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Wal-Mart Moms and the Midterms

1. A new nationwide survey shows that "Wal-Mart Moms" -- a voting bloc coveted by both national parties -- are deeply conflicted about President Barack Obama and the coming midterm elections.

The survey, which was conducted for Wal-Mart by Republican pollster Neil Newhouse and Democratic pollster Margie Omero via the Internet, is the first expansive polling study of who "Wal-Mart Moms" really are and how they feel about politics.

(For the purposes of the survey, Newhouse and Omero defined Wal-Mart Moms as women with children under the age of 18 living at home who had shopped and bought something at Wal-Mart at least once in the past month.)

Wal-Mart Moms tend to be younger than women overall (71 percent are between 18-44 years old) and white (67 percent); their household income on average falls heavily into two categories -- those who make under $50,000 (46 percent) and those who make between $50,000 and $100,000 (43 percent). Three quarters of them offer support for environmental groups and nearly half (46 percent) describe themselves as moderates.

By the calculations of Newhouse and Omero, Wal-Mart Moms comprise 30 percent of all female voters, making them approximately 16 percent of the overall electorate.

Their views about politics, at least according to this poll, are decidedly fractured. Slightly more than half (53 percent) of Wal-Mart Moms approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing and 43 percent of the group identify themselves as Democrats as compared to 39 percent who call themselves Republicans.

But, asked whether would support a generic Republican or a generic Democrat for Congress this fall, 40 percent chose the former option while 37 percent opted for the latter. (Women overall in the survey favored Democrats on the generic ballot 39 percent to 37 percent.)

The slight edge for Republicans seems to be born of two factors: dissatisfaction with the health care law and significant economic anxiety. Fifty-two percent of Wal-Mart Moms said they opposed the health care bill (31 percent strongly opposed it) while 38 percent expressed support for the legislation. A whopping two-thirds said they were dissatisfied with their current financial situation as compared to just 34 percent who pronounced themselves satisfied.

The survey is rightly taken cum grano salis since it is paid for by Wal-Mart and conducted via the Internet which remains a somewhat controversial approach in polling circles.

That said, it provides a fascinating window into a group of voters widely seen as one of the most critical demographic groups -- the new "soccer moms" -- in electoral politics heading into the 2010 midterms and 2012 presidential race.

2. The Club for Growth appears poised to have good day today in South Carolina as two House candidates it has provided financial support to -- state Reps. Tim Scott (in the 1st district) and Jeff Duncan (in the 3rd) -- appear on the cusp of winning their respective Republican runoffs.

The Club spent more than $100,000 on ads and mailings backing Scott in the past two weeks in his runoff race against former U.S. Attorney Paul Thurmond, the son of late Sen. Strom Thurmond. It also has directed about $200,000 worth of contributions to Scott's campaign.

Scott is the heavy favorite in today's runoff after taking 31.5 percent to Thurmond's 16 percent in the June 8 primary. If he wins, he will be poised to become the first African American Republican in Congress since former Oklahoma Rep. J.C. Watts retired in 2002.

In the Upstate 3rd district, which is being vacated by Rep. Gresham Barrett (R), Duncan is facing off against businessman Richard Cash.

Member of the Club donated $190,000 to Duncan while the group's political action committee spent $97,000 during the runoff on television ads in support of his candidacy.

Cash held a narrow 25 percent to 23 percent margin over Duncan in the primary. Duncan has spent much of the runoff touting his endorsement from the Club in an attempt to appeal to fiscal conservatives in this strongly Republican district.

While the Club's national branch didn't endorse state Rep. Nikki Haley (R) in the governor's race, her near-certain win still bears something of their imprint; Jon Lerner, Haley's consultant, does much of the media work and polling for the Club.

3. New Hampshire Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes is going up with his first TV ad of the race today, a 30-second spot featuring footage of former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte (R) claiming that her office did not have knowledge of an alleged mortgage fraud scheme that took place while she was the state's top cop.

