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Obama job approval numbers hover around 50 percent

1. Heading into Thursday's health care summit, President Obama's job approval numbers are steady if unspectacular in the latest data out of Gallup. Over the past week, Obama's job approval sat at 49 percent -- numbers virtually unchanged in Gallup surveys conducted over the past three months. "Since mid-November, Obama's daily approval ratings have ranged from a low of 47% (several times, most recently Jan. 27-29) to a high of 53% (three times, most recently Feb. 12-14)," writes Gallup's Jeffrey Jones. Obama is viewed very differently depending on one's party affiliation; 83 percent of Democrats approve of how he is handling the job while just 17 percent of Republicans feel the same. Forty-five percent of independents, considered the crucial voting bloc in the coming midterm elections, approve of the job Obama is doing. These numbers suggest two things: 1) Obama enters Thursday's summit with far less political clout than he enjoyed at the start of the health care debate lo these many months ago. 2) His numbers have solidly stabilized after a free fall during the summer of 2009 as the messaging over health care spiraled out of control. For Democrats -- particularly those on the ballot this fall -- Obama's current standing is worrisome, as presidents with approval ratings under 50 percent tend to lose seats in midterm elections, particularly the first midterm election of a presidency. At this time in the 1994 election, Gallup had Bill Clinton's job approval at 53 percent and Democrats went on to lose 54 seats in the House; in February 1982, Ronald Reagan stood at 47 percent approval in the Gallup numbers and lost 27 seats in the House that fall.

2. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) confirmed to the Post's Dan Balz what many political insiders already suspected: Daniels is leaving the door open to a run for president in 2012. Daniels told Balz that a number of people have been urging him to reconsider his past insistence that he would not run for any other office than his current one and "just to get them off my back, I agreed to a number of people that I will now stay open to the idea." (How noble!) As we noted when we profiled Daniels last year, he is an intriguing politician having run and won as a change agent/regular guy in 2004 and 2008. ("I am going to stick to Indiana," Daniels told us at the time when asked about his presidential ambitions.") Daniels unorthodox approach to politics extends to the way in which he runs his campaign -- using polling only sparingly and serving as his own media consultant. Still in conversations with several Republicans familiar with Daniels, it becomes clear that he has something of a political inner circle with whom he keeps political counsel. Among that group: Eric Holcomb, who managed his 2008 campaign and currently serves as deputy chief of staff, longtime friend and campaign adviser Mark Lubbers, sister Debbie Daniels and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour who served as Daniels deputy when Daniels was political adviser in Ronald Reagan's White House. It's hard to imagine Daniels keeping up his consultant-free political career if he runs for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 although Kevin Kellems, an Indiana-based Republican strategist insists that is part of the governor's non-politician appeal. "Mitch is someone who writes his owns TV ads and rides around in a beat up RV -- not someone who relies on a bunch of Washington hot shots to tell him how to think," said Kellems. ALSO CLICK: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is using former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's recent declaration of support for party primaries to highlight the nearly six dozen competitive GOP primaries in House races across the country.

3. Democratic Governors Association Chairman Jack Markell (Del.) said Monday in an interview with the Fix that he doesn't expect any more retirements within the gubernatorial ranks although he acknowledged that it "is a tough environment for Democrats" at the moment. Markell, who took over as head of the DGA earlier this year, said the advice he gives to incumbents is "do everything you can to make life better for your states and then sell that story aggressively." Echoing the words of David Plouffe, who managed President Obama's campaign in 2008, Markell insisted that "in the end these elections come down to a choice." He flatly rejected the argument that individual governor's races would be affected by the national political climate and insisted that "governors races are likely to be a bright spot in November." Democrats must defend 19 seats this fall (as compared to 18 for Republicans) including 11 open governorships in Republican-friendly states like Kansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Markell's tenure as chair is likely to be judged not by losses in those states, however, but rather by how Democrats perform in the most populous states in the country; Democrats are hoping to take over the governor's mansion in California, Florida and Texas while defending seats in New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania. ALSO CLICK: The Fix's rankings of the 15 governors races to watch this fall.

4. The Republican Governors Association is launching its first ad of the 2010 campaign, a 15-second commercial hammering state CFO Alex Sink (D) as out of touch with average Floridians. The ad alleges that as a bank president, Sink "eliminated thousands of Florida jobs while taking over $8 million in salary and bonuses." Its tag line, which Florida voters are likely to hear for weeks and months to come: "Alex Sink. Not one of us. One of them." The ads will run statewide on broadcast and cable stations and will cost the RGA in the six-figure range, according to a source briefed on the buy. The RGA, with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour as chair, stands in a very strong cash position; at the end of 2009, the committee had banked $25 million to spend on the 2010 campaign when 37 governorships are up for grabs. Barbour said late last week that the RGA has raised another $13 million in the first six weeks of 2010. (The DGA continues to perform well on the fundraising front as well with $17.5 million on hand at the end of last year.) Florida is one of several VERY expensive states expected to be competitive this fall and by making their first ad buy in the Sunshine State the RGA seems to be sending a message about its commitment to running and winning in places that President Obama carried in 2008. Recent polling suggests state Attorney General Bill McCollum (R) has opened up a lead on Sink but McCollum must survive a primary fight first.

5. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has fallen off the national radar screen over the past year (or so) but his recent fundraising totals should make clear he has his sights set far beyond the borders of the Pelican State. In 2009, Jindal raked in nearly $5 million and ended the year with more than $7 million in the bank -- a staggering total given that he won't face voters again until November 2011 and he has yet to draw a single opponent. As interesting, more than 40 percent of Jindal's contributions last year came from out-of-state sources including donations from 46 states. While Jindal will almost certainly be talked-about as a presidential candidate later this year, it's hard to see how he runs given his previous pledge to seek reelection to his current post. Because Louisiana has off-year elections, Jindal would have to split 2011 between campaigning in his home state and organizing in critical 2012 primary states. It's just not feasible. Plus, at 38 years old, Jindal can bide his time -- waiting for the right opportunity to run nationally.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 23, 2010; 6:05 AM ET
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Cut off diplomatic relations with our closest ally? you need someone to explain to you why this is a bad idea, you f ucking moron?

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Obama is now adding a MOAT to the new embassy in London - which will increase the price of the 1 BILLION dollar facility which will be located near a bunch of gay nightclubs.

At this point, Ron Paul is making a great deal of sense - cut the federal government down to the bare minimum.


So let me get this correct: Cut off dipomatic relations with the British, save a billion dollars.


Why not?


What does the Embassy in London do anyway - just call them every once in a while.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Noacoler


How many times have you been banned from this blog ???


Please tell us - and also please tell us what you do to get back on the blog...

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 23, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Note that as soon as 37th shows up and starts flooding the blog with his triple-spaced hysteria, everyone else just gives up and goes away until he does.

Is this what you want here, Chris?

Posted by: Noacoler | February 23, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

It is absolutely amazing that Obama is the one who is NOT acting in a bipartisan way - but he is the one who is ready to start pointing the finger at the Republicans for not being bipartisan.

Obama's little joke which has been going on all year - it is pathetic.

This stance of Obama has caused many thinking people to lose all confidence in Obama - it is the kind of thing that makes people want to get rid of Obama and never hear about him again.

NOW Obama has been doing this all year, and many people have been doing their best to ignore the hypocrisy of it all - but now OBAMA WANTS TO DO IT ON TELEVISION.

It is just so wacky - it show so little respect for the legitimate positions of the other side. However the basic truth is that Obama is the one who is NOT being bipartisan - he is the one who ran all over the country making this commitment - SAYING HE IS THE ONE WHO COULD DELIVER.


Well, that turns out to be a lie, Obama could not deliver.

But now, it all seems to be everyone else's fault.

It is like a bad joke - no one laughs and just an awkward silence -

Is there any way the moderate democrats can just tell Obama straight up that they are NOT going down this road with him ???


THAT might save their re-elections.


Obama should resign - he is not a leader - he is delusional more than anything else.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 23, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Warning: Cherry picked poll above.

Research 2000 (Daily Kos) has BHO at 56% approval, where he's been the last few weeks. This is 3% more than his vote percentage in 2008. Given the daily plummeling BHO's undergone from the media, extremist teabaggers, Fox News, and hate radio, this high level of support is remarkable.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 23, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

OK leapin you’re using a dictionary without knowing the language and you’re now posting nonsense.  “Cô gái” means “young female girl.”
 
Ahh, the danger of the translation dictionary to people who don’t speak the language.  Problem is, I do now.
 
And no Krugman isn’t a harbinger of financial disaster, he’s warning us what you people have in mind: bankrupt the entire nation as a way back to power.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 23, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Only Obama can turn a conference aimed at bipartisanship into the most PARTISAN undertaking --

This is completely ridiculous.


