Election year narratives...I call them stories....are the currency of reporters and teevee anchors. Humans love stories, tales. We love reading stories in books and we really like watching stories playout on the teevee.
This election cycle, political reporters and teevee anchors have been telling a story...a narrative. The narrative this go around revolves around the words "establishment" and "anger". As the story goes, U.S. voters are very, very "angry" at "establishment" politicians whom those voters elected to represent them in Washington.
Like I said...it's a story.
According to Real Clear Politics averaging polls, among Republicans, 86% disapprove of President Obama's presidency while only 11% of Republicans approve. And yet, in the latest Rasmussen poll, not known as favoring liberals, Obama's approval rating today among all Americans stands at 51%.
When it comes to Congress, averaging polls show that 78% of all Americans disapprove with only 12% approving of the way the House and the Senate are doing their jobs. Additionally, only 40% of all Americans approve of the job the Supreme Court is doing.
So, Republicans don't like Obama, no one likes Congress, and Americans are undecided on whether they like the current Supreme Court. All of that to get to this....
According to CNN's analysis of early entrance polls, voters in the Nevada GOP caucus were really angry with the federal government.
When pollsters asked Republican caucus-goers if they were angry with the federal government, a whopping 58 percent said yes. Sliding down the scale, 36 percent said they were dissatisfied, while only 4 percent were satisfied, and 1 percent were happy with Washington.
94% of Nevada GOP caucus-goers said they are either angry or dissatisfied with the "federal government." Let's pause for a second...to reflect. What has been the mantra of the Republican Party since RonalReagan? That's right....the federal government is the problem and never the solution. So, the fact that 94% of Republicans in Nevada are either angry or dissatisfied with the federal government....under a Democratic presidency to boot.....shouldn't be the least bit surprising or unusual.
The GOP, like the Confederacy of old, comprehends the federal government as the enemy of the People, (with the military being the only exception). The Republican Party, wrongly, interprets the Constitution as mandating a "limited" federal government. Conservatives and Republicans swear that the founding document intended to give the most governing power to individual states. It doesn't.....but that's the GOP story. The old Confederates believed the same.
Now, the rest of CNN's findings from Nevada....
But despite the overall unhappiness with the federal government, there was no consensus on why — 30 percent said the economy was the most important issue, compared to 26 percent who said government spending, 20 percent who said immigration, and 20 percent who named terrorism.
"no consensus" on why these GOP caucus-goers are angry with the federal government....they just are...unhappy. But if you examine those four reasons for being angry at the federal government, you'll see that they align very closely with Foxian and hate-radio talking points. Talking points that have been echoed nonstop on the right for the last 7 years.
The Obama economy has been.....come on, repeat it with me, you should know it by heart...."the worst economic recovery from a recession evah." That despite the 4.9% unemployment number, and 9,640,000 private sector jobs created during Obama's first 7 years in office. Even though government spending under Obama as compared to GDP has gone DOWN to the lowest rate of growth in any modern era presidency.... the mantra from conservatives has been...."government spending under Obama has been out-of-control, he's bankrupting the country." More Latino immigrants have returned to Mexico and Latin America than have come to the U.S. during Obama, but the narrative on the right is that the Democratic president has "opened the floodgates" on immigration. And even though there have been no significant "terrorist" attacks inside the U.S. during the Obama presidency, that wily rascal in the Oval Office, according to conservative media and Republican officials, "sides with the terrorists."
So....let me suggest what Republican primary voters are really "angry" about. You know, the real story. The authentic narrative, as it were.
What these rightwing voters are angry about is the fictitious yarn they have been fed for over 8 years. They are unhappy with the federal government because they have been told, ad nauseam, that Obama has ruined everything that is good about America. They are not angry about the reality of Obama's presidency.....they have simply been led to believe that that reality, whether on jihadism, government spending, economic numbers, or immigration is, well, not real.
That's what they are so angry about. They are angry over the completely false narrative about the Obama presidency that has been pouring out of the mouths of rightwing media folk, and way too many Villagers, from before the moment the first black president took the oath of office.
In short, if it is true that Republican primary voters are really, really angry, their source of anger has been a fairy tale.