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Republicans' internal poll strategy

House Republicans have unleashed a slew of internal polls in recent days, seeking to put the country but, more accurately, the media and the GOP donor base, on notice the playing field for the fall is rapidly expanding.

From Ohio's 13th district, which was on nobody's map until very recently, to Oregon's 1st district, which went for President Obama by 25 points in 2008, these internal polls are aimed at making the case that Republicans have a plethora of targets heading into November.

Internal party polls should always be taken with a grain of salt since they are, after all, polls bought and paid for by partisans and can be wrong. Case in point: a survey released by Republicans in the closing days of the Pennsylvania 12th district special election that showed businessman Tim Burns leading former congressional aide Mark Critz by two points. Critz won by eight on May 18.

That said, the slew of data emerging from the Republican side stands in stark contrast to the absence of any similar polls emerging from the Democratic side.

This dearth of Democratic data can be read in one of two ways:

1) Democrats' polls are showing basically the same thing as Republican internals and there's no reason to release data that suggests a large number of Democratic seats are endangered.

2) Democrats are simply biding their time and don't feel the need to engage in a battle of internal polls.

Both arguments make some sense politically.

Regarding the first: there's a lot of territory that looks quite competitive, and even the limited independent polling we've seen has largely validated the polls we're seeing from Republicans. (Witness the Gallup enthusiasm numbers released this morning.)

But the converse also makes sense. Democrats are on the defensive, to be sure, and engaging in a fight over whose polls show what and whose are better probably doesn't do much for them at this point.

According to a review by The Fix, Republicans have come out with polls showing them leading everywhere from toss-up districts held by Reps. Travis Childers (D-Miss.) and Dina Titus (D-Nev.) to lower-tier targets like Reps. Gerry Connolly (Va.), Allen Boyd (Fla.) and Betty Sutton (Ohio).

Republican polls also show them leading for the open seat in Arkansas's 1st district, against Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) and against Illinois Democratic Reps. Bill Foster and Debbie Halvorson. And last Friday, a new internal poll showed former U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin leading 50 percent to 34 percent in retiring Rep. Vic Snyder's (D-Ark.) 1st district.

Internal Democratic polls showing their challengers competitive are fewer and further between. Democrats have released internals in a few top-targeted districts, including those held by Reps. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Bill Young (R-Fla.), as well as the open seat held by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), who is running for his retiring brother Lincoln Diaz Balart's seat.

There have been some Democratic incumbents putting out polls showing some strength, including Reps. Mike McMahon (D-N.Y.) and (most notably) Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.), but most have been in no rush to release their internal polls.

Republicans badly need to rebuild momentum in the wake of a disappointing special election loss last month in Pennsylvania. The central challenge for Republicans in the final four months of the midterms is to convince enough donors -- small and large -- to believe that the majority is in reach that they invest and, in so doing, put the majority in reach.

The release of these internal polls is rightly seen as an attempt to create a bit of momentum and buzz. Will donors respond?

-- Aaron Blake

By The Fix  |  June 21, 2010; 10:55 AM ET
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Thanks, I've been calling them X-journalists and Wanna-Bees. Media type is more appropriate for what they do. Yes they are lazy! In most cases they don't either bother to phone it in - just reference what someone else reported. No body actually tunes in for the Evening News like we did when I was kid or get up to get the early edition. Actually, I am more and better informed by Jon Steward and Steven Colbert than I ever imagined. Who was this woman media type on fix-news that proclaimed her job as being presidential? Wonder if she is the only media type feeling that way since none of them denounced her proclamation!

Posted by: mcgeenate | June 25, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Have you seen the questionnairez that the Republican are sending out? The questions are created so that if you disagree with them, it sounds like you are endorsing the devil, evil and anti-American activities. I've quit answering and won't answer until they ask answerable and objective questions.

Posted by: Disillusion | June 24, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Let's see. The Republican polls are running favorable to their side, so they release the polls to the media. The Dems' polls are running negative to their positions so they do not release them. That sounds like good politics on both sides.

So what do the media types write about? Since they are lazy, they write about the info in front of them. Advantage: The side in front. For now, that means Republicans.

