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Conservatives on the rise?

1. After two election cycles in the political wilderness, conservatives appear to be rallying in advance of the 2010 midterm election.

In new Gallup numbers released this morning, 42 percent of Americans describe themselves as conservative while 35 percent say they are moderates and 20 percent call themselves liberals.

The 42 percent of self-described conservatives would be a record high for Gallup, which has been asking the question since 1992, if the trend continued through the final six months of the year. (The data for the first six months of 2010 was culled from eight national surveys conducted by Gallup.) The last time four in ten Americans (or more) identified themselves as conservatives was 2004 when Republicans re-elected President George W. Bush and made gains in the House and Senate.

The Gallup numbers are not inconsistent with other recent data -- although they do paint a slightly more rosy picture for conservatives than other polls.

In this week's NBC/Wall Street Journal survey, 38 percent of the sample identified as conservative while 36 percent said they were moderates and 23 percent called themselves liberals.

The rise of conservatives in the Gallup data comes amid increasing signs -- including a National Public Radio poll of 70 of the most competitive congressional districts in the country -- that enthusiasm among Republicans running very high.

While the latest Gallup data is sure to be a nice present heading into the weekend for Republicans, it's important to remember that ideology is not a direct corollary to voting.

In 2008, Gallup showed that 37 percent of people said they were conservative while another 37 percent described themselves as moderates and 22 percent called themselves liberals. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, won 365 electoral votes that year.

2. President Obama will travel to Kansas City on July 8 to hold a fundraiser for Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's Senate campaign.

The Missouri Senate hopeful was conspicuously absent when Obama made a visit to the state in March, discussing financial reform in Washington while the president was stumping on health care reform and holding a fundraiser for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

More recently, Carnahan did appear with Obama at an April event in northeastern Missouri, although her campaign's last-minute announcement that she'd be attending again fueled speculation that she was avoiding the president.

Carnahan has been cautious about being tied too closely to Obama but it appears the Democratic Senate hopeful is damned if she does and damned if she doesn't. Rep. Roy Blunt, the Republican Senate nominee, took a shot at Carnahan yesterday for "hiding" from Obama during his earlier two visits "and now, in an act of desperation, Carnahan is coming out in the open to stand with Obama and his unpopular agenda."

Blunt is calling in a big gun of his own: former White House senior adviser Karl Rove will hold two events for Blunt on Monday.

3. Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R) is up with a new television ad that puts her career at the helm of the leading professional wrestling organization in the country front and center but sidesteps the controversies that her rivals have raised about her tenure there.

"Before I decided to run for the Senate, I had a regular job," McMahon says, before the shot switches to images of costumed wrestlers duking it out in the ring. "Okay, maybe not a regular job," McMahon continues, calling WWE "a soap opera that entertains millions every week."

The ad marks McMahon's most direct mention of her tenure at WWE, which she co-founded with her husband, Vince, and in which she played an integral role for three decades until stepping down last year. Her previous commercials made only passing references to her career, and her early ads touted her as a businesswoman but mentioned no details about what that "business" was.

McMahon has been facing increasing scrutiny about her time at WWE -- primarily related to controversies surrounding the company's drug-testing policy. She is also facing a lawsuit, filed this week, from the widow of a former wrestler who died in a 1999 stunt.

McMahon's latest ad is a recognition from her campaign that it must try to tell the story of her WWE life in as positive a light as possible rather than watch the various allegations drag down her campaign against state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D).

Connecticut Dems were, not surprisingly, quick to respond to the ad. "McMahon is kidding herself if she thinks she can portray the very real impact of pervasive steroid abuse, violence-fueled programming, and abusive treatment of women -- all of which she marketed to children -- as an illusion," the release reads.

4. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is stepping up her profile in a handful of appearances over the next several days, announcing on her Facebook page that she's headlining a trio of events in Texas, Virginia and Georgia.

Palin is also expected to deliver a speech today at the California State Univeristy Stanislaus. The appearance has been the subject of weeks of controversy due to Palin's refusal to state how much she is charging for the speech as well as her initial barring of media from covering the event. (The university has since announced that reporters will be allowed to attend).

Sen. Barbara Boxer's (D-Calif.) campaign has also used the Palin visit to remind voters that the former Alaska governor former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, the GOP Senate nominee, during the primary. Boxer's campaign released a Web video earlier this week splicing together footage of the two.

(Palin was also at the center of another controversy on Thursday, agreeing to return nearly $400,000 in contributions to her legal defense fund after a local governing board in Alaska deemed the fund to be illegal.)

The 2008 vice presidential nominee appears unbowed by the controversies that swirl around her, however. In addition to her busy travel schedule announced Thursday, she also waded into the open seat Kansas Senate race -- backing Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R) over Rep. Jerry Moran (R).

5. What better way to decompress after a long and, if you live anywhere near DC, hot, week than with two Fix chats?

At 10:30 a.m. we reveal the winner of our "Worst Week in Washington" competition via a live video chat. Gen. Stanley McChrystal is the obvious choice but tune in to see if he's our pick.

Then, at 11 a.m., it's the "Live Fix" -- our weekly chat with Fixistas of all ages on the political hot topics of the day. (And the World Cup, the longest match ever at Wimbledon, John Wall and other things that strike our fancy.)

Tune in!

With Felicia Sonmez

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I live a conservative life but have a very liberal outlook on government. If ever there were words perverted out of their meanings and twisted in the winds of politics these are two. It is as meaningless as dictators calling themselves "communists."

With the puppetmaster rove tying strings on Blunt I gotta pray for intelligent life to see behind the curtains of deceit.

McMahon from fake wrestling BSing the average meathead (I never could tolerate more than a minute of WWE) to trying to BS the average meathead into voting for something only multinational corporations want to make choreographed gives me a foul taste in my mouth (another puppeteer).

And "make abortions illegal to liberate women" Palin? Honestly, how do Americans buy this crap?

We need to invest more on real education.

Posted by: glenglish | June 27, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I didn't like TARP, when it was first envisioned to buy up bad mortgages. When Paulson [figuring Plan A was not a good one] recapitalized the banks and charged interest, I supported it. Had our Legislators avoided really stupid/negligent actions such as repealing Glass-Stegal [Clinton, Summers, Rubin], putting the CRA on steroids [Same + B. Frank], giving Fannie & Freddie the bucks to buy up all mortgages, no matter how crappy, and in 2007 putting the final nails in the coffin by enforcing mark to market and getting rid of the uptick rule [The new Democratic majority Congress]- well, we wouldn't be in this mess.

TARP actually did the job. However, the current administration and legislature who appear committed to unconstitutionally remaking the US into some sort of imaginary Utopia is scaring the crap out of everyone who has money to invest or works for private enterprise.

Thus, these folks are not doing ANYTHING until the 'redistribution' lot are out of office. Anyone elected to office: local, state, or national; regardless of party, race, creed, etc, etc, is there to represent their constituents WITHIN the confines of their State and US Constitution. If their constituents no longer want aspects of their respective constitutions- provided they actually understand fully what liberties it ensures and what are the possible intended and/or unintended consequences by changing it- are obliged to work within the constitutional amendment process as delineated in those documents.

For those who are keen on 'Social Justice' ask yourselves, 'What exactly does this mean?'

Our freedom as sovereign citizens means we have the opportunity to rise or fall on our abilities, drive, circumstances, and sometimes- just plain luck. To continually take from those who produce and 'redistribute' to those who do not, creates a very large moral hazard problem: why work, unless you are really netting up? It is also highly inflationary, although much of the inflation has been hidden since Clinton changed the CPI formula.

For those who complain about the very, very wealthy, well some of those people became so through their innovation and hard work. Wealthy Americans tend to give back- although some support boneheaded causes. Others, achieve theirs less honestly. Fannie Mae's Franklin Raines obtained his 90 million via Legislative diktat and what appears to be criminal accounting practices. Where is the investigation? It does not mean their shouldn't be a real discussion on taxation, but realize that some actually earned their wealth.

For the anti-Corporatist, we currently have the second highest corporate income tax in the world- soon to be first as Japan is lowering theirs. Why not offshore, then?

For shame on each any every elected and appointed person who has behaved in a manner that diminishes the trust and responsibility they bear: you have betrayed your Nation, State, and fellow Citizens.

Posted by: vintageaccent | June 26, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

What a non-story. Polls show that over 70% of the country considers themselves Christian, yet only 35% go to church. Take it as you may, the only poll that matters is election day, and from the past few the conservatives have been taken over by the Tea Bagging Birthers. Which has no clear winners.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | June 26, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Was this article written by an Americore journalist? It's sad to see media outlets pandering for bailout money as they campaign for the Obama regime.

Posted by: lsmith5 | June 26, 2010 5:03 AM | Report abuse

Was this article written by an Americore journalist? It's sad to see media outlets pandering for bailout money as they campaign for the Obama regime.

Posted by: lsmith5 | June 26, 2010 5:00 AM | Report abuse

Fox & Frightwing radio have Righties so confused and UNinformed that they don't know Bush bailed out the banks with TARP.

