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Americans ready to "look around" in the fall election



Voters are very skeptical about re-electing their incumbents this fall. Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

1. Six in ten Americans say they are likely to look around for someone new in the fall election according to the latest Washington Post/ABC national poll, an ominous sign for incumbents with the 2010 midterms less than four months off.

Sixty percent of all adults -- and 62 percent of registered voters -- said they preferred to look around at their options while 25 percent of adults and 26 percent of registered voters said they planned to cast a vote to re-elect their incumbent.

While the numbers don't represent significant change from the Post/ABC June poll -- 29 percent re-elect/60 percent look around -- they do signal a sustained disinterest among the public to simply default to their incumbent.

Compare where the electorate stands on the question to how they felt in the immediate run-up to the 1994 election -- the first midterm of Bill Clinton's presidency that saw Republicans regain control of the House for the first time in four decades. In a late October Post/ABC poll that year, 37 percent of registered voters said they planned to vote to re-elect their incumbent while 56 percent said they were looking around.

Other data points in the latest Post/ABC survey make clear the volatility within the electorate -- thanks is large part to worry and unhappiness about the economy.

Just one in ten described the state of the economy as either "excellent" or "good" while just one in four adults said that they believed the economy was getting better.

Those numbers -- combined with an erosion of confidence in President Barack Obama -- should rightly worry Democrats who are seeking to preserve their House and Senate majorities this fall.

While voter unrest doesn't fall more heavily on either party in the Post/ABC poll, Democrats control a significantly larger chunk of seats in both chambers so the more voters express a willingness to try something new, the more it hurts Democrats.

2. Voters are voting today in Alabama, where primary runoffs are being held six week after the the June 1 primaries. The two big races to watch are the Republican gubernatorial primary runoff and the GOP runoff in the 2nd district.

In the gubernatorial race, Bradley Byrne, a former state chief of community colleges and a former state senator, is facing off against state Rep. Robert Bentley. Byrne was the first-place finisher in the primary, but Bentley, who beat out businessman Tim James by 267 votes for the runoff spot, has taken the lead in the race in recent polling.

Of the six counties with the highest turnout in the June Republican primary, Byrne was strongest in Baldwin, Mobile, Madison and Jefferson (the state's most populous); he averaged 39 percent to Bentley's 20 percent and James' 24 percent in all four counties. Bentley, meanwhile, decimated his rivals in Tuscaloosa County (the state's second most populous), where he won 63 percent to Byrne's 13 percent and James' 11 percent. All three came out about even in Shelby County in the central part of the state.

As results roll in tonight, keep an eye on Tuscaloosa to see whether Bentley maintains his strong advantage; also watch Baldwin, Mobile, Madison and Jefferson to see whether supporters of James (who finished second in those counties) move toward Bentley. (While James himself did not endorse a candidate in the runoff, many of his former staffers sided with Bentley.) The winner tonight will face Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks (D) in the fall.

In the 2nd district runoff, establishment-backed Montgomery Councilor Martha Roby faces off against tea party-supported businessman Rick Barber , who has drawn national attention for his provocative, to say the least, Web ads referencing slavery and urging voters to "gather your armies." Given Roby's 20 point margin over Barber in the primary, a Barber win would be a considerable upset. Still, primary runoffs are notoriously low-turnout affairs. For Roby, turnout in Montgomery County, where voters backed her over Barber 62 percent to 16 percent, will be key.

Meanwhile, in the 7th district, both parties are holding runoffs in the race to succeed Rep. Artur Davis (D) who lost badly to Sparks in last month's gubernatorial primary. Given the district's very strong Democratic lean, however, whoever wins that party's nod will be the next representative from the district. Attorney Terri Sewell is favored to win over Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Smoot.

(Also worth watching: the Agriculture commissioner race, where Dale Peterson's not running but is backing candidate John McMillan, and the race for Public Service Commissioner, which features a candidate named Twinkle Cavanaugh. Bet you didn't know that.)

3. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced her endorsement of two 2010 candidates yesterday, both of whom fit the profile of "mama grizzlies."

Palin is backing former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) ahead of next week's gubernatorial primary in the Peach State. Handel, the lone woman in the Republican primary field, faces state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, former Rep. Nathan Deal and former state Senate Majority Leader Eric Johnson. Handel went up with her first TV ad of the race yesterday, a 30-second spot that highlights her gender and takes aim at what she says are her rivals' ethical troubles.

"Though considered an underdog candidate (more power to her!), this pro-life, pro-Constitutionalist with a can-do attitude and a record of fighting for ethics in government is ready to serve in the Governor's Office," Palin wrote in a Facebook note announcing her endorsement. A Survey USA poll released Friday showed Oxendine at 32 percent, Handel at 23 percent and both Deal and Johnson at 12 percent. A runoff, which would be held August 10, is a near certainty.

In New York's 25th district, Palin is backing Assistant Attorney General Ann Marie Buerkle (R), who is vying to unseat freshman Rep. Dan Maffei (D). In her Facebook endorsement, Palin called Buerkle a "mama grizzly" and "a commonsense constitutional conservative and is willing to put it all on the line to help put our country on the right track."

Palin's endorsement in Georgia could provide Handel with a much-needed boost ahead of the July 20 primary, in much the same way as her endorsement of South Carolina gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley (R) gave the candidate momentum in her race (also as the lone woman in a primary against three men). Handel's campaign sent out an email to supporters yesterday touting Palin's support, calling Palin a "a true Republican leader and conservative reformer who isn't afraid to stand up for what she thinks is right."

4. Freshman Rep. John Adler (D-N.J.) leads former Philadelphia Eagle Jon Runyan 51 percent to 34 percent in a new poll conducted for Adler's campaign. Peter DeStefano, who is running under the "NJ Tea Party" banner, receiving 12 percent of the vote.

The poll was done by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and obtained by The Fix. It shows third-party candidate

Adler also announced Monday that he raised $415,000 in the second quarter, bringing his cash on hand total to nearly $2 million.

Republicans had high hopes for Runyan, a former Pro Bowl offensive lineman. He has struggled with his fundraising, though, and the race hasn't risen to the level of a top GOP priority despite the competitiveness of the district.

The poll, which should be taken cum grano salis because it was conducted for Adler's campaign, showed that the freshman Democrat's approval rating stands at a strong 58 percent (no disapproval was given in the data the Fix received), and majorities of Republicans and independents approved of him.

The memo notes Adler has been ranked one of the most centrist Democrats in the House, and makes the case that he has bucked a tough environment with his middle-of-the-road voting record.

The poll was conducted in late June.

5. The July edition of "Politics and Pints" -- the Fix's monthly night of political (and other) trivia -- went down last night in Washington, DC.

The winners -- "Breaking: White House reports the obvious" -- claimed the crown in a one-question tie-breaker, coming closest to the actual number of votes by which Alabama's Tim James lost a spot in the Alabama runoff. (If you've read the "Morning Fix" carefully -- and, we're sure you have -- you already know the answer.)