"It was the biggest Ponzi scheme in New Hampshire history," the ad's narrator says, referring to the Financial Resources Mortgage scandal. "And 44 times, Kelly Ayotte ducked responsibility and claimed she didn't know." The narrator goes on to claim that Ayotte's office "knew what was happening -- it was on her watch."

The ad, which was produced by Murphy Putnam in conjunction with longtime media consultant Tom King, will be running statewide on New Hampshire's WMUR as well as in the Boston media market.

Hodes' campaign had made repeated calls for Ayotte to testify about her role in the investigation; the ad comes one week after Ayotte first testified in front of a legislative committee tasked with examining the scheme.

Ayotte, who faces a Sept. 14 primary against wealthy businessman Bill Binnie and 1996 gubernatorial nominee Ovide Lamontagne, has defended her handling of the case, testifying last week that she's "all for the principle that the buck stops at my desk," but "in order for that to happen, the buck needs to reach my desk."

Ayotte has already taken aim at Hodes as well. Her latest TV ad, released earlier this month, states that "New Hampshire has a clear message for Washington politicians like Paul Hodes: Stop. Stop the bailouts."

4. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised its GOP counterpart in May, but Republicans overtook the DSCC in the all important measure of cash on hand.

The DSCC beat the National Republican Senatorial Committee $5 million to $3.6 million in the chase for cash last month but the NRSC was more frugal; Senate Republicans now have $18.1 million to spend on the fall election as compared to $17.6 million for Democrats.

Republicans have been fighting a losing financial battle against their Democratic foes for the last several cycles. For example, the NRSC faced a $17 million cash disadvantage at this point in 2008.

But despite Democrats being in the majority, the NRSC has been with the DSCC step-for-step on raising and banking money this cycle, which should help the party's prospects of chipping away its seat-deficit in November.

On the House side, the National Republican Congressional Committee outraised the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee by $300,000 in May but is still at a more than two-to-one cash-on-hand deficit heading into the campaign season.

5. Two new GOP polls show Republican candidates leading House Democrats in Iowa and Virginia, adding to a growing number of internal polls purporting to show incumbent Democrats in dire political straits.

In Virginia, a Public Opinion Strategies poll from car dealer Scott Rigell's (R) campaign shows him leading freshman Rep. Glenn Nye (D) 41 percent to 35 percent; and in Iowa, a Victory Enterprises survey has state Sen. Brad Zaun (R) leading Rep. Leonard Boswell (D) 41 percent to 32 percent.

Both districts are regarded as potential Republican pickups although the Virginia seat is seen as a top 15 target for the GOP this fall while Boswell's district is considerably lower on that list.

The polls come on the heels of a barrage of internal GOP polls that have all been showing the same picture -- Republicans leading or competing in a number of districts in all corners of the country.

As we noted Monday in this space, the polls are notable -- even though they are bought and paid for by partisans -- because there is little to no data being release by the other side, suggesting that Democrats' polling isn't much better.

-- With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 22, 2010; 7:03 AM ET
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I was wondering what the anti-BHO false narrative/fake controversy would be this week. Now we know: BHO and "Wal-Mart Moms."

A bogus subclass of Wal-Mart Moms -- there is no such thing. Then we're told BHO's having trouble with this imaginary group based on Internet polling the post admits is bogus: "The survey is rightly taken cum grano salis since it is paid for by Wal-Mart and conducted via the Internet which remains a somewhat controversial approach in polling circles."

LOL.

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Posted by: scrivener50 | June 22, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Too bad you were born in America in 1998, leapin, you should have been in Kampuchea under Pol Pot. Now that was your kind of government.
Posted by: Noacoler
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NoaCom – My kind of government is a failing community organized thugocracy.

Posted by: leapin | June 22, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

A review of an ***INTERNET POLL*** which everyone knows are always jammed by Republicans seeking to create false perceptions, and ending with:

"As we noted Monday in this space, the polls are notable -- even though they are bought and paid for by partisans -- because there is little to no data being release by the other side, suggesting that Democrats' polling isn't much better."

Yeah, "suggesting."

And to think that you actually draw a salary for writing this junk.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 22, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Heh heh note the dig at the educated coming from the "neocom statist" jerkoff. Or is he the "democrap socialist" one, it's hard to keep track what with the conservatives on here being as interchangeable as spark plugs.