No one in Congress enjoyed bailing out the banks, but if they hadn't - most of us would have lost our deposits.
And yet - Republicans OPPOSED financial regulatory reform and it's taken Democrats almost 2 years dragging Republicans kicking and screaming into debating and passing financial regulatory reform.

If you care about your money and your life, it's best to vote Democratic!

Posted by: angie12106 | June 25, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't see why you think Obama's election is representative, there was NO conservative in the general election, and the TARP vote kept conservatives home.

Posted by: sailingaway1 | June 25, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

These polls suggest merely forty-two percent of people will vote Republican, a conservative party and fifty-five percent will vote Democrat or not vote.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | June 25, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

The poll results serve as further evidence that the United States is still a center-right nation and that the 2006 and 2008 election cycles represent an aberration rather than a realignment.

Posted by: austinrl | June 25, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

"I left the Democratic party about six years ago, thanks to the Democrats bailing out the banks"

kind of interesting since the Bush/Paulson bank bailout occured in Dec 2008. So you were
a D who believed that it would have been
far better to have allowed all our banks to collapse like they did in 1933 when FDR was
inaugurated? Personally I don't know a single D who shares your sentiment.


you might try reading a little history about the 1933 bank Holiday and how it ushered in the worst economic collapse in our nation's history.

http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/money_08.html


If you believe that the US and the world economies would have survived another bank failure and Bank Holiday like in 1933, maybe you are best suited for the Repulican or TeaParty or perhaps you were just asleep during
your 9th grade history class.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 25, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Another once-informative blog destroyed by drooling, slack-jawed rightwingnut tea tard trolls. Sad.
Posted by: koolkat_1960
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No the blog is not being destroyed by has a lot of teething, white, racist, free lunch party, Dbaggers who have trouble explaining the spending into prosperity thing that is failing in nations, states, and cities.

Posted by: leapin | June 25, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"In 2008, Gallup showed that 37 percent of people said they were conservative while another 37 percent described themselves as moderates and 22 percent called themselves liberals. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, won 365 electoral votes that year."

In other words, within statistical variation, the numbers now are the same as when Obama was elected.

Meaning that the notion of "conservatives on the rise" is just a misleading headline.

Posted by: info53 | June 25, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Try harder, retabroad, that troll is worn out.

The "amnesty" things was a giveaway.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 25, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I left the Democratic party about six years ago, thanks to the Democrats bailing out the banks, voting for Sam Alito and John Roberts and rubberstamping the Iraq war. I now lean to the right because they support illegal immigration amnesty. I am middle class, white and successful. I am the kind of person they are losing. I am not a conservative yet, but I probably will be soon.

Posted by: retabroad | June 25, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

It amuses me when people use Rupert Murdoch's WSJ polls as a real tool of measurement......Yeah, yeah , yeah

Posted by: lindarc | June 25, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Interesting. the fix is now zapping certain posts considered irrelevant or inappropriate,

No wonder drivl is absent.

this is going to ruin poor drivl and Ped's weekend. We will see very little of Ped's idiocy from now on if this remains. She is incapable of actual thought.

no indication what the metrics are?

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 25, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm a conservative. A TRUE fiscal conservative. That's why I'll never vote for anyone in the Republican Party that spent us into the worst recession since the Great Depression. The Contract With America in the 1990's made all the same exact promises we're hearing now. They were lying then, and they're lying to us now.

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 25, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

They also told you, through the Media Inc. outlets under their thumb, that deregulation of all industries was good for America. But then the banking system imploded, and the Bush administration had to borrow 750 billion from your children to stave off total economy collapse.

They told you for decades that "market-based" solutions would fix health care, up to the point that we had 100 million un or underinsured and 1 illness away from financial ruin.

They told you for decades that we all we needed to do was cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans - which we did in 1981 and again in 2001 - and then prosperity would trickle down.

But the 15 million out of work, and millions foreclosed out of their home by the end of the Bush years, know exactly what trickled down on them...

Of the party he once led, Abe Lincoln would have said;
"You can fool some of the people, ALL of the time"... ;^)

Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | June 25, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

This paper is self-destructing .. first Froomkin, arguably the best blogger online for having the temerity to be rigth where his bosses were wrong, now Weigel, a smart guy who could be conservative and still have a brain.

And just look who they retain .. the guy who gets to the office early to hyperventilate over Drowsy Tim Pawlenty. The once-great Washington Post reduced to the drivelous sycophancy of the Washington Times.

So what's Quitter-Queen twittering today?

BTW the character count thingee doesn't work on paste. Heads up, zouk.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 25, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Angle probably thinks the Lort is going to part the electoral Red Sea for her.

Question for the gomers .. don't you uh people ever wonder why it's ALWAYS Rasmussen you quote with distended-bladder glee?

Posted by: Noacoler | June 25, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

But what do McChrystal's and BP's defenestration tell us about the president of the United States? Barack Obama is a thin-skinned man and, according to Britain's Daily Telegraph, White House aides indicated that what angered the president most about the Rolling Stone piece was "a McChrystal aide saying that McChrystal had thought that Obama was not engaged when they first met last year." If finding Obama "not engaged" is now a firing offense, who among us is safe?

He doesn't seem to know, and he doesn't seem to care that he doesn't know, and he doesn't seem to care that he doesn't care. "It can seem that at the heart of Barack Obama's foreign policy is no heart at all," wrote Richard Cohen in The Washington Post last week. "For instance, it's not clear that Obama is appalled by China's appalling human-rights record. He seems hardly stirred about continued repression in Russia.

The president seems to stand foursquare for nothing much.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 25, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Weigel was actually sympathetic to the ideals of the conservative movement. It's just that the idiots were the ones out at the forefront. Weigel's leaving won't relieve the right wing of their image problems, though. They still are who they are. The right wing would be much better served if Sharon Angle resigned rather than Dave Weigel.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 25, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure it would have been a lot more even if they had used Socialist in place of Liberal.

Posted by: UrinalGum | June 25, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"In them, he ... accuses pundits and Republicans of “racism” and calls Matt Drudge an “amoral shut-in.” Weigel was hired this spring by the Post to cover the conservative movement."
_________

...and which of his statements was incorrect? Just askin'.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 25, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

This silly canard again?

Newsflash, steno-man, you're reporting the relative popularity of *words*, not ideologies, not political parties, and certainly not votes.

In other news, "blue" outpaces "red" as "my favorite color" among first-graders.

And to think that a financially strapped paper can scrape together a salary for someone who spends all day coming up with this junk.

Meanwhile zouk displays the fulfilling and enriching quality of his "life" by pasting Anne Coulter.

FTR, Sarah Palin is the bigger threat by far.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 25, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

TORONTO — The McGuinty Liberal government secretly passed a law giving police sweeping new powers for the duration of the G8 and G20 summits.

The law gives police the power to jail anyone who refuses to furnish identification and submit to a search while within five metres of a designated security zone in downtown Toronto.

>>>>>>>>>>>>

Good thing this conference was not held in Arizona. what if they ask Berry Soetero for his proper ID and he can't produce one?

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 25, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I just read that Dave Weigel resigned his position with the Post.

good riddance to another leg tingling kool aid drinker. Most journoes, like cilizza, try to at least hide their animosity toward convervatives. not that clown.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 25, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I just read that Dave Weigel resigned his position with the Post.

That is a sad day for the Post and sad one for the conservative "movement".

Conservatives don't realize that having a trusted independent voice covering their work is the only way to create credibility with those outside the tent.

Beck, Rush, and Drudge appeal only to those true believers that have crossed from the rational into the main arena of faith. Ones seeking validation and not analysis listen most loyally. There are so many grievances and dangers to them, and America that they can air daily and for hours on end. Be afraid is the running theme! A black Democrat is in the White House! BE AFRAID!

Thoughtful Independents, wavering democrats and the uninvolved require more accuracy and balanced analysis in the media to be convinced. That is what Dave provided and what the "movement" wanted snuffed out.

Dave will be missed but I'm sure he will find a good spot that offers more independence and distance from Drudge's attack dogs.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 25, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

this will be amusing for some time to come:

Al Gore in enough hot water to melt an ice cap
He’s a ‘crazed sex poodle’
By Howie Carr


Being a big lummox means never having to say you’re sorry.

Yes, I know, Al Gore is innocent until proven guilty. Still, how can you not savor this moment: a 54-year-old female masseuse in Portland, Ore., tells the local constabulary, at excruciating length, about yet another example of moonbat hypocrisy. This time it’s the pope of global warming, or, as the masseuse calls him, “a crazed sex poodle” and a “big lummox.”

Somewhere, Bill Clinton is smiling. The planet has a fever, and it’s in Al Gore’s pants.

“Clearly,” the masseuse told the Portland PD, “ ‘no’ was not a word he heard or cared about or respected.”

