Eager to please, ready to fight, but why do they go to extremes? According to a new poll by CNN, voters' feelings for the Republican Party have chilled to their lowest levels in a decade, with 36% expressing a favorable view and 54% expressing an unfavorable view. In contrast, Democrats enjoy a fairly healthy approval rating -- 53% -- though their Congress, in general, gets much lower marks. 38% say Democrats are doing a good job in Congress. 33% say Republicans are doing a good job in Congress. What this suggests: Americans think of Democrats and think of Barack Obama and others, not just Harry Reid. Americans think of Republicans and think of...Congressional Republicans.
Marc Ambinder is a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.