Obama AGAIN is violating his campaign promises - and turning himself into an UGLY FRAUD.

Is Obama governing - or is he just off on his own ego trip - trying to make the Republicans look bad over Obama's failure to get what he wanted ?

This conference on Thursday is looking more like a tantrum than anything else.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 23, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Tại sao các bạn một neocom thông kê?

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Tôi thích bú người nam Việt. Mmmmmmm

Posted by: Noacoler
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những gì về cô gái?

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

thảm họa tài chính Krugman

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

cái giỏ ?
 
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Em không biết viết tiếng Viết.  Nghĩa của “nhá trống kể” là “House of Statistics,” và nhgĩa các từ trên là “basket.”
 
Tôi thích bú người nam Việt.  Mmmmmmm

Posted by: Noacoler | February 23, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

These lib kooks are willing to bankrupt the entire America for this lying snake oil salesman bo.
Americans at large need to restore the integrity and reclaim their country from the 'disguting liars' before everyone goes under.

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like anyone with a whole mind forgets that it's the Republicans who want to bankrupt government.

Read Krugman today, he's nailed it again.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 23, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

cái giỏ ?

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

These lib kooks are willing to bankrupt the entire America for this lying snake oil salesman bo.
Americans at large need to restore the integrity and reclaim their country from the 'disguting liars' before everyone goes under.

Posted by: somers91 | February 23, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

These lib kooks are willing to bankrupt the entire America for this lying snake oil salesman bo.
Americans at large need to restore the integrity and reclaim their country from the 'disguting liars' before everyone goes under.

Posted by: somers91 | February 23, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

These lib kooks are willing to bankrupt the entire America for this lying snake oil salesman bo.
Americans at large need to restore the integrity and reclaim their country from the 'disguting liars' before everyone goes under.

Posted by: somers91 | February 23, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

These lib kooks are willing to bankrupt the entire America for this lying snake oil salesman bo.
Americans at large need to restore the integrity and reclaim their country from the 'disguting liars' before everyone goes under.

Posted by: somers91 | February 23, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

These lib kooks are willing to bankrupt the entire America for this lying snake oil salesman bo.
Americans at large need to restore the integrity and reclaim their country from the 'disguting liars' before everyone goes under.

Posted by: somers91 | February 23, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

These lib kooks are willing to bankrupt the entire America for this lying snake oil salesman bo.
Americans at large need to restore the integrity and reclaim their country from the 'disguting liars' before everyone goes under.

Posted by: somers91 | February 23, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

These lib kooks are willing to bankrupt the entire America for this lying snake oil salesman bo.
Americans at large need to restore the integrity and reclaim their country from the 'disguting liars' before everyone goes under.

Posted by: somers91 | February 23, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

These lib kooks are willing to bankrupt the entire America for this lying snake oil salesman bo.
Americans at large need to restore the integrity and reclaim their country from the 'disguting liars' before everyone goes under.

Posted by: somers91 | February 23, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

These lib kooks are willing to bankrupt the entire America for this lying snake oil salesman bo.
Americans at large need to restore the integrity and reclaim their country from the 'disguting liars' before everyone goes under.

Posted by: somers91 | February 23, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

These lib kooks are willing to bankrupt the entire America for this lying snake oil salesman bo.
Americans at large need to restore the integrity and reclaim their country from the 'disguting liars' before everyone goes under.

Posted by: somers91 | February 23, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Do you really want Obama to spend that much money, and open up that much of a deficit that has to be covered somehow.

Posted by: 37thand0street
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The statists already have doomed the next 7 generations. Why not try for an even number?

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Health care is not going to help the democrats one way or the other in November - sorry but the damage has already been done - this is fantasy world, group-speak.


Obama is sort of in this delusional state -


Some people have to be wondering if Obama is actually unfit for office - unable to discharge his duties properly.

The economy is the most important issue for November. Plain and simple.

Obama has distracted the country again - and for little reason - oh look, there's a bird - look there.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 23, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the democrats are all getting ready to drive off the cliff together.

What was that movie - Thelma and Louise ???

It is like all the democrats are happy - smiling - all getting ready to fly off the cliff.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 23, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama still did not resolve the two major issues with the health care bill - abortion and illegal aliens.


Obama is blowing it again.

$950,000,000,000.00 is the cost that Obama gave us.

It is probably closer to $3,000,000,000,000.00

Those are actual numbers - representing ACTUAL SPENDING THAT OBAMA WANTS TO DO.


Seriously.


Seriously.

Seriously.

Do you really want Obama to spend that much money, and open up that much of a deficit that has to be covered somehow.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 23, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

You're the expert, zouk.

Thanks for verifying my accuracy

Posted by: Noacoler | February 23, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

OK if we are going to believe Gallup - do we have numbers that are bouncing around the margin of error - OR do we have a fickle 6% of the population ?

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What part of margin of error don't you understand?

Posted by: JakeD3 | February 23, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

dribbl and Ped seem to have uncommon knowledge about the interior of a mental asylum.

finally something that can talk about with conviction.

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

yawn.

poor drivl. nothing to do but count my posts. sad, empty life.

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What do you expect? His family has warehoused him and no longer bother to visit. The doctor only has to see him one hour a month, barely able to conceal his boredom, doodling on his notepad while zouk regales him with his hatred of "drivl" and "Barry"

wish the guy would up his meds enough to keep him offline.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 23, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

That only 17% of republican approve of obama shows how poisonously partisan they have become.
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Ever consider that the poisonously partisan Democrats made them that way. It does take two to argue. Without a moderate agenda there will only be opposing sides, and generally the minority party doesn't make the agenda. But then the Democrat rallying cries are "We won," and "Blame Bush." Look closer to home for the source of the trouble. Winning isn't everything, but governing with the middle in mind is.

Posted by: tnvret | February 23, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Lots of disaffected turining out to protect New health care availability and the Republicans might even lose 33 Senate campaigns.

McConnell and Boehner are doing their best to po the left, and that just might backfire on them.

Posted by: ceflynline
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You just may be right even though you are left. Nothing draws dem Dbaggers out like a free lunch party.

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Here's the St Petersburg Times article:
The Republican Party of Florida is facing its biggest crisis of confidence in decades.

Donors and party activists are livid over newly revealed records that suggest outgoing chairman Jim Greer used the party as a personal slush fund for lavish travel and entertainment. The records also show that executive director Delmar Johnson padded his $103,000 salary with a secret, $260,000 fundraising contract and another $42,000 for expenses -- at the same time the once mighty Florida GOP was having to lay off employees amid anemic fundraising.

There's call to McCollum to investigate it as Sink called for and he refused to do so....
I don't trust McCollum and considering what he had done in the past, he'll never get my vote.

Posted by: beeker25
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Chump change to E-Gore.

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

For Obama, reporting a 50% approval rating is actually meaningless. Reagan was a creature of the right, and his 47% approval ratying was reasonably interpreted as he was approved by the right and disapproved by the left. Clinton's ratings were a bit more problematic, but still mostly broke Conservative/Liberal. Obama is dedicated Centrist Triangulator Bew Democrat, (That narrow a focus), and it is mopre important how that other 50% breaks down. If half his disapproval ratings are because he isn't doing enough, it could be a bad day for Republicans when angry LEFTISTS turn out enmasse to rid Obama of the pestiferous gnats in the Senate and House that so tediously annoy him. An angry LEFT, an improving economy, and a suboptimal HCR bill might as likely lead to a revolt from the left as a revolt from the right. The T-Partiers are constantly stirred up, but the left and Obama's real potential base, the disaffected, CAN be stirred to action. Lots of disaffected turining out to protect New health care availability and the Republicans might even lose 33 Senate campaigns.

McConnell and Boehner are doing their best to po the left, and that just might backfire on them.

Posted by: ceflynline | February 23, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Interesting choice of words cilizza.

'hover' connotes floating on a cushion of air, ready to tumble from its lofty heights at any moment, once the magic of the device fails.

I sense the gas is running out of this hovercraft as we speak (type). A crash to Earth is inevitable. what goes up, must come down.

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Here's the St Petersburg Times article:
The Republican Party of Florida is facing its biggest crisis of confidence in decades.

Donors and party activists are livid over newly revealed records that suggest outgoing chairman Jim Greer used the party as a personal slush fund for lavish travel and entertainment. The records also show that executive director Delmar Johnson padded his $103,000 salary with a secret, $260,000 fundraising contract and another $42,000 for expenses -- at the same time the once mighty Florida GOP was having to lay off employees amid anemic fundraising.

There's call to McCollum to investigate it as Sink called for and he refused to do so....
I don't trust McCollum and considering what he had done in the past, he'll never get my vote.

