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Republicans' enthusiasm about 2010 midterms at historic high

1. New data from Gallup on Monday suggests that Republican voters are significantly more enthusiastic about the 2010 midterm elections than in years past, further evidence of an energized GOP base heading into the fall campaign.

Nearly six in 10 Republicans described themselves as "more enthusiastic" about 2010 than previous midterm elections, while 44 percent of Democrats said the same. The previous "enthusiasm high" in Gallup data was in 2006, when 50 percent of Democrats described themselves as more enthusiastic than in past, non-presidential election years (40 percent of Republicans said the same). Democrats picked up 30 seats and the House majority that year.

While the Gallup numbers are gathered from four national polls conducted throughout the year, the latest survey to be included -- from earlier this month -- paints an even rosier picture for the GOP than the overall data.

In the June poll, 53 percent of Republicans said they were more enthusiastic about voting in this election than they had been in previous midterms, while 39 percent said they were less enthusiastic; just 35 percent of Democrats called themselves more enthusiastic in2010, while 56 percent said they were less so.

"The enthusiasm question has generally provided an accurate indication of which party will fare better in the midterm elections," writes Gallup's Jeffrey Jones. "Since 1994, the party that has had a relative advantage on the enthusiasm measure has gained congressional seats in that midterm election year."

Put simply: Midterm elections tend to be low turnout affairs, making the two party bases -- the most reliable of voters -- even more important. When one party's base is, to borrow a phrase, fired up and ready to go and the others isn't, major change can happen. (See President Obama winning 365 electoral votes, including former GOP strongholds like Indiana and North Carolina, in 2008.)

There are still more than four months for Democratic voters to find their electoral mojo, and entities like the White House and the Democratic National Committee will be devoting significant time and resources to try and engineer that enthusiasm.

But, at least today, an enthusiasm gap favoring Republicans exists -- and that's good news for the GOP heading into the fall.

2. Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck has surged to a 16-point lead over former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in the Colorado Republican Senate primary, according to a new Denver Post poll.

Buck takes 53 percent to 37 percent for Norton among likely Republican primary voters. It's the first poll showing Buck with a significant lead over Norton, although surveys in recent weeks had shown him narrowing the gap over the establishment favorite.

Buck's rise, as we have written, has been aided by several factors. He has won the backing of national conservatives including Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), and Colorado's multi-step caucus process has allowed him to increase his profile among party activists over the past several months.

Norton, by contrast, has enjoyed the support of Colorado and national Republicans but has struggled to match the grassroots intensity for Buck.

It's not all anti-establishment fever in the Rocky Mountain State, however. The Denver Post poll shows appointed Sen. Michael Bennet leading former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff 53 percent to 36 percent among likely Democratic primary voters.

The Colorado primary is set for Aug. 10.

3.Utah Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson is just over 50 percent, but carries a 19-point lead into his primary race Tuesday against former schoolteacher Claudia Wright, according to a new poll in the Beehive State.

Matheson leads Wright 52 percent to 33 percent in the poll, which was conducted by Dan Jones and Associates for the Deseret News.

Matheson has been spending heavily on the race after voting against the Democratic-led House health-care bill. Wright advanced to a primary against Matheson by taking 45 percent of the vote in last month's state party convention. (To avoid a primary, Matheson needed to win 60 percent at the convention.)

The poll should be of some comfort to Matheson, but the low-turnout nature of the primary is cause for plenty of uncertainty. And, the poll showed that more than half of primary voters thought Matheson "isn't liberal enough" -- potential trouble for the incumbent if only the activist base of the party votes on Tuesday.

Matheson is a heavy favorite, but like many other incumbents in this topsy-turvy election cycle, he'll likely come away with a less-than-convincing win. If he somehow loses, GOP nominee and former state Rep. Morgan Philpot becomes the favorite to win in November.

4. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) has a double-digit edge over former state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) in the state's Senate race, according to a new Florida Chamber of Commerce poll.

Crist led Rubio 42 percent to 31 percent, while former Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) received just 14 percent of the vote - his worst showing in a poll since Crist switched parties.

Much of Crist's post-switch political conversion has been aimed at endearing himself to Democrats. Neutral observers now agree that his general election calculus is likely to rely on winning over Democrats not swayed by Meek. Crist's ideal scenario would be for controversial billionaire businessman Jeff Greene to win the primary -- polling shows him in a statistical dead heat with Meek -- as it would make it easier for the governor to convince Democrats to cross party lines.

In the governor's race, former health-care executive Rick Scott is leading state Attorney General Bill McCollum, whom the Florida Chamber has endorsed, by a 35 percent to 30 percent margin in the Republican primary.

5. The Republican National Committee took in nearly $6.5 million during May, a haul that's roughly on par with the $6.6 million its Democratic counterpart took in during the same period.

The RNC also had more than $12.5 million cash-on-hand as of the end of May -- about $2 million less than the DNC.

On the House side, the National Republican Congressional Committee raised $5.4 million in May, trumping the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee by $300,000. The DCCC still had a massive cash-on-hand edge, however, ending last month with $28.6 million in the bank while the NRCC showed $12 million.

May fundraising reports for the Senate were not available at press time.

The DNC has been vocal about its plans to spend upwards of $50 million in 2010 -- money that primarily will be aimed at finding and turning out voters who came out to the polls for the first time in 2008 to cast a ballot for Obama.

While the RNC has been less vocal about its plans heading into November, the committee remains in relatively strong shape in relation to the DNC--despite being without any levers of power in Washington (and with the GOP committee having withstood a variety of chaos over the last year).

--with Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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Charlatan Marco Rubio spoke to Florida VFW on June 18, 2010 about their contributions to our freedom and how he would fight for them. That is what charlatans do...lie and deceive.
Some spheres this guy has. In fact, millions and millions of donated money to veterans and our troops have been finding their way to Republican pockets instead.