Paging Juanita Broaddrick. No controlling authorities in Gallery Suite #903 at the Hotel Lucia apparently. Wonder how much it’ll cost to make this inconvenient truth to go away. And will she accept carbon credits in lieu of cash?

The National Enquirer broke the story, just like they did with John Edwards, and before that Jesse Jackson and Gary Hart. The mainstream media are of course giving Gore’s humiliation a good leaving-alone - Beautiful People stick together, as the masseuse well knew.

“I cannot begin to imagine that such a public figure would be anything less than a model of stellar integrity. . . I was in a room with someone who was Teflon-coated in terms of his credibility and celebrity status.”

What’s the old saying? A conservative is a liberal masseuse who gets a call to go up to Al Gore’s suite. The Nobel Prize winner was guzzling a beer when she arrived. Then he cracked open a bottle of Grand Marnier. He also had various types of chocolate around the room. “He’s rotund, you know?”

The odd thing is, this alleged incident happened in 2006, before the global-warming scam imploded in the wake of plummeting temperatures and the hide-the-decline e-mails among Gore’s flim-flamming co-conspirators. Back then, it was practically a crime to be a non-believer - “denier” was the word the moonbats used. Usually these religious hucksters like Pope Albert get caught touching the third rail on the downhill slide, after they predict that the coming of the Rapture or the mothership or whatever and the date arrives . . . and nothing happens.

Yet here was Al Gore, at the top of his game as the green Bernie Madoff, coming on to this poor middle-aged woman like Elmer Gantry or Jim Bakker . . . or Bill Clinton. Gore was “just screaming,” as she told the cops, so she tried to quiet him down.

She started talking about various marital arrangements, “with Bill and Hillary for example ... I realized later ... I really stepped in it because talk about Bill and Hillary is like a sore point with this guy. He seemed even angrier at that point.”

Hey Al, you better put some ice on that. CNN should team him with Eliot Spitzer - Client No. 9 and the crazed sex poodle in Room 903.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 25, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Yes bumblingberry economics can get spooky if it takes away one of your favorite sticks to hit Obama with.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 25, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

David Weigel’s tough week continues. A day after Fishbowl DC published emails he wrote to the off-the-record list serve JournoList disparaging various conservatives, the Daily Caller digs up even more emails from the same source, suggesting a similar pattern of disdain for the people he covers. In them, he wishes for the death of Rush Limbaugh, accuses pundits and Republicans of “racism” and calls Matt Drudge an “amoral shut-in.” Weigel was hired this spring by the Post to cover the conservative movement. Almost from the beginning there have been complaints that his coverage betrays a personal animus toward conservatives.

this loon sounds just like drivl and Ped. do they all share some miniature brain somewhere in a server room in the basement of the DNC?

time to read some books published after 1968. but keep away from economics. It's spooky!

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 25, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

"Sen. Barbara Boxer's (D-Calif.) campaign has also used the Palin visit to remind voters that the former Alaska governor former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, the GOP Senate nominee, during the primary."

Is that English?

Posted by: Honus | June 25, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Marie - great post! I totally agree.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 25, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

OK bumblingberry,

No one was better at unifying the world than George W. Bush. I will have to grant you that since you are so worried about how we are viewed internationally.

He did his very best to project a new stronger US: we didn't give a crap what anyone thought because this was a post - 9/11 world and we don't have to care either.

We would deal with the new Europe if the old Europe was too old to get it. No one was not expendable!

It was a great inspirational message and they all got it. Polls showed a dramatic drop in support for the US worldwide.

Only our poodle in England missed the memo but his country got annoyed anyway and gave him the boot. OOOOPS a little collateral damage.

Unfortunately the world was unified in that they hated us. Remember that? I know that was before Obama ruined everything abroad too and the world was back to supporting us in our weakness!

Bush also turned off almost the entire middle east off with his fraudulent war in Iraq.

Yes - there was a huge silver lining: Israel approved of us!

That has got to count for a lot and it inspired them to keep on building in the west bank which created their unhappiness with us now b/c we told them to stop! Obama ruined the greatest of Bush's international accomplishments!

Right?

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 25, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Liberal heroes: Bill clinton, John Kerry, al gore, elliot spitzer

Al Gore: Crazy Sex Poodle?
Jillian Bandes
I wouldn't doubt it.

With all those environmentally sensitive feelings he's got swimming around in him, it's entirely possible that he goes poodle-crazy in the bedroom. That was the choice phrase used by his accuser, a masseuse, who said Gore made unwanted advances during a massage session. That was when she told him he was a "crazy sex poodle." When he ignored that exclamation and climbed on top of her, she told him to "get off me, you big lummox!" Yes, a poodle and a lummox, ladies and gentleman.

Unfortunately, the accuser sounds a little poodle-crazy herself. Here's what she said about his initial advances when he first walked in the door:

I try to keep an open, professional mind and a sense of ‘the benefit of the doubt’… I assumed he must be engaging in something like the ‘new ages politician in casual mode’… a kind of a beneficent patriarch thing going on it seemed.

"New ages politician in casual mode?" Honey, these kinds of moves are as old as dirt, though, the poodle meme is admittedly a newer development.


Meanwhile, the newest hero is a Zero:


Florida Closes Beach as Gobs of Oil Wash In

In no way does this affect weekend golfing in and around Washington, D.C.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 25, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

If New York liberals insist on bragging about their intellectual bravado in believing "nothing is sacrosanct," it would really help if they could stop being the most easily offended, P.C., group-think, thin-skinned weanies in the entire universe and maybe ease up on the college "hate speech" codes, politically correct firings, and bans on military recruiters.

With that in mind, here are some questions it would be fun to ask a New York liberal like Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan at her hearings next week:

-- Roughly one-third of Americans are Evangelical Christians. Do you personally know any Evangelical Christians? Name two.

-- In 1972, Richard Nixon was elected president with more than 60 percent of the vote, winning every state except Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. How many people do you know who voted for Nixon?

-- Appropriate or inappropriate: Schools passing out condoms to seventh-graders? Schools passing out cigarettes to seventh-graders?

-- Who is a greater threat to America, Sarah Palin or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

Anne C.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 25, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Source tells Fox News that Petraeus to change Afghan war 'rules of engagement'


I wonder if Obungler will actually allow us to kill the enemy. most of those Marines have probably forgotten where they put their guns under Obambi's hand picked general.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 25, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

General McChrystal was Obama's hand-picked General to run the war in Afghanistan. And when Obama's hand-picked General turned on him, he fired him…and hired President Bush’s hand-picked General Petraeus. The same General Petraeus who was the architect of the surge in Iraq…the wildly successful surge in Iraq that was at first dismissed by Obama, and then grudgingly, barely, reluctantly acknowledged by Obama to be a “moderate” success.

And so, like much of the controversy that surrounds this administration, we’re once again confronted with elements of pure tragedy…blessedly wrapped in total comedy. Seriously.

Obama's tactical mistake was an elementary one; he stepped in his own trap. McChrystal complained to the media because Obama had failed to properly equip his Army, and so, on the eve of the most important tactical operation in years – the Kandahar Surge – Obama takes the guy out of theater.

This is military leadership?

Did Obama relieve McChrystal in order to strengthen our position in Afghanistan? To buoy troop morale? To assuage the often fungible commitment of the Karzai regime? None of these. He did it solely in an attempt to “save his own face.”

Well, the enduring salient point remains, Obama tapped a Bush veteran – a veteran he once assailed publicly – to lead the way in Afghanistan.

The only certain outcome here is that Obama now, definitely, “owns” this command. God help us all.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 25, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

BUT can they win elections? If the Presidential Elections were held today who would the Republicans/Conservatives nominate? Just remember The Conservatives are NOT a Party. The Tea Party inspite of its name is NOT a Party.. The Republican party is still much dispised by most Americans.
Lets look at the canidates. Who can the Republicans/Conservatives/Tea Party put up who will defeat Obama? Mitt? Huckerbee? Palin?Rudy?Newt? Tancredo? For all this talk about the rise of conservatism there is not one personality that stands out who could be a serious threat to Obama.
They are TOOOO Extreme. Of the New Comers Rand Paul is a non starter. He wants to repeal the Civil Rights Bill., Rubio ? He has to get past Gov. Charlie first Then there is the Gov. of Lousiana Bobby Gindal. He will have to win the nomination of his party first. Gov. Bobby is a " Raghead" according to the State Senator from South Carolina This is what he called Niki Haley the Republican nominee for the Gov. of South Carolina and there was not a word of condemnation coming from the Republican Leaqdership or the talking heads on the right.
People like Dan Barton of Texas does not make it any easier for the Republicans.
Inspite of the MESS of the BP oil Spill he wants to opolize to BP for "The Shakedow" and the establishment of "the Slush Fund" and Michelle Bachman calls it. All Polls show that the Republican Party is at its lowest ebb ever and you think they can beat Obama in 2012? Dream ON.
The fact of the matter is The Conservatives or the Tea Partyers MUST put on that "R" on their Breast Plate in order to run.
So we can talk about the rise of conservatism all you want BUT it does not translate into election victories

Posted by: Carprin | June 25, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

For nearly two years, senator, candidate and freshman President Obama ridiculed his predecessor -- as if running the United States were as easy a job as community organizing, serving a couple of years in the Senate or campaigning for president.