Posted by: beeker25 | February 23, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"GINGRICH: I don’t believe that President Obama in any way is like Fidel Castro. But I do believe he is an exactly in the tradition of the French Socialists or the Italian Socialists or the German Socialists. I think he’d have been very comfortable in the Social Democratic Party in Germany. I think he would have been very comfortable in the pre-Tony Blair Labor Party in Great Britain. I think he represents a strain of left-wing big government. '


Gingrich’s statement that Obama would fit in with the Social Democratic Party in Germany is interesting. After all, the Social Democrats were fighting to block Adolf Hitler prior to World War II. As Matt Yglesias has explained:

The Social Democrats were the main source of opposition to Hitler at a time when the Communists were bizarrely maintaining that there was no difference between the two and the mainstream parties of the center-right decided that it made sense to form a tactical alliance with Hitler.

Social Democrats stand for a generous state and active labor market policies. Nazis try to conquer the world and send people to the gas chamber.

So while so many conservatives have tried to tie Obama and his policies to Hitler, Gingrich is now admitting that Obama would have been been on the front lines in fighting against fascism."

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a mess.


The other major problem Obama has is his arrogance and unwillingness to drop health care may make it extremely difficult for Obama to win back voters he has lost. This electorate could get frozen early on.

Posted by: 37thand0street

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The problem is that he campaigned on it and working to get done considering the fact that he boxed in the GOP into presenting their ideas in a summit which the CBO says it doesn't do much to solve the problem...

Posted by: beeker25 | February 23, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Get your god's name off of my money and out of my pledge of allegiance, and we can talk, about seperating church and state.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 23, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

OK if we are going to believe Gallup - do we have numbers that are bouncing around the margin of error - OR do we have a fickle 6% of the population ?

One explanation is that there is a "reverse Bradley effect" going on - people are trying to be nice on the telephone by telling pollsters that they like Obama, but they intend to vote against his party this year.


ONE aspect which is really important is Obama's job performance on various issues - which will probably determine voting trends more than the overall numbers - and there Obama is at 35% for his performance on the economy and 36% for his performance on health care.

Voters tend to focus on one or two issues which are most important to them and decide how to vote based on that issue.

So, the job performance on the economy is probably the best number to go by - and Obama is at 35% - this administration is a disaster and it's actions in the past few weeks are causing it to sink further.

Obama is a mess.

The other major problem Obama has is his arrogance and unwillingness to drop health care may make it extremely difficult for Obama to win back voters he has lost. This electorate could get frozen early on.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 23, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

All together now -- join hands and, no matter what happens or how cold it gets, chant with the high priests and priestesses: "Warming is real, and it's caused by human actions." If that's not establishing a religion -- what is it?


Posted by: drivl
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It is a religion and seperation of church and state should be invoked (even if it is not in the constitution) if any religious display, such as windmills, are erected on public land.

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

"It's amazing to me that the libs have never implemented some of your suggestions in the decades of their control and billions of dollars spent since the "great society" was introduced."
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I guess we are TOO interested in substance, and not enough in style.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 23, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Last week, Todd Stern, America's Special Envoy for Climate Change -- yes, there is one; and people wonder where to begin cutting government -- warned that those interested in "undermining action on climate change" will seize on "whatever tidbit they can find." Tidbits like specious science, and the absence of warming?
It is tempting to say, only half in jest, that Stern's portfolio violates the First Amendment, which forbids government from undertaking the establishment of religion. A religion is what the faith in catastrophic man-made global warming has become. It is now a tissue of assertions impervious to evidence, assertions which everything, including a historic blizzard, supposedly confirms and nothing, not even the absence of warming, can falsify.
Why invoke any jest? The behavior of warmists has all the hallmarks attributed to devout believers in any religion.

Religious faith simply cannot be supported by existing science, and indeed, faith in The Climate Church simply cannot be supported by existing science. Well, that's all good and fine, as long as membership in this church is not forced upon Americans through senseless laws and ludicrous policies that will affect every single American's pocketbook, not to mention freedom.

Now, even with the notion of such "settled science" thoroughly discredited, President Obama and the high priests and priestesses of his Environmental Protection Agency continue the federal government's effort to establish climate change control based only on faith impervious to logic or reason.


All together now -- join hands and, no matter what happens or how cold it gets, chant with the high priests and priestesses: "Warming is real, and it's caused by human actions." If that's not establishing a religion -- what is it?

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

The whole thing is a disaster. AND the slightest confirmation that these numbers were manipulated calls the whole thing into question.


Anyone who doesn't agree is simply ignoring what the details are.

Posted by: 37thand0street
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Climate Change (the crisis formerly known as global warming (cooling) in the 70's)is not a disaster. E-Gore got a verrry nice houseboat anchored in TN out of it.

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

drivl

Al Gore's Professor who researched the carbon dioxide - after years came to the conclusion that the carbon dioxide had little effect on the atmosphere compared to other factors.

The Professor has come to the same conclusion so many other people have - it really doesn't matter.

Way too many aspects of global warming have been checked out and failed to be verified.


NOW we have the temperature data from Siberia, China and New Zealand all under questioning -


This kind of stuff is not supposed to happen.


But to make it worse - the temperature data for the areas over the Pacific supposedly have been calculated based on the temperatures in adjacent land masses - so the Siberia, China and New Zealand data was multiplied over the Pacific areas.

So any errors in those regions had much greater effects on the overall averages.

The whole thing is a disaster. AND the slightest confirmation that these numbers were manipulated calls the whole thing into question.


Anyone who doesn't agree is simply ignoring what the details are.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 23, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The slogan has garnered the GOP millions of votes, and several elections won. And it could not be more deceptive. Republicans dont care about life. They care about winning.

Posted by: elijah24
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It's amazing to me that the libs have never implemented some of your suggestions in the decades of their control and billions of dollars spent since the "great society" was introduced.

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Last weekend on ABC’s This Week, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) called out Republicans in Congress who voted against the Recovery Act, but then promote the money that it delivered to their districts. “I find it interesting that you have a lot of the Republicans running around pushing back on the stimulus,” he said. “Then they go out and they do the photo ops and they’re posing with the big check and they say, ‘Isn’t this great?’” Last night on Fox News, former GOP senator Rick Santorum agreed with Schwarzenegger’s comment:

SANTORUM: I would be very cautious if I were a Republican to do that. But to take money from that package and go out and do photo-ops talking about how many jobs it creates does undermine your credibility.

Members of Congress having opposed this plan then running out and saying here’s money I brought home to the district — that’s not to say your district doesn’t get the money. They would whether you do the photo- op or not. But I wouldn’t be out promoting it."

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

And with that ignorant chanting of a response, you have indicated why it is useless to engage the truly liberal loon.

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

On February 22, 2010, after well over a year in office and more than three years after announcing his candidacy for President, Obama released his health care reform plan.


Yet he urged Congress to pass health care reform last August.


And with all that time to come up with his own plan, the Congressional Budget Office says the plan is not detailed enough to estimate its cost and other impacts. Per CBO director Douglas Elmendorf, "CBO cannot provide a cost estimate for the proposal without additional detail."


What was released on the White House web site was not even a legislative proposal, but an outline of intentions. One could say that it looks an awful lot like a campaign issue statement.


If not already painfully obvious to anyone paying attention, all the Obama administration can do is campaign. That makes total sense, since Obama had never held an executive or even managerial position in his entire life prior to being sworn into office. But he had tons of experience campaigning and giving speeches.


In short, that's how he thinks the world works: give a speech and publish a public relations brochure on your web site, and the world responds.


He is the Cargo Cult President. At least the real Cargo Cult followers built real things that looked like landing strips to get airplanes loaded with food and supplies to land on them. Obama thinks you get factories to produce things and hospitals to fix people by making speeches -- speeches that are reasonably good imitations of speeches given by real leaders.

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

my world didnt crumble any more than the world of a gun enthusiest crumbles every time someone shoots up a school.
I feel terrible for the aborted. Every bit as much as i do for the servicemembers who fall in Iraq to pad the ego and wallet of Dick Cheney. Mostly, because in both cases, their deaths were mostly preventable. If we had a national health-care plan, the woman who can't afford the medical costs of a pregnancy, would be able to have her baby. If we had better day-care options, the girl trying to finish high school, could have her baby without giving up any hope of having a future of her own. And if Republicans were interested in saving the lives of the unborn, they could save thousands by making some of things happen. Just as they could save the lives of thousands of servicemembers, as well as unknown civilians, by simply not starting unnecessary wars.
Of course we know, that life is not relevent to the GOP. They don't care about the lives of the Death-Row inmate. In spite of their self-righteous hand-wringing about "death-panels", they don't care about the lives of the elderly or the ill. If they did, they wouldn't have such a strong oppostition to the stem cells that could save lives. They don't care about the lives of kids once they exit the womb. If they did, they wouldn't be so eager to keep guns on the streets, they would care a little more about schools, and (again) they would stop sending so many of them to unnecessary wars. "Pro-life" is a great turn-of-phraise. The slogan has garnered the GOP millions of votes, and several elections won. And it could not be more deceptive. Republicans dont care about life. They care about winning.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 23, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse


UTAH CRIMINALIZES MISCARRIAGE

creates rightwing hell for women:

"This creates a law that makes any pregnant woman who has a
miscarriage potentially criminally liable for murder," says Missy Bird, executive director of Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Utah. Bird says there are no exemptions in the bill for victims of domestic violence or for those who are substance abusers. The standard is so broad, Bird says, "there nothing in the bill to exempt a woman for not wearing her seatbelt who got into a car accident."