Posted by: RonKH | June 23, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

The floor at this point has to be considered at least 30 GOP seats gained in the House. I would put the ceiling at around 60.

Posted by: iacoboni04 | June 22, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I think the whole nation is gradually coming to the consensus that Obama should be put on trial and thrown in jail.


This thing with Kyl - if true - is illegal.


Ironically, it is the same thing Blago is on trial for right now. You would think that Obama would learn from Blago, Ha !

Well - the country still deserves a special prosecutor for the Obama-Valerie Jarrett- Blago combo with the union official scandal.


The Sestak Scandal.


The Obama-Romanoff Scandal.


And all that adds up to a RICO conviction.

PLUS Blago is walking around a little too confident in his trial - one has to wonder if he is holding back some juicy information on Obama -


It would make sense that Blago would be trying to offer to keep this information silent - in exchange for getting out of the charges against him.


So, if Blago believes that he is NOT getting this deal, he just might decide to reveal this information.


See Blago is holding onto this info because he needs it - to get off - and he is trying to bargain with it -


Otherwise, if Blago feels as though that plan will not work, he just might spill the beans.


But there is just too much stuff going on with Blago - Rahm - Obama - Tony Rezko - come on folks -


This story is not over.

I think the London odds on seeing Obama in an orange jumpsuit at the end of all this is 50-50 right now.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Let me see, as an independent who leans Democrat, if I was to be polled I would probably say ho-hum, but come election day when I have my ballot in front of me do you think there will be ANY Republican getting my vote. Keep dreaming.

Posted by: bcause | June 22, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Let me see, as an independent who leans Democrat, if I was to be polled I would probably say ho-hum, but come election day when I have my ballot in front of me do you think there will be ANY Republican getting my vote. Keep dreaming.

Posted by: bcause | June 22, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

leichtman1 certainly you are aware of the Proverb, "The Fix is IN!"

Posted by: ceflynline | June 21, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans badly need to rebuild momentum in the wake of a disappointing special election loss last month in Pennsylvania. The central challenge for Republicans in the final four months of the midterms is to convince enough donors -- small and large -- to believe that the majority is in reach that they invest and, in so doing, put the majority in reach."

And therein lies the meat and the heart and the soul of the propaganda. While the republican party pushes the T-Party to get it to show enthusiasm for all things anti Obama, to drum up the perception of voter revolt, and thereby cuts the throats of what few moderates it has left, the democrats can continue working on the whats and wherefores of passing Obama's platform. Enthusiasm for the party of no is a wonder in the base, but the base can't get a keg elected in a frat party. Running lots of ads blaming Strickland for not magically turning the economy around work only until Kasich has to tell the press how he is going to face the first FIVE budgets of his administration, the ginmmicked (fortuitous word creation. Ginmmicked: put together out of bogus assumptions well lubricated by social intoxicants. Characteristic of most Ohio Budgets in the era of republican Dominance)one that fell apart a month after it was passed late, thanks to the Ohio Senates refusal to have anything to do with working with the Governor on a budget, and the four his administration would have to balance without the shred of a hope of finding yet one more gimmick to help out.

Yet Ohio Republicans are full of enthusiasm for Protman and Kasich, and will be right up until Fisher is sworn in in the Senate and Strickland starts his second administration in Columbus, because some how, some when, when the least desire it, both Rob and John will have to face a candid camera and an un suborned commentator, who will wasn't specifics on how you balance a state's budget by cutting 40% of its income.

Pick a state, ANY state, and that analysis, with the principles names changed to local talent, probably applies.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 21, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

37th wants all the Democrats to go to the inner cities and just, well, I don't know, like disappear or something. We just don't know what to do.

Should we go? Or not?

He really feels strongly about it, and lord knows, we want to do everything we can to help him out. Maybe he'll be happy then?

Do you think it will make him happy? Or not?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 21, 2010 2:10 PM

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Hey 37th! There are no conservatives in these violent inner cities. They're all libs---the ones who bother to vote and haven't lost the privilege. That's why Bush41 was accused of running dope into the inner city. If it's okay with Dems, it's okay with me. Let them shoot the hell out of the place. Just that many fewer libs to worry about.