No surprise this nationwide scandal is based in Florida and still operates.

SCUMGATE is appropriate and could bring them all down.

Posted by: Scatterthevultures | June 22, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

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


This thing with Kyl - if true - is illegal.


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

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


The Sestak Scandal.


The Obama-Romanoff Scandal.


And all that adds up to a RICO conviction.

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


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


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


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


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


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


This story is not over.

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

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

twice. That was 30 is less than 40 is greater than 30, where th3 thirty's bracketed the forty, so that the rebus was 30 on the right is less than 40 in the center is less than 30 on the left.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 21, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Well, my truism really was 3030, and it got editted by murphy.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 21, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, I know: you true believers think that we centrists lack both conviction and courage. " Posted by: post_reader_in_wv

As to courage i have no comment, but, had you those true convictions, and the understanding of the truism 30 30, and just perhaps, the courage to lose a few elections, you would be organizing a centrist party. You might use an armadillo as your mascot with a double yellow line down its back and a huge grin when it realizes that, if you carry the forty percent of the voters in the center noone can beat you in an election. Ricruit spurned RINOs and lonely centrists. Get with Ross perot and Warren Buffet for financing and get in the fray. Expecdting to convince either the far right or the far left is fatuous, and unnecessary. There are honorable and well respected politicians out there for you to court. But waiting for the dems or the R's to come courting you as a long and lonely wait.

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

lcarter, my pet theory is that Rubio is experiencing personal financial problems. The FL GOP credit cards kept him afloat personally. He was able to free himself from a lot of personal expenses by puttiing them on the party card. You'll notic that his last payment on that house was in January and he lost that credit card at about that time.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 21, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Charlie Crist deserves to be ahead.

He's the better man for the job!


Posted by: lindalovejones | June 21, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Really, lcarter, mortgages are for "little people"

Posted by: JakeD3 | June 21, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the graph link, 12Bar. Obvious as could be, the Meeks-Crist symmetry. Crist has captured the center, and Rubio's baggerism has gotten him all the votes it's going to.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 21, 2010 5:26 PM
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Looks like Rubio is boxed in. Of course, its way early and things could go wrong still. Rubio isn't out of the race. But, if I were him, I'd be concerned.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 21, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the graph link, 12Bar. Obvious as could be, the Meeks-Crist symmetry. Crist has captured the center, and Rubio's baggerism has gotten him all the votes it's going to.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 21, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

"What are the democrats doing to clean-up the violence in the inner-cities ????

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Posted by: 37thand0street"
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For startes the stimulus helped keep a lot of officers in their jobs. There was a recent vote to supply more funds to keep police officers in their jobs but sadly, no Republican support so it failed.

Our country was so economically damaged by the mortgage meltdown, two wars and big tax-cuts that state and local agencies have had no choice but to cut services, the federal Govt. has tried to help but there are a lot of law makers who are timid about legislating any more monies that would increase the deficit.

But just so you know, on average, violent crime has decreased slightly over the last couple of years.

There, I answered your off-topic question.

Posted by: JRM2 | June 21, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

All indications are that the "Socialist Party of the USA" (aka Democrat party) is in for a historic thumping in November. I'm talking every idicator amongst many different polling organizations. It may be worse than 1994 for the Obama loving liberals.

The last true indicator is the admission by the Washigton Post that their beloved Democrats are in trouble. A sure sign that Democrats may be crushed and discarded by the American electorate.

Blame the evil ObamaNation. It embodies all the worst elements of the Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton administrations with none of the good parts.

Republicans haven't even tried all that hard. Just think how bad it would be if Republicans were putting out maximum effort.

Posted by: battleground51 | June 21, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Probably wishful thinking among Republicans if they think they will do exceptionally well in mid-term elections They will probably be very disappointed and have only themselves to blame. Most of these gains will be temporary, overturned by elections in 2012, when more Democrats will vote and the economy should, finally, be noticeably improved.

Crist, if he wins, will he caucus with Democrats or Republicans?

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | June 21, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

WHEN Rubio loses it will be the death-knell for the 'tea party'. It will be seen for what it is; a fringe movement lacking money, organization and the ability to win any meaningful election.

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | June 21, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

WHEN Rubio loses it will be the death-knell for the 'tea party'. It will be seen for what it is; a fringe movement lacking money, organization and the ability to win any meaningful election.

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | June 21, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Actually, according to an average of the polls, Crist started outpolling Rubio about April 21st. I'm not a Floridian, so I don't know why.

Take a look at this chart which shows all the polls for Crist, Rubio and Meek, and you will see that Crist is gaining momentum, while Rubio is holding, and Meek is losing mo. Still early though.

http://www.pollster.com/polls/fl/10-fl-sen-ge-rvmvc.php

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 21, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Rubio's little $120,000 "Mortgage Foreclosure" problem is the reason Charlie has pulled ahead of a wanna-be politician, who can't even pay his own mortgage.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | June 21, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

One thing the fundraising numbers don't show is the rise of individual small donors as part of Republican Tea Party candidates. It's really a sea change and the political punditry should take note: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2010/05/small-donors-fuel-marco-rubio-campaign/1

Posted by: Bill-C | June 21, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

The teabagger mob movement has no chance of succeeding with wackadoo nitwits like Judson Phillips as self-proclaimed leaders of the movement (similar to a bowel movement).

His Washington Post chat is legendary for his jaw-dropping stupidity.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 21, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

they haven't blarsen... it is dying even as we speak.

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

The TP'ers are too fractured to be cohesive. Some are birthers, others anti-ss and medicare. They think we're being over-taxed when in reality taxes have been lowered. They're such a group of oddballs I don't know how they're even kept their movement together.