But now the once-enthralled electorate is starting to tire of the hope-and-change platitudes, and even of the easy blame-gaming of his predecessor, mostly because almost everything Obama once demagogued in weird fashion is coming back to haunt him.

Obama easily damned everything from Guantanamo Bay to Predator drone attacks in Afghanistan to the war in Iraq, only to adopt those policies and more from Bush.

He sermonized about the morals of a corrupt Republican Congress, only to keep quiet about earmarks, lobbyists and the sins of Democratic cronies such as Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Charles Rangel.

Deficits were once supposed proof of Bush's out-of-control spending. What does far greater red ink say about Obama?

If only swaggering George W. Bush could have been smart enough to reach out to Cuba, Iran and Syria. Then Obama did just that, only to make bad things even worse.

And remember the Obama comment about an arrogant Bush turning off our allies? Why, then, does an aloof Obama seem to alienate them even more?

The reality of Barack Obama is that he was an inexperienced community organizer with an undistinguished record as a Senate newcomer.

Still is.

_VDH

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 25, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

bumblingberry

STOP BLAMING AMERICA FIRST!

Thank You loyal Patriot!


...and read this on the economy and the relationship of the deficit to economic activity. It will make you feel like you took a nice big Pepto Bismol:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/06/budget_deficits_reflect_econom.html
check out the chart!

A better way to make the point I was trying to make in this post is to say that people overestimate the degree to which budget deficits are a reflection of government policy rather than a reflection of background economic conditions. A set of policies that were balancing state budgets in 2004 and 2005 and 2006 and could've survived a mild recession but weren't able to hold the line against a once-in-a-generation economic storm aren't bad or profligate policies: It's just hard to endure economic catastrophes, and you wouldn't necessarily want to orient your economic policy around long-tail events. A pension program that was started in the early 1900s and that's worked pretty well but will run a temporary deficit when an uncommonly large generation retires isn't a poorly designed pension program.

In the current context, the main point here is that big deficits aren't being caused by stimulus spending or bank rescues or anything else: They're being caused by unemployment, which destroys tax revenue. This is true in the states, it's true in the country, and as the IMF graph atop this post shows, it's true worldwide. But because people tend to think of deficits as a measure of fiscal responsibility rather than an indicator of broader economic conditions, this gets mixed up, which also means that what we should do about the temporary rise in deficits gets mixed up.

By Ezra Klein | June 22, 2010; 2:16 PM ET | Permalink | Comments (8)
Categories: Budget

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 25, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Sixty-two percent of all Americans believe the nation is headed in the wrong direction. For the first time, more Americans disapprove of Obama than approve. Fifty-seven percent would prefer someone else, rather than the member of Congress they now have.

Though green shoots have appeared in the economy, Americans no longer believe it. Only one-third thinks things will get better before they get worse again. Independents are deserting Obama. One in six Democrats now disapproves of the job he is doing.

Americans have been through periods of malaise before. But where FDR raised spirits after Herbert Hoover, and Reagan did after Jimmy Carter, the optimism about an Age of Obama is vanishing like the morning mist.

Disenchantment appears pervasive, and the causes apparent:

The Obama economic program -- $800 billion in stimulus money piled on top of the Federal Reserve's doubling the money supply, giving us two straight deficits of 10 percent of gross domestic product -- has failed to ignite a robust recovery. Unemployment still hovers just below 10 percent.

The two-month-old oil spill, where BP's malfeasance was matched by government incompetence in preventing it from destroying the gulf ecology and economy from Louisiana to Florida, has cast a pall over America's spirit as wide and deep as the oil slick itself.

The war in Afghanistan is not going well, casualties are running at a nine-year high, and the country no longer wants to fight it, but to get out and come home.

Obama's "reset" in foreign policy seems to have yielded no more fruit than George W. Bush's crusade to "end tyranny in our world."

Three months after Iraqi elections, there is no government in Baghdad. The August deadline for withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops will likely be missed. U.S. relations with Israel have rarely been worse.

Turkey, black-balled by the European Union, a friend and ally of 60 years, is thickening ties to Tehran and Damascus and emerging as first Muslim state of the Middle East and principal patron of the Palestinian cause.

The Russians are pushing Kyrgyzstan to force the United States out of Manas air base, a critical link in the resupply chain to Afghanistan.

Brazil is bitter that America trashed the deal it helped to negotiate to transfer half of Iran's nuclear fuel out of the country.

For the first time since the late 19th century, the United States is about to be surpassed as the world's first manufacturing power -- by China, which in Mao's time was still trying to make steel in backyard furnaces.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 25, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

For most of the last 18 years, the figure for "conservatives" has been around 40%. The fluctuations are generally small, and almost certainly within the range of sampling error. It is a mistake to attribute any significance to this. The same applies to the pct of "liberals" which has been a point or two above or below 20% since the mid 1990s. It's also not clear what these words mean to people in these surveys.

Posted by: twm1 | June 25, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

What the right wing tried to do Dave Weigel yesterday and late into the night was incredible.

Some form of organized flash mob was created to simulate real posters (I read him every day and can state they are not regular posters) and they flooded an apology he posted with hate. Hundreds of postings were generated - a lot of traffic for his site. There were many in defense and support of him also.

What is ironic is that it all started with Dave using the word hug in a posting about the bizarre incident when two supposed "students" got into a "Breitbart style" altercation with an angry congressman.

Apparently Dr. Drudge could not tolerate it, so he set the dogs of war on Dave to make him pay for that word. Dave joked on a private list serve how much better we would all be if Drudge self immolated (we can't be that lucky in the year of BP can we?). Despite the smoky truth of this, the mob could not be contained. They wanted blood!

What I find funny is how sensitive they all are. Yes, using the word "hug" would drive a normal person crazy when "brutal attack" might have been a more "viral ready" meme but you would think battle tested republicans (that are ready to torture and kill anyone) could handle worse missed opportunities. Bear hug might have been a happy compromise. :)

But saying anything about Drudge! You would think it was High Lord Rush that was made fun of! Now that would merit true blood being shed in the land of the First Amendment!

Mob psychology is frightening but I guess it is one way for the powerless to feel powerful. Fabrication is also another way to show your numbers and this is more possible on the internet than any place in the political discourse. I guess this is why it was chosen.

I have the greatest respect for Dave. He reports honestly and in a thoughtful way. He makes incisive comments on the nonsense and phony drama that is a part of politics on both sides. He is funny in a dry sort of way and his blog is quirky like he is. He is not on any particular band wagon and maybe that is what is at the root of all of this.

He is now caught up in a phony, phony, phony controversy but he has the support of many loyal readers.

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 25, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Blago and O: The Plot Thickens

Revealed by Blago's former chief of staff: Chairman Zero knew.

A top aide to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he believed Barack Obama knew of Blagojevich's plot to win himself a presidential Cabinet post in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate.
John Harris, Blagojevich's former chief of staff, testified Wednesday in the former governor's corruption trial that three days after the Nov. 4, 2008, presidential election, the ex-governor told Harris he felt confident Obama knew he wanted to swap perks.
"The president understands that the governor would be willing to make the appointment of Valerie Jarrett as long as he gets what he's asked for. . . . The governor gets the Cabinet appointment he's asked for," Harris said, explaining a recorded call.
[...]
Defense lawyers say Harris' testimony contradicts the government's previous public statements that Obama knew nothing about deal-making involving the Senate seat appointment.
Don't count on this really going anywhere, since the MSM still is BFF with O. Plus, the tendrils of power that Obama's crew spew reach farther and wider than any punk Illinois governor's could possibly. But then again, there is that little matter of Twinkle Toes Rahm leaving the White House soon...

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 25, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

1. With most American's saying they are now conservatives, the House will be in the hands of Republicans come next year. Speaker Boehner will be much better than Speaker Pelosi!

2. Obama lost in Missouri and now he's there to help Carnahan raise cash. That does give her money to attack Blunt, but it gives an ad for Blunt to attack Carnahan. Obama hurts Carnahan in Missouri more than he helps. US Rep. Blunt is on his way to winning this race and being the new US Senator or Missouri.

3. McMahon will just continue to spend on spelling herself out as a conservative business owner that knows how to create jobs and make profits. She will also bash Blumenthal from now until election day. With the money of McMahon, she can't be underestimated. I still think this could be a good race there in Conn., and the NRSC will not have to spend anything as McMahon has more than enough money to tout herself positively, respond against negative attacks against her, hire the best political consulting team money can buy and attack Blumenthal all at one time. McMahon's candidacy allows the NRSC to put Conn. in play and not have to spend money on it, a great deal for them.