Posted by: Brigade | June 21, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

37th is a miserable troll who blows posts out of the seat of his pants and we have to live with them stinking up the board.


phew!

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 21, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I would LOVE to see gas to to $7 a gallon, if only that particular scare tactic was true. Then all those c*nts driving the Escalades and the Escapes and Excretions and all the rest would drive away from the pumps with ashen faces as the total shows triple digits just to fill the tank to get across town. It'd serve them right, the lousy bassards.

And the extra revenue would go a long way to gettign us into renewable energy sources instead of going to the Saudis.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 21, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

MESSAGE FROM ANOTHER PLANET:


"- triple our electicity bills
- run gasoline to $7.00 a gallon
- Run the budget deficit over a trillion dollars for Obama's entire term
- Waste the stimulus money on special interest groups
- Run the Health Care Agencies like the Minerals Management Service."

I have to admit the demented claim about electricity represents a whole new level of paranoia; wonder what conspiracy website that came from? Gas prices aren't fixed by the government. Funny, the stimulus money has been accepted by all the governors, despite the knee jerk rhetoric beforehand. And finally, the problem with MMS is that it was stuffed to the gills with Bush lifer appointees, put in place precisely because of their ties to industry and/or they passed a Karl Rove litmus test, which was, as in Iraq, "Are you pro life? Yes? Here's millions of dollars in cash to lose! Have fun."

Posted by: Koko3 | June 21, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1, we've been down this road a ton. Countless people have cajoled Chris C to get rid of the guy. Every so often he'll "warn" 37th and fail to follow through.

What can you do? Chris likes the racist rants, so the racist rants persist.

==

Considering that nobody has ever been banned for even the most abhorrent racist posting, yet others have been banned for calling it out, the fact that this meth addict gets to mercilessly spam the blog with incoherent racist-themed junk really leaves very little doubt.

In private CC probably says "sp|c" and "ni66er" and doesn't bother with the dog-whistle. And gosh he lurves them republicans. Time for another Dan Coats shout-out. And who did Drowsy Tim endorse today?

But hey those actual words get blocked by the filters, which is obscene in its hypocrisy.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 21, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sirs,
Remember the CHICAGO TRIBUNE banner headline of DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN?
What poll was that based on?
I thought that we elected our officials by elections instead of poles.
What crystal ball are they using that enables them to read ballots before they are cast?
Clifford Spencer

Posted by: yankeefan1925 | June 21, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

DOCTORS SAY tRUCK LEFT 37 someWHERE
BETWEEN A CHIHUAHUA and a smart FERRET except he can still TYPE SAME THING OVER AND OVER LIKE A CAT SLEEPING ON A KEYBOARD-

37 can LEARN NEW TRICKS BUt repeats them OVER AND OVER if NO ONE PETS him!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 21, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

37thandOstreet- whatever. You do not even seem to be lviing in this solar system. Reagan, Goldwater, Nixon and Ike would not even know how wacky their party has become. The extremists are more in the GOP. Sharon Anle, remember that 2nd amendment quip. Rand Paul. What Kool Aide are you drinking. Live in this world. Not the make believe GOP world.

Posted by: Brainny | June 21, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

HE
SAYs
OBAMA FIRST THING IN

the

MORNing and NOT IN AN INSIDE VOICE!
-----------------------------------
What a coincidence.

You know, sometimes in the middle of the night, Collier hears something. He leaps up and NOT in an INSIDE VOICE, makes a huge commotion and wakes up the whole house.

So, I says to him, where are you pickin' this up? You reading over my shoulder on the Fix? 'cause we gotta guy there who don't use his INSIDE VOICE either. But, Collier, he don't listen and never did.

So the next night, right like clockwork at 1 am, he barks again. They never learn do they.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 21, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street is already SAD


DO NOT GO TO INNER CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NASTY TRUCK acciDENT VERY
NASTY
REPEAT IT Because IT WAs SO SO BAD


HE
SAYs
OBAMA FIRST THING IN

the

MORNing and NOT IN AN INSIDE VOICE!

and LAST THING at NIGHT BUT EVEN LOUDER AND WITH tiny CURSE WORD ATTACHED! 4 LETTERS!YUP

RIGHT before that
he ALSO sAYS RAcist seven TIMES for GOOD LUCK --- HE MEANS IT! and a little jump on one leg each time -KIND OF CUTE!