A few of our other favorite questions (and answers): 1) In what year were all three contenders for the presidency left-handed? (Answer: 1992 -- Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ross Perot) 2) Since William Howard Taft, who threw out the first first pitch in 1910, every president but one has thrown out a first pitch during his presidency. Who was the exception? (Answer: Jimmy Carter) 3) Washington State Sen. Maria Cantwell worked on the 1982 Senate campaign of a candidate who lost but went on to significant national celebrity. Who was it? (Answer: Jerry Springer)

And, a special shout-out to Joe Smith, Monica Swintz, Brian Carlstrom, Jen Golinsky, Hilary Nachem and Michael Baer aka "Research 2000 should hire Paul the Psychic Octopus" who claimed the best team name award (and the official Fix t-shirts the title conveys!) for the fourth straight month!

Want to come to the next "Politics and Pints"? Shoot an email to chris.cillizza@wpost.com and we'll add you to the early alert list!

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 13, 2010; 7:05 AM ET
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12Bar, Leichtman - Ignore Zouk. It's just trying to rile up those whom it can't possibly understand. Yes, I was an enthusiastic Hillary supporter and the whole Obama-hater bit was a right-wing creation. She gave a great convention speech and Bill gave an amazing endorsement. Leave the troll under the bridge.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 13, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

I see the Senate has the votes to pass Financial Reform. Vote is scheduled Thursday.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

interesting 12bar that the Hillary posters
seem to be the most balanced.
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Hillary supporters had to either compromise and support Obama, or retreat into bitterness. It's amazing how it moderates you for your favorite candidate to lose, and then have to deal with that reality.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

News flash:
mental midget inspects self in mirror. finds genius.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

great zouk now go lap up all of your intellectual pablum from your clone Glen Beck.

interesting 12bar that the Hillary posters
seem to be the most balanced.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

@zouk,

You can judge the media by their profits, but I prefer to judge them by their objectivity. I don't listen to partisan "news" on either pole, because it's just too much work. I don't listen to either Fox News or MSNBC.

I do read WSJ, New York Times, SF Chronicle, WaPo, BBC and Chicago Times. I read theHill and Politico. They are all slanted in their own ways, but at least they are somewhat in the bell curve.

Maybe some of these media outlets are on the edge of bankruptcy and maybe some of the most partisan are wildly successful. So what does that mean to quality?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

It's not fox, literate-impaired finance whiz. It is a whole host of democrats revealing the truth.

I completely understand that Libs/progs detest TRUTH as anathema to their cause.

too bad. even the loony press can't keep it from the voters as they have done for so long. why do you think the MSM and its cable outlets are so low in ratings as to be on life support while WSJ and Fox are soaring high, rolling in profits?

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

@leichtman,

I was a Hillary supporter before I was an Obama supporter. Speaking only for myself, I didn't even have ANY curiousity about what Fox News would say about Hillary supporters. Fox is so partisan that I wouldn't trust anything they say, including the time of day.

It's way too much trouble to listen to Fox News because first you have to figure out what part of what they report is true, before you can even react to it.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

" Would be curious had Obama taken your advise and let Citi, GS, and Wells Fargo collapse as you and the TeaParty advocate, what you and the whacked out right would be saying today.

Posted by: leichtman1"
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Not to mention that the bank bailout was orchestrated by Bush/Paulson, NOT OBAMA originally with ZERO strings attached, at least the Dems put some teeth into it.

Posted by: JRM2 | July 13, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I was a Hillary delegate and the last thing Hillary or any of her supporters want to hear is to be lectured to by the Fox nut jobs you site. In case you haven't noticed zouk, Hillary is our fine SOS and also a very loyal member of the Obama Administration.Some how you delusionally believe that either Hillary or her followers would care what Fox thinks about the 2008 campaign. Pedal that garbage to someone who actually cares.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

If they look around with serious intent they will see who is on the side of the everyday citizen and who's on the side of the corporations.

Posted by: JRM2 | July 13, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Even Hillary Supporters Shocked at Obama Tactics

Politics makes for strange bedfellows, all right. In light of appalling revelations of the fraud and intimidation Obamunists used to steal the Democrat nomination from Hillary, her own supporters — left high and dry by a mainstream media that is for all intents and purposes part of the Obama machine — are appealing to patriots to get their message out.

Here's filmmaker Gigi Gaston on Fox & Friends this morning, calling for an investigation into the fraud and voter intimidation Obama and his campaign engaged in back in 2008.
This is how Obama took the nomination from Hillary Clinton, and he used these same thug tactics in the general election to intimidate voters. He will be using the same playbook in 2012 as well, unless he and the DNC are stopped.
In this FOX clip, it's noted that Gaston is the granddaughter of a former Democrat governor … and she's now dedicated her life to exposing the DNC for the cesspool of corruption, fraud, and illegal activity that it is. That is the same boat all of us here are in as well: until 2008, we were all lifelong, unquestioning, party loyal Democrats who never in our lives dreamed our party would be responsible for thuggery like this.
The best way we can describe the feeling we have when we think about the DNC is to remember what the human characters on the TV show "V" felt like when they saw the masks ripped off the "Visitors", revealing them to be lizard people underneath. Even people who had been helping the Visitors, and trying to convince others that they were really here to "serve the human race" in the non-cook book sense were instantly transformed into Resistance fighters when they saw what really lurked behind those masks.
So it is for many lifelong Democrats out there, including such prominent names as Lynn Forester de Rothschild as well, who will never look at the DNC the same way again … not after its mask has been ripped off so spectacularly.
We need to find as many creative and engaging ways as possible to get conservatives and independents out there, who did not pay attention to the Democrat primaries in 2008, to know the story Gigi Gaston has told so well in We Will Not Be Silenced 2008.
It's the only way to stop the lizards at the DNC from doing all of this again in 2012.
Hillary Dems tacitly acknowledge that the establishment media isn't only vociferously partisan; it is sectarian.

The DNC subsidiary known as the MSM decided the Manchurian Moonbat should be President. Otherwise, his minions' dirty tricks would have been plastered across the news from the beginning. This is why Shrillary supporters are counting on conservatives and independents to spread the word on Obama's Third World tactics.

Obama's tactics in the 2012 election, after he's had four years to load the system with ACORN/New Black Panther types, are going to create a stink that will make even his prototypes Hugo Chavez and Robert Mugabe wrinkle their noses.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

leapin you show your absolute ignorance and you lack of understanding of what civil charges mean and what a SUMMARY JUDGMENTS is; suggesting its about CRIMINAL CHARGES and incarceartion. Hey GOP genius why don't you explain to us what a Criminal Summary Judgment is and how civil cases involve incarceration as your Glen Beck pasted post suggest.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

the faux Black Panther story you site has already been withdrawn from Fox News as soon as they realized that Obama was not even in office at the time. Its truly pathetic that the right comes here to cut and paste and parrot Glen Beck and Fox garbage.

Posted by: leichtman1 |
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The facts...
4 civil charges were brought in this case by the Bush Justice Department including a charge against the New Black Panther Party itself and its leader, Malik Zulu Shabazz.
The defendants in this case did not show up to defend themselves and summary judgments were obtained.
Those judgments were unilaterally dropped in three of the four cases (including against Malik Shabazz and the Party itself) by the Obama Justice Department in May.