4. Palin's endorsement did not hurt Fiorina at all, as it helped propell her to the GOP Senate nomination. Palin's endorsement of Tiahrt will help him alot. Moran has alot of the insider Washington support, and now Tiahrt has alot of the Kansas & outside Washington support. Tiahrt is very conservative and will hopefully beat out Moran. One thing is for sure, the winner of the GOP primary between Moran vs. Tiahrt will be the next US Senator of Kansas.

Posted by: reason5 | June 25, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

"There is a sense across the board that things aren't working," says Republican pollster David Winston.

Obama's approval rating is at 45 percent, versus 48 percent disapproval -- the first time the president has ever been underwater in the Journal poll. (By way of contrast, the president's approval rating was 61 percent in April 2009, his high point in the Journal poll.)

People are not happy about the way Obama is handling the economy, with 50 percent disapproving compared to 46 percent approving. He's also being hurt by the Gulf oil spill. Fifty percent in the survey disapprove of his handling of the crisis, compared to 42 percent who approve. That's not much better than George W. Bush's rating for handling the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which was 53 percent disapproval, 36 percent approval six months after the storm and the media's subsequent battering of Bush.

A president's personal approval rating is often higher than his job performance rating. With Obama, the two are more or less the same: 47 percent personal approval versus 45 percent job approval -- neither very good.

Obama has also taken a fall when it comes to the sometimes hard-to-describe attributes that shape public opinions about leaders. The Journal asked whether people "strongly relate to [Obama] as your president," or whether they related to him somewhat, only a little, or not really at all. The number of people who say they strongly relate to Obama as president has gone from 50 percent on Inauguration Day to 29 percent today, while the number of people who say they don't really relate to him has gone from 8 percent then to 30 percent now. There's clearly a growing alienation with the once enormously popular president.
- Byron

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 25, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

"On his radio and TV show, Glenn Beck regularly pays tribute to the civil rights movement, claiming that one of his goals is to “reclaim the civil rights movement” and that his followers are “the inheritors and the protectors of the civil rights movement.”

He’s drawing heavy criticism from top civil rights leaders now, who say that he is “hijacking the imagery and symbolism” of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by planning a rally at the Lincoln Memorial on the speech’s anniversary.

Beck denies the claim and says he plans to “salute Dr. King and the civil rights movement” at the rally. But Beck seriously hurt his civil rights credibility on his Fox News show yesterday when he used a quote from a 1966 speech by former Eisenhower Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson to justify his claims that communists are infesting America:

BENSON: “You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright; but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you’ll finally wake up and find that you already have communism. We won’t have to fight you; we’ll so weaken your economy, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.”

BECK: Are we here? We were warned that the communists were not going to go away. They were just getting started. Ezra Taft Benson knew that serious threat. He saw it first hand. He knew communists were in the government. He knew they were in the government.

Beck then went on to favorably cite disgraced Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his claim to have in his “possession the names of 57 communists who are in the State Department.”

run! the communists are coming!

Posted by: drindl | June 25, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I guess Miss Palin is on board with the escrow=fascist meme. So pretty much all the high profile Republicans (at least the ones not holding office) are on board with the BP sympathy.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 25, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Just like the liberal loons here:

The cynical decision by House Democrats to exempt the National Rifle Association from the latest campaign finance regulatory scheme is itself a public disclosure. It reveals the true purpose of the perversely named Disclose Act (H.R. 5175): namely, to silence congressional critics in the 2010 elections.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 25, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh famously said he hoped President Obama would “fail” in January, 2009. Almost a year later, when Limbaugh was rushed to the hospital with chest pains, Washington Post reporter David Weigel had a wish of his own. “I hope he fails,” Weigel cracked to fellow liberal reporters on the “Journolist” email list-serv. “Too soon?” he wondered. Weigel was hired this spring by the Post to cover the conservative movement. Almost from the beginning there have been complaints that his coverage betrays a personal animus toward conservatives.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 25, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

worse than the many zouks and 37s? how could that be?

Posted by: drindl | June 25, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Dear trippermeow,


SEE BELOW
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/List_of_misquotations

List of misquotations


* "Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains."


o Often attributed to Winston Churchill. [5],


The phrase originated with Francois Guisot (1787-1874):

"Not to be arepublican at twenty is proof of want of heart; to be one at thirty is proof of want of head." It was revived by French Premier Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929): "Not to be a socialist at twenty is proof of want of heart; to be one at thirty is proof of want of head."


Sorry to burst your multi-post bubble.
You still have BP to brag about though.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 25, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Imagine no liberals -- no Washingtons, Jeffersons, Madisons, Lincolns, Roosevelts, Kennedys, Clintons, Kings, nd instead a world filled with McConnels, and Forrests, and Thurmonds, and nixons, and bushs, and roves...................

I know which side history stands with.

Posted by: John1263 | June 25, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Incredible.

"trippermeow" is actually notoriously immature rightwingnut message board flooder cschotta1.

The clown must have finally gotten banned for his abusive postings, so he had to create a new screen name.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 25, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

The great triumph of the Cult of St. Reagan the Benighted is that they have made "liberal" into a dirty word. Ask people if they are "progressive" and the numbers change.

Then do the real test. Ask them what "liberal" means. then ask what "conservative" means. Most people could not give you a working deifintion. then go a step further and uiz people on heir stance on issues, and viola, you find that very strong majorities are center left.

Posted by: John1263 | June 25, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

b, I think they'd rather concentrate on the positive, than the rightwing sludgepit.

Dave Weigel, over at the Wapo Right Now blog, has apparently disabled comments, I heard because of the vile comments and death threats he had been getting from rightwing freakazoids.

Posted by: drindl | June 25, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"THANK G O D FOR THE PRESIDENT!

[Bigoted unhinged junk omitted]

Posted by: betsy3 | June 25, 2010 10:15 AM"
___________

Totally in agreement, Bets. I like your thinking. We're going to keep an eye on you.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 25, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

d: it is really disappointing BHO and his party doesn't use information like yours in public speeches. The kind of neo-fascism the baggers are pushing needs to be exposed. The MSM has rolled over so BHO must take the lead.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 25, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

'LMAO!! November is right around the corner, the graves are being dug for the democRAT party as we speak.'


'conseravtives are going to rough up democrats in november'


interesting how all they can 'think' about is violence.

Posted by: drindl | June 25, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

conseravtives are going to rough up democrats in november

Posted by: dummypants | June 25, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

On the "sikhchic" web site, we found this foolish and tortured explanation from Mrs. Nimrata Kaur Randhawa regarding why she uses the fake "adapted" name "Nikki Haley" in the campaign:
________________

"Her husband, Bill, is an Army civilian employee who is in the National Guard. Haley made him start going by his middle name, Michael. "He didn't look like a Bill," she told a campaign adviser.

She adapted her name, too. Nimrata Kaur Randhawa Haley "wouldn't fit on a yard sign," she told the Charlotte Observer, so she became Nikki Haley when she first ran for office in 2004."
________________

LOL. A COMPLETE fraud. Good luck with that nonsense in November.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 25, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

'betsey ' is a good example of why repulicans will lose another election. moronic.

Posted by: drindl


LMAO!! November is right around the corner, the graves are being dug for the democRAT party as we speak.

RIP DNC!!

"LIBERALISM.......THE GUTLESS CHOICE"

Posted by: trippermeow | June 25, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

NO GUTS AND NO BRAINS-- THE 'CONSERVATIVE' CHOICE.

Posted by: drindl

APPEASING OUR ENEMIES WHILE CHANTING "CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN"---THE LIBERAL CHOICE!!

"IMAGINE A WORLD FREE OF LIBERALS"

Posted by: trippermeow | June 25, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

'betsey ' is a good example of why repulicans will lose another election. moronic.

Posted by: drindl | June 25, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

BTW, was McChrystal subjected to a Chuck Connors/"Branded" ceremony where they stripped off his medals and stuff in front of the troops?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 25, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

MARK KIRK IN OHIO, RUNNING FROM THE MEDIA...

just like angle and rand... can't run fast enough, tail between their legs...


"With the situation getting worse, Kirk found himself this week in a situation that no politician wants to be seen in -- apparently avoiding reporters, after he quickly left an appearance in Chicago by going out of the back door of the hotel, with reporters chasing after him.

As the NBC station in Chicago reported: "A pack of about 20 reporters at the event, expecting Kirk to stay for questions (as his opponent, Alexi Giannoulias did), ran after him through the crowded lunch tables, shouting his name. Kirk ran through the kitchen and into the back loading area, where he jumped into an SUV which was idling with its engine on. Despite the calls of reporters, the SUV then sped away."