37 (I CAN CALL HIM THAT NOW _ RESPECT!)

HE IS ONLY happy IF OBAMA IS NOT PRESIDENT---------------------------- DON'T GO TO INNER CITY HE would THINK THAT IS RACIST TOO - "THEY SHOULD have FREEDOM TO do THEIR CRIME WITHOUT BIG GOVERNMENT AND DEMS WATCHING" 37 would say --JACK BOOT!@@!!@@GOVT would BE EVERYWHERe for 37 IF ThAT HAPPENED. NO FREEDOM UNDER OBAMA! for 37 and Mrs. 37 SHE CAN BE NASTY TOO!

EVEN IN THE INNER CITY: REGULATING EVEN CRIME! WOW! HE WOULD BE MAAAAAAAD at OBAMA!


WHEN He is not anGRY he is SO SAD THAT 37:
HE WEARS Bedtime for Bonzo RON REAGAN T-SHIRT AND SOMETIMES CRIES -- BIG TEARS TOO

DO NOT GO TO INNER CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 21, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The TRUTH is the extremists are dominating the democratic party


I don't hear you talking about that.


YOUR side wants to:


- triple our electicity bills


- run gasoline to $7.00 a gallon


- Run the budget deficit over a trillion dollars for Obama's entire term


- Waste the stimulus money on special interest groups


- Run the Health Care Agencies like the Minerals Management Service.

Your biggest problem is the Obama administration is incompetent - and it WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DO AS MUCH DAMAGE AS YOU ARE AIMING TO.

.


Sad.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Dear marie,

37th wants all the Democrats to go to the inner cities and just, well, I don't know, like disappear or something. We just don't know what to do.

Should we go? Or not?

He really feels strongly about it, and lord knows, we want to do everything we can to help him out. Maybe he'll be happy then?

Do you think it will make him happy? Or not?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 21, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

thanks, marie -- it's a dirty job but someone has to do it.

Posted by: drindl | June 21, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

marie!!!!!!

We missed you, girl.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 21, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE FORGIVE 37thand0street for He KNOws not what he TYPEs!!!!!!!!!


AFTER a NASTIe TRUck acciDENT he wAS
DRO
p
p
e
d
FROM HIS healH PLAn - they DID THE RIGHT THING NOT TO LOSE BIG DOLLARS on HIS HEAD INJURY AND ALL DRUGS - IT WAS NASTY!!

NO MEDS now TO KEEP him SANE SANE SANE (SORRY I GOT CARRIED AWAY)

He RARELY repeaTED what HE SAID oVER and OVER AGAIN BAck THEN!!!! NO!

He said "THAT WILL BE $12.75 for the PIZZA AND FREE GARLIC BREAD TWISTERS". ONLY ONCE TO GET THAT TIP! OK!

IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!

OBAMA CAME LATER and IT DID RAIN THAT DAY...oF THE ACCIDENT.

Made HIM LOSE HIS JOB DELIVERING HOT AND not So hot PIZZA.

That ACCIDENT BECAUSE OBAMA THE RACIST BECAME PRESIDENT ON THAT DAY.

BIG GOVERNMENT will one day KICK HIM back INTO A POLICY and

and


and

HE WILL TAKE a NEW drug to coOL his STEAM BETWEEN THE EARS and YOU WILL lose A STUTTERING POSTER and

I

a


MUSE.

HE is ONe BIG Government JACK BOOT from PIZZA DELIVERY again.

"THAT WILL BE $12.75 for the PIZZA AND FREE GARLIC BREAD TWISTERS" WILL RING OUT again FOR FREEDOM!

MARIe

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 21, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

People in the democratic party like Bob Sanderson are too busy creating false storylines and fear mongering to care about the ACTUAL PROBLEMS IN THIS COUNTRY.


The inner cities need more attention.


Instead, Bob Sanderson thinks that "militias" deserve attention.

Well - 52 people were shot - 8 dead IN JUST THIS WEEKEND IN ONE CITY CHICAGO.