Libs are trying to confuse people. Bush downgraded the charges...Obama dropped the charges. Get it Alinskylite?

Posted by: leapin | July 13, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The Obama family will be taking a mini-vacation of their own this weekend, but instead of going to the Gulf Coast they are traveling to Maine’s Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park.

One must assume that the damn hole has been plugged since Obungler vowed not to rest.

I guess that depends on the meaning of the word "rest", dontcha know.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

It's easier to argue about numbers--what the numbers mean, what the numbers ARE, who is responsible for the numbers. And what accounting gimmicks produce the numbers. That's a boring and pointless exercise.

Let's talk about the economy, not only in the U.S., but worldwide. In 9/2008, the entire world's central banks had to take emergency action to stop a WORLDWIDE financial collapse.

Is anyone listening?

This was initially caused by the U.S. financial institutions. The whole world blames US. We deregulated and looked the other way so that these institutions, over years, engaged in so much risk taking, the whole thing finally collapsed.

If we're going to talk about the cause of our present problem, at least let's talk about what really happened, not some fantasy based on partisan politics.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

You can talk about the deficit, what counts and what doesn't. (It all counts!)

But, that's just rearranging the deck chairs. The Titanic is the economy which was destroyed in large part because of the unchecked risktaking by the financial sector. This culminated in 9/2008 when the feds and the Federal Reserve had to step in and TRY to backstop the worst and arrange mergers with the weaker players and stronger banks.

This happened during the R administration, NOT the Obama administration. Blame who you want, but it's not OBAMA's fault, that's for sure.

When it all trickles down (finally Reagan is right) to the local level, you see Oakland laying off 25% of its police force.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

the defict was declining for years under Bush, gag me?
He had a $250 surplus in 2001 when he was sworn in. A $1.3 trillion deficit in Jan 2009.
More of that second grade math of yours. Bush exploded the deficit, left Obama with a collapsing economy which HE HAD NO CHOICE but to Bailout collapsing revenues and according to you and the unbiased WSJ, Bush was a deficit hawk. Have you lost your mind?
You and the Tea Party screech against the bailouts. Would be curious had Obama taken your advise and let Citi, GS, and Wells Fargo collapse as you and the TeaParty advocate, what you and the whacked out right would be saying today.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

'wars and tax cuts are free'

'wars and tax cuts are free'

'wars and tax cuts are free'

if you are dumb enough you can be made to believe anything, no matter how irrational or impossible.

Posted by: drindl | July 13, 2010 1:27 PM

I don't think that writing workshop is paying off. I suggest you return to 100% cut and paste. that thinking thing is just getting in the way.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Let's talk about something that is happening right now, not fantasyville.

Oakland Police Department has 800 officers, and may have to lay off 200 officers. This morning the first 80 officers have signed out for the last time. The police will no longer send an officer out to investigate reports of grand theft, burglary, identity thefts, car collisions and vandalism. Those crimes can be reported online.

This is the local impact of the collapse of the economy that started on Wall Street in 2008.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Finance Whiz, I understand completely that you flunked out of the money biz but there is no need to proclaim your utterly perplexed state to all.

1. that WSJ article is from today.
2. there is no such thing as an "off budget" item after the year is over. that is a charge made mid year when spending is added. the money does not magically dissappear forever as Libs claim. Look at the budget numbers if you are still confused.
3. Libs did not even prepare a budget this year so, in your own terms, the entire federal budget is "off budget" No problem says Libs. We would not want the tax payers to know how out of control the Libs are these days. they turned a modest $400 billion deficit which had been declining for years into a trillion and a half with no end in sight. ask Obunglers own deficit commission, the one hired to do the job the Libs are to afraid to do.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Now children, chant after me -- 'wars and tax cuts are free'

'wars and tax cuts are free'

'wars and tax cuts are free'

'wars and tax cuts are free'

'wars and tax cuts are free'

if you are dumb enough you can be made to believe anything, no matter how irrational or impossible.

Posted by: drindl | July 13, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"There's no legitimate reason to single out the $4.7 trillion in tax cuts, war funding and the Medicare drug entitlementration"

of course not those ONGOING trillions of dollars of expenditures were all FREE according to the WSJ and the GOP. great to see you have such original rationalizing.

wars, trillion dollar tax cuts, prescription drug benefits are AL FREE. whoopie, get on board with GOP rationalizing. Easy slight of hand, just take all of those items OFF BUDGET, and take no responsibility, NONE, for the Lehman Bros/Bear Sterns and worldwide economic collapse under Bush's watch precisely one year after that WSJ article was written. Pretty crafty. Apparently Obama was not only responsible for the 2001-2008 expenditures but the 2008 world wide economic collapse that POTUS Bush handed him. fascinating GOP rewrite of history.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The next decade's deficits are the result of the previous administration's profligacy. Mr. Obama asserted in his January State of the Union Address that by the time he took office, "we had a one-year deficit of over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. Most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts, and an expensive prescription drug program."

In short, it's all President Bush's fault. But Mr. Obama's assertion fails on three grounds.

First, the wars, tax cuts and the prescription drug program were implemented in the early 2000s, yet by 2007 the deficit stood at only $161 billion. How could these stable policies have suddenly caused trillion-dollar deficits beginning in 2009? (Obviously what happened was collapsing revenues from the recession along with stimulus spending.)

Second, the president's $8 trillion figure minimizes the problem. Recent CBO data indicate a 10-year baseline deficit closer to $13 trillion if Washington maintains today's tax-and-spend policies—whereby discretionary spending grows with the economy, war spending winds down, ObamaCare is implemented, and Congress extends all the Bush tax cuts, the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) patch, and the Medicare "doc fix" (i.e., no reimbursement cuts).

Under this realistic baseline, the 10-year cost of extending the Bush tax cuts ($3.2 trillion), the Medicare drug entitlement ($1 trillion), and Iraq and Afghanistan spending ($515 billion) add up to $4.7 trillion. That's approximately one-third of the $13 trillion in baseline deficits—far from the majority the president claims.

Third and most importantly, the White House methodology is arbitrary. With Washington set to tax $33 trillion and spend $46 trillion over the next decade, how does one determine which policies "caused" the $13 trillion deficit? Mr. Obama could have just as easily singled out Social Security ($9.2 trillion over 10 years), antipoverty programs ($7 trillion), other Medicare spending ($5.4 trillion), net interest on the debt ($6.1 trillion), or nondefense discretionary spending ($7.5 trillion).

There's no legitimate reason to single out the $4.7 trillion in tax cuts, war funding and the Medicare drug entitlement. A better methodology would focus on which programs are expanding and pushing the next decade's deficit up.

WSJ

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I presume you understand that the faux
Black Panther story was lifted word by word from Glen Beck and pedaled here as news.

Zouk what would you call a policy that attempted to NATIONALIZE THE BANKS since you are in love with the word socialism?

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Its truly pathetic that the right comes here to cut and paste and parrot Glen Beck and Fox garbage.