Posted by: drindl | June 25, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

THANK G O D FOR THE PRESIDENT!
1. He destroyed the Clinton Political Machine - Driving a stake thru the heart of Hillary's Presidential aspirations - something that no Republican was ever able to do. Remember when a Hillary Presidency scared the daylights out of you?
2. He killed off the Kennedy Dynasty - No more Kennedy's trolling Washington looking for booze and women wanting rides home. American women and Freedom are safer tonight!
3. He is destroying the Democratic Party before our eyes!
Dennis Moore had never lost a race - quit
Evan Bayh had never lost a race - quit
Byron Dorgan had never lost a race - quit
Harry Reid - soon to be GONE
These are just a handful of the Democrats whose political careers Obama has destroyed! By the end of 2010 dozens more will be gone.
In December of 2008 the Democrats were on the rise. In the last two election cycles they had picked up 14 senate seats and 52 house seats. The press was touting the death of the Conservative Movement and the Republican Party. In just one year, Barack Hussein (ashamed of his name) Obama put a stop to all of this and will probably give the house, if not the senate back to the Republicans.
4. He has completely exposed liberals and progressives for what they are. Every Generation seems to need to relearn the lesson on why they should never actually put liberals in charge. He is bringing home the lesson very well.
Liberals tax, borrow and spend - check
Liberals won't bring themselves to protect America - check
Liberals want to take over the economy - check
Liberals think they know what is best for everyone - check
Liberals aren't happy till they are running YOUR life - check
5. He has brought more Americans back to conservatism than anyone since Reagan. In one year he has rejuvenated the Conservative movement and brought out to the streets millions of Freedom Loving Americans. Name me one other time in your life that you saw your friends and neighbors this interested in taking back America !
6. His amazing leadership has sparked the greatest period of sales of firearms and ammunition this country has seen. Law-abiding citizens have rallied and have provided a "stimulus" to the sporting goods field while other industries have failed, faded or moved off-shore.
7. In all honesty one year ago I was more afraid than I have been in my life. Not of the economy but of the direction our country was going. I thought Americans had forgotten what this country was all about. My neighbors, friends and strangers proved to me that my lack of confidence of the Greatness and Wisdom of the American people was flat wrong.

8. When the American People wake up no smooth-talking-teleprompter reader can fool them!
Barack Hussein (ashamed of his name) Obama woke up these Great Americans! Again I want to say Thank You Barack (ashamed of his name) Obama! This is exactly the kind of hope and change we desperately needed.

Posted by: betsy3 | June 25, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

THANK G O D FOR THE PRESIDENT!
1. He destroyed the Clinton Political Machine - Driving a stake thru the heart of Hillary's Presidential aspirations - something that no Republican was ever able to do. Remember when a Hillary Presidency scared the daylights out of you?
2. He killed off the Kennedy Dynasty - No more Kennedy's trolling Washington looking for booze and women wanting rides home. American women and Freedom are safer tonight!
3. He is destroying the Democratic Party before our eyes!
Dennis Moore had never lost a race - quit
Evan Bayh had never lost a race - quit
Byron Dorgan had never lost a race - quit
Harry Reid - soon to be GONE
These are just a handful of the Democrats whose political careers Obama has destroyed! By the end of 2010 dozens more will be gone.
In December of 2008 the Democrats were on the rise. In the last two election cycles they had picked up 14 senate seats and 52 house seats. The press was touting the death of the Conservative Movement and the Republican Party. In just one year, Barack Hussein (ashamed of his name) Obama put a stop to all of this and will probably give the house, if not the senate back to the Republicans.
4. He has completely exposed liberals and progressives for what they are. Every Generation seems to need to relearn the lesson on why they should never actually put liberals in charge. He is bringing home the lesson very well.
Liberals tax, borrow and spend - check
Liberals won't bring themselves to protect America - check
Liberals want to take over the economy - check
Liberals think they know what is best for everyone - check
Liberals aren't happy till they are running YOUR life - check
5. He has brought more Americans back to conservatism than anyone since Reagan. In one year he has rejuvenated the Conservative movement and brought out to the streets millions of Freedom Loving Americans. Name me one other time in your life that you saw your friends and neighbors this interested in taking back America !
6. His amazing leadership has sparked the greatest period of sales of firearms and ammunition this country has seen. Law-abiding citizens have rallied and have provided a "stimulus" to the sporting goods field while other industries have failed, faded or moved off-shore.
7. In all honesty one year ago I was more afraid than I have been in my life. Not of the economy but of the direction our country was going. I thought Americans had forgotten what this country was all about. My neighbors, friends and strangers proved to me that my lack of confidence of the Greatness and Wisdom of the American people was flat wrong.

8. When the American People wake up no smooth-talking-teleprompter reader can fool them!
Barack Hussein (ashamed of his name) Obama woke up these Great Americans! Again I want to say Thank You Barack (ashamed of his name) Obama! This is exactly the kind of hope and change we desperately needed.

Posted by: betsy3 | June 25, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

NO GUTS AND NO BRAINS-- THE 'CONSERVATIVE' CHOICE.

Posted by: drindl | June 25, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Nutcase Angle:
"
This is a 1992 petition, signed and circulated by Angle, that was part of a push to get the Independent American Party on the ballot. It features the Independent American manifesto -- including the acknowledgment "That many Americans have ignored the Laws of God."

The petition says that party members support a proposed Constitutional amendment called the Liberty Amendment, which would "compel the Federal Government to halt its unconstitutional programs and wasteful expenditures such as foreign aid and welfare. It will prohibit the financing of the New World Order with American taxes."

The amendment would also "eliminate the debt money system and restore Constitutional money to the people. It will thus eliminate the contrived purposes for income taxes and will abolish the Marxist graduated income tax and the fearful I.R.S. It will transfer public lands in the West to State ownership and control. It will restore freedom and prosperity to America."

Angle's campaign did not respond to a request for comment about her time in the party.

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/news/2010/06/independent_american_party

Just read the petition -- it's hilarious.

Posted by: drindl | June 25, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Another once-informative blog destroyed by drooling, slack-jawed rightwingnut tea tard trolls. Sad.

Posted by: koolkat_1960

More incoherent blathering from the biggest loser of all. How's that community organizer thing working out for ya lib? lol

"LIBERALISM.....THE GUTLESS CHOICE"

Posted by: trippermeow | June 25, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

1. The media's obsession with polls is worthless. I could "self-describe" as a three-legged, one-armed black Chinese gymnast. Doesn't make it so. The media NEEDS the "conservatives on the rise" narrative, so they concoct a poll to make it so. Cillizza, Chuck Todd and other poll-wonks hype this as some kind of magically infused tea leaves.

2. Roy Blunt, professional idiot. When Karl "T*rdBlossom" Rove is your "big, swinging" dipstick, you're in trouble. Blunt shackled to Bush and his legacy.

3. McMahon ... where's a folding chair and a wrestling ring when you need one?

4. Sarah Palin -- aka "Maxine Headroom" -- is taken way too seriously by the media. Reporting what this dolt, imbecile, cretin, moron, dullard scrawled on Facebook is no substitute for interviewing her or critical analysis of her "speeches, my God, the speeches!"

Who has the bollicks to expose this corrupt, emptyheaded twit for who she is?

5. Oh darn.... I'd love to be there but I have to .... wash my hair? clip my toenails? watch paint dry? renew my subscription to Philatelist Quarterly?

Posted by: jade_7243 | June 25, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Anyone concerned about abuse of government power should know about this:

FED GESTAPO USES JOURNO'S CELL PHONE TO TARGET MICROWAVE TORTURE

• Veteran journalist exposing the government's nationwide, cell tower- based microwave laser directed energy weapon attack system again put in the electromagnetic cross-hairs by his own cell phone.

http://nowpublic.com/world/fed-gestapo-uses-journos-cell-phone-target-microwave-torture
http://NwPublic.com/scrivener OR Facebook -- Vic Livingston ("Notes")

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 25, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

1. Not so surprising. We're talking about a 5 point aggregate move. Presumably a couple percent moved from liberal to moderate and about 5% moved from moderate to conservative.

It would be interesting if one could drill down into the data and find why someone might have shifted. Given all the tumult of the last few years, refuge in the familiar may be a response. Even for those who acknowledge the need for deficit spending, the cumulative debt is frightening. The previous 8 years were an utter waste of an opportunity to get the fiscal house in order. We're like the creature in a fairy tail who frolicked in the summer, only to discover there was nothing put aside for winter time. Good luck finding nuts now.

2. Perhaps Rove is going to hit him up for another $200. ;-)

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 25, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

yeah, koolkate, moonbat zouk and 37 are drooling early this morning.

Posted by: drindl | June 25, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Check your facts BUCKWHEAT Obama received only about 1/4th the amount as McCain/Palin and none from a PAC -- all obamas were from BP individuals -- are you saying that employees of BP are not allowed to make their own choice???

Posted by: racerdoc


Who's in the White House? Who dithered for weeks on the oil spill? When did Obama return the BP donations? Reality sux, eh loser?

"IMAGINE.......NO LIBERALS"

Posted by: trippermeow | June 25, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Another once-informative blog destroyed by drooling, slack-jawed rightwingnut tea tard trolls. Sad.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 25, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Re conservatives on the rise... are they really "conservatives" or are they politial con artists pandering to hate based white ringers?