Bob - how many people did your "militias" shoot this weekend ????

IT IS JUST A PILE OF GARBAGE THAT OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS LIKE BOB SANDERSON ARE PUSHING.


It is sad, very sad that the good people in this political system have to deal with liars like Bob Sanderson.


The democrats have become A THREAT TO THIS NATION.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE FORGIVE 37thand0street for He KNOws not what he TYPEs!!!!!!!!!


AFTER a NASTIe TRUck acciDENT he wAS
DRO
p
p
e
d
FROM HIS healH PLAn - they DID THE RIGHT THING NOT TO LOSE BIG DOLLARS on HIS HEAD INJURY AND ALL DRUGS - IT WAS NASTY!!

NO MEDS now TO KEEP him SANE SANE SANE (SORRY I GOT CARRIED AWAY)

He RARELY repeaTED what HE SAID oVER and OVER AGAIN BAck THEN!!!! NO!

He said "THAT WILL BE $12.75 for the PIZZA AND FREE GARLIC BREAD TWISTERS". ONLY ONCE TO GET THAT TIP! OK!

IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!
IT RAINED! OBAMA RESIGN!!!!!!

OBAMA CAME LATER and IT DID RAIN THAT DAY...oF THE ACCIDENT.

Made HIM LOSE HIS JOB DELIVERING HOT AND not So hot PIZZA.

That ACCIDENT BECAUSE OBAMA THE RACIST BECAME PRESIDENT ON THAT DAY.

BIG GOVERNMENT will one day KICK HIM back INTO A POLICY and

and


and

HE WILL TAKE a NEW drug to coOL his STEAM BETWEEN THE EARS and YOU WILL lose A STUTTERING POSTER and

I

a


MUSE.

HE is ONe BIG Government JACK BOOT from PIZZA DELIVERY again.

"THAT WILL BE $12.75 for the PIZZA AND FREE GARLIC BREAD TWISTERS" WILL RING OUT again FOR FREEDOM!

MARIe

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 21, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

lost jobs leads to more crime. Guess who tried to pass a $80 billion stimulus?

Guess who blocked it?

Republicans own the economy. Republicans are the ones who wrecked it. Republicans are the ones blocking its repair. Republicans own all the incidental stuff that comes with a bad economy including increased inner city crime as well as increased abortions.

That's how it works. And no, there is no debate about this. None.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 21, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Bob Sanderson


The TRUTH is the extremists are dominating the democratic party

I don't hear you talking about that.

YOUR side wants to:


- triple our electicity bills


- run gasoline to $7.00 a gallon


- Run the budget deficit over a trillion dollars for Obama's entire term


- Waste the stimulus money on special interest groups

- Run the Health Care Agencies like the Minerals Management Service.


Your biggest problem is the Obama administration is incompetent - and it WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DO AS MUCH DAMAGE AS YOU ARE AIMING TO.


.

Sad.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey, I have an idea.

All the liberals just quit politics. Band together and march on the inner cities, and like, hold rallies or something. Have bbq, dogs in the park, singalongs, facepainting, you know, fun.

Democrats sign a document to give the Republican permanent control of the Congress and the Presidency. That way we won't have to have these naaaaaaaaasty elections. Saves money AND trouble...right? No more arguments.

Get it?

Get it?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 21, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

leichtman

There were 52 people shot in Chicago - just this weekend


8 of those died.


And you want to shut down a discussion about that???


What are the democrats doing about inner-city violence ????

I have seen a bunch of bloggers on this site saying they are concerned about right-wing violence - I think Bob Sanderson just mentioned that.

HOWEVER - I don't hear ANY of the democrats talking about the innercity violence - which is REAL as opposed to the imaginerary fear-mongering of people like Bob Sanderson.


My comments are a LEGITIMATE RESPONSE TO THE STORYLINE OF THE DEMOCRATS.

And I am right.

AND ALL THE INNERCITY VIOLENCE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAT THE FAR LEFT WING AGENDA GARBAGE THE DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO PUSH ON AMERICA.


Seriously, the damage to these lives is more important than the far left wing agenda which the democrats are obsessed with.


You really have to get your priorities straight.


