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* Quick note on tonight: Obama's big speech is at 8:00 p.m. eastern -- we'll be blogging it right here.

* A reminder of the stakes: Senate Dems say they still don't have 60 votes for an energy bill that includes carbon limits. Can Obama shift this dynamic?

* Another reminder of the stakes: Steve Benen keeps hammering a point that people just aren't focused on: The prospects for climate/energy action are only going to get worse over time.

* The Dem firm Public Policy Polling finds a majority of voters prefer Bush's handling of Katrina to Obama's handling of the spill -- in Louisiana.

* Joe Klein goes there, eschews fake evenhandedness by noting that Tea Party levels of "nuttiness just simply don't exist in the Democratic Party."

* Josh Marshall, on why Sharron Angle's latest does matter:

Angle really does seem to be pretty explicitly saying her election and the election of folks like her might be our last chance to prevent a violent revolt by Tea Partiers and fellow traveling folk who've decided it's time to string up the current crew and install themselves by force.

* Talk about message discipline! The Post's Felicia Sonmez chronicles Angle's muted arrival at the Capitol today, wherein a mob of reporters could only squeeze one word from the Senate candidate: "Yes."

* I should have linked this yesterday, but Glenn Greenwald says Dem Rep. Bob Etheridge should be arrested for assault. And for the record, I agree with Glenn that the chatter about who, if anyone, was manipulating the camera-kids is irrelevant.

* And who says bipartisanship is dead? Three-quarters of the members in Congress have now signed AIPAC's letter supporting Israel's handling of the flotilla raid and labeling passengers who fought the commandos "extremists who sought to aid the Iran-backed terrorist Hamas regime."

And tonight's roundup will be a bit short because of the coming speech, but until then, what else is happening?

By Greg Sargent  |  June 15, 2010; 6:08 PM ET
Categories:  2010 elections , Climate change , Foreign policy and national security , Happy Hour Roundup , Senate Dems  
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Slave Sargent:
"The Dem firm Public Policy Polling finds a majority of voters prefer Bush's handling of Katrina to Obama's handling of the spill -- in Louisiana."

This isn't news to the Moonbat Manor Slum Liners who were paying attention to my copy last week.

Told you livestock that eco-weenie over-reaction,(ie The Moratorium), wasn;t making you any friends down tha Parish.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 15, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

The White House is soliciting questions for the post address news conference...

Here's mine:

"If one of the worries of Gulf Coast residents is the loss of jobs due to a moratorium on oil drilling, can we locate some renewable energy manufacturing plants in the region to stem job losses while encouraging domestic production of clean energy?"

Vote for it here:

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 15, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I spoke to my family this weekend, specifically my aunts. Asked them how they felt about the oil spill and the President's response. They were not suprisingly upset about the spill and the affect on NOLA, but she did not blame President Obama nor did she say the oil spill was just like Katrina all over again.

I didn't' have the heart to tell her that based on what I'm reading on the blogosphere, she is obviously misinformed, cause this oil spill is soooo "Obama's Katrina".

over 1000 people (mostly Afr American) die cause of Bush handling of Katrina, including my grandmother, but yeah this oil spill is soo like that. I would love someone to poll the ACTUAL katrina residents and victims, the majority of which was Afr American, I bet the poll results would be way different.

But who cares right, Afr Americans are O-bots anyway, so their opinions don't really amount to much.

BTW, it's Louisiana, and Dems keep voting for conservaDem Mary Landrieu, so there is nothing so shocking about this pol.

Posted by: lynell33 | June 15, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul's spokesman: The reason Rand is eating that quarter pounder with cheese is because he is, as a matter of steadfast and unyielding principle, a vegan.

Posted by: bernielatham | June 15, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

lynell and all, the poll shows that residents of Louisiana, outside of New Orleans, are dumber than dogshit. Seriously, worse than Bush and Katrina? How do you even have a conversation with these people?

I love the south in many ways but it's becoming an abusive relationship. We may have to start seeing other people.

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 15, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Katrina happened years ago so many Americans have forgotten just how bad that was.

The BP spill is happening as we speak so that is fresh on people's minds.

Interesting that the BP oil spill hasn't really affected Obama's poll numbers. I suspect that is the case because Americans do NOT blame Obama for the spill. I just think that Americans are REALLY frustrated that this has been going on for so long.

If Americans see ACTION then they will respond to Obama.

Posted by: maritza1 | June 15, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Unless those "students" come forward, there is no story here. Ethridge has apologized. The house ethics committee could look into this and might admonish him, but that's all.

I bet those "students" want to stay as far away from testifying under oath as possible...Who knows what they might be asked...