Posted by: blarsen1 | June 21, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

"Enthusiasm" in June means nothing and says nothing about the upcoming November mid terms. The rescumicans have had their ashes beat in the last 2 elections and President Obama has been whooping them hard for 18 mths. Passing Health Care killed the republicans and demonstrated that the Democrats under Obama are the stronger party. Republicans are engaging in wishful thinking.

Posted by: vintel7 | June 21, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Insightful comment after insightful comment. The brain trust is alive and well.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 21, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

(JAWS theme playing.)

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 21, 2010 1:13 PM
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAA-ALVIN. Is that you?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 21, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Watch and learn...Both Democrats and RepubliKKKans are'energized and positive' about the fall...which only means the extremes -- those who actually indentify themselves with these white collar gangs --are out delivering their party faithful message.
NO credibility there.

This is a special election opportunity. Those in the moderate center have the opportunity to put their boot on the necks of both corrupt parties and I believe they will.
Call them 'spoilers' or disrespect or denigrate them but the bottom line is that the kind of 'thinking' most politically compromised 'party' members are doing will lead to a big surprise.

2010 -- the year that hope surfaced.
2012 -- the year the dreams were realized.
2014 -- the year we took our country back.

(JAWS theme playing.)

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 21, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

The Rethugs can be as "enthused" as they want to be, but as long as they're running whack-a-doodle candidates like Mark Kirk, Sharron Angle and Rand Paul it won't matter - they'll still lose.

Marco Rubio lost his mojo when Crist turned Indy. Now Rubio is left standing out in Teabagger-land with no chance whatsoever of coming back to the middle ground.

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

Here's another example of Rasmussen polling that seems strange to me:

In Kentucky, Rasmussen has had Paul up over Conway:

+9 Apr 28
+25 May 19
+8 June 1

The other pollsters had Paul up +1 - +6 points.

I don't know why anyone would feel comfortable in believing the "accuracy" of a pollster who is reporting 17 point swings in the matter of a couple of weeks, then swings back 16 points a couple of weeks later.

http://www.pollster.com/polls/ky/10-ky-sen-ge-pvc.php

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 21, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Rubio's a freak. If this is the type of politician the right wants, the left will beat them all day long. Angle is the same. Keep putting them up and the dems will keep knocking'em down.

Posted by: blarsen1 | June 21, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Cubans are skewing the poll numbers...

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | June 21, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"Actually Rubis and Crist are tied in the Polls as shown by Rasmussen, which is the more realiable by far. Kind of interesting that two Republicans are battling it out while the Democrat isn't even in the picture.

In the end Rubio will win, as he wants to reduce government and prevent Obama's socialist agenda from growing even larger.

Posted by: Realist201 | June 21, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse"

Sorry, Surrealist, but Crist will win and will caucus with the Democrats.

Another GOP loss, thanks to the teatards.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 21, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

BARBOUR: I think the President was smart, and I congratulate him and BP that they reached an agreement on."
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@drindl,

I watched that interview and was interested in how Haley reconciled his immediate turn and pivot. He went on to say: Haley had thought that all $20b was going in at once, which would take all of BP's cash. But they are going to fund it in $5b chunks, so now everything is WONDERFUL with the escrow fund.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 21, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Bunning not only committed major gaffes in the last election, there were questions about his overall health -- and he still won handily. It probably helped that he smeared his opponent, an Italian American, as looking like Saddam Hussein's sons. His win is inexplicable except that rural Kentuckians often vote very conservatively and against their self-interest.

BTW, Paducah is hardly a population center in KY. It's quite small.

Posted by: msame | June 21, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"hebrews"? -- well, that about sums up the teabaggers. these are some ignorant rednecks, all right. you can't be far right enough to please them, that will be the death of the tea party.

you got that one right, 12 Bar... and now Haley Barbour demonstrates the flip and pivot, something Rs are going to have to master this year to get out from under the stench of their long love affair with Big Oil:


"Last week, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) complained about a proposed escrow account that BP will fund in order to pay out claims resulting from its oil spill. Barbour claimed that it would cause BP to lose profits. ” But yesterday on NBC’s Meet the Press, when host David Gregory asked Barbour why he opposed the account now that the oil giant has agreed to pay into it, Barbour changed his mind:

BARBOUR: I think the President was smart, and I congratulate him and BP that they reached an agreement on."

Posted by: drindl | June 21, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight: The gopers spent the better part of the last 30 years railroading everyone to the left of Attila the Hun out of the party, creating an all-white party of Southern and Western exclusionists and secessionists, leaving them with not much more than 20 percent of the population identifying with their homogenous little party. And now they've got a poll that says 60% of this tiny minority of true believers are excited about Rand Paul, Sharon Angle, Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, Joe Barton, Joe Wilson and scores of other crazies? I wonder where the percentage would be if Republicans who identify with people like Colin Powell, Lincoln Chaffee, Arne Carlson, William Weld, Jim Leach, Ray LaHood, Jim Jeffords, and, yes, even Arlen Specter, were still willing to self-identify as Palinstas and then weigh in on the sorry cast of neanderthals carrying a once-proud party's banner into the fall campaign?

Posted by: ImaDem | June 21, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Rubio is a fine person but his slavish worship of Israel in a recent speech to get Hebrew votes was disgusting. Hebrews mostly vote Dem anyways. Rubio said Florida should have rejected stimulus money which would have required state and local governments to close down as thousands of teachers and local police and firefighters would have had to be fired. Rubio needs to be more realistic and not so ridiculous as I want to vote for him but he makes it very difficult.

Posted by: mascmen7 | June 21, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

37 is so concerned with 'inner city violence' in chicago I really think he should move there and become a community organizer, don't you all?