YES it is true - the far left wing agenda of the democrats is MORALLY BANKRUPT AS WELL AS FINANCIALLY UNSOUND.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The militas mentioned in the Second were citizen armies before we had a standing military as we do now, those militias are obsolete and the only reason we still have that stupid amendment is our national fetish over gun ownership. I say repeal it.

Another week, another string of hyperventilating puff pieces blowing sunshine up Republican rears and another stream of illegible racist drivel from 37th. No wonder so many have left.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 21, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

"A well regulated Militia" is the reference in the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights. I do believe what we have is " we don't want to be regulated" militias.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 21, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Bob,
"Advocate and support militias?" Militias are expressely supported in Article 2 of the Bill of Rights. The rest of what your point is well taken though.

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 21, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Bob Sanderson


YOU are trying to smear all Republicans based on the comments of one or two people

WHO CARES.

YOU KNOW PERFECTLY WELL THOSE VIEWS ARE NOT HELD BY THE VAST MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS.


YOU ARE A LIAR - and you are a liar worse than Bush ever was.

YOU have become what you hate.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

show me where the Bill of Rights protects
hate speech, slander and screaming fire
in a crowded theatre. Apparently you can't go
one day without starting up with your racially
provocative rants. It is disgracegul that CC
allows this.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site.. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate ""any"" of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site.

so do your job CC and start enforcing your own rules.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 21, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse


Now when the democrats dither about the "racial" charges


The TOLL IN CHICAGO IS UP TO 52 SHOT AND 8 DEAD -

Just over this weekend.

Yea, the democrats are running a budget deficit of ONE TRILLION DOLLARS - and the cities appear worse than ever.

So what is the deal???


WHAT ARE THE DEMOCRATS GOING TO DO ABOUT THE ACTUAL PROBLEM ????


SORRY IF THE ACTUAL VIOLENCE DOESN'T FIT NEATLY INTO YOUR LEFT WING AGENDA.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT THE ACTUAL VIOLENCE ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Chris,


Several Questions:


1) Republican polling may be suspect but you sure like to publicize it prominently. Why?

2) Rubio is backed by extremists even if you can't bring yourself to write those words. He was a relative unknown (and what was known statewide included mainly unethical behavior) until the Tea Party came knocking.

Crist has governed from the center, has been a moderate and is still popular statewide.

The Republicans may lose a Senate seat with Tea Party assistance.

These details are critical to how the FLA. race is playing out especially given the roll independents play in FLA. Why are they so difficult for you to type in the Fix?


3) When does a position become extreme even if a Republican holds it?

Some positions being advocated by Republican candidates at the moment (What if one democrat uttered those words?).:

Armed Insurrection against the government?

Advocating separation of a state from the Union?

Encourage intimidation of the opposition with fire arms?

Close down Medicare?

Eliminate SS?

Eliminate Taxes?

Advocate and support militias?

Membership in Oath Keepers?

Repeal portions of the Civil Rights Act?

Believe the President was not born in the US?

State the BP Macondo well spill was a collaboration between BP and Obama?

Have an extensive historical and current record of questioning of the Civil Rights Act?

4)Are Extremists beginning to dominate the Republican Party? Does the Fix have any role in discussing this or is predicting Democratic demolition in the fall the main narrative we will read about till November?


Posted by: BobSanderson | June 21, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

you are right your constant posts every two minutes about "Inner City Violence" is pure racist hate speech that should not be tolerated
here.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 21, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Leichtman


The democrats keep on showing that they lack commitment to the Bill of Rights.

See - you don't want to respond to speech with speech.

You rather try to SILENCE THE OPPOSITION.

THIS is because you know your left wing agenda is morally bankrupt as well as financially unsound.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

and yet the daily story line here is what
great shape the GOP is in:


The Democratic National Committee beat out its Republican counterpart by about $150,000 in the dash for cash last month, according to fundraising reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.


The DNC raised $6.6 million in May, compared with $6.45 million for the Republican National Committee. The Democratic committee maintained its advantage in cash-on-hand – holding $14.5 million in the bank to the Republicans' $12.6 million – but the RNC narrowed the DNC's edge to $1.9 million.