Too bad you were born in America in 1998, leapin, you should have been in Kampuchea under Pol Pot. Now that was your kind of government.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 22, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Academics damn Wal-Mart’s exploitation, but count on part-timers to work for a third of their own salaries for the same work — and thereby subsidize their own aristocratic perks. The PhD is felt the equivalent of an MD or MBA, and so leisured contemplation focuses on why less well spoken doctors and CEOs cruelly and so unfairly make so much more than far smarter professors.

We are being run by former academics or career politicians and bureaucrats who rely on academic wisdom — note the response to the Gulf slick, the Iranian bomb, and the rising deficits. Obama’s key 500 appointees, like himself, have little experience in commerce, business, law, medicine, or the military, but lots of experience in the academic revolving door.

Posted by: leapin | June 22, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street

Shut the &*!@ up!

Thanks in advance.

Posted by: yahoo999 | June 22, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

5 posts in a row the The Burnout -- everyone else gone.

NICE BLOG YOU USED TO HAVE HERE, CC.

Posted by: drindl | June 22, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama CAN'T EXPECT EVERYONE TO BE HAPPY WITH IS POLICY DECISIONS - WHEN HIS POLICY DECISIONS ARE SO BAD.

REMEMBER it was Obama who decided to run for President with such LITTLE EXPERIENCE AND LACK OF QUALIFICATIONS


That is the root of this whole problem - not the expressions of complete frustration on the part of the military about Obama's HORRIBLE MILITARY SURGE-PULL OUT STRATEGY (if that is a strategy)


________


The quotes in the Rolling Stone article are really not that bad


Obama HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE IS DOING.


If Obama is going to have a war policy FILLED WITH CONTRADICTIONS LIKE CATCH 22, Obama has to EXPECT these kinds of things.

_______________________


McChrystal situation:


This is the Obama-Biden Doctrine:


One soldier at the outpost showed Hastings, who was traveling with the general, a written directive instructing troops to "patrol only in areas that you are reasonably certain that you will not have to defend yourself with lethal force."


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama CAN'T EXPECT EVERYONE TO BE HAPPY WITH IS POLICY DECISIONS - WHEN HIS POLICY DECISIONS ARE SO BAD.

REMEMBER it was Obama who decided to run for President with such LITTLE EXPERIENCE AND LACK OF QUALIFICATIONS


That is the root of this whole problem - not the expressions of complete frustration on the part of the military about Obama's HORRIBLE MILITARY SURGE-PULL OUT STRATEGY (if that is a strategy)


________


The quotes in the Rolling Stone article are really not that bad


Obama HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE IS DOING.


If Obama is going to have a war policy FILLED WITH CONTRADICTIONS LIKE CATCH 22, Obama has to EXPECT these kinds of things.

_______________________


McChrystal situation:


This is the Obama-Biden Doctrine:


One soldier at the outpost showed Hastings, who was traveling with the general, a written directive instructing troops to "patrol only in areas that you are reasonably certain that you will not have to defend yourself with lethal force."


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"A leading politician today charged that the media, rather than informing people, now merely report on public ignorance.

Do our viewers agree? Let's hear from some voices on the street..."

cartoon on pollster.com

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 22, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse


I Can't Stop Loving You BP

as sung by the

Lonesome GOP Choir


(I can't stop loving you BP)
I've made up my mind
To live in memory of the lonesome times
(I can't stop wanting you BP)
It's useless to say
So I'll just live my life in oily dreams of yesterday
(Dreams of yesterday)
Those happy hours that we once knew
Tho' long ago, they still make me yellow and green
They say that time heals a broken heart
But time has stood still since we've been apart

(I can't stop loving you BP)
I've made up my mind
To live in memories of the oily times
(I can't stop wanting you BP)
It's useless to say
So I'll just live my life in dreams of yesterday
(Those happy hours)
Those happy hours
(That we once knew)
That we once knew
(Tho' long ago)
Tho' long ago
(Still make me yellow and green)
Still ma-a-a-ake me yellow and green
(They say that time)
They say that time
(Heals a poisoned gulf)
Heals a poisoned gulf
(But time has stood still)
Time has stood still
(Since we've been gulf apart)
Since we've been a gulf apart

Posted by: yahoo999 | June 22, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, it bothers me that CC would cite this Walmart poll. The first link in the article links to something from 2008. Pollster.com doesn't list this poll as a new poll. Neither does RCP. Why do I get the distinct feeling this is a storyline looking for substance? Why write about some *possible* phenomena based on some *unconventional* poll? Aren't there enough real stories to write about?