Posted by: drindl | June 21, 2010 12:25 PM
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nah, he's too sce-e-e-e-e-e-red.

Hell, if he wants violence, go into some small town in Montana on Saturday night, wear your new boots and Stetson, and yeah, to top it off, a long duster--that's do it. Go to the local bar and lean against it, and drawl. I give you, mmmmmm, about 3-4 minutes before you'll be wishin' you hadn't done that.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 21, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Of course the rightwinger politicians and their endorsing plutocrats are eagerly looking forward to November as a cinch for victory, because their propandists are doing a wonderful job of duping low-information Americans into voting and demonstrating against their own present and future economic and political interests.

Posted by: janus555 | June 21, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

37 is so concerned with 'inner city violence' in chicago I really think he should move there and become a community organizer, don't you all?

Posted by: drindl | June 21, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Even if you believe Rasmussen is the best pollster on earth, you should know that since May 3, Rasmussen has had:

Rubio up by 8 over Crist May 16
Crist up by 4 over Rubio May 3

In the same time frame, all other pollsters have had Crist up from +3 to +6 points. All other pollsters.

I don't know how much comfort I would take from a pollster who shows 12 point swings over 13 days.

http://www.pollster.com/polls/fl/10-fl-sen-ge-rvmvc.php

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 21, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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


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


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

This weekend in Chicago - 40 shot, 7 dead.

40 people shot just this past weekend.


What are the democrats doing about INNER CITY VIOLENCE ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, HilaryLo, for the response. I am looking at his website as we speak.

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

Rasmussen polling is a proven joke:

"After revelations broke that Blumenthal had, that one time, accidentally exaggerated his military service, Rasmussen rushed out a poll showing a Democratic cataclysm in Connecticut:

Dick Blumenthal (D) 48
Linda McMahon (R) 45

Three polls followed, including ours, showing that Blumenthal had, actually, lost no support, and still had a massive lead.

Quinnipiac: 56-31
Greenberg: 55-40
R2K for us: 52-33

His narrative-setting efforts busted and discredited, Rasmussen soon rushed out another poll showing that, oh well, maybe Bluementhal still leads big after all:

Dick Blumenthal (D) 56
Linda McMahon (R) 33

After the Kentucky primaries, with GOP nominee Rand Paul under fire for opposing the Civil Rights Act (among other things), Rasmussen rushed out a poll that showed Paul winning by a gazillion:

Rand Paul (R) 59
Jack Conway (D) 34

Wow! 25 points? That was odd. Our own pre- and post-primary polling showed Paul holding stead. Other polling soon followed showing that yes, Paul had a lead, but it was close:

R2K for us: 44-41
SurveyUSA: 51-45

His narrative-setting efforts busted and discredited, Rasmussen soon rushed out another poll showing that, oh well, maybe this is a tight race after all:

Rand Paul (R) 49
Jack Conway (D) 41

Remember, Rasmussen has two modes -- the narrative setting mode, which he's used to great effect this year to fuel the "Democrats are doomed" narrative, and the "get it right" mode he uses the closer we get to the actual election. Well, we're not that close to November yet, but apparently he felt threatened by having such massive outliers vis a vis other pollsters. So he rushed new polling more in line with the composite polling trendlines.

It's kind of hard to set narratives when you become a laughing stock in the political world."

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

Perry has run Texas into the ground. A good governor? that is why our state debt of $18 bln is higher than Ca.
And the Houston Chronicle said this am that
Perry's ignoring our problems with high school drop outs the highest in the nation and rewriting our textbooks has hurt corp relocations to our state. White was a great
mayor and the GOP just can't deal with that.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 21, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues - In California, we have the Peace & Freedom Party which generally adheres to a socialist platform. They don't have candidates in every race, but they do have a gubernatorial candidate, Stewart Alexander. I plan on voting for him.

Posted by: HilaryLo | June 21, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Another fluffy little cotton candy about good news for republicanss --- yawn.

"Perhaps they one day will make that a city that votes the correct American way."

Rightwingers all seem to suffer from the same authoritarian disease.

Posted by: drindl | June 21, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Rasmussen. The question is who will be more motivated to show up at the polls in November:

Election 2010: Florida Senate

Marco Rubio (R)
37%

Kendrick Meek (D)
15%

Charlie Crist (I)
37%

Not Sure
11%

Election 2010: Florida Senate

Marco Rubio (R)
37%

Jeff Greene (D)
13%

Charlie Crist (I)
41%

Not Sure
10%

Posted by: Bubbette1 | June 21, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Rasmussen. The question is who will be more motivated to show up at the polls in November:

Election 2010: Florida Senate

Marco Rubio (R)
37%

Kendrick Meek (D)
15%

Charlie Crist (I)
37%

Not Sure
11%

Election 2010: Florida Senate

Marco Rubio (R)
37%

Jeff Greene (D)
13%

Charlie Crist (I)
41%

Not Sure
10%

Posted by: Bubbette1 | June 21, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Has puiblic opinion of FL fallen this sharply? Did anyone really believe FL would elect a teabagger as Governor?

The GOP shoots themselves in the foot again! Crist did not pass their "loyalty test"! Are you kidding me?!

Whatta circus!

Posted by: free-donny | June 21, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

To: Mark_in_Austin

This is Millie_in_Houston. White was Houston's mayor for many years. We elected a woman mayor and our new is cutting police, raising water rates drastically, etc. because HOUSTON IS HAVING FINANCIAL PROBLEMS. The Goodhair boy has done a decent job governing Texas tho I voted for Kay B.H. We will stay with Perry to not give Obama another Democratic governor. We need to rid this nation of Obama and his thugs. He is ruining our country. And more and more of my conservative relatives and friends are moving to Austin. Perhaps they one day will make that a city that votes the correct American way.