Democrats spent $7.2 million in May, about one million less than the RNC. The DNC is also carrying $3 million in debt."

and the Texas GOP is unbelievably FLAT BROKE
but yet The Fix story line is constantly what great shape the GOP is in:

"According to the latest filing with the Federal Election Commission, the party had $264,863 cash on hand and $501,174 in debt. Munisteri said the party actually owed $605,835. The Republican National Committee recently paid a bill worth $134,000, he said; otherwise, the RPT would owe $739,000. "I have both a big debt, and we're losing money every month," he said.


Posted by: leichtman1 | June 21, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Now when the democrats dither about the "racial" charges

The TOLL IN CHICAGO IS UP TO 52 SHOT AND 8 DEAD -


Just over this weekend.


Yea, the democrats are running a budget deficit of ONE TRILLION DOLLARS - and the cities appear worse than ever.


So what is the deal???


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

leichtman


See this is your problem


You immediately go to the racial charge


What do you want to DO ABOUT THE ACTUAL PROBLEM ????


Stop being a crybaby.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1, we've been down this road a ton. Countless people have cajoled Chris C to get rid of the guy. Every so often he'll "warn" 37th and fail to follow through.

What can you do? Chris likes the racist rants, so the racist rants persist.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 21, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

These would appear to be the same type of goper internal polls that led Karl Rover to confidently predict shortly before the '06 midterms that everyone else was wrong and that HIS polling showed modest goper pick-ups and certainly no big losses. Why should anyone believe this goper garbage? Why does The Fix print this garbage without the context that they've lied about this stuff before in trying to bend public perception?

Posted by: ImaDem | June 21, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

When is 37th going to banned from this site?

His constant racial rants should not be tolerated.

DO NOT RESPOND !

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 21, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

My point is CLEAR about the innercity violence

Whatever you believe the democratic party is about - helping poor people - helping the cities.

The democrats are NOT doing any of that - they are concerned with all sorts of other things that do little for the actual people YOU think they are supposed to be helping.


That is the democrats' major problem - they have strayed from what they are supposed to be doing.


Clearly, Obama's promises from 2008 have all been broken - Obama needed to sit down with the REPUBLICAN AND HAMMERED OUT A TRUE BIPARTISAN - AND CENTRIST HEALTH CARE PLAN.

Obama didn't do that.

Now Obama is running a trillion dollar deficit - Not a good idea at all.


WHAT has Obama done that the country likes? Obama appears to be solely concerned with pushing through his left wing agenda - AND completely disinterested in anything else - including the actual work of governing.

Obama said it himself before Congress - "I didn't come to Washington to take care of the economy, I came to do big things"


WHAT ? Yea, that is Obama's attitude - it is all about his ego -


His ego as defined in some paragraphs in some history book after we all are long dead -


NOT in terms of the economic well-being we all need when we are alive.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse


What are the democrats doing about inner-city violence ???


My point? I see the democrats spending alot of time trying to smear the Republicans - coming up with false storylines - and doing all sorts of left-wing agenda stuff.

AND yet, the democrats are STILL doing little or nothing for the inner-cities.

This weekend in Chicago - 40 shot, 7 dead.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

The violence includes:

• A man was shot in the chest at 75th and Halsted streets at 2:45 a.m. Credale Woulard, 28, of the 7700 block of South Ada Street, was pronounced dead an hour later at Stroger Hospital,

• A 44-year-old man was found slain about 2:02 a.m. with a gunshot wound to his head in the 7200 block of South Marshfield Avenue in the West Englewood neighborhood, police said. The man was identified as Darryl Dunn of the 3600 block 80th Street,

• A 31-year-old man was shot about 5 p.m. in the 5100 block of South Halsted Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Preliminary reports said he was waiting for a CTA bus when he heard shots and felt pain in his buttocks.

• About 6:20 p.m., a male victim was shot in his right foot in the 7400 block of South Euclid Avenue in the South Shore neighborhood. He was taken in good condition to South Shore Hospital.

•A 16-year-old girl was in critical condition at Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to her back from a 9:16 p.m. shooting in the 1200 block of East 78th Street in the Grand Crossing neighborhood. A male assailant pulled a gun and opened fire, police said.