Posted by: whocares666 | June 25, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Liberals love to force you:

Al Gore, Giggling Crazed Sex Poodle

Posted by Van Helsing at 9:21 AM | Comments (24)

Life isn't always a bowl of cherries, even for zillionaire climate crusader Al Gore. Sure, he's got a vast new mansion and a carbon footprint any 19th century industrialist could take pride in, but his marriage has fallen apart, he has been exposed as a philanderer, global warming is now recognized by most anyone who knows what year it is as a hoax, and as mentioned earlier, he stands accused of molesting a masseuse. From The Smoking Gun:

In a bizarre statement to police, the Oregon woman who claims that Al Gore fondled and groped her during a massage session described the former Vice President as a giggling "crazed sex poodle" who gave a "come hither" look before pouncing on her in a Portland hotel suite. In a taped January 2009 interview with cops, the 54-year-old woman, a licensed masseuse whose name has been redacted from police records, read from a lengthy prepared statement that detailed her alleged October 2006 encounter with Gore at the Hotel Lucia. … [The masseuse] approached Portland police and sought to memorialize her allegations against Gore, who she portrayed as a tipsy, handsy predator who forced her to drink Grand Marnier, pinned her to a bed, and forcibly French kissed her. The woman's statement--which could be mistaken for R-rated Vice Presidential fan fiction--describes Gore as a man with a "violent temper as well as extremely dictatorial commanding attitude besides his Mr. Smiley Global Warming concern persona." After fleeing Gore's suite, the woman returned home to discover, a la Lewinsky, "stains on the front of my black slacks." Suspecting that the stains were Gore bodily fluids, the woman made sure not to clean them.
As with Monica, the proof is in the pudding. Maybe this woman is a crank, but the forcible French kissing certainly does sound like Albert. Here's a PDF of the police report.

Try as they might, Gore's friends in the media won't be able to prop up the collapsing reputation of a man once so mighty that he almost managed to bully his way into the Oval Office even after losing the presidential election. Now that self-indulgence has reduced his malignant career to bawdy vaudeville, and his Great Global Warming Swindle has been revealed by the ham-fisted Obama as a naked grab for money and power, Prince Albert will be left to rot and grow fatter in his lonely mansion. The best he can hope for is that his Hollyweird friends will help him be remembered as something more formidable than a "giggling crazed sex poodle"

Posted by: Moonbat | June 25, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

I see 36th&Q is back as PeasPorridgeHot. With posts that look about 9 days old.

Posted by: JakeD3 | June 25, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Revealed:

"Mr. Stone": Al Gore
Client No. 9: Eliot Spitzer
"Nikki Haley: Nimrata Kaur Randhawa PriestPatriotPrelate: the fake 37
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To paraphrase Ving Rhames in "Pulp Fiction: when you be gone, 37, stay gone.
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BTW, "Nimrata Kaur Randhawa" is a lovely name and many, including the SIKH community, wonder why Nim doesn't use it in her gubernatorial race given that it IS her real name.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 25, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

First off polls are inconsequential at this point. But as long as less than 45% of the voters consider themselves conservatives the Dems are probably ok. The GOP is fielding a crop of candidates who are right wing extremists, as long as the majority of voters are moderate or liberal the Dems have a more than fighting chance.

The Tea Klan is the Achilles heel of the GOP. And they might even disenfranchise some more reasonable conservatives (I could not see George Will voting for a Sarah Palin endorsed candidate).

But again one should not hold much stock in polls and one should double the "margin of error".

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Posted by: rcc_2000 | June 25, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

and another typical teabagger:

"Back in 2006, Rand Paul wrote an op-ed in a Kentucky newspaper in which he imagined what he'd do if he were the state's then-governor, Ernie Fletcher, who was facing accusations that he'd violated state hiring laws.

"What would I do if I were governor?" Paul wrote in the now defunct Kentucky Post on August 23, 2006, according to the Associated Press. "First, I'd have pardoned myself and everyone included nearly a year ago."

Posted by: drindl | June 25, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Margaret


It is only the unions saying that in New Jersey.

New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the world.

The problem in New Jersey is that the people have lost all control over what their taxes are - the unions control everything and the taxes go up and up.


I have heard stories that the voters vote down school budgets - but the unions have created a way to jam through the budgets - EVEN THOUGH THE VOTERS REJECTED THAT BUDGET.

Who is in control of the taxing power if the voters take votes - and those votes are completely ignored ???


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Posted by: PriestPatriotPrelate | June 25, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

your typical tea-bagger:

"Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), who is challenging Sen. John McCain in the Republican primary, has now publicly apologized for his appearance in a 2007 infomercial for a company's questionable seminars promoting "free money" in government grants.

"I should not have made the ad. It was a mistake. I believed, as did former Congressman J.C.Watts, this to be a reputable firm, but I did not completely check out the organization," Hayworth said in a statement released late Thursday. He also added: "I hope voters will look past a video presentation made three years ago and instead look at the issues confronting us in 2010."

Hayworth had initially stood by his involvement in the infomercial, despite reports of complaints about the company and the fact that they had paid legal settlements"

Posted by: drindl | June 25, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Drivl woke up early today, the hate belching forth.

Loony liberals get violent when they don't get their way. We are headed for a violent year.

Posted by: Moonbat | June 25, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Before anyone makes a "racist teabagger" comment on this thread (inevitable on the WaPo). I would like to point out that the left has it's own history of racism to atone for.

For instance, did you know that Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood, a leftist organization if there ever was one) was an honorary member of the KKK?

That Democrats, not Republicans, passed the first "Jim Crow" laws and were the last to abandon "massive resistance" to desegregation a mere 40 years ago (many of the politicians responsible for which are still well respected in Democratic circles)?

Charges of racism against the right seem ike the iron pot calling the kettle black, don't they?

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Why is it the Tea Klan always loves to reach back into history to prop up their racist views? The fact that Democrats have a part in Americas racist history is irrelevant when it comes to the two parties in the past 45 years. The fact that Byrd was in the Klan and is still a member of congress is of no importance when you take into account that he has changed his ways and renounced what he was. This is the fundamental difference between Sen. Byrd and you. The fact that racists exist in both parties does not make it right. The fact that a large segment of the GOP particularly amongst the Tea Klan, are bigots and promote bigot ideology is simply a fact that anyone can see. The fact that you try and justify your bigotry by pointing out others as bigots is small minded and sick.


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Posted by: rcc_2000 | June 25, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Are you forgetting that Obama received the most donations from BP, or do you just want to pick and choose reality? LMAO!!

LIBERALISM..........THE GUTLESS CHOICE
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Check your facts BUCKWHEAT Obama received only about 1/4th the amount as McCain/Palin and none from a PAC -- all obamas were from BP individuals -- are you saying that employees of BP are not allowed to make their own choice???

Posted by: racerdoc | June 25, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

While pushing his false conservatives-on-the-rise narrative, Fix kinda missed this poll sponsored by his employer, the Washington Post.

This poll is more legit since its respondents DID know what the baggers stood for: abolition of the civil rights laws, "Second Amendment" solutions to Congresspeople they don't like, the end of Social Security (which it views as welfare, see Sharron Angle comments), elimination of environmental regs, a return to Jim Crow literacy tests for voters, etc.
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From Frumforum:

"A new Washington Post/ABC News poll includes questions about the tea parties that have the nascent movement’s popularity slipping badly. Overall, since the last poll, the percentage of Americans who hold an unfavorable view of the movement has jumped from 39 percent to 50 percent. The leading edge of that has been a collapse in support from 18-29-year-olds. In March, they had a positive, 43-38 view of the tea parties. They’ve swung hard to a negative view, 27-60."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 25, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

The Bill of Rights and Freedom of Speech is what makes us all American.

If you do not believe in the Bill of Rights, you are not an American.

It is unfortunate that the Obama people have crossed this line.


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Posted by: PriestPatriotPrelate | June 25, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Republicans just can't get out of bed with BP. so cozy in there.


Posted by: drindl


Are you forgetting that Obama received the most donations from BP, or do you just want to pick and choose reality? LMAO!!

LIBERALISM..........THE GUTLESS CHOICE!

Posted by: trippermeow | June 25, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

It is a DISGRACE that the Washington Post would allow itself to be ASTROTURFED into giving this comments section over to moveon.org.

It is abundantly clear that this is what has happened.

It is clear that the Obama people want to TRAMPLE THE FIRST AMENDMENT.

Anyone who calls Obama a socialist - anyone who questions Obama's commitment to America - has only to call attention to the actions of Obama's own people to support that conclusion.

The Obama people do NOT have the same commitment to TRADITIONAL AMERICAN VALUES as real Americans do. The charges of socialism and anti-Americanism are supported by the clear evidence of their own actions.