Posted by: libertymeanslife | June 21, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Actually Rubis and Crist are tied in the Polls as shown by Rasmussen, which is the more realiable by far. Kind of interesting that two Republicans are battling it out while the Democrat isn't even in the picture.

In the end Rubio will win, as he wants to reduce government and prevent Obama's socialist agenda from growing even larger.

Posted by: Realist201 | June 21, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

If Democrats want to play GOP-lite: Abandoning public education, abandoning organized labor, abandoning the disabled, then what's there to be excited about? Until I see a Democrat with real left-wing bona fides, I'll be voting third party, thank you.

Posted by: HilaryLo | June 21, 2010 11:45 AM
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I'm interested in which third party candidate you would vote for. We don't see your point of view often on the blog, so it would make a good contribution if you could identify that candidate.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 21, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

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


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

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

This weekend in Chicago - 40 shot, 7 dead.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Right after Barton (Texas) claimed holding a company responsible for disastrous events...A shake-down

Chris Cilliza comes out with this "weild" piece?

How could someone be so young and clueless? Well he won't be the first nor last

Can anyone say?
James O'keefe

Chris Cilliza really is clueless and shouldn't get to many bylines after November

Posted by: danders5000 | June 21, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

leichtman wrote: Agreed, MMS was a miserable and corrupt agency that should be investigated for corrupt practices from 2001 to the present.
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As far as I'm concerned, they can investigate the MMS back to its inception. And the SEC, too. The watchdog agencies have been systemically undermined, underfunded, undermanned, and de-toothed for at least 30 years ever since Reagan came on the scene with his "government is the problem" ideology.

Is it any wonder that it is in the financial industry and now energy that we see massive failures, which I'm willing to bet, we will find out are NOT illegal. Why should these industries break the law, when they can simply buy the law.

There are some people on this blog who seem to think they have discovered some great new truth--their "Ah ha" moment. There is nothing new to the undermining of the regulatory agencies.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 21, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

If Democrats want to play GOP-lite: Abandoning public education, abandoning organized labor, abandoning the disabled, then what's there to be excited about? Until I see a Democrat with real left-wing bona fides, I'll be voting third party, thank you.

Posted by: HilaryLo | June 21, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

After hearing Rand Paul and Sharron Angle espouse their frighteningly far-out ideas, the general public now realizes that the tea-bagger's candidates are someone you wouldn't vote for dog-catcher, let alone the Senate.

Posted by: ethereal_reality | June 21, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

37thand0street

Well crime doubled in Texas under GWB watch.....Soooooooo....... what's your point?

And what's with the inner city stuff?

How about those far-off Texas Chainsaw, cannibalistic families?

Posted by: danders5000 | June 21, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"further evidence of an energized GOP base heading into the fall campaign."

All it takes to energize the republican base is for TVland to announce a Matlock marathon.

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

the criminal problems at MMS started with
Dick Cheney's cozy relationship with MMS
and appointments of their administrators
and agreded that those problems were not cleaned up in the early days of this admininistration.

the Obama Administration could not shovel the cow dung left from the cataclysmic problems
from the economy to the disastrous incestious
relations b/w banks the oil industry and their regulators fast enough and that is their fault.

we should be deeply concerned that this Adminsitration has not found other potential
disastrous officials left for them when they took over in January 2009. Agreed, MMS was a miserable and corrupt agency that should be investigated for corrupt practices from 2001 to the present.

for you to argue with yourself and keep repeating the obvious over and over is a total waste of our time, period.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 21, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Chris has been recruited by Dan Balz and Jon Cohen. However, what I find hard to believe is that Chris has a family so why would he want to discredited his career before it really starts is beyond me?

Posted by: danders5000 | June 21, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Massive VIOLENCE IN CHICAGO THIS WEEKEND

40 Shot - 7 killed.

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

The democrats are more concerned with smearing Republicans -

And coming up with false storylines to make them look bad.


AND yet the democrats are doing little for the inner-cities.


Do the democrats even care that 40 people got shot in Chicago this weekend ???


What are the democrats doing to clean-up the violence in the inner-cities ????

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

With Meek at 14 percent, I don't see how Crist thinks he'll do better with Greene. Clearly the Dems have abandoned Meek.

Posted by: mypitts2 | June 21, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

"Republicans' enthusiasm about 2010 midterms at historic high"

Probably because "ignorance is bliss".

So far, Republicans haven't been wise enough to see that the GOP borrow and spent America into near bankruptcy, lied us into war, and made use out of their public offices for personal gain.

The GOP did not do one single thing for the American People their entire 8 years, other than spend every penny they could borrow, and drain the U.S. Treasury dry.


Posted by: lindalovejones | June 21, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party has a Clear Allegiance: The Rich, Oil and Coal

The Tea Party is fighting for what's best for Wall Street Criminals, for Oil and Coal Industry Negligence resulting in Deaths and Pollution, and the Policies that allow them to continue doing so Without Oversight or Regulation.

Why isn’t the Tea Party organizing and demonstrating against Industries causing the Deaths and Lost Livelihoods of Millions of Americans? Why aren't they protesting Lack of Regulation against Wall Street, Oil and Coal companies that are Killing People and caused the Financial Devastation of Millions of Americans? Why aren't they protesting against BP and Halliburton's Gross Negligence in the destruction of Multi-Billion dollar Tourism and Commercial Fishing Industries in the Gulf Coast Oil disaster?

Because the Companies Responsible is who Started, Fund and Direct Tea Party actions.

The primary funding sources for the Tea Party are two conservative groups:

“Americans for Prosperity” and “FreedomWorks”

which receive substantial funding from David Koch of Koch Industries, the largest privately-held energy company in the country, and the conservative Koch Family Foundations. Koch industries are responsible for hundreds of Oil spills spread over multiple states.