Such a standard could even make falling down stairs a prosecutable event, such as the recent case in Iowa where a pregnant woman who fell down the stairs at her home was arrested under the suspicion she was trying to terminate her pregnancy."

http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2010/02/19/utah-passes-bill-that-charges-women-for-illegal-abortion-or-miscarriage

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh look whose favorite TV network is a Saudi [remember 9/11] propaganda outlet--

'Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal owns the fourth largest stake in News Corp — the parent company of Fox News — making him the largest shareholder outside the family of News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch. According to the Financial Times, News Corp announced today that it is purchasing a $70 million dollar stake in Prince Alwaleed’s Rotana Media, a Middle Eastern music and news conglomerate.

Boasting about the increased cooperation between the Murdoch empire and his own media corporation, Prince Alwaleed said, “This is a qualitative leap not just for Rotana but for the whole Arab world.” Because Prince Alwaleed has publicly acknowledged that he has forced Fox News to edit its coverage he disliked, conservative activists have attacked the business partnership as “really dangerous for America.”

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

No need. you seem to already know everything there is to know about everything. Like all liberals.

but if you insist:

If you are so fact and statistics conscious, how did your world crumble when the global warming data was proven to be fraudulant?

how do you feel for the millions of inconvenient unborn children who never got to have "the worst moment of their life?"

If there is a need to actually be in combat to deliver opinions about war, then why is barry running things? his greatest battle was fake Greek columns or Roman?

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"For instance, Prince Alwaleed owns a $4.3 billion dollar stake in Citigroup, and has announced that he opposes President Obama’s financial reforms like the banker speculation tax. On Fox News, the bank tax and other financial reforms have been smeared with misinformation and outright lies.

In an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto last month, Prince Alwaleed emphasized the importance of the “strategic alliance” of America’s reliance on Saudi oil. Other Saudi officials have called efforts to build a clean energy economy in America Saudi Arabia’s “biggest threat.” Fox News dedicates much of its coverage to attacking clean energy legislation that would lead to American energy independence.

If clean energy legislation dies, America will continue to be a foreign oil-dependent nation, which would benefit Prince Alwaleed and other members of the Saudi royal family."

They win without firing a shot. The Caliphate dictates America's actions through the Saudi propaganda of Fox.

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh look whose favorite TV network is a Saudi [remember 9/11] propaganda outlet--

'Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal owns the fourth largest stake in News Corp — the parent company of Fox News — making him the largest shareholder outside the family of News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch. According to the Financial Times, News Corp announced today that it is purchasing a $70 million dollar stake in Prince Alwaleed’s Rotana Media, a Middle Eastern music and news conglomerate.

Boasting about the increased cooperation between the Murdoch empire and his own media corporation, Prince Alwaleed said, “This is a qualitative leap not just for Rotana but for the whole Arab world.” Because Prince Alwaleed has publicly acknowledged that he has forced Fox News to edit its coverage he disliked, conservative activists have attacked the business partnership as “really dangerous for America.”

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

guess drivl doesn't want any more of me.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 23, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The man who cited natural law in an off-script anti-gay rant at CPAC has had two run-ins with the real law in the past decade, including a restraining order for domestic violence, according to court records in California.

Ryan Sorba of California Young Americans for Freedom, who is a longtime anti-gay activist, in 2001 had a restraining order brought against him by a woman in a San Bernardino County domestic violence case, according to case records.

A three-year restraining order granted by the court barred Sorba from any contact with the woman, Mary Paulson, and his brother Michael Sorba. He was also ordered to move out of the "family dwelling" in Highland, a small city outside San Bernardino, according to records..

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Drindl - Speaking of nuts check out sometimeCommunist Party USA members glowing comments on Barry-O being in alignment with their agenda.

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but these stretches at false equivalencies can be frustrating. I suppose there is some amount of free lunchitude on both sides, but to say that the two are equal partners is just wrong.

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Ddawd, the Brooks column pointed to the relinquishing until 2018 of the taxation of ""Cadillac" health plans, which were half the reason the CBO scored the SB as highly as it did. The proposal was kicked down the road to satisfy special interests, mainly on the D side, and it is a more logical assumption that it will be kicked down the road, to please special interests, in the future, as well. This is the unfortunate fate of any legislation that includes fiscal pain for any large pressure group. This is systemic, and not partisan. I would have agreed with you if you had merely pointed out the Rs are historically mischievous in claiming their special interest tax cuts will generate sufficient offsetting revenue. Ds are more likely to acknowledge the problem, but "promise" to fix it later. Not much better, really.

It doesn't matter who is morally worse, in the end, if neither party ever wants to grapple with paying for the special interest benefits of their contributors. "Citizens United" will certainly not resolve the structural problem in a way you or I or even some of the most conservative people in America will want to see.

I point again to the failure to fix the Estate Tax which had been resolved for eight years to be revisited in 2009. The whole year passed, and this no brainer was never dealt with by the Senate. Deals were on the table within reasonable limits that would have received over 60 votes. They could not do it. They failed. The problem is systemic. Kick the can down the road and follow it over the cliff.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 23, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Barry has now surpassed the record for time between Q&A press conferences.

his last one was in July when he infamously declared cops are stupid racists.

since then his handlers have wisely restricted him to the teleprompter only, where his worst offense is simply mispronouncing military titles.

It seems our Ivy League Present ident is not able to field any actual questions from the press.

Seems his abilites lie only in the pre-scripted, tape delay world of big talker/small thinker.

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

The man who cited natural law in an off-script anti-gay rant at CPAC has had two run-ins with the real law in the past decade, including a restraining order for domestic violence, according to court records in California.

Ryan Sorba of California Young Americans for Freedom, who is a longtime anti-gay activist, in 2001 had a restraining order brought against him by a woman in a San Bernardino County domestic violence case, according to case records.

A three-year restraining order granted by the court barred Sorba from any contact with the woman, Mary Paulson, and his brother Michael Sorba. He was also ordered to move out of the "family dwelling" in Highland, a small city outside San Bernardino, according to records..

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what Jindal would run: that he has driven Louisiana, which is still last in just about everything good, further into the ditch. What a platform!

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Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

So this is what moonbat/drivl was doing over the weekend:

"The man who cited natural law in an off-script anti-gay rant at CPAC has had two run-ins with the real law in the past decade, including a restraining order for domestic violence, according to court records in California.

Ryan Sorba of California Young Americans for Freedom, who is a longtime anti-gay activist, in 2001 had a restraining order brought against him by a woman in a San Bernardino County domestic violence case, according to case records.

A three-year restraining order granted by the court barred Sorba from any contact with the woman, Mary Paulson, and his brother Michael Sorba. He was also ordered to move out of the "family dwelling" in Highland, a small city outside San Bernardino, according to records. "

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

conversation overheard recently at the Post:

-Cilizza, get in here. why is your blog only getting 32 posts this morning. do you know our business is almost dead?

-Well sir, I was having some trouble with some absolutely pesky and loony leftists agitators on my blog.

-cilizza - those are our base. We rely on them to swallow our lies and spread the propoganda. what are you, some sort of public school communications major?

- sir, without the filters my blog deteriorates into angry bile, posted by three stooges named dribbl, Ped and BJ.

- those are my interns, they work here to up the ad revenue putz. I get them for half price because they are of no use to anyone else in the workforce. Now open up the sewage ports and stop shirking the liberal agenda. Praise Obama!

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

yes, bush DID use a teleprompter, didn't he? so weren't any of the wingers shrieking about it then?

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

'Utah Criminalizes Miscarriage'

This is the kind of life in hell created when conservatives are in power...


"This creates a law that makes any pregnant woman who has a miscarriage potentially criminally liable for murder," says Missy Bird, executive director of Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Utah. Bird says there are no exemptions in the bill for victims of domestic violence or for those who are substance abusers. The standard is so broad, Bird says, "there nothing in the bill to exempt a woman for not wearing her seatbelt who got into a car accident."