Posted by: srw3 | June 15, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse


"The Dem firm Public Policy Polling finds a majority of voters prefer Bush's handling of Katrina to Obama's handling of the spill -- in Louisiana."

I suspect 2 reasons for this:

1) The Oil Spill is still going on. It's easier to say it's worse when you're hearing about it every day on the news.

2) The support for the Oil and Gas industry is huge in LA. So there's likely lots of people not happen with his response because it's coming down hard on a big part of the economy there - in already tough economic times.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | June 15, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

It is, apparently, impossible for Glenn Beck to open his mouth and not be stupid. It's world class idiocy and he deserves a formal award for the achievement.

"It is absolutely the best city in America and simultaneously a block away, someone is being stabbed to death."

As Yglesias points out, NY is one the safest cities in the US relative to population (and in three years living there I never once felt unsafe...not once). Take a look at the graph here:

Posted by: bernielatham | June 15, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Marshall beat you to the Reno G-J article. He is clearly the superior liberal Googler of old news. I was wondering how long it would take you brilliant goons to start ping ponging that one between your lefty blogs. There are lots of secrets hidden in those newspapers and on NPR just waiting for the Reid recycling trucks to discover as an "ah ha" moment.

Posted by: Truthteller12 | June 15, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

More on the beeeezar rightwing war on soccer...

Posted by: bernielatham | June 15, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey Nevada look! This shocking statement was hiding all along, right in your morning newspaper!

Posted by: Truthteller12 | June 15, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, thanks truthteller for pointing out how the news works.

If you want original -- and by that I mean lies and distortion -- leave us alone and go back to drudge or wherever you spend your time.


Posted by: BGinCHI | June 15, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

re futbol: "The fact is, there are plenty of sports in the United States that occasionally capture the intermittent attention of the casual sports fan, but won't "break through" the sports zeitgeist until and unless the United States fields a successful national team.

"...In this approach, the casual sports fan is using a strategy of "rational ignorance" -- i.e., not caring until the team is sufficiently successful. This is the kind of thing that political scientists tend to understand, but sports and politics junkies reject as somehow not representing true fandom. But it is how most people think about most things in life most of the time."

Posted by: sbj3 | June 15, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

"I was wondering how long it would take you brilliant goons to start ping ponging that one between your lefty blogs."

They call it being "newsy"...I call it the Sweat Lodge.

As you saw, these booger-eatin' dirt merchants spun each other up to where they now believe that Sharron Angle was calling for an immediate armed rebellion.

A few days ago, they were all a tizzy that BeePee was going to get off the hook for damages under the OPA'90's 75 million liability cap, DESPITE being read the law where io says that there is NO liability cap in cases of negligence, gross misconduct or where Fed regulations are broken.

Speaking of being dumber than dogshit, as one of these clowns accused others of, you will search far and wide for a gang of nit-wits as whacked-out as this crew.

Often they remind of nothing so much as a pack of sick dogs, fighting over the chance to gobble up each others' puddles of vomitus.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 15, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

@sbj - lack of interest is one thing. I appreciate that you might be an exception re water-ballet but most folks would probably turn the channel to Nude Celebrity Bowling or some such. I don't think the helpful analysis from foreign affairs gets to the substance of those futbol comments though.

Posted by: bernielatham | June 15, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Steve crazy even for the tea party

Posted by: bernielatham | June 15, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

All, Oval Office speech open thread:

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 15, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

For Michelle Bachmann, the world of responsibility, and good and evil in the Gulf breaks down this way:

BP - good guys being victimized

Obama - he should have plugged the hole.

Clearly, President Palin could find no better choice than this grizzly mama to head up the space program.

Posted by: bernielatham | June 15, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Mobro Marine Inc, a Jacksonville, FL based marine equipment company, has a fleet over over 100 barges, tug boats with captains and a extensive fleet of cranes as well. Their fleet is tied up at their facility on the east coast of Florida. Why is president Obama sending tens of thousands of army reserve men to the gulf when necessary means to fight the oil is sitting 5 days away with no talks to mobilize?
You can even view their fleet at their site.

Posted by: Bmmoran1 | June 15, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Lynell, hate to argue fiction with facts, but the FACTS are:

According to the Louisiana DHH 53% of the deaths overal from Katrina and RITA were Black/African American.

In the two parishes where most deaths occurred, Orleans and St. Bernard, 56% of the deaths were Black/African American, while 60% of the population were Black/African American.

And since you wish to offer anecdotal evidence, ask only your aunts who work offshore or in support services for those industries.
The drilling moratorium will end when the July unemployment figures come in from Louisiana and Mississippi and we look like California and Michigan.

BGChi you are a first class bigot.

Posted by: bobbybailey | June 19, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

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