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/assets/binaries/wanted-for-climate-crimes-cha

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/polluterwatch/koch-industries-secretly-fund

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/polluterwatch/koch-industries

The Drill-Baby-Drill and Tea Party Crowd has little empathy for anyone else, yet is quick to ask for Federal Welfare when there is an Oil spill, Flood, Tornado, or Tropical Storm etc., in their Backyard as is happening right now in Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Florida, Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee.

The want Everyone to Help them but have no empathy for the Unemployed as a result of Wall Street Greed. No empathy for parents denied medical insurance because their children are sick. No empathy for the Poisoning of families living near Coal mining operations. No empathy for communities facing Flooding and Tornadoes because of Global Warming, and No empathy for other communities facing Oil spills because of GOP defeat of Safety regulation requirements.

Posted by: liveride | June 21, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse


Cannula has it 100% correct - the New York Times has called out Obama on the MMS - and said GUILTY AS CHARGED


"An examination by The New York Times highlights the chasm between the oil industry’s assertions about the reliability of its blowout preventers and a more complex reality. It reveals that the federal agency charged with regulating offshore drilling, the Minerals Management Service, repeatedly declined to act on advice from its own experts on how it could minimize the risk of a blind shear ram failure.

It also shows that the Obama administration failed to grapple

with either the well-known weaknesses of blowout preventers

or the sufficiency of the nation’s drilling regulations even as it

made plans this spring to expand offshore oil exploration."


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Confessions of a lonely centrist:

How sweet it might be to see Floridians reject the hard-line doctrinally-pure conservatism of Rubio and elect Crist after all.

And for the record, I think that hard-line doctrinally-pure leftists can go to hell, too. Oh, I know: you true believers think that we centrists lack both conviction and courage. Wrong, but I won't waste more electrons here trying to convince you. Just read John Avlon's _Independent Nation_ and then get back to me.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | June 21, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

AndyR3 you write at 10:26

Not to mention there is still a strong Union contingent in the state along the Ohio River.


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Would you please explain that - and expand a bit - Im not familiar with that.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 21, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Looks like tea party darling Rubio is going down. Floridians are sick of the extremism. For Rubio, our public schools are "socialism," and women are to be subjected to harassment before getting an abortion. Plus, he worked as a $300K per year lobbyist getting sweet deals for developers and Big Sugar before his actual election to the FL state legislature. As for Crist, he is actually a conservative, but a conservative before the Tea Party transformation of many Republicans into "nut jobs," and Limbaugh clones.

Posted by: magnifco1000 | June 21, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Looks like tea party darling Rubio is going down. Floridians are sick of the extremism. For Rubio, our public schools are "socialism," and women are to be subjected to harassment before getting an abortion. Plus, he worked as a $300K per year lobbyist getting sweet deals for developers and Big Sugar before his actual election to the FL state legislature. As for Crist, he is actually a conservative, but a conservative before the Tea Party transformation of many Republicans into "nut jobs," and Limbaugh clones.

Posted by: magnifco1000 | June 21, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

While it's a long time between now and November, the Charlie Crist situation is one that should be watched closely because there may be a hidden message in it.

Crist has been around state-wide Florida politics for a long-time. Rubio and Meek are not very well known.

Rubio's rapid rise to GOP stardom is now being tempered by the realization that voters don't really know who he is as a person. He says the right things in interview but we have seen from our current President that being a smooth-talker isn't the same as competence or leadership.

What we do know about Rubio now isn't particularly flattering: mismanagment of GOP credit cards -- to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars, foreclosure of his house and other financial mistakes from someone who is running on a platform of fiscal responsibility.

In terms of Meek, I suspect that the minority vote is being underrepresented in these polling numbers. But, I have yet to hear a compelling argument about why anyone should vote for him or his primary opponent, Jeff Greene, a billionaire who profitted on the housing market meltdown that devastated Florida.

At this point, perhaps voters think it's best to stick with the devil they do know - Charlie Crist.

Posted by: Jay20 | June 21, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Andy there is often a disconnect in voting trends for state offices and national office.
Utah and Salt Lake have elected Ds but I can't remember the last time they elected a D to Congress same for Ky.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 21, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Mark,
Kentucky has a Democratic governor and Attorney General (who is running against Paul). These are usually Blue Dog democrats which sells well in the population centers in the state like Lexington, Lousville, and Paducah. Not to mention there is still a strong Union contingent in the state along the Ohio River. Also I thinks Paul's views on the civil rights act, eliminating/privatizing Social Security and Medicare, deregulating Oil companies, calling the Department of Education unconstitutional won't sell well in one of the poorest states in the country. On top of that his lack of support for the Afganistan and Iraq war will not sit well with the veterans associations. What happens when he says he will cut off funding for the war in Afganistan? I bet he loses the general by 15 points.

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 21, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

polling which doesn't mean much at this time,
shows White doing well in Houston and San Antonio but behind in Austin and Dallas. That seemed really strange even though I know that Austin is not homogenous. I had a long conversation with the Chronicle City Desk and asked when they would start writing ANY positive stories about our popular mayor and was shocked to read about Hutchinson supporters moving to White. I would suggest you follow Chronicle stories and their sentiments especially about the $18 billion hole. Its unbelievable that the Texas GOP is $650,00 in the hole; didn't see that story in the Austin Statesman or Dallas Morning News.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 21, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Smoking Gun from the Front Page of the NY Times-

Failure of Rig’s Last Line of Defense Tied to Myriad Factors

By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: June 20, 2010


This article is by David Barstow, Laura Dodd, James Glanz, Stephanie Saul and Ian Urbina.