When this new pollster gets some track history, then we should pay attention. Until then, it's simply ether.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 22, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"Are you saying there have been ONLY 2 donors responsible for the $1.25m?"

that's right. $1 million from one oil zillionaire. not hard to figure out what kind of candidates they'll be pushing for, is it"

more like barton who grovel to BP.

Posted by: drindl | June 22, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"Healthcare 101: What the bill means to you

But there’s a carrot that goes along with this stick: subsidies. Uncle Sam would help many lower- and middle-income Americans purchase their health coverage.

What's the formula for aid?

Let’s start with people who are unemployed, self-employed, or work for businesses that don’t offer insurance. Beginning in 2014 (that’s right, this is four years away), these people would be able to shop for coverage in new “health exchanges,” a sort of online bazaar in which insurers would hawk different kinds of plans. We’ll talk more about how these malls might work in our next story.

Congressional budget experts figure that about 25 million people will shop for coverage in these exchanges. That’s a pretty big market. Of these, about 19 million are likely to be eligible for financial aid.

The cutoff level would be an income of four times the federal poverty level. For one person, that’s about $44,000 a year. For a family of four, the comparable figure is about $88,000.

Subsidies would be figured on a sliding scale, with those who make less getting a bigger boost and those nearer the top getting a smaller one.

The formula is pretty complicated. Basically, though, people who make three or four times the poverty level would get enough federal money so that they would not have to pay more than about 10 percent of their income for a decent health insurance package.

People who make less would have to pay a smaller slice of their income for coverage. For instance, individuals who make about $14,000, and four-person families with incomes of about $29,000, would not have to pay more than 3 to 4 percent of their incomes for insurance.

And those who make even less – under 133 percent of the federal poverty level – would be able to enroll in a newly expanded Medicaid program.

The federal subsidy would go straight to the insurer. It would look like a discount on the policy to the customer."

The Christian Science Monitor.

Posted by: yahoo999 | June 22, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

@drindl,

I haven't been following this story.

Are you saying there have been ONLY 2 donors responsible for the $1.25m?

And then, in May, $200 dollars was raised? I suppose technically, that might make 3 or 4 donors.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 22, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

we try, leichtman. here's the skinny on American Crossroads -- two donors only -- that's right -- just two. One of them a filthy rich oilman 'Trevor Rees-Jones' no there's a 'populist' for you.

Trevor Rees-Jones, president of Chief Oil and Gas, a privately held energy company in Dallas, in April contributed $1 million to American Crossroads while B. Wayne Hughes of Lexington, Ky., the chairman of Public Storage, contributed $250,000 in March.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/38825_Page2.html#ixzz0rbHVQeDo

So far it mainly looks like a slush fund for R operatives:

The group’s IRS reports don’t yet reflect payments for advertising production or air time, but they do show $22,000 in legal fees paid to the firm of former Republican National Committeeman general counsel Tom Josefiak, $47,000 in paychecks to Law and $18,000 in payments for rent and other services to American Action Network.


Posted by: drindl | June 22, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Health Care Reform Bill Summary: A Look At What's in the Bill
By CBS News Capitol Hill Producers Jill Jackson and John Nolen

Cost:
• $940 billion over ten years.

Deficit:
• Would reduce the deficit by $143 billion over the first ten years.

That is an updated CBO estimate. Their first preliminary estimate said it would reduce the deficit by $130 billion over ten years. Would reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion dollars in the second ten years.


Coverage:

• Would expand coverage to 32 million Americans who are currently uninsured.


