Introducing an 'Inside Voice' anthology
For the past four months, I've been blogging my fingers off. Trying to shed light on things you might have missed or bring a particular perspective to something you're following closely. And through it all I've tried to bring an inside voice on political opinion. Not just as someone who can get to the newsmakers, but also as someone who comes at issues in a quieter tone than we've become accustomed to. My goal is to add to and provide context for discussions -- not unnecessarily to inflame them.
One of the ways I want to do that is to compile -- from time to time -- an "Inside Voice" anthology of my blog columns and "quickies" (for those of you who follow me on Twitter) that tell a larger story. Last week's New York Times/CBS News poll provides a good opportunity to try it out.
The front page of The New York Times last Thursday featured a poll of Americans that, for the first time, provided a portrait of the Tea Party movement. But there was more to that survey than providing data to back up and/or dispel anecdotal evidence about Tea Partyers. There were warnings for congressional Democrats and President Obama, a confirmation that the administration of President George W. Bush is blamed for the economic mess and further proof that folks just don't think Sarah Palin has the chops to be president.
CHAPTER ONE: The Tea Party
Tea Partyers are mad as hell about the economy, and they think it's being run into the ground. But they're doing better than the general public. Or so they say.
CHAPTER TWO: Congressional Republicans & Democrats
The standing of the Republican Party is improving among the general public. Meanwhile, the overall data show that Democrats better quiver. Things haven't been this bad since 1994.
CHAPTER THREE: Gov. Sarah Palin
No one -- not even Tea Partyers -- think the former Alaska governor "would have the ability to be an effective president."
CHAPTER FOUR: President George W. Bush
The only folks who have any love for Bush are self-identified Tea Partyers.
CHAPTER FIVE: President Barack Obama
The right track-wrong track numbers are improving. His job approval ratings are holding steady. But the view that he feels the pain and understands the problems of regular people is trending downwards. That should make the West Wing nervous.
| April 17, 2010; 1:44 PM ET
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