"An examination by The New York Times highlights the chasm between the oil industry’s assertions about the reliability of its blowout preventers and a more complex reality. It reveals that the federal agency charged with regulating offshore drilling, the Minerals Management Service, repeatedly declined to act on advice from its own experts on how it could minimize the risk of a blind shear ram failure.

It also shows that the Obama administration failed to grapple

with either the well-known weaknesses of blowout preventers

or the sufficiency of the nation’s drilling regulations even as it

made plans this spring to expand offshore oil exploration."

(Chris- may raise enthusiasm a bit)

Posted by: thecannula | June 21, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Good Monday Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Left-Wing Mama's Boys,

Fed up with the Obama Regime's ongoing incompetence, Okaloosa County Florida has gone rogue. Rather than for the Feds to stop counting life jackets and telling foreign governments "No thanks, we'd rather botch this ourselves," the county is going ahead with the construction of barriers to protect its beaches from oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon spill on its own.

Obama's Coast Guard --- fresh from defending its position of halting skimming operations so bureaucrats could could count life jackets and fire extinguishers --- has responded by reportedly running its boats over the booms and barriers Okaloosa county has erected.

Remember, the entire Obamunist philosophy of governance is based on the premise that state and local authorities are stupid and therefore the Federal Government must have supremacy in all matters. The response to the spill gives lie to this premise.

Posted by: Moonbat | June 21, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Poor teabaggers. Their darling Marco Rubio will get crushed by Charlie Crist, who will caucus with the Democrats.

LOL What an embarrassment for the tea tards.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 21, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

leichtman, that is good news and if it means the word can spread quickly enough through the Rotary Clubs, et al, that TX will actually need some leadership rather than the poseur it has now it could make a difference. I was gloomy after that conversation.

You probably heard that in this bad period Dewhurst is calling for $170M in further cuts to the community colleges. That is perhaps the most counterproductive cut one could make, next to closing the public schools.

As Ddawd linked earlier, Klein has stated that the anti-stimulus of state budget cuts counters the federal stimulus. That will be true in TX.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 21, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

mark, Bunning was totally unhinged in 2004
and made some really outrageous comments
during that election cycle and still won rather comfortably; he called his Indian opponent a muslim terrorist as I recall. Ky is not a good state for Ds, and iimho should not waste a dime there since there are other states
like Ohio and New Hampshire which have Senate races which will likely be nail biters.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 21, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I'll never vote Democrat or Republican again. The Democrats trample the 2nd and 10th Amendments, the Republicans trample the 4th and 8th Amendments. To heck with them both.

Libertarian or Constitution Party from here on.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | June 21, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Even the near imbecile DDunce has now figured out how utterly inept and impotent obungler and the liberals are.

Anyone but drivl and Ped still think these clowns belong in power?

Posted by: Moonbat | June 21, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Andy, I do not know to whom you would compare Rand Paul, but for electoral purposes one could compare him to Jim Bunning. He is temperamentally and intellectually the better of the old righthander, who won KY regardless of his choleric outbursts. Why would those KY voters not flock to Paul, who seems sane by comparison? I know that he will voice opinions that inconsistent at best and reactionary at worst, but by doing so in a gentle way he will not lose as many independent votes as D leaning posters imagine.

Bunning won over Mongiardo by 53-47 as I recall, so the Ds are certainly in the hunt in KY. Their nominee will still have an uphill fight.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting folks in rural east Texas. Middle class white folks who vote. They vote R. There is almost nothing that would make them vote D. They are in a seeming frenzy to prove themselves, each one to the other, as more conservative than the next. Some of Paul's personal libertarian views would strike them as too liberal. I imagine much of KY is like this, too.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 21, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Ssaturday's Houston Chronicle lead story
was about Hutchinson supporters moving towards
White so I wouldn't put too much stock in your son's friend's assesment. Sunday's Chroncile lead was that Texas GOP on verge of bankruptcy, $650,000 in the hole; that is unbelievable.

Its an $18 billion and counting hole. The sleeper issues mark are: 1. Texas debt surpasses California's 2. Property Rights; White is a strong advocate of property right that appeals dircectly to many Hutchinson supporters and 3. Gambling. All our local
stations ran stories promoting full fledged
gambling to close the $18 billion gap which
goodhair totally rejects.


Surprise, surprise, surprise. The Fix starts
another week with its lead thread talking
about what else but how great the GOP is.
Nothing better than free internet advertising for the GOP.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 21, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

In the Florida senate race,tea party darling Rubio, proclaims less taxes, smaller government, yada,yada,yada, while falling into foreclosure on his own property. Rubio’s “drill,baby, drill,” wanting to raise soc. sec. age to 70,and cut benefits, plus his credit card abuse, and being Jeb Bush puppet make him undesirable! How about kickbacks from F.I.U., Jackson hosp., and the tollway deal, where he approved money as a political legislature and got well paid off! I will vote for Crist!

Posted by: roosboys | June 21, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

By November Obama will be the most despised President in American history. The pitiful manner he has not lead in the oil spill is proof of his total lack of management or leadership skills. When its not a corrupt Acorn team he is leading he is totally lost. No transparency, no jobs, no honest, and on and on this guy shows he totally unfit for public office. November cannot come quickly enough.

Posted by: cdorbg | June 21, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

#1 and #5 are linked in a very real way. The problem with comparing 06 or any other year to this one in regards to enthusiasm is that in almost all those cases that enthusiasm also translated to money. This year however, the DNC, DCCC, and DSCC are all ahead of there GOP counterparts somethimes by double. What this means is that they are better positioned to counteract this enthusiasm edge.