Such a standard could even make falling down stairs a prosecutable event, such as the recent case in Iowa where a pregnant woman who fell down the stairs at her home was arrested under the suspicion she was trying to terminate her pregnancy."


http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2010/02/19/utah-passes-bill-that-charges-women-for-illegal-abortion-or-miscarriage

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The president says he doesn't want to make a theatrical production of it, but since the president himself is a theatrical production, it's difficult to see how the great health care summit can be anything but. Mr. Obama is fond of saying how he wants his presidency to be "transparent," and he's making it easy to see through what he and the Democrats are doing. The Democratic task at hand is to animate a corpse with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and who wants to volunteer for that? But Mr. Obama is determined to prop it up for a vote.

On the eve of the parley with the Republicans, he introduced a revised Obamacare which smells like the old Obamacare, only worse. He will attempt to get it into law by the complicated Senate shell game called "reconciliation," and he needs 51 votes, a bare majority. He assumes he can keep all but eight of the 59 Democratic senators on board, and prevail by a 51-49 vote. This looks like a brave assumption.

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

So basically, whoever our nominee is, is going to have to have a Glenn Beck chalkboard and explain to everybody this is the way it is."

Glenn Beck, aka Nutso Mussolini, is now the model for the R candidate. Perhaps he will even be the candidate.

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So since Bush used a telepromter that makes him the model for Obama? Who would have thunk?

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

The end of government handouts?

Oh dear.

who will, pay for dribbl's internet?

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Republicans plan to get rid of medicare and Social Security -- what a surprise:

What exactly does Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), a potential presidential candidate, want to do with the country's two big entitlement programs?

"So the truth of the matter is, is we are going to have to reform entitlement programs."

We asked Alex Conant, spokesman for Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC, whether Pawlenty would favor the budget roadmap outlined by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), which would privatize Social Security and replace Medicare with a voucher system for private health insurance. "I haven't looked at that," Conant said.

In addition, Pawlenty's comment sounded somewhat similar to comments early this month from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). But basically what we have to do is wean everybody off. So we just have to be straight with people. So basically, whoever our nominee is, is going to have to have a Glenn Beck chalkboard and explain to everybody this is the way it is."

Glenn Beck, aka Nutso Mussolini, is now the model for the R candidate. Perhaps he will even be the candidate.

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what Jindal would run: that he has driven Louisiana, which is still last in just about everything good, further into the ditch. What a platform!

Posted by: gtinla | February 23, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

yawn.

poor drivl. nothing to do but count my posts. sad, empty life.

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"his last name is Soetero, Barry Soetero. Ever heard of him? Ever heard of global warming...I mean climate change. Ever heard of abortion.....I mean choice. Ever heard of war.....I mean overseas contingency. Ever heard of...well you get the idea."
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I know of a guy named "Barack", whos mothers maiden name was "Soetero". If you want to talk to me about him, you need to refer to him by his real name. Preferably complete with the title which he has earned: President Barack Obama.
I know about climate change. I know that the science is as reliable as that which tells us about evolution. If you want to talk to me about it, you need to be prepared to defend your denial to your grandkids in 50 years or so.
Yeah, I know about abortion. I know it's a tragedy each and every time it happens. But that tragedy didn't start in 1973. It was just made slightly less tragic in'73. Because while the unborn would die, the mothers wouldnt. Before you talk to me about abortion, you need to talk to the victim of rape who would rather die herself, than spend the next 9 months with a constant reminder of the worst moment of her life.
And yeah: I know about war. I know more about war than you probably ever will. I know what it feels like to see a mortar hit the building you just walked out of, while 2 of your friends are inside. I know what it is like to see them change from people to statistics for nothing. Before you talk to me about war, I would suggest you put on a uniform, and spend a year under constant fire. Until you do that, you are nothing but a blow-hard. Your name describes your opinion perfectly.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 23, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse


What no teleprompter jokes? no birther crap? c'mon people, what's wrong with you?
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Over four thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel :
"pick up your shovel, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the promise land".
Nearly 75 years ago , Roosevelt said: " Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a camel, this is the promised land".
Now Obama is going to steal your shovel, kick your asses, raise the price of camels, and mortgage the promised land.

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I have no reason to fear. The Census bureau conducts the census. Oh scary! As usual you have your head up Rush's pynoidial cysted butt with FOX blaring in the background refusing to deal with facts and logic and prop up some straw man like ACORN.

What ever happened to civics and the common good? I hope and pray that the census workers are safe from these malcontents.

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Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

What no teleprompter jokes? no birther crap? c'mon people, what's wrong with you?

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

More Republican genius ideas -- you can't make this stuff up:
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One Missouri lawmaker has an idea of how to help the state's bottom line - gamble a portion of Gov. Jay Nixon's salary each month on lottery tickets.
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Government entities at all levels are desperate for money due to their statist agendas fueled by out-of-control spending. My statist demo governor and his state government is no different. He is also highly dependent on campaign contributions by the gaming industry.

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I liked the moderation better than having the regular unemployed dreck on here all day.

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

to comply with a new liberal naming scheme, the Marine Corps will be renamed from this day forward.

It is to be called:

Marine Corpse.

you don't have to change the spelling, just the pronunication.

this change is the reasult of extensive linguistics studies conducted at Ivy League universites. they are smarter than you so just accept it.

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't know anyone named barry
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And I thought you were down with the name changing thing as a liberal policy of deception?

his last name is Soetero, Barry Soetero. Ever heard of him? Ever heard of global warming...I mean climate change. Ever heard of abortion.....I mean choice. Ever heard of war.....I mean overseas contingency. Ever heard of...well you get the idea.

I am running out of lipstick.

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Obama’s new hedging on taxing those who make below $250,000, or his administration’s taking credit for victory in the Iraq War, that they so once fervently tried to abort, or the flip-flop on renditions and tribunals, or the embarrassments over closing Guantanamo and trying KSM in New York or mirandizing the Fruit of the Kaboom bomber, or trashing/praising Wall Street , is not that a president cannot change their minds as circumstances warrant, or even that all politicians are at times hypocritical. No, the rub is that Obama is not merely flipping and triangulating on issues in a desperate attempt to shadow the polls, but he is doing so on matters that he once swore were absolutely central to his entire candidacy and his signature hope-and-change agenda, critical to the future of the US, and proof of the ignorance or disingenuousness of his opponents.

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

More Republican genius ideas -- you can't make this stuff up:

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One Missouri lawmaker has an idea of how to help the state's bottom line - gamble a portion of Gov. Jay Nixon's salary each month on lottery tickets.

The Missourian details a bill by state Rep. Mark Parkinson (R) that proposes deducting $2 from Nixon's monthly paycheck to buy Powerball tickets.

Any potential winnings would be put in an account called "Governor Nixon's Scratch-off, Match-off Fund," according to the bill, which gets a hearing tomorrow.

Nixon's spokesman told the Missourian the bill was silly and had no comment about whether the governor would pony up a portion of his $123,000 per year salary for the idea.

We've written a bit lately about Missouri's budget woes and back-and-forth about the federal stimulus program.

State Rep. Allen Icet, who chairs the Budget Committee, told us that Missouri has to solve its own problems. Icet is a sponsor of the lottery ticket bill.

The Missourian quotes the Lottery Fact Book as showing the odds of winning are one in 195,249,054.

Rep. Joe Smith, R-St. Charles, chairman of the Tax Committee, said he supports Parkinson's bill, which he sees as a potential boon to the state's budget crisis.

"I think it's kind of clever," he said. "If the governor were to win it would make it a lot easier for us."

May Scheve Reardon, director of the Missouri Lottery, said her department reviewed the legislation and would suggest two additional amendments: all legislators play Powerball and the governor also play Mega Millions, another multi-state lottery game the lottery introduced in January.

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"elijah, are you channeling barry?"
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As for the issues I mentioned I'm not spinning anything. I look at facts and statistics. Then I make an assessment. The fact that you can't even acknowledge the validity of the position shows just how closed-minded you really are. Thats sad for you. not me.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 23, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I have no control over other posters hobbies.

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

"[It's tiresome by now to point this out, but regular accusations of perversion acts from a multiply banned contributor should at a minimum be spiked from the site.]

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade"

Heh, to call the attempt at moderation over the past few days half-assed would be generous. If you're going to withhold comments, at least filter out the banned posters.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 23, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

you know very well that zouk/moonbat/drivl -- notice how he changes from 'moonbat' to 'drivl' at noon - what is that all about? to pretend he's not on here all day? -- you know that he is calling another poster a pedophile, that he is in fact obssessed with pedophila and can' stop talking about it.