Subsidies:

• Individuals and families who make between 100 percent - 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and want to purchase their own health insurance on an exchange are eligible for subsidies. They cannot be eligible for Medicare, Medicaid and cannot be covered by an employer. Eligible buyers receive premium credits and there is a cap for how much they have to contribute to their premiums on a sliding scale. Federal Poverty Level for family of four is $22,050

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Posted by: yahoo999 | June 22, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Time to retire "cum grano salis," CC, the overuse makes you sound like a hack. Sound like?

Also you should take note of how frequently you need it since your blog entries are based on crap, that being what you need to keep the Republican Resurgence junk going.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 22, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

12Bar is absolutely right: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/ is the place to go to get the goods on HCR. I also like AARP.

You know what i'd like to see?
I'd like to see might fivethirtyeight.com analyze Wal-Mart's polling practices.
That's what I'd like to see.
"Stick to importing cheap 3rd world goods -- you know how to do that" is what the advice would probably be.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 22, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Texas R Party in financial hole. Who would have thunk it?

"According to Federal Election Commission reports, this isn’t exactly a new development. The Republican Party of Texas has ended every year in the red since 2001. But lately that amount has ballooned from a low of about $70,000 in 2003 to last year’s high of $624,000. Now — a month out from the state party convention where 14,000 delegates will elect the chairman who will guide the faithful for the next two years — the latest FEC report, for the month of April, shows $556,000 in financial obligations"

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 22, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

drindl wrote: "American Crossroads, formed by some of the GOP's biggest names with the aim of helping the party win the 2010 midterms, launched a few months ago with an ambitious $52 million fundraising goal. So how much did the group pull in in May? A whopping $200.
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If this is true, and is the whole story, that is significant. I agree--this is way more important than any poll.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 22, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Mark, did you read the article about McChrystal and Afghanistan? The guy is shooting off his mouth like one of the children who post here making fun of Obama's name. The Bush wars are money pits we can't afford and Karzai isn't on board at all. We should be tightening airline security instead if trying to police the Graveyard if Empires.

McChrystal needs to be removed. Troops brought home, cut our losses. We have other problems.

'"Mal Wart moms.". Christ.

CC puts on a suit despite a casual office, regards his prematurely middle-aged by choice demeanor in the mirrror and says "what can I do today to carry water for the party that trashed the country.". His heart goes pitter patter with lurve for those awesome Republicans, they're sooooooo coooool an' conservative an' stuff.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 22, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse


12barblues


Take a look at leichtman's comments at 10:57 and drinl's at 11:29

I am referring to your earlier statements about an "organized cabal"


And yea, the move.org people are sending emails out to each other - and trying to influence opinion on this blog - and many other blogs.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Let me be CLEAR


The first thing that has to happen is the Obama subsidies have to be repealed.

AND replaced with a system of regulation of the health insurance companies to curb the abuses.


These subsidies are going to lead to a MASSIVE HEALTH CARE DEFICIT REACHING INTO THE TRILLIONS PER YEAR.

.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

sorry Drindl but beating up on the press makes us sound precisely like whining Rs. When George H Bush couldn't connect with voters he held up a bumper sticker
saying Annoy the Media Re-Elect Bush., didn't work for him won't work 18 years later.
as I recall blogs were started to become the new media so it is our job to do what the lazy media refuses to do.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 22, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

$200? Do you have original sourcing for that data?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 22, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Here's what's important -- not outlier polls:

"American Crossroads, formed by some of the GOP's biggest names with the aim of helping the party win the 2010 midterms, launched a few months ago with an ambitious $52 million fundraising goal. So how much did the group pull in in May? A whopping $200.

According to Politico, the May numbers bring the total raised since March to a little over $1.25 million. After boasting in April that donors had already pledged $30 million to the cause, the money appears to be slow in coming to the 527 group led by Karl Rove, Republican consultant Ed Gillespie and former RNC Chairman Mike Duncan."

Posted by: drindl | June 22, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I realize this is not on point as to the explanation of HCR to the public, but I want to throw it out there.