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Posted by: PriestPatriotPrelate | June 25, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

here's a poll for you:

Considering the devastation that BP has caused, it’s not surprising that the company is unpopular. But a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll reveals just how low the company’s favorability ratings have plummeted — below O.J. Simpson’s and approaching those of individuals our nation has gone to war against:

Indeed, the poll shows that only 6 percent have a favorable rating of BP. In the history of the NBC News/Journal poll, Saddam Hussein (3 percent), Fidel Castro (3 percent) and Yasser Arafat (4 percent) have had lower favorable scores, and O.J. Simpson (11 percent) and tobacco-maker Philip Morris (15 percent) have had higher ratings.

Despite this historic level of disapproval, conservatives continue to make excuses for the foreign oil giant.

Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-TX) infamous apology to BP executives highlighted the fact that 115 Republican Congressmen agreed that the $20 billion escrow fund to help Gulf families is a “shakedown.” Meanwhile, the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol warned Sunday, “It’s not healthy for the country…for the President to bully” BP, and just two days ago, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) praised a right-wing columnist’s argument that the escrow fund could somehow lead to a Nazi-like dictatorship.'

Republicans just can't get out of bed with BP. so cozy in there.

Posted by: drindl | June 25, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Before anyone makes a "racist teabagger" comment on this thread (inevitable on the WaPo). I would like to point out that the left has it's own history of racism to atone for.

For instance, did you know that Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood, a leftist organization if there ever was one) was an honorary member of the KKK?

That Democrats, not Republicans, passed the first "Jim Crow" laws and were the last to abandon "massive resistance" to desegregation a mere 40 years ago (many of the politicians responsible for which are still well respected in Democratic circles)?

Charges of racism against the right seem ike the iron pot calling the kettle black, don't they?

Posted by: leafgreen | June 25, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

he IS 37, joe. just as full of vacuous nothingness as ever.

"Yesterday, Fox News host Shep Smith told Fox legal analyst Andrew Napolitano that he was “grossed out” by Napolitano’s attempts to blame the government for the oil spill. “How does it feel to be standing up for BP?” Smith asked Napolitano.'

republicans as oily as pelicans -- being in bed with BP will do that to you.

Even Shep Smith is disgusted.

Posted by: drindl | June 25, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

"SHOW ME A YOUNG CONSERVATIVE AND I'LL SHOW YOU SOMEONE WITH NO HEART. SHOW ME AN OLD LIBERAL AND I'LL SHOW YOU SOMEONE WITH NO BRAINS"-Winston Churchill

Posted by: trippermeow | June 25, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

jaygee, you make some interesting points. I think NJ is a good case study for understanding just who self-describes as a conservative.

In November 2009 they elected Christie governor -- this in a state that had gone strong for Obama one year previously. But this recession is scaring everybody and some people have responded by deciding they really are conservative -- tough-minded and serious about things like smaller government and lower taxes. Really, they are only serious about cutting their own taxes and cutting someone else's services.

So NJ gets Christie as governor and he announces he is going to remake the way NJ is governed and the way NJ taxes. For the past 5 months NJ has been showing us that when it comes down to it people are unwilling to actually do this hard-nosed stuff no matter what words they use to describe themselves. NJ's taxes aren't being lowered -- they are going up. The public says they want lower taxes, but don't cut our services or our school programs or our pension programs or our health insurance or our social safety net.

Most people, even many of those who call themselves conservative, do not want smaller government and lower taxes. These are the basis of a Conservative's political life.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 25, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


You have some nerve calling anyone "bigoted" after your posts on Nikki Haley.


You are also a specialist in false charges of racism.


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Posted by: PriestPatriotPrelate | June 25, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

priest prelat econspiracy theorist -- a fool by any other name would sound the same.

nice post, jaygee, oh look someone with a brain.

Posted by: drindl | June 25, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

"Priest," we'll pray for you. If you are wasting time pleading for bigoted carpet-posting/spamming trolls like the fake 37, the bishop isn't giving you enough to do.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 25, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Interesting piece, Pearlstein attacks corporate welfare and defends Obama.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 25, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

The conservaitives-on-the-rise poll is bogus.

Since the term "conservative" is not defined by the pollster, the poll is worthless. The cited poll is reminiscent of the polls on Obamacare where the respondents weren't told of the benefits contained in the legislation. As Kos has noted in connection with Rasmussen polls, these polls are intended to influence public opinion, not measure it.
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BTW, Fake names -- bad idea.

The Post's Howie Kurtz fronts a story today on Al Gore's recent troubles. Seems during the alleged "episode," Al, a great visionary and in the view of some the winner of the 2000 presidential race, used a fake name.
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Gore: "Mr. Stone."
Spitzer: "Client No. 9."
Nimrata Kaur Randhawa: "Nikki Haley"

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 25, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Unless the Republican party returns to conservative roots, including opposition to torture, I will never vote for them again. It is a black and white issue for me. I will never vote for a party that advocates torturing suspects for information. That practice is illegal and a war crime by any pre-9/11 definition.

Posted by: aartmann112004 | June 25, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

It is my sense of the zeitgeist that the resergence of conservativism is purely psychological- the world today "feels" as though it is seconds away from spinning off its axis, and the anxiety of what is next- not in the distant future, but in the time between waking and going back to the relative safety of your bed, is creating waves of fear. Pretty much "stop this ride I want to get off" thinking, or at least tell those in charge of this ride to stop doing anything new until we figure out why things just keep getting worse. Day to day life remains unchanged for the majority- except for the weight of anxiety that lurks over our homes, jobs, health- and that with so much going on, no change getting through today to tomorrow would be a relief. The barometer of polls that sited the election of GWB are totally false. The change to conservatism there was to freeze frame the joyride that filled 401 accounts and built megamansions over potato fields. An accurate read for the same pressure prior should go back to the election of Reagan. The anxiety was palpable throughout the population- everyone was threatened and both candidates had weaknesses. Carter was not really losing until Reagan got tough and promised relief by turning back the clock to the days before "malaise." The future was unavoidably dark, so the return to halcyon times- think post WWII, pre Cold War- when we felt in control and unthreatened, provided the dreamscape everyone yearned to hear. The media feed is almost half advertising- eat gooey pizza and take these diet pills. The Disney-fication of America is complete. We stroll from Frontierland to Fantasyland with sunblock and cotton candy- and all is well if our beds are where we left them. Conservatism will only energize the next generation that is already distancing itself from the recent past. There is hope in the future, because sadly, the present really is a political farce destined to go straight to video.

Posted by: jaygee4 | June 25, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

#1 - This whole affiliation thing whether it be D/R or L/C seems to be pretty useless. Like in Louisiana, Dem identification doubles up on GOP identification. Trust me, we aren't voting for Obama. As the column mentions, 22% liberal led to 53% Obama votes. Perhaps movement in one would precede movement in the other, but someone has to provide evidence of that.

#2 - I'm sure Blunt is just going wild over the $200 Rove is going to raise,for him! teeheehee

#3 - I wonder if there is a place more ill-suited for a person affiliated with wrasslin than Connecticut. I'm not sure how popular WWE is there, but I'm guessing not very. Latest polling is a few weeks old, but Blumenthal has been holding stead with his 20 point lead over McMahon

#6 - Brazil vs Portugal today at 10AM Eastern. Probably the best Group round matchup. Although Kaka won't be playing due to his red card last week. And if we really want to get ahead of ourselves, a Portugal win would put Brazil on the opposite side of the bracket from the US meaning that if we make it to the final four, we won't be playing them

Posted by: DDAWD | June 25, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

It is just absolutely outrageous that the Washington Post has allowed a group of Obama people to gang up - and manufacture a set of complaints against a conservative poster on this blog.


This is especially true because the Obama people are certainly guilty of far worse offenses on this blog than the poster which they were seeking to silence.


It is clear that the complaints all came from one side -

It is clear that the Obama people are seeking to silence a voice on the other side. There was no one on the conservative side joining in the protest - all of it was PARTISAN motivated.


Why in the world the Washington Post would decide to respond in such a situation is beyong belief.

It is clear that this group has been working together on this blog for a number of years - and that at the core of this group is an internet strategy being carried out by moveon.org or Organizing for America.

Why the Washington Post would allow itself to be ASTROTURFED with manufacturer complaints from a highly partisan group is unknown.

It would be useful to point out that these attacks appeared to be coordinated recently - after it was suggested that moveon.org was operating on this blog through several different posters.

In any event - one side is seeking to control ALL the comments on this blog - and they are seeking to create the impression that the expression of any opposing view points is wrong.

This is clearly a situation that the Washington Post should NOT tolerate, much less join in on.


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Posted by: PriestPatriotPrelate | June 25, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

that 'big gun' managed to raise all of $200 for american crossroads last month.

oh yes, rightwingers on the rise -- in somebody's mind.

Posted by: drindl | June 25, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

ROFLOL. This is even more of a joke than usual.

'Blunt is calling in a big gun of his own: former White House senior adviser Karl Rove will hold two events for Blunt on Monday.'

yes, do call one of the most hated men in america for help. his 'big gun' is one tiny, dysfunctional pistol.

Posted by: drindl | June 25, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

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