In addition, the increased enthusiasm usually is accompanied by a huge switch in voter registration, which is not occuring. So basically what is happening is the GOP is made up of about 30% of the population, of which 60% of are the most motivated and right wing part of the party. Where as the Democrats represent 40% of the population, of which 40% are enthusiastic. If you calculated those numbers the absolute numbers are the same, and the Democrats are better funded.

On top of all that the GOP keeps nominating extreme right wingers who can't win in a general election (see Florida, Kentucky, and Nevada).

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 21, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Crist is the direction the GOP instead of embracing the Tea Klan. Whatever the outcome in November, the GOP would have probably done better if they had not embraced the ignorant, bigoted base of their party and put forth Republicans who were philosophically akin to the GOP before GW Bush gave rise and acceptance of the ignorant base. I hope Crist wins. I hope that the embracing of the Tea Klan is the death of the GOP as it has become.

As more Americans recognize that the GOP is actually the new face of the KKK they will distance themselves from them.

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Posted by: rcc_2000 | June 21, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

2 - Back story of this election might be Republican primary results turning certain pick-ups into toss-ups. The economy in September will be key.

5 - I guess someone took away Michael Steele's credit card.

Jake in 3D out

Posted by: JakeD3 | June 21, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Napolitano admits internet "monitoring" -- but it's much more pervasive...

MORE EVIDENCE THAT U.S. CENSORS THE NET -- AND HOMELAND SEC. NAPOLITANO IS EITHER NAIVE OR IS BEING TOLD LIES BY HER OWN PEOPLE.

• Veteran journalist battles daily censorship and covert physical attack to expose crimes against the humanity and the Constitution emanating from the nation's multi-agency regional "fusion centers."

• When will Team Obama get command and control of a rogue bureaucracy that apparently LIES to senior cabinet officials -- and uses a silent classified microwave weapon system to silently torture and impair extrajudicially "targeted" U.S. citizens nationwide?

http://nowpublic.com/world/homeland-fusion-center-censors-net-political-comments-yet-again
http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
NowPublic.com/scrivener OR Facebook -- Vic Livingston ("Notes")

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 21, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

a pox on both sides.....may they both burn in hell....and if there is a third candidate, may they all go straight to perdition!

Posted by: OldSalt8 | June 21, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

RE:But the near ten percent unemployment needs to be considered as dire as a response to 9/11 or preventing the banking system from collapsing. For Congress to simply accept this high unemployment is nothing better than gross negligence. But it looks like 10% unemployment will become the new norm.
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Couldn't agree more. If the republicans want to give up about 3 million votes they should keep on turning this thing down. This issue accounts for the rising democratic poll numbers and enthusiasm. No party hates momentum like the Republican Party.

Posted by: bproulx45 | June 21, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure that if the folks on the Titanic had been polled they would have expressed record enthusiasm for getting in a lifeboat. Did that enthusiasm translate into anything?

I'd like to see how enthusiastic they are about specifics in the GOP agenda. Oh, but there isn't one. The Republicans have found that their voters like it better NOT to hear about a stated plan for our country. What their voters are actually enthisiastic about is hating Obama. That's enough for them.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 21, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

If the Democrats keep nominating individuals like Kesha Rogers in Texas, Scott Lee Cohen in Illinois and Allen Greene in South Carolina they will turn the coming election into a landslide for the opposition party!

Why can't the Democrats properly vet their candidates?

Posted by: mwhoke | June 21, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

the DNC spending money on the first time voters---
I don't have a poll to cite but a 2 year report done with 92,000 respondents, showing a huge uptick of black voters in the South since the '06 midterms. Sounds like CC and guys like Baconjr. don't factor these things in when they use their conventional wisdom spin.
And really CC, putting the headline item at the bottom because you could be wrong about the race, being a Rubio cheerleader and all. might try factoring in voter discontent with the GOP/TP disrespect and crudeness shown the Prez that these first time voter's put into office with their $20 donations and their powerful votes.

Posted by: katem1 | June 21, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/18/AR2010061803289.html

Ezra Klein's excellent article on the anti-stimulus. I think last week showed us where our priorities lie as a nation. When it comes to going to war, Congress can't approve it fast enough. When it comes to TARP, same thing. Lots of agreement in bailing out the banks. When it comes to passing stimulus to help state governments, extend unemployment benefits, and creating jobs, Congress can't be bothered. Now I wasn't against one of the wars and I wasn't against TARP. Both were necessary. But so is passing stimulus plans. The first one was too small and too tax-cut laden. Tax-cuts are relatively inefficient in stimulating.

But the near ten percent unemployment needs to be considered as dire as a response to 9/11 or preventing the banking system from collapsing. For Congress to simply accept this high unemployment is nothing better than gross negligence. But it looks like 10% unemployment will become the new norm.

My rant for the morning. Enjoy.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 21, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

It appears that the Tea Party will loose the Republicans another seat. Crist, after his poor treatment by national Republicans and the Florida party, is not likely to be amenable or beholding to anything Republican. Way to go 'baggers! Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Lefty_ | June 21, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

#4: With each revelation in FL it appears that Crist's opponents have more significant ethical questions nagging them. Meek's failure to campaign must be a factor, too.

#1: At my son's engagement party Saturday night, one of his long time friends and I spoke for a while for the first time in nearly 20 years. Andy is a software entrepreneur in Houston and an admirer of Bill White, the former Mayor. Andy's view is that Texans have no sense of the state's budget shortfall but that we do have a general sense of well being in the large metros because the downturn here has been so mild compared with what we see and hear around the nation. Coupled with R enthusiasm and D apathy, Andy concludes White has zero chance against Goodhair, which is the worst prediction I have heard from any successful businessperson or professional all year. Coming from a 40 year old self made millionaire who has supported White in the past and who has no "social conservative" or "TEA" sympathies I took it as a hard nosed assessment.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 21, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

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