I don't have television. I get my information on the internet, which isn't bad necessarily. I'm aware, though, that my impression of "what the public knows" is skewed because I don't watch tv.

What I do read nearly daily is http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/

which keeps me informed about the progress of the HCR rollout. If anyone is interested, I recommend it to keep abreast of the myriad issues surrounding the new law.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 22, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

The latest PPD poll on the Texas Governor's race has it rated as a TIE. I stick with my theory that polls should not matter until after Labor Day, but this poll clearly
proves that Rasmussen which had a double
digit lead for Perry is clearly an outlier
and the one the INTERNAL GOP Pollsters sited in this thread will obviously turn to.
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I turned to pollster.com to look at all the polls for this race--and amazingly, there was no scattergraph. Then I looked at RCP, and see the reason must be there that the polls are 4 months old, except for the latest Rasmussen and PPP.

Rasmussen is often an outlier, and as far as I can see, when it is an outlier, it is always on the Republican side. Never saw them on the Democratic side. Curious.

True story: I USED to go out to dinner with a friend, who could never figure out how to split the bill. Except, she always managed to pay less than her share. Always. Curious.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 22, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

"drindl I have to disagree with this comment you made: "Mark, people are only rejecting HCR because the media has been abysmal at explaining"

its not up to the MEDIA to explain HC that is
the POTUS's job."

Obama cannot speak to every person directly. it is up to the press [or is used to be, before they all decided they were shooting for a slot on Fox] to explain complicated issues in layment's language. They did not do this -- they were too busy parroting republican soundbites like 'pull the plug on granny.'

The GOP can make the press jump through hoops. And in case, as everyone has pointed out, just abuot every poll CC quotes is conducted by Rs or uses laughable methodology.

Posted by: drindl | June 22, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

2. Today will be a day of good primaries. In SC 1st, Scott vs. Thurmond, I think, will be alot closer than people think. I personally hope Scott wins as he is more conservative than Thurmond and will vote against huge spending and vote to try to grow America's economy and against piling onto deficits. Thurmond would vote to send money right back to the 1st district for projects that add to our ntl. defecit. Thurmond will be part of the ole' boys club and go along to get along, Scott will fight for the taxpayers of America. The Club for Growth is making an impact in SC, and with DeMint's backing of these candidates it is a small step for the American taxpayer if these candidates win today. However, Thurmond has the endorsements of 5 of the 7 other politicians running in the original election and he is fighting to pull it out today, so it's going to be close. How about SC 4th, US Rep. Bob Inglis is in trouble as Dowdy is poised to make Inglis one of quite a few incumbents to lose primaries this year.
3. US Rep. Paul Hodes can keep dreaming. Democrats can spend money on this effort, but I say that this race seems to now be between Ayotte and Binnie. Which ever one gets the GOP nomination is likely to be the next US Senator of NH.
4. The NRSC is finally ahead of the NDSC in cash on hand, a huge victory! Republican candidates themselves have huge cash advantages in states like North Carolina & Ohio, 2 states the GOP is defending. The GOP has self funding candidates in California & Connecticut, the only thing that puts those states into play. If Democrats want a shot at Ohio & North Carolina, outside D groups & the NDSC will have to committ money so their candidate is not overwhelmed by the cash advantage of Senator Burr & Rob Portman. In Conn. Republican's only chance is Linda McMahon and her personal millions to the race, which she is committed. In California, Fiorina can raise funds and she has alot of personal funds to the raise, so they won't have to put alot of money to Cali. Now, Republicans can use their money to try and keep Missouri & Florida. Money will be needed in those 2 states. It looks like Kansas, Kentucky & New Hampshire will be kept by Republicans fairly easily. In North Carolina & Ohio, as mentioned above, Sen. Burr & candidate Portman have tons more money than their opponents and the NDSC will have to put some money into those places just to give their candidate a dim shot. This gives the NRSC a good cash amount to go on offense in Illinois, Arkansas, Indiana, Colorodo, Nevada, Washington, Wisconsin & Pennsylvania. Delaware & North Dakota don't need the NRSC, as they have golden candidates in those states that will cruise to victory in Castle & Hoeven. In Connecticut and California, Republicans seem to have self funding candidates. This allows the GOP to have plenty of money to play offense instead of spending money on defense, which the D's have to do.

