mandates for withdrawing US troops. Democratic leaders are loath to acknowledge they’ve backed off, but lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, as well as congressional aides, say Democrats are trying to find a way to provide continued troop funding while searching for some compromises that show they’re still intent on challenging the president on the war. … According to one senior Democratic lawmaker, there’s a growing discomfort among pro-defense Democrats about linking a $50 billion Iraq measure to troop withdrawal. ‘We have to come off this lack of funding for the military operations,’ the lawmaker said. ‘We have to continue the funding. We don’t want to look like we’re against troop funding. … We should separate the funding discussion from the rest of the war.’ … Additionally, lawmakers who represent areas with large military bases fear that layoff notices could go out to civilian military employees just a week before Christmas if the Pentagon has to pull money from other accounts to pay for the war.’

That’s another thing that’s driving the fear here. Layoff notices, civilian workers at the Pentagon, one week before Christmas. The question must be asked here, folks, how in the world will these civilian workers who are laid off afford the sleigh ride at Jellystone National Park? That’s a reference to the last government shut down. Everybody got paid, but the Jellystone sleigh ride operator got laid off. (laughing) He called Larry King. He was on Larry King first. He called in here and he had a beef with me. He wanted to set me straight on this. So poor Democrats, war 40, Congress 20, and 69% thinking electing this Congress was a mistake. They’ve had 63 resolutions and votes to try to end the war and get the troops out. They’ve failed on every one of them, with a lame duck president in the last year. Now they’re trying to figure out how they can give the money and have their stupid idiot base not realize they’re doing it. (laughing) And now the layoff notices at the Pentagon. (laughing) Excuse me, folks. I just love seeing these people implode. They’re imploding all over.

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