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"for the last time: Ped is short for Pedant or Pedestrian, nice how that works out huh?

Was there some other meaning you took for some reason?"

Because you constantly mention him going out to the playground to scope out little kids.

Seriously, are there ANY conservatives who aren't racists? Well, I know plenty in real life. None that post on here, though.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 23, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I will concede that ... We liberals are, as a group, inept at ...

leading, legislating, honesty, transparancy, economics, science???

Indeed.

but do not underestimate your abilites at selling snake oil. Look who you got elected on the thinnest of resumes. Of course the results are typical of unqualified frauds. Try to spin that.

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Obamaism is working as designed:

Americans' outlook on the economy went into relapse in February. Rising job worries sent a key barometer of confidence to its lowest point in 10 months, raising concerns about the economic recovery.

I find very little to be confident about with these clowns running things.

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

What ever happened to civics and the common good? I hope and pray that the census workers are safe from these malcontents.

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Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

'Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told a crowd at CPAC on Saturday that he could "empathize" with the suicide bomber who last week attacked an IRS office in Austin, and encouraged his listeners to "implode" other IRS offices, according to a witness.'

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just exetcisin' his *free speech rights*

GOP == terrorists

Posted by: Noacoler | February 23, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

elijah, are you channeling barry?

It is not the spin or the subtle wording of the ideas. It is the ideas themselves.

when will you Libs learn. you can put lipstick on that pig all you want.

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

If they defend loons like the IRS murderer.

'Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told a crowd at CPAC on Saturday that he could "empathize" with the suicide bomber who last week attacked an IRS office in Austin, and encouraged his listeners to "implode" other IRS offices, according to a witness.'

Wait till the census begins in the coming months.

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., says she won't fill out the 2010 Census form and officials say that would violate the law but prosecution is not likely.


ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who once said the census was an invasion of privacy, may need every form completed in her district to remain a representative.

What ever happened to civics and the common good? I hope and pray that the census workers are safe from these malcontents.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | February 23, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

for the last time: Ped is short for Pedant or Pedestrian, nice how that works out huh?

Was there some other meaning you took for some reason?

do you know something we don't?

I am sure you liberals would gladly take any reason to silence the oppostiion and not have to defend your paltry successes in the majority. but this is not one of those opportunities.

I suppose you support Ped's right to 'free' speech. take a look at all the free speech last night and you will understand the value of something that is offered at no cost.

It was a bloodbath of idiocy once the filters were removed with the typical stooges leading the way down the hole to the cesspool.

Is that what you are defending?

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Finally, on health care, Maddow offered this stray thought:
The Republicans in the House proposed four planks that they wanted in health reform. They wanted buy insurance across state lines, allowing individuals to pool together, state innovation, and tort reform. Versions of all of those things are in the bill.
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Madcow - What's the link to the website where I can view this legislation. Obama promised a free look period.

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Cillizza is TECHNICALLY correct when he says that Obama's approval hovers around 50%. He would be FACTUALLY correct, however, to say it drops below 50%. This is what is known as the art of propaganda.

Posted by: Paaa | February 23, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Drivl, I will go farther than that. I will concede that most of the liberal agenda, has only itself to blame for most of its problems. We liberals are, as a group, inept at the message war. We were wrong to talk about climate change as "global warming". Even though the name is accurate, it sounds like it should be imediate. As if it should nullify winter. We should have called it climate change. We should have brought attention more to the changing weather patterns, than just the temperature.
We were wrong to talk about abortion rights. We shouldn't have made it about a right, which conservatives could call selfish. We should instead have made it about public health.
We were wrong to talk about homosexuals serving in the military. It shouldn't be about a right. It should be about respect. Think what you will about a persons lifestyle, but how can you disrespect a person for wanting to serve the security of his country? Especially at a time of war. And to tell that person that she will have to hide a major part of who she is, in order to do that, is simply foolish.
We have made many mistakes in the message wars. Still, the facts remain: Climate change is real, dangerous, and accelerated by the actions of human kind. Roe v. Wade has improved public health. And homosexuals, like anyone else, deserves the same respect and dignity that anyone else deserves. And that means the same liberties too.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 23, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Yeah just look at the long line of GOP incumbents and challengers lining up for Palin endorsements. Kingmaker Sarah. Right next to the mashed potatoes. Gettin' their pitchers taken with the with-book gurl. Just ax Rep. Greenteeth. Oh, wait.

And hey how ya like that Bobby Jindal. Yeah he's only 38 he's gotnlitd of time to raise out if state cash for a national run.

Woo hoo.

Look like the Matrix glitch is fixed.

What planet are you living on, Chris?

Posted by: Noacoler | February 23, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

On his radio show yesterday, hate radio host Rush Limbaugh decried Paul’s win as well:

RUSH: All I’ll tell you is that any organization that has a straw poll vote on who the party presidential candidate ought to be and comes up with Ron Paul is not an organization of conservatives. I just tell you. Something’s haywire there. I know the Ron Paul people go in there, but they had been attendees to get in there. Ron Paul winning a straw poll at a conservative conference?

Huckabee also claimed that Paul’s win challenged the conservative credentials of CPAC, saying “that Ron Paul winning the straw poll was an indicator that CPAC was taking a more libertarian flavor.” The tension between Paul-supporting libertarians and social conservatives like Huckabee was on full display Saturday when a Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) activist responded harshly to positive words from a Paul supporter about CPAC’s inclusion of the conservative gay group GOProud. “I want to condemn CPAC for bringing GOProud to this event,” said YAF’s Ryan Sorba after Students for Liberty’s Alexander McCobin praised the American Conservative Union for “welcoming GOProud as a co-sponsor.”

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Retching Madcow, desperate for any ratings, licks the cow that brung her:

On its face, the contention that terrorist suspects are no less likely to produce useful intelligence despite being informed of their alleged right to remain silent, and while under the watchful eye of counsel, is preposterous. Yet the attorney general believes it, and Maddow dutifully parroted the implausible party line.

Finally, on health care, Maddow offered this stray thought:
The Republicans in the House proposed four planks that they wanted in health reform. They wanted buy insurance across state lines, allowing individuals to pool together, state innovation, and tort reform. Versions of all of those things are in the bill.
Really? The Democrat health care bill includes tort reform and provisions to buy insurance across state lines? As Maddow might say, "that's not true."Meaningful tort refom and interstate insurance language do not exist in Obamacare.

It must be a nice: Maddow can play fast and loose with the facts while trying to make an opponent look bad on TV and receive nothing but enthusiastic hosannas from her blogosphere echo chamber. No wonder Maddow riptuot;> never stops smirking.

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

A good morning Fix (almost as good as my Brattle Street English Breakfast tea). I would quibble with comparing Obama's job approval rating with the exact same date in either the Reagan or Clinton presidencies. The appropriate analogy for Reagan would be around the bottom of the '82 recession (averaging 43% during 1982). It's a trickier job with Clinton, as the economy was recovering from the '91 recession when he took over. One could argue that his poll ratings after the failure of HCR would be an appropriate marker. Clinton averaged in the low 40s from mid-94 to mid-95, when he took on and bested Newt.

So, if economic recovery fails, expect Obama to drift lower. If the the ongoing recovery strengthens and job creation occurs, ~50% approval is a surprisingly high trough.

A warning sign for Obama is that Bush the elder lost reelection, because he was perceived as out of touch, not just because of the recession.

BB

[It's tiresome by now to point this out, but regular accusations of perversion acts from a multiply banned contributor should at a minimum be spiked from the site.]

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 23, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

'Just as relieved were mainstream GOP activists and traditional conservative thinkers who were pondering ways to make the party electable again. “I think Mitt Romney’s 22 percent was impressive,” said Rob Willington, a Massachusetts Republican strategist who’d designed GOTV technology for now-Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.). He was reflecting on the poll — not too significant, he said — in Murphy’s, a bar a few blocks from the hotel, late Saturday. Romney’s forces, he said, hadn’t lifted a finger; Paul’s had campaigned for the prize.

In another corner of the bar, conservative author David Frum, editor of Frum Forum (formerly New Majority), brushed off the result. “The Paul people all voted and the others didn’t,” said Frum. “I’m hoping it’s a matter of self-selection.”

The importance of minimizing Paul’s win united conservative activists like almost nothing else that came from the three-day conference. Even Brad Dayspring — who, as a spokesman for GOP whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), counts on Paul for “no” votes — fired off two tweets dismissing the result. But the 2,395 ballots cast were a CPAC record, up from the 1,757 cast in 2009, when Mitt Romney scored his third conservative win.'

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

'Though some conservatives are declaring that last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was “wildly successful,” this year’s annual gathering of movement conservatives has actually exposed “lingering divisions on the right.” In a Fox News interview on Saturday, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee questioned the “credibility” of the event, accusing it of being “a pay-for-play” because “of the way that it solicits sponsors.” Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin also criticized CPAC’s set-up, refusing to appear because she reportedly views it as “pocketbook over policy.”