Posted by: reason5 | June 22, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

How do you like that post to Ddawd at 11:30 - explaining the situation with the SUBSIDIES.


A long post - to explain two simple things


1) The American People DO NOT want this health care system of Obama's


2) Obama NEVER explained any of that to ANYONE - and there is the problem - the democrats were misinterpreting the election - and then mistinerpreting the bill.


AND then numerous times everyone was told "this is not the final bill" - but NO ONE COULD DEBATE THE PROVISIONS OF THE FINAL BILL

Even the "fixes" were dumped in the middle of the night - and NO ONE KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON.

STILL THE COUNTRY DOES NOT KNOW WHAT IS IN THE BILL

The democrats are CRYING that the country is not supporting the bill - BUT THE DEMOCRATS NEVER TOLD THEM WHAT THE BILL SAYS - EVEN NOW - SO HOW COULD THEY BE IN FAVOR OF SUCH A VAGUE THING.


AND there are SUBSIDIES THAT NO AMERICAN WANTS


And there are PERVERSE INCENTIVES that NO AMERICAN WANTS.

What part of that do you NOT understand DDAWD ????

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Well, looks like Mexico isn't gong to win and South Africa isn't going to make up the goal differential margin. Two more tickets punched for the second round. Mexico gets to face Argentina

Posted by: DDAWD | June 22, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

drindl I have to disagree with this comment you made: "Mark, people are only rejecting HCR because the media has been abysmal at explaining"

its not up to the MEDIA to explain HC that is
the POTUS's job.Something like 70% currently have H.C. so its more difficult to message them other than to repeat that it will now become more difficult for them to lose what they have when they change jobs and they will no longer be discriminated against for pre existing conditions. That is a really difficult message to put on a bumper sticker. Simply calling it a B.F.D. might be more memorable.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 22, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

drinl


I just explained the health care system to you - better than your Obama ever did.

AND as for your "braindead" comment - you made that comment and then you went on to prove why you are braindead.


Copying and pasting all day doesn't really count as having an opinion, does it ?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

"conducted via the Internet which remains a somewhat controversial approach in polling circles."

Would someone who knows, explain this to me. How is an unbiased sample chosen? "

Let me tell you something -- CC either knows nothing about polling or is being coy.

I was in advertising for 25 years, so I can tell you. 'Somewhat controversial' should be read as "completely discredited and useless, total waste of time."

Posted by: drindl | June 22, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

12barblues


Take a look at leichtman's comments at 10:57 and drinl's at 11:29


I am referring to your earlier statements about an "organized cabal"

And yea, the move.org people are sending emails out to each other - and trying to influence opinion on this blog - and many other blogs.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

dawd and leichtman -- of course you should ignore 37 -- I'm not joking when I say he's a burnout -- his brain is long dead. 'Yahoo' said it best -- he doesn't have the self-control necessary to function in kindergarten -- no wonder he's unemployed.


Mark, people are only rejecting HCR because the media has been abysmal at explaining it, and the republicans have been very successful at propagandizing it.

As well as it it's handmaidens in the press, like CC here, willing to beat a daily drum of 'bad news for democrats.' Look at this -- how he can spin this as 'bad news' is ludicrous, but he will jump through hoops to do it.

"Slightly more than half (53 percent) of Wal-Mart Moms approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing and 43 percent of the group identify themselves as Democrats as compared to 39 percent who call themselves Republicans.

(Women overall in the survey favored Democrats on the generic ballot 39 percent to 37 percent.)

Posted by: drindl | June 22, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately we all know what yahoo999 meant. We just wish we didn't have to be subjected to the subject of yahoo's comment.
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"conducted via the Internet which remains a somewhat controversial approach in polling circles."

Would someone who knows, explain this to me. How is an unbiased sample chosen?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 22, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Ddawd


Not really, your posts do not indicate you know what you are talking about.