Posted by: leichtman1


Yet no mention of the talking points memos generated minute by minute by the dingbat drivl, cut and pasted directly from loony liberal hate sites.

Dem message: propoganda is wonderful. Just ask Barack how the economy is doing.

the truth hurts, however. Take a gander at the actual numbers.

Voters get it as evidenced by the nature of this column. Only the typical daily loons who slurp the kool-aid are still true believers.

and it is pitiful the arguments they must resort to. Bush is still on the ballot. hope is the word of the year. hold out for hope. npo mention of anything material that has actually happened. that will have to wait until the Dems get a voting majority in congress and can overcome all objection to socialism.

Oh wait. I have not been paying attention.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

If the NAACP insists on sterotyping the Tea Party - and insists on making false charges of racism - then the NAACP has lost all its credibility on race relations.

This is not a post-racial America.

It is time to start talking about what racial progress really means - Obama is really hurting race relations in this country.

It is a question of trust -

Once trust is given and then betrayed, it is difficult to get it back - Obama has destroyed the chances for other black candidates - for a long, long time.


Obama - with his radical tendencies from Rev Wright's church - was the wrong black to put in there.

If the media didn't give Obama a pass on his far-left tendencies even on black issues, then perhaps the first black would have been much more moderate, and all this damage would not have happened.

The liberals and the media are pretending that massive damage has not been done.

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Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 13, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

and you forgot to mention the earthquake in Haiti,the tsunami in Sumatra and the floods
in Tennessee, all Obama's fault. You, 37th, and the other 18% of the country agree with you.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

finance Whiz, you forgot to mention the invasion from Mars that Obungler saved us from. the floods, the hurricanes, the invasion of the body snatchers and everything that WOULD have happended if it were not for HIS divine provinence.

you also forgot to mention the quadruple deficit, the doubling of unemployment, the total lack of any growth, the housing collapse, the surrender to our enemies, the impending largeast tax increase in history, the brokem promises/lies, the corruption, the favors, the broken rule of law, the cheating on elections, the racism, the partisan extremism, the fecklessness.

which weighs heavier, rewriting history or living in the present?

Ooops. I said present. Obama thought I meant his leadership skills.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

the faux Black Panther story you site has already been withdrawn from Fox News as soon as they realized that Obama was not even in office at the time. Its truly pathetic that the right comes here to cut and paste and parrot Glen Beck and Fox garbage.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Major pushback against the baggers by the NAACP:

"The NAACP's president fired up Monday evening's crowd at Bartle Hall with a message for the growing "tea party" movement. In his keynote speech, President Ben Jealous offered motivation behind the push for civil rights.

On Tuesday, the NAACP is expected to approve a resolution condemning the "tea party" movement for harboring "racist elements that are a threat to our democracy," spokeswoman Leila McDowell said Monday.

The proposed resolution states that the "movement is not just about higher taxes and limited government but something that could evolve and become more dangerous," McDowell said."
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37, what's the matter? Go to the convention with a Dale Robertson Tea Party sign and a BHO-as-the-Joker poster demand the floor to speak out on imaginary black riots and all the rest of your bigoted junk. All the best.

Posted by: broadwayjoe
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Hopefully there will also be a statement condemning the racist Black Panther element of the free lunch Dbagger movement that threatens the voting rights of American citizens.

Posted by: leapin | July 13, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

who was in charge of the WH Sept 15, 2008?

Economists rate George W at the bottom next to Herbert Hoover, the DOW grew at -.01% over his eight years, wages shrank and over the last year of his administration we shed 500,000 jobs per month. But yet 18% of the public plus zouk pine for those good old days. The only good things I have to say about POTUS Bush is that he has had the good sense to keep his mouth shut since leaving office, and he and Paulson in December 2008 were smart enough to realize that had they not acted qickly to bailout the banks that his Adminsitration certainly would have gone down in history next to the economic debacle of Herbert Hoover, zouk's real hero.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Major pushback against the baggers by the NAACP:

"The NAACP's president fired up Monday evening's crowd at Bartle Hall with a message for the growing "tea party" movement. In his keynote speech, President Ben Jealous offered motivation behind the push for civil rights.

On Tuesday, the NAACP is expected to approve a resolution condemning the "tea party" movement for harboring "racist elements that are a threat to our democracy," spokeswoman Leila McDowell said Monday.

The proposed resolution states that the "movement is not just about higher taxes and limited government but something that could evolve and become more dangerous," McDowell said."
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37, what's the matter? Go to the convention with a Dale Robertson Tea Party sign and a BHO-as-the-Joker poster demand the floor to speak out on imaginary black riots and all the rest of your bigoted junk. All the best.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 13, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"I usually think of plagiarism as something that brings down journalists. But I guess that's old fashioned thinking: Candidates for Governor of Colorado can get caught doing it too.

In a late afternoon blog post, the Denver Post reports that numerous portions of essays 'written' by former Rep. and now gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis (R) appear to have been lifted more or less in their entirety from essays written years ago by a guy named Gregory Hobbs, who is now a Justice on the state Supreme Court. Bad guy to plagiarize, right?"

Posted by: drindl | July 13, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

You call this POST RACIAL???


In broadwayjoe's American - everyone has to watch what they say - because if somehow it could be interpreted to be against Obama, you will be called a racist.


AND watch the proxy issues - better off if EVERYONE agrees with Obama on the proxy issues too - or else you will be called a racist.

This is broadwayjoe's America.

The problem is Obama promised a POST-RACIAL AMERICA -


Obama's people have gone back on that promise.

CLEARLY THE NAACP IS NOT MATURE ENOUGH TO HANDLE A BLACK PRESIDENT.


IF THE NAACP WAS MATURE ENOUGH TO HANDLE A BLACK PRESIDENT - race would not enter into the discussion of any issue.

Fine - go ahead - but if the NAACP issues a resolution which INCLUDES FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM AGAINST THE TEA PARTY today- the organization will lose all its credibility.


Does anyone realize what a disaster for race relations this kind of attitude is ???

WHAT WE HAVE NOW is the blacks at the NAACP STEROTYPING THE TEA PARTY.


Fine - Sterotype the Tea Party.

Go ahead -


BUT THEN NEVER SAY THAT SOMEONE CAN NOT STEROTYPE BLACKS - EVER AGAIN.


.

Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 13, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Experts: Obama's Debt Will "Destroy Us From Within"

The Manchurian Moonbat's Cloward-Piven economic policy is working as planned:

The government's current spending trends "will destroy the country from within," said the co-chairmen of Obama's national commission on debt.
Commission chairmen Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson spoke Sunday at the annual National Governor's Association meeting in Boston, Mass., reported the Washington Post.
Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security programs annually consume all federal revenue, according to the chairmen. All discretionary spending funds for year-to-year budgeting and expenses are used up on the three programs, forcing the government to borrow money to cover the rest of the government's expenses.
This is why our Democrat rulers chose now to ram through a massive new entitlement with ObamaCare. As for the national security implications:

"The rest of the federal government, including fighting two wars, homeland security, education, art, culture, you name it, veterans, the whole rest of the discretionary budget, is being financed by China and other countries," said Simpson.
It's going to be hilarious, when Obama's fellow commies in mainland China invade Taiwan and snuff out its prosperous democracy. Excuse me, Wen Jiabao, can we borrow some money to fight you with? The ChiComs might as well annex Japan while they're at it. Who's going to stop them?