• A 24-year-old was struck by gunfire about 9:47 p.m. in the 200 block of North Lamon Avenue in the city's South Austin neighborhood.

Police said he was shot during an argument with his male assailant, with a wound to his right leg.

• About 15 minutes later in the same neighborhood, a 20-year-old man was shot while sitting in a vehicle in the 600 block of South Central Avenue, police said. He suffered a wound to his leg

• In the Marquette Park neighborhood about 10:28 p.m., two men were shot in the 2900 block of West 64th Street, police said.

An 18-year-old man was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with a gunshot wound to his back. Another 18-year-old suffered wounds to his right leg and foot.
Preliminary reports said both victims were standing outside when shots were fired in their direction.

• About 30 minutes later in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, a 20-year-old man was shot in the wrist while was talking to friends in the 6200 block of South Maplewood Avenue, police said.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

" that still doesn't change the fact that the Republicans were hyping polls that showed they would win and then they got smoked. Same in the NY-23rd"

too true, In polling that gop goes with "say it's so and make believe it's true"

Posted by: newagent99 | June 21, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse


• About 12:30 a.m., a 28-year-old woman was shot in the 6000 block of South Honore Street in West Englewood. She was in serious condition with wounds to her right side and arm at Christ Medical Center. She was a passenger in a vehicle stopped in traffic.


• About 1 a.m., in the West Rogers Park neighborhood on the North Side, a man was shot in the arm in the 6400 block of North Damen Avenue.

•About 1:52 a.m., in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side, a 25-year-old Lansing man was shot in his abdomen and left arm in the 6400 block of South Ingleside Avenue. The man was identified as Larry Johnson of the 14000 block of South Park Avenue, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County medical examiner's office. He was pronounced dead at 3:36 a.m. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

•About 2:20 a.m. in the 7800 block of South Constance Avenue in the South Shore neighborhood, a person was shot in the abdomen and was taken to Christ hospital.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Columbiaheights, that still doesn't change the fact that the Republicans were hyping polls that showed they would win and then they got smoked. Same in the NY-23rd. I don't care about policies, this is a question of tactics. Policies that were important yesterday (HCR) don't mean squat today (BP apology), and will mean even less tomorrow (is unemployment still over 9%).

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 21, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Well, Blake is framing these polls a part of a Republican fundraising strategy, not as predictive of November outcomes. Read the last paragraphette. He isn't necessarily putting any stock in the results.

I do think Republicans are on a weird cusp. They still want to have reason to think that they will do well in November. With all this talk about how the environment is so toxic for Republicans, the only elections they can win are the ones where they are putting very liberal candidates like Scott Brown or Charles Djou on the slate. I think confidence is a greater motivator than fear in terms of getting donations. People will be more likely to donate in support of a winning cause rather than out of fear to a losing cause. It might work the other way around with overconfident donors closing their wallets and opening them up in fear of losses (which would work for Democrats' favor) but I don't think that is the case.

Republicans need to keep pushing the meme that polls are looking good, that they are headed for massive political windfalls. That Critz was an exception. If they can do that, I believe they can close the money gap that is staring at them right now.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 21, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I think you are making too big a deal of PA-12. The reality is that the Dem who won ran to the right of the Republican. He claimed to be against cap and tax, Obamacare, etc. Most of the Dem incumbents will not be able to make the same pitch because they voted for those laws. Those incumbents will lose in November because regular American (not the big shots that live on the coasts) have common sense and understand where the Dem agenda will take us--to Europe (slow growth, no jobs for young people, no dynamism, etc.).

Posted by: columbiaheights | June 21, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

There is one more possibility.

The Democrats' polls could show even worse results.

Posted by: stansso | June 21, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Polls can be made to say anything you want them depending on how you word the question. The GOP has employed a plan to use autocalled, directed omission of participants, and flat out manufactored polls to drive the media into this narrative that there is a wave coming. These remind me of the GOP polls in the NY-23rd and the PA-12th that showed the republican winning.

Oh wait, they lost both of those ELECTIONS, which are the only polls that really count.

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 21, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

This site should be renamed
the GOP FIX.

every single thread starts the GOP thinks...

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 21, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

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