But the biggest rift occurred around the prominence of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and his libertarian supporters. According to the Washington Independent’s Dave Weigel, after CPAC organizers announced that Paul had won the presidential straw poll with 31 percent of the vote, “mainstream GOP activists and traditional conservative thinkers” were looking for excuses:'

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

The climate change movement now needs to regroup, and at some point it will have to confront a central, unpalatable fact: the wounds from which it is bleeding so profusely are mostly its own fault. This phase of the climate change movement was immature, unrealistic and naive. It was poorly organized and foolishly led. It adopted an unrealistic and unreachable political goal, and sought to stampede world opinion through misleading and exaggerated statements. It lacked the most elementary level of political realism–all the more egregious given the movement’s politically sophisticated and very rich opponents. Foundation staff, activists and sympathetic journalists cocooned themselves in an echo chamber of comfortable group-think, and as they toasted one another in green Kool-Aid they thought they were making progress when actually they were slowly and painfully digging themselves into an ever-deeper hole.

I think Al Gore failed the climate change movement and that his negligence and blindness has done it irreparable harm. If the skeptics are right and the world isn’t warming — or if natural causes are responsible for climate change – it doesn’t matter much. But if Al Gore and the climate change people are even half right about what is happening to our world, the cost of Mr. Gore’s failures are incalculably great. He was the one world leader who had the standing inside the climate change movement to lead it onto a more sustainable path and, as far as we can tell from the facts now before us, he didn’t really try.

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

In a prelude to helping the US citizen with healthcare The Messiah is helping us with credit card management. As with most Obummer programs those who have managed their lives well will be punished while those who have managed in a less than stellar manner are rewarded. If you have managed well you will be greeted by an array of wealth redistribution. New activity fees, new inactivity fees, and the return of annual fees and big increases in the “minimum payment due”. Also since businesses aren’t as dumb as Obummer droolers banks have anticipated Obama’s punishments and have raised their interest rates. I’m sure that will help people that can’t make their payments now.

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

finally the loon behind the curtain is exposed:

Bill Nye the Science Guy vs. Joe Bastardi [Greg Pollowitz]

Here's their segment from O'Reilly last night. Two highlights: 1) Joe Bastardi's Weather Channel graphic from July when he predicted the El Niño–fueled D.C. and Dallas snowstorms, and; 2) Bill Nye comparing greenhouse warming on Earth to greenhouse warming on Venus with Bastardi's response, "I don't believe the proper measurements from Venus of over 10 billion years ago, so I can't tell."

Does the alarmist community really want Bill Nye the Spacey Guy as its spokesmodel?

anyone who still drinks this kool aid is a certifiable dope.

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Abuse Of Power: The White House has threatened to ram through radical health reform by abusing the budget reconciliation process. That would mean a new chapter on corruption for the history books. White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told reporters Monday that Democrats, ignoring the will of the American people, will try to pass a big government health reform bill through the "nuclear option" of reconciliation. In so doing, they'd be circumventing a Republican filibuster in the Senate and need only 51 votes.

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Oh look, here's an example of the brilliance of neocon foreign policy.

"First among these is Iran, which has a simple strategy for the coming months: Turn the Iraqi elections into a bitter sectarian battle -- and thereby ensure that the next government will be led by its hard-line Shiite allies.

To an alarming extent, the campaign is succeeding. Tehran's leading agent, as both Hill and Odierno noted, is Ahmed Chalabi, a Shiite who in 2002 played a major role in persuading the Bush administration to go to war. Now he has managed to have hundreds of candidates eliminated from the election on the mostly bogus grounds that they were or are loyalists of Saddam Hussein's Baath party. His targets are not just Sunni leaders but secular nationalists -- the two most important banned candidates are leading members of cross-sectarian alliances."

Ahmed Chalabi, who managed to convince the geniuses in the Bush administration to invade Iraq based on his lies, is now our biggest enemy in the region. We were played for dupes and we have spent &700 billion dollars and thousands of lives. And guess what -- it was all about oil.

'According to Hill, if the contracts Iraq recently signed with international oil companies go well, Iraq will become an oil producer on a par with Saudi Arabia."

And some of you suckers still think it was a good idea.

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Clearly the long string of broken promises has damaged Messiah. Of course the liberal loons will never fall out of love, but the swing vote in the middle that decided to test something new, is now in a terminal case of buyers remorse.

combine an eight year run, with relative safety and prosperity with a muddled old geezer pretending to be a repub and the voters say, "what do we have to lose, how bad could he be?"

Well we are losing our economy, our houses, our jobs, our military might, our doctors, our energy supply, our ethics, our transparancy, our honesty.

In short, the beige candidate turned out to be a fraud and a risky gamble that paid off roughly along the lines of a lottery ticket - zero return. He was not beige after all, his promise. he was RED.

Posted by: drivl | February 23, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

The implosion of the Obama administration is newsworthy, but not as astonishing as this petulant liberal reappraisal of both popular political participation and the structure of American government.

Given that the people apparently don't want bigger deficits, more stimulus, statist healthcare, cap-and-trade, or "comprehensive" immigration reform, and given that the most influential members of the Obama administration think the people either do or should want those things, we are apparently left with blaming George Bush, or self-righteously blaming the people for their stupidity, selfishness, brainwashing, or racism. Yet all of those assumptions only exacerbate the problem, and if continually voiced will turn a mid-term correction into an abject disaster for Democrats.

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Can you imagine what McCain's poll numbers would be if he had won? Look. There is virtually no doubt that John McCain would have continued much of the Bush economic plan which pushed for tax cuts on the investment classes while paying for it by borrowing. McCain would be out right now telling people that they must be patient and wait for his tax cuts to kick in.

And Let's face it. McCain would not have to suffer this Tea Party movement because anyone who is honest and truthful about this so called movement knows that it is predicated less on anger over economic conditions and more on anger that a black man now sits in the Oval Office. There would have been no town hall disruptions for the media to marvel over. There would be no daily outbursts from Glenn Beck that the President is a racist. Rush Limbaugh would not be yelping "I want him to fail!" and Michelle Bachmann would not be given the time of day by the media.

50%? In this environment that is just like 70%!

Posted by: jaxas70 | February 23, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Coupled with inefficiencies,lacking in fiscal discipline, a total disconnection with the masses -It's mind boggling how bo is still supported by lib,, lazy,blowhard unproducers dem supports.Well it looks like the 'kool-aid still has a 'punch' after all.Btw who are the 51% consists off?-Gullible,misguided,unamerican brainwashed kooks.

Posted by: somers91 | February 23, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

mark, i know it is vile. that is why i point it out. it is perhaps more vile than anything i have seen in my lifetime, and a marker on just how volatile and toxic the atmosphere has become -- a powderkeg... and republican officials, who should know better, just keep lighting matches.

after timothy mcveigh pulled his 'heroic' deed, they at least had the decency to condemn it or just shut up. no such decency exists now, only what actually appears to be an attempt to provoke more violence and bloodshed.

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

"The Ds must pass a UHC bill and both parties are likely to continue the Free Lunch Movement. I suppose that is not news, upon reflection.

Posted by: mark_in_austin "

Except the CBA scored the Senate plan as one that will reduce the deficit. I also disagree with the sentiment that both sides are about the free lunch. Throughout my lifetime, Republicans have spent considerable political energy into cutting taxes, but almost no energy into cutting spending. Clinton was able to balance the budget. Under six years of Bush and his Republican controlled Congress, non-military spending went up each year.

Obama is running up deficits, but a great deal of that is for bailouts and stimulus, measures that are only necessary because of the economic situation. However, he has also attempted to create a deficit panel (and did end up creating a toothless one) and also said he would not sign a UHC bill that would add to the deficit.

Sorry, but these stretches at false equivalencies can be frustrating. I suppose there is some amount of free lunchitude on both sides, but to say that the two are equal partners is just wrong.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 23, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Well, Scott Brown displays more independence than I gave him credit for. Good job, Scotty, you're representing your consituents --but you just lost out as the new republican messiah -- short romance, eh?


"In only his second Senate vote, Republican messiah Scott Brown helped the Democrats destroy a Republican filibuster on the new Jobs Bill, hahahahah, what? And guess who’s cold goin’ nuts on the Twitter?:


Read more at Wonkette: http://wonkette.com"/413847/scott-brown-votes-for-jobs-bill-wingnuts-go-nuts-on-twitter#ixzz0gN8xn24o

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Drindl, the retaining wall above US 183 on the south side of the Echelon Building caused the palne to flip so that the fuselage did not go through the building like a dart.