By electing Obama, we elected to reduce America to a second-rate country. This is going to create a power vacuum that will not be filled by nice people. But we'll be too busy digging through dumpsters for something to eat to worry about it.

By 2020 the United States will be spending $2 trillion on just the interest of the national debt, said Bowles, if the United States makes no changes.
No wonder Obama keeps poking the public in the eye on ObamaCare, illegal immigration, etc. He doesn't need to get reelected because his work is already done. In less than 2 years he has sunk us so deep into debt with massive wasteful spending that it is only a matter of time until our economy completely collapses, paving the way for his fellow radical leftists to make the inevitable transition from soft tyranny to hard tyranny.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Because the press only loves short term drama headlines and sound bites it never gets to the heart of the problem. The country is fed-up with the BS and corruption by both sides. This is what the poll is saying. Unfortunately the people have no where to turn. But this story will never be printed - it is not high drama in a sound bite.

After great expense to get the documents to AG Holder and FBI Director Mueller on the following two most egregious examples of corruption which can be linked 100% to the Dems, Holder in writing stated the claims are fanciful and should be ignored.

This is Obama adopting the Plantation Politics under which the people of South Texas have been living for a least 50 years

While South Texas may not matter to most people - it is important because it is endemic of how we got to where we are - the people are a mere inconvenience for politicians - we must demand they kneel down to us for our votes or face extinction

Oh, what did Eric Holder call fanciful claims of corruption

21.4 million spend on a non-existent bridge - democratic DA drops criminal investigation in exchange for 1 million dollar forfeiture paid to his office and not the people who are now stuck with the 21.4 million dollars in outstanding bonds

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/dannenbaum-88381-district-bridge.html

DA - Democratic - allows confessed murderer to walk out of court on no bond in exchange for $500,000.00 bond being paid over to his former law partner.

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/livingston-84461-villalobos-case.html

Rep. Ortiz can be linked to every act of corruption in South Texas. Oh, where is Bill White Dem for governor on the issues - no where to be found - dead silence. The Basta.com movement of South Texas should be up and running by next week.

Everywhere you go in the LRGV people are mad and fed-up with the Dems - but they will not vote Republican -

While maybe not the story of the LRGV, the press needs to begin to cover these local stories so the people feel like someone anyone is listening to them. This again, explains the poll.

Posted by: bobbywc | July 13, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

(Barack, please tell us how you are going to spin your 9.7 rate against Dubya’s 4.7.)
Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for
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The O will spin it with another whopper NeoCom Statist Destructionist lie....like healthcare won’t be rationed. Tell that one to the new Czar of Healtchcare Rationing.

Posted by: leapin | July 13, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

looks like this will get lively:

"Early indications are that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chet Traylor of Monroe intends to run a campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Metairie, that centers on Vitter’s personal foibles and not ideological contrasts.

Traylor and his returning campaign manager, sweet potato kingpin Lev Dawson of Richland Parish, said political differences played only a minimal role in the decision to challenge Vitter (Traylor said one difference is that he opposes any effort to cap BP’s liability related to the Gulf oil spill, which Vitter has proposed).

“I don’t think there’s a difference politically,” said Dawson, who managed Traylor’s successful 1996 state Supreme Court campaign.

“We have reason to fear that (U.S. Rep. Charlie) Melancon, the Democrat, can bring out more of Vitter’s problems. There may be other scandals they are saving for the general election. We fear that if he (Vitter) wins, we may end up with a Democratic senator.”

Dawson’s statements Monday indicate that Vitter’s perceived weaknesses, including the 2007 revelation that he was a client of the so-called “D.C. Madam, and more recently his continued employment of longtime aide Brent Furer, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to assaulting a female friend with a knife and holding her hostage, will be fair game in the campaign to the Aug. 28 primary election"


So apparently Vitter has more skeletons in the closet and they are about to be unearthed.

Posted by: drindl | July 13, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic distortion of the Bush record really gets tiring. Try out these statistics: In 2006, the Bush economy grew at 5.6 percent, representing the 18th straight quarter of economic growth, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The unemployment rate was 4.7 percent; it later fell to 4.6 percent, which was lower than the average rate of unemployment for any of the preceding four decades. (Barack, please tell us how you are going to spin your 9.7 rate against Dubya’s 4.7.) As for those deficits, Bush promised to cut them in half in five years but did so ahead of time. Bush’s deficits had decreased to the low $200,000s. Even his deficit for fiscal year 2008, after the recession set in, was far lower than Obama’s deficits, especially when considering the repayment of most of the TARP monies -- repayments, by the way, that Obama tried to prevent and/or co-opt for further wasteful spending. Plus, Obama’s refrain that the Bush tax cuts led to deficits is flatly contradicted by the record, which shows that federal tax revenues grew following his tax cuts.


but then something awful happened in 2006. you remember, Democrats took over congress and the die was cast for misery and poverty for all.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

actually this site is much more pleasant today without 37th, now if you could only grow up and stop using second grade sandbox name calling.
again since you are so very very proud of yourself and your posts, why do you change your name every 5 minutes; did you learn that stunt from 37th?

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Let's try pointing out the obvious:

liberals are only making everything worse. The result of massive corruption and utter incompetence.

Posted by: Moonbat |
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I think you're mistaken, it is the conservatives who made everything worse which resulted in the economy going in the tank then they turn around blaming others for what they did which amounts to a being incompetent fool.

Posted by: beeker25 | July 13, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

poor moonbat/zouk/presnt...

mumbling incoherently about some mysteriously-named characters that apparently live inside his head, and readers of this blog just shake their heads in confusion, wondering why this mental case is allowed access to a computer and why the Washington Post allows an obvious incompetent to spam its comments section all day with deranged rubbish.

Posted by: drindl | July 13, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Interim Scorecard for Obama

Bipartisanship F

Obama promised he would do the hard work of working with the Republicans - arriving at CENTRIST policies - that was a commitment to the NATION

Post-Racial Atomoshere F


You call false charges of racism post-racial ?


Transparency F


2,000 page bills and unwillingness to release the file in Hawaii


Stimulus F


too much money diverted to special interests


Foreign Policy F

bowing is a disgrace to the nation and giving lawyers to terrorists while there could be other plots in motion


Competency F


Obama promised to clean up the Minerals Management Service and the Safety Inspections were not done properly, contributing to the Oil Spill


Obama waived over 400 Environmental filings related to oil rig drilling in the Gulf of Mexico


Effort F


No person can have such a horrible performance withouta bad attitude and a complete lack of effort to stick to his word.

Transportation One way ticket to Hyde Park


Signed


The American People

.

Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 13, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

and the Field and Gallup polls have Boxer up 3% points and Brown up by 1% point, so what who cares at this stage in their election cycle neither Boxer nor Brown have spent a cent in advertising while their opponents have spent a combined $120 million. Cheery picking polls seems to be zouk's obsession. Your hero Rand Paul in a deep red state is only up by 5%.
Zouk also screeched in Oct 2008 that McCain was
guaranteed to pull it out.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The polls are for one thing: to influence opinions about the general state of whatever questions are asked. There are useful for one thing to influence opinion prior to the election day that are useful for partisan purposes and tools for candidate and donor consumption.
The real poll is the election day.

One of several things comes to mind of the comparison to 1994 as CC is touting is that when the Democrats were in charge they were mired in scandals and other things while the GOP had the Contract with America that articulated the agenda and the voters went with that. Ironically they never fulfilled all the requirements.

Now the GOP is repeating the same set of mantra that contributed to the financial crisis with no articulation on what they want to do due to lack of leadership level and let's include Michael Steele in the equation because he has made tons of gaffes that is a case for distraction plus many of the donors are contributing to the Republican Governors Association run by a college dropout, the Republican Senatorial Committee and the candidates themselves.

Posted by: beeker25 | July 13, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Finance whiz, I have noticed you are becoming increasingly unhinged and repetative since your marriage to 37th. Is the honeymoon over already?

you should live in seperate worlds/timezones like drivl and Ped. that way the spats and the arguments can be aimed at those evil repubs instead of the constant "inside youer own head confusion" with the various voices. It works for them. try it.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Obungler recovery update:

Consumer gloom in July reached its highest level since the recession was near the bottom amid fears that the expansion remains too weak to create many jobs, according to the IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index out Tuesday. Meanwhile, a gauge of small-business confidence retreated in June to a level typical of a "weak or recession-mired economy" as the sales outlook deteriorated sharply, the National Federation of Independent Business said Tuesday.

Obungler golf update: handicap down two more points this week.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Oh dear. Libs losing California. they are going to get such a pasting:

California Democratic senator Barbara boxer is trailing Republican challenger Carly Fiorina by 2 points--47% to 45%--in a new SurveyUSA poll of likely voters released this evening. Fiorina has been closing in on Boxer--cutting the Democrat's lead from six, to five, to four, to three points in the last four polls--but this is the first public poll showing Fiorina in the lead. The same SurveyUSA poll shows Republican Meg Whitman leading Democrat Jerry Brown 46% to 39% in the California gubernatorial race.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

moonbat conveniently forgets to post the wonderful poll numbers for Congressional Rs.
While the pulic is obviously in a sour mood,his beloved R party is polling far worse as 72% in that same poll opposed Congressional Rs.
Count on zouk or whatever he chooses to call
himself today to cherry pick poll numbers. His hero George W Bush is still polling under 20%
and voters overwhelming still blame his boneheaded economic policies for our current economic woes, but why bother telling the entire political story when it is far easier for you to use second grade name calling against POTUS Obama and those who disagree with you.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, answered earlier: Solomon Ortiz.

Posted by: mattintx | July 13, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I'll bite: Who is that South Texas representative?

Posted by: mattintx | July 13, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

And moonbat zoukie is still thinking about me, can't stop thinking about me, he does worry so. And he has so much time to worry, since his 'job' is posting sewage here every two minutes. poor lonely, obssessed lunatic.

Posted by: drindl | July 13, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Maybe CC waould like to point out the big story in Florida -- the one he is conveniently ignoring:

"Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott's latest effort to burnish his credentials as a "pro-life leader'' are deceitful and lack any sense of decency. The hospital executive is shamelessly exploiting the tragedy of a family of a severely disabled young woman, marking the second time he has placed his selfish interests over theirs. The heartless ploy speaks volumes to this candidate's character and raises more questions about his judgment."

typical rightwing dirtbag.

Posted by: drindl | July 13, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

A tax on tanning salons! Gasp! How dare they! So many will suffer.


I mean John Boner now has to pay $1.50 more every visit -- it's criminal!

Posted by: drindl | July 13, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

drivl has been "working" on her writing.

It's an ongoing effort with nothing but upside.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 13, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Not voting makes matters worse - this mentality is why nothing ever changes - I will not vote republican - but why in gods name would I vote for a Dem who has done nothing for his district but get in bed with the most corrupt elements in South Texas.

Your argument is like this - better to vote for the person who only raped my wife because unlike his opponent who also raped my daughter.

Sometimes bad policians need a message - maybe just maybe if a Republcan can win this district the Washington establishment may rethink how they choose to treat us in South Texas. This is the only hope for South Texas - throw the Dems out in hopes the Washington establishment will finally act against these bad corrupt politicians.

But your way of voting even for the bad only rewards the Plantation Politics Washington Dems have imposed on the people of south Texas.

Bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | July 13, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

No mention of the poll results for comrade zero?

It was with a glum editorial hand that The Washington Post discussed their WaPo/ABC poll, revealing that 6 in 10 Americans think Obama is a big zero when it comes to confidence-inspiring leadership.

Four months before midterm elections that will define the second half of his term, nearly six in 10 voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country, and a clear majority once again disapproves of how he is dealing with the economy.
[...]
On the issues tested in the poll, Obama's worst ratings come on his handling of the federal budget deficit, where 56 percent disapprove and 40 percent approve. He scores somewhat better on health-care reform (45 percent approve) and regulation of the financial industry (44 percent). His best marks come on his duties as commander in chief, with 55 percent approving.
Obama's overall standing puts him at about the same place President Bill Clinton was in the summer of 1994, a few months before Republicans captured the House and Senate in an electoral landslide.
Prog trolls can read on in the article about Reagan's even lower numbers at the same point in his presidency. But at least Reagan wasn't an inexperienced community organizer in moderate's clothing who campaigned on a bipartisanship lie but was hell-bent on radically transforming ruining America. You always knew where Ronaldus Magnus stood. With Obama, we have a radical, racist, anti-corporate, anti-American empty suit that barely casts a shadow on a summer day.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 13, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Maybe people would rather vote for the teabaggers, who say things like this:


"it’s the Obama administration that put a tax on white people with a tanning salon tax. I mean, this is the kind of stuff the Tea Party movement is fighting. "


A tax on tanning salons! Gasp! How dare they! So many will suffer.


I mean John Boner now has to pay $1.50 more every visit -- it's criminal!

Posted by: drindl | July 13, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I wasn't going to vote for Reid again, but given who is opponent is and her lack of intelligent thought, Harry is the lesser of two evils.

I think this may be the case in many other states, but not voting is not going to solve the problems in Congress, in fact it may make it worse by putting the Republicans back in the driver seat in Congress is like putting a driver whose license has been revoked for multiple DUI convictions back in the driver's seat.

Posted by: Nevadaandy | July 13, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Let's try pointing out the obvious:

liberals are only making everything worse. The result of massive corruption and utter incompetence.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 13, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Here Is Some Background On Ex-Republican Operator Scott Rasmussen That The Traditional Media Refuses To Point Out, Despite It Being Obvious And Readily Available:

For the period from 18 months to 4 months before any November election, Rasmussen uses a likely voter ("LV") screen which is manipulated to heavily and disproportionately overweight the poll with Republican voters.

1.This (obviously) shows Republicans in a better position than all other pollsters.

2. The purpose of his "polls" during this time frame is to:
a) Convince hesitant potential Republican candidates to run
b.) Convince Republican incumbents not to retire,
c.) Convince corporations and large individual donors to give more cash to Republican candidates and committees

3. Scott Rasmussen had admitted he doesn't poll urban and the young! (in short he only poll republican whites conservative voters!


In sum: Rasmussen polls more than 5 months from elections are partisan tools for media and candidate and donor consumption and should be seen as such!

In 2001 Rasmussen self-published a book on privatizing Social Security, titled A Better Deal; Social Security Choice, and thus joined the Republican effort to promote that issue.

In 2003 and 2004, as a campaign consultant, Rasmussen received $95,500 from the Republican National Committee and another $45,500 from the George W. Bush campaign.

NEXT TIME ONE OF THESE CRANK PUMPS OUT A RASMMUSSEN POLLE...TELL THEM THANKS AND PROCCEED TO USED IT FOR BUTT WIPERS!

Posted by: danders5000 | July 13, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

No intelligent input from the imbecile Baghdad BJ - check

Posted by: Moonbat | July 13, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

"While voter unrest doesn't fall more heavily on either party in the Post/ABC poll, Democrats control a significantly larger chunk of seats in both chambers so the more voters express a willingness to try something new, the more it hurts Democrats."

This is the usual shallow, rightwing pap this column always offers. Meaningless republican cheerleading.

Let's try pointing out the obvious -- the economy sucks, and voters are not happy with either party. But most of them remember it was republican policies that caused the meltdown, so why would any sane person vote for them?

Posted by: drindl | July 13, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

These poll results demonstrate the urgent need for Team Obama to CHANGE THE SUBJECT...

...RESTORE CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN AMERICA.

Nothing would please the party's base more than the end to extrajudicial targeting and persecution of "innocent but targeted" Americans by a nationwide network of interstate "fusion centers" -- a constitutionally suspect apparatus that the Obama administration has inexplicably allowed to continue.

This extra-legal, interstate fusion center network functions as a shadow government, depriving unjustly "targeted" Americans of their civil and human rights. Its victims maintain that Homeland-directed fusion centers coordinate local, police-protected campaigns of community-based "gang stalking" harassment and financial sabotage.

And its mid-Atlantic states "centcom" (including MD and DC) is the MAGLOCLEN-RissNet fusion center in Newtown, Bucks County, PA -- what this veteran journalist describes as an American Gestapo:

MULTI-AGENCY FUSION CENTERS SILENTLY TORTURE, IMPAIR, SUBJUGATE U.S. CITIZENS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVE WEAPON SYSTEM, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE, 'COMMUNITY WATCH' VIGILANTISM: VETERAN JOURNALIST

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list) OR Facebook -- Vic Livingston ("Notes")

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 13, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Chris, Jon and Dan are licking their balls off this poll! However, most Americans aren't buying into the hype!

THE BUSH TAX CUTS ARE RUNNING OUT...SO THE RICH ARE TRYING TO SHAKE YOUR CONFIDENCE AND THINK YOU ARE FOOLS

REMEMBER POLLS HAD BURNS A SHOE-IN FOR MURTHA SEAT ALL THE WAY UP TO ELECTION DAY...AND THAT'S WHEN THE VOTERS SPEAK

AMERICANS AREN'T FOOLS ANYMORE...NOR ARE THEY BUYING THIS CRAP

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

Here Is Some Background On Ex-Republican Operator Scott Rasmussen That The Traditional Media Refuses To Point Out, Despite It Being Obvious And Readily Available:

For the period from 18 months to 4 months before any November election, Rasmussen uses a likely voter ("LV") screen which is manipulated to heavily and disproportionately overweight the poll with Republican voters.

1.This (obviously) shows Republicans in a better position than all other pollsters.

2. The purpose of his "polls" during this time frame is to:
a) Convince hesitant potential Republican candidates to run
b.) Convince Republican incumbents not to retire,
c.) Convince corporations and large individual donors to give more cash to Republican candidates and committees

3. Scott Rasmussen had admitted he doesn't poll urban and the young! (in short he only poll republican whites conservative voters!


In sum: Rasmussen polls more than 5 months from elections are partisan tools for media and candidate and donor consumption and should be seen as such!

In 2001 Rasmussen self-published a book on privatizing Social Security, titled A Better Deal; Social Security Choice, and thus joined the Republican effort to promote that issue.

In 2003 and 2004, as a campaign consultant, Rasmussen received $95,500 from the Republican National Committee and another $45,500 from the George W. Bush campaign.

NEXT TIME ONE OF THESE CRANK PUMPS OUT A RASMMUSSEN POLLE...TELL THEM THANKS AND PROCCEED TO USED IT FOR BUTT WIPERS!


WASHINGTON POST AND WSJ ABC, NBC, CBS, KISS MY BUTT WITH YOUR POLLS

ELECTION DAY IS THE ONLY POLL TO TAKE IN CONSIDERATION

CHRIS....SORRY THOSE TAX-CUTS FOR THOSE LIKE YOU WHO MAKES OVER 200k WILL PHASE OUT

NOW YOU HAVE RILED UP THE DEMOCRATIC VOTERS AND ITS MORE OF US THAN YOU

Posted by: danders5000 | July 13, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

bsimon1, I agree. I think another historical data point on the poll backs up your point; in 1994, while faith in the Democrats' ability to handle the economy was dropping, faith in the GOP was rising. This year, while faith in the Ds abilities are dropping...faith in the Rs has pretty much remained stagnant. Actually, faith in the Rs in Congress overall has remained stagnant, even while faith in Ds has plummeted--people aren't choosing either-or, they're choosing neither.

Posted by: dkp01 | July 13, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

The Wash-post poll that is being flown about today saying that Dems in Congress and Obama are toast, also shows that Republicans in Congress perform consistently lower than both the President and the Democrats. So I think the idea that the GOP will win by default is very much in doubt. It may turn out that the Dems hold both houses because the GOP can't seem to get their act together and present a viable alternative.

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 13, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Looking around in a primary is a lot easier than in the general election. While I would never vote for our representaative, Ortiz (D-Tx), I am certainly not going to vote for a Republican - so I stay home.

The Democratic Party of Texas treats south Texas as "Plantation Politics." So yes we are part of the negative polling, but we will not vote Republican, savefor county judge.

A lot of the anger is over a lack of leadership- it frustrates the left to no end (I am on the left) that the Dems have surrendered - where is their message - Bill Clinton left this country with surpluses as far as the eye could see - the Republicans bankrupted this country - why are the Dems not fighting back?