That reduced the death toll from potentially well over 100 to an amazing one - a decorated 'Nam veteran, family man, beloved in his neighborhood out in Cedar Park and in his church over in east Austin. He was a man who pitched in on community causes and as his son said, he was the kind of guy who would have tried to help his murderer. He was to have retired on Saturday!

I seldom get p.o.'d by rhetoric; but this notion that a murderer who burned his own suburban tree surrounded 2500 sq.ft. house down so as to leave his wife and daughter homeless minutes before venturing into his private airplane on a kamikaze mission to murder civilians he did not even know; this notion that he is a hero of the Republic, is vile.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 23, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Who cares about Obama's ratings. The political system in this country is totally controlled by the FEDERAL RESERVE!!! The FED is NOT a branch of our government, but an independent central bank that owns and controls our dollar, economy, and our political system!! AMERICA WAKE UP!!!
www.AmericaWakeUpNow.net

Posted by: AMERICAWAKEUP | February 23, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Anybody figure out the horse race widget absence yet?

Eugene Robinson captures why the Ds must pass UHC.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/22/AR2010022203529.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions

David Brooks captures how "trading down" can lead to StreetCorner's oft stated fear of deficit black holes can become a reality.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/opinion/23brooks.html

The Ds must pass a UHC bill and both parties are likely to continue the Free Lunch Movement. I suppose that is not news, upon reflection.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 23, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Bipartisanship is dead. Another co-sponsored effort, the Ron Wyden/Judd Gregg tax reform initiative is DOA, according to insiders. It is bunch of good ideas, good for small business and good for the middle class. It is neither radical nor too broad to understand its consequences.

But it is so ordinary that it offers too little to both sides' leadership to make it worth their while to support it.

It is not a far right nor far left problem Congress has, it is the entrenched interests, the same problem Congress faced in the nineteenth century: the spoils system.

Do none dare call the moderates corrupt? It is the center that is rotten, like biting into a bad apple.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 23, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse



'Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told a crowd at CPAC on Saturday that he could "empathize" with the suicide bomber who last week attacked an IRS office in Austin, and encouraged his listeners to "implode" other IRS offices, according to a witness.'

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

"A spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner today ridiculed President Obama's health care proposal because it's too short.

Boehner and other Republicans have attacked the Democrats' health care bills in both the House and the Senate for being too long."

Up is down, black is white.

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Harry Reid says out of work men become abusive. Could this guy be denser. He is about to become abusive.

It does somewhat explain dribbl though.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 23, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

"It's still hard not to think of Evan Bayh, Dick Lugar and Baron Hill as my representation in Congress. I still have to think about it when a topic comes up that requires knowledge of who represents me now. Don't get me wrong, I love Dick Durbin, and I've been pleased with the votes Roland Burris has cast (Schimkus is still a moron), but I guess since i haven't had the chance to vote for, or against any of them yet, they just don't feel like "mine".

Posted by: elijah24"

Yeah, it took me a while to get used to that too after I moved to New Orleans. I didn't start voting locally right away, so I didn't really identify with the political scene right away. Nagin, Jindal, and Jefferson were under that category. Jindal is still here, but Nagin and Jefferson are replaced by Landrieu and Cao. I didn't vote for Cao, but at least I voted in that election.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 23, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Yesterday the blog is closed for comments.

Today is it the case that only dribbl and Ped are permitted?

The idiocy these two stooges spew have permanantly disabled the Fix.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 23, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

As Scott Brown said:

"I was disappointed with the continuation of politics-as-usual in the drafting of this bill, as it was crafted behind closed doors, without transparency and accountability."

Well aren't we all sick N' tired of the fascistic, monopolistic politics of the Democrap party...bipartisan = capitulation and surrender of core values and principles.

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | February 23, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

The 50% approval number and the fact that it is holding steady I think should reinforce the Democrats who say that if they pass some bills that mean something (politically) than they can pull themselves out of this and save the majority of both houses. I think the jobs bill is a good start, and Reid should spend a lot of time thanking the five GOPers who voted with the democrats. Hopefully the democrats can use this as a spring board for the Healthcare summit and the bank reform bill which is slowly working its way through committee.

Posted by: AndyR3 | February 23, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Can we just stop pretending that Republican officials are sane and responsible adults?

"ThinkProgress caught up with Rep. Steve King (R-IA) at CPAC to talk about the attack in Texas. Asked if the right-wing anti-tax rhetoric might have motivated the attack, King implicitly agreed, noting that he had been a leading opponent of the IRS for some time. He noted that although the attack was “sad,” “by the same token,” it was justified because once the the right succeeds at abolishing the IRS, “it’s going to be a happy day for America.” He sidestepped the question of the legitimacy of the terrorists’ grievances, but sympathized by saying that “I’ve had a sense of ‘why is the IRS in my kitchen.’ Why do they have their thumb in the middle of my back”:"

A good man was murdered in that attack and this republican clown thinks it was 'justified.' Sick.

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Funny, I just heard on the CBS am tv show that Obama's approval had dropped to 45% and there was a discussion about why and how much more it would go down.

I guess Cillizza is just shilling for the White House again and keeping up the facade that all is o.k. in American Politics and that wretched noise in mid-America isn't anything to be concerned about....ah life inside the Beltway bubble!

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | February 23, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

That only 17% of republican approve of obama shows how poisonously partisan they have become.

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

"Mitch is someone who writes his owns TV ads and rides around in a beat up RV -'

oh great, another phony populist. maybe they'll start running guys who push around shopping carts full of empty plastic bags next.

'not one us -- one of them.' sinister, margaret? you bet. it's also chilling and divisive.

One of 'them'? Who? A Jew? A black person, a space alien?

Playing right into the 'other' meme long used in propaganda by fascists, communists, and other dictatorial regimes.

Posted by: drindl | February 23, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

It's still hard not to think of Evan Bayh, Dick Lugar and Baron Hill as my representation in Congress. I still have to think about it when a topic comes up that requires knowledge of who represents me now. Don't get me wrong, I love Dick Durbin, and I've been pleased with the votes Roland Burris has cast (Schimkus is still a moron), but I guess since i haven't had the chance to vote for, or against any of them yet, they just don't feel like "mine".

Posted by: elijah24 | February 23, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I was until September. I live in IL now, and I'm glad I do, but all of my political connections and most of my political experience are in Indiana.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 23, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Elijah, are you from Indiana?

I'd have to say that 50% approval is not all that bad. Given the shape the country is in, you're not going to expect many politicians to be successful. Just look at what is going on with the governors in the country. To think that he was going to stay on that euphoric high from his inauguration is just inane and I really despise the punditry for using inauguration approval ratings as a baseline, but whatever. People still like him and others want to like him, but are holding out for some improvement.

BTW, whatever happened to the political hall of fame?

Posted by: DDAWD | February 23, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse


FIRST, DO NO HARM, MR. PRESIDENT.

President Obama fails to realize that as long as the federal government is compromising the health of Americans by putting a cell tower- based microwave/laser weapon system in EVERY neighborhood in America -- and using it to silently attack and impair thousands of unjustly "targeted" citizens -- Americans cannot trust their government when it comes to protecting their health and well being.

MICROWAVE WEAPON SYSTEM ATTACKS, IMPAIRS 'TARGETED' AMERICANS, SAYS VETERAN JOURNALIST

• WHY CELL TOWERS ARE POPPING UP ALL OVER THE U.S.

Weapon system patents expose silent, powerful attack system in YOUR backyard.

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
OR: poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 (see articles list)

NOW IT'S OBAMA'S GESTAPO USA. WHEN WILL TEAM OBAMA ACT?

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 23, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Chris, I really like this morning's column. It's always nice when you use your knowledge and do some critical thinking instead of just spewing back someone's talking points.

I hope I'm not the only one who finds "Not one of us. One of them" a little too bald and a little too sinister -- even for the GOP.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 23, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I have lost access to the handy "best races" widget.

Any advice?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 23, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

#2: hahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!! Mitch is such a party hack! the only reason he got elected in 2004, is that President Bush (who was at the time, extremely popular in Indiana) "credited" him with many of the tax cuts that later put us on the verge of a depression. In Indiana, Mitch has done everything in his considerable power to sell off all of the Hoosier States money-making assets in order to balance the states budget. Great news short term, but with the state not making money, I'm not sure how it will keep that budget balanced 10 years from now or so. Not to worry, by that time, Mitch will be in his next office, and it will (again) be someone elses problem. My Man Mitch!

Posted by: elijah24 | February 23, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

A 50 percent approval rating is hardly cataclysmic for Obama. It shows that, despite the media hysteria and various calamities that have occurred, most of the country is still with him on policy items.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 23, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

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