This is all so very sad - could someone anyone who is a Democrat please lead-

Time for a possible Dem candidate against Obama to come out and lead now - this will justify them challenging Obama in 2012

Bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | July 13, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

My own interim scorecard for the BHO Presidency, for the sake of argument:

1] completing TARP:
Bank treatment B [should have helped community banks, too]
FanFred treatment D- [should have cut better deals - this morning I hear they are first thinking about that]
AIG treatment F [should have negotiated discounted payoffs]

2] Stimulus [ARRA]:
state budgets prop-up A
temp fix AMT A [but it was hardly a stimulus - just needed to be done]
infrastructure projects C+ [not enough]
seed money projects No Grade [although I favor them to government run projects]

3] GM/Chrysler forced reorganization in bankruptcy: A+ [Brilliant. Appeals to the lawyer in me.]

4] FinReg: C- [Should have been domestic priority #2, after TARP/ARRA/GM! Might have had a good bill if Volcker had been allowed to shepherd it then instead of the reliance on Geithner-Summers, later]

5] HCR: C [if the CBO evaluation can be accepted. Should not have been prioritized over FinReg. A smaller initiative like Wyden-Bennett might have been a better first step toward near UHC, IMO]

6] FP: B [which is for me about as good as it gets. I was a fan of Bush 41 and Jim Baker and Adm. Scowcroft and this is as close as we have come to that, since.]

7] National Security:

[As long as we are saddled with the monstrousity called Department of Homeland Security and the cumbersome DNI I do not see how we can give NS an overall grade.]

Coast Guard gets an A.

System pitting CIA against DNI sucks. F

DOD: A [Gates is the best. The actual miltary is the best]

8] Internal administration:

DOJ clean-up A

DOI clean-up D-

DOD previously graded

9: Relations with Congress: B [should have been an A with a D Congress]
10: Relations with press: B- [better would be suspicious - really]
11: PR: F [How a prez who got a $20B concession from BP for an escrow on Gulf gusher damage doesn't get better grades than GWB on Katrina is a PR disaster. How Saudi Arabia opened its air space to Israel after Turkey shut down its air space to Israel doesn't get noticed as an American coup is a PR disaster. How our quietly poising 4 Ohio class subs off Korea [with enough firepower to destroy NK did not draw the ire of the Chinese, that not being generally known, is a PR disaster. Who does WH PR? Felicia and Aaron, there may be an opening]

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 13, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

re #3, I guess Handel and Buerkle can look forward to some lunch money coming from Palin's PAC soon. They will find it pinned to the inside of their sweaters by Mamma Grizzly.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 13, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

"Looking around" is a little-d democratic virtue that should always be encouraged, in order to keep incumbents on their toes. But it doesn't necessarily portend a big-D Democratic defeat in November - particularly as the voters look around at the health care law.

Posted by: mattintx | July 13, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Team Fix writes
"Compare where the electorate stands on the question to how they felt in the immediate run-up to the 1994 election -- the first midterm of Bill Clinton's presidency that saw Republicans regain control of the House for the first time in four decades."

Further comparisons to 1994 reveal that the Dems were amidst a sea of ethical scandals, and the Repubs were running on a coordinated, cohesive platform that made sense to voters. I suspect voters this year, unlike in 1994, will have a look around, and realize the devil they know is a far better alternative to the nutjobs that are winning Repub nominations.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 13, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

And let me include another R mantra "We are All Birthers"

And they expect Americans looking around for candidates to take these R jokers seriously?

"(AP) Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana says he supports conservative organizations challenging President Barack Obama's citizenship in court.

Vitter, who is running for re-election, made the comments at a town hall-style event in Metairie, La., on Sunday when a constituent asked what he would do about what the questioner said was Obama's "refusal to produce a valid birth certificate."

With the crowd applauding the question, Vitter responded that he doesn't personally have standing to bring litigation. "But I support conservative legal organizations and others who would bring that to court," he said, according to a video of the event. "I think that is the valid and most possibly effective grounds to do it."

Birther Lawsuits are certainly at the very top of America's agenda this election season, wouldn't you think.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Tea-bonics:
"Keep your government hands off my Medicare!"= Health Care Reform

"We're sorry BP" = Environmental reform

"Second Amendment remedies" = Government accountability

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 13, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

"No one could have done a better job than what he's doing on all fronts (war, health care)...so what's the point?"
______________

...to discredit our 44th President in order to elect someone in 2012 who will take the country back to the 50s or 1939. No civil rights laws, no environmental regulations, unlimited off-shore drilling, unlimited corporate campaign contributions, no Social Security (they claim it's "welfare"), no Medicare (a "commie plot," they say), no unemployment compensation.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 13, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Re: Alabama - If Mobile and Baldwin Counties don't go strongly for Byrne, the race won't even be close. Byrne represented Baldwin County in the State Senate, and Mobile County is right next to it. He has to win James' supporters to have a chance. I don't think he will - Bentley should win the runoff.

Posted by: joeyjoejoe | July 13, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

These poll articles are senseless. You can't believe that they reflect anything close to the truth. All I get from negative administration polls is that the public is exceptionally ignorant about the tremendous job President Obama took upon himself, and how crucial it was for him to have been the one to take on The Great Recession. Its like, no one is seeing the improvements. Slow, but who thought the recovery would happen fast from such a debacle. No one could have done a better job than what he's doing on all fronts (war, health care)...so what's the point?

Posted by: mwgaithersburg | July 13, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

It's "six week" in Tea-bonics.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 13, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

AR3: cosign.

For instance, the negative BHO polls this blog delights in citing are largely irrelevant. When our President is matched against a specific flesh-and-blood opponent such as Palin, Gingrich, or Barbour, it's BHO hands down. Polls show Palin, the leading challenger, would lose to BHO by 23 points, and would win just 6 states, if she were the GOP nominee in 2012.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 13, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Is it six week or six weeks?

Posted by: DGSPAMMAIL | July 13, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

#1-I am curious to know what the numbers of people who are going to look around are in a good year for incumbents (ie 2002 or so). I would be willing to bet that this number never gets below 50%. Also all because people are going to look around doesn't mean that they will choose the opponenent, especially if they are some tea-party wack-o. Also the 50% of people who are looking around in places like Cambridge Massachussets can look all they want, but Michael Capuano is still going to win with 65% of the vote. I really don't think that we can look to deeply into these generalized questions since they don't take the individual races into account.

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 13, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Six (6) checks today.
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Cherry picked bogus anti-BHO poll. Check.

Dems-in-trouble false narrative (even though they have fewer retirements in Congress). Check.

Gratuitous mention of Mrs. Todd Palin endorsement (who cares?). Check.

Free pub for non-competitive GOP gubernatorial primary candidate and Mrs. Palin endorsee, Karen Handel (the second Handel shout out in one week). Check.

No positive mention of the 44th President of the United States. Check.

No mention of FLOTUS's appearance at NAACP convention and the group's upcoming vote this week to call out the "Tea Party" for racism. Check.
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On the bright side: no free ads for Charlie (BHO's Health Care Reform = W's Iraqi War) Cook Political Report or Tim Pawlenty.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 13, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Felicia and Aaron, thanks. Lots of info this morning.
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Is Twinkle favored?
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off-topic: according to the NYT, SC US Senate D nominee Greene wants to be portrayed by Denzel Washington in the movie.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 13, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

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