If you have an opinion, state it and try to defend it.

You made the comment about socialized health care - and I defined the health care bill which Obama has supported.

Specifically, there are two major objections.


1) there is a system of subsidies for people who make up to $90,000.00


Which the ENTIRE COUNTRY IS ASKING WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR THESE SUBSIDIES ???

2) The country does NOT want these subsidies.

3) The incentives in the health care bill bill WERE NEVER adequately debated in this country.


(Part of the problem was that the health care bill was dumped on the internet in the middle of the night 72 hours before the vote, and no one had an adequate chance to digest the provisions)

The economic incentives have two problems


A) the businesses have an incentive to dump people off their health insurance, which causes them to go on the public subsidy train


B) The individuals have an incentive to try to get a subsidy - either by not working, working less OR hiding cash income.

OVER ALL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT WANT THIS KIND OF HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

In addition, the democrats seem to believe that this system creates some sort of electoral advantage for them - BECAUSE IT DIVIDES THE PEOPLE WHO GET THE SUBSIDIES FROM THE PEOPLE PAYING FOR THE SUBSISIES.

Clearly, many people find that UNAMERICAN.


That is the case - AND the country has the addition problem that these ISSUES WERE NEVER DEBATED PROPERLY -


Why you ask?

1) the election of 2008 was NOT regarded in October 2008 as creating a mandate for this kind of subsidies.


2) these subsidies were NEVER really debated on the national stage - because Obama never took a position - OR EVEN TOLD THE NATION ABOUT THESE SUBSIDIES - until a bill was dropped in the middle of the night 72 hours before a vote.

And even then, everyone was told "this is not the final bill" - because the final bill was supposed to come out of a conference committee - which never happened.


BECAUSE AT THE TIME THE WHOLE COUNTRY WAS TELLING OBAMA THAT THEY DID NOT WANT HIS HEALTH CARE PROGRAM.


So there it is - the situation as created by the democrats.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

dawd and leichtman -- of course you should ignore 37 -- I'm not joking when I say he's a burnout -- his brain is long dead. 'Yahoo' said it best -- he doesn't have the self-control necessary to function in kindergarten -- no wonder he's unemployed.


Mark, people are only rejecting HCR because the media has been abysmal at explaining it, and the republicans have been very successful at propagandizing it.

As well as it it's handmaidens in the press, like CC here, willing to beat a daily drum of 'bad news for democrats.' Look at this -- how he can spin this as 'bad news' is ludicrous, but he will jump through hoops to do it.

"Slightly more than half (53 percent) of Wal-Mart Moms approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing and 43 percent of the group identify themselves as Democrats as compared to 39 percent who call themselves Republicans.

(Women overall in the survey favored Democrats on the generic ballot 39 percent to 37 percent.)

Posted by: drindl | June 22, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

The latest PPD poll on the Texas Governor's race has it rated as a TIE. I stick with my theory that polls should not matter until after Labor Day, but this poll clearly
proves that Rasmussen which had a double
digit lead for Perry is clearly an outlier
and the one the INTERNAL GOP Pollsters sited in this thread will obviously turn to.

Gallup also shows their Congressional Preference pool at a Tie; Rasmussen gives
Rs an 8% point lead. Go figure.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 22, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

yahoo999


You have failed to say anything of substance in your comment

And no one knows even what you are talking about.

AND this is not kindergarden - it is a debate.


State you opinion and try to defend it.

AND attacking other posters is clearly against the rules - rules which you claim to have and abide by -

However, in trying to say there are rules, you are actually breaking those rules.


Thank you

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

DDAWD


What exactly did I make up - according to you ???

My analysis is strong -

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

37thand0street,


I am going to give you a life line because being a fool all your life is not a great way to go and you are so passionate in your status here as top tool.

1) Do you know the words and phrases age appropriate, lack of self control and childish? Please refresh your memory on these. In kindergarten they did not allow what you do here on a daily basis. There were good reasons but mainly they were to run an organized classroom and to help everyone fit into society. Please review the words and phrases age appropriate, lack of self control and childish to see how they apply to you.

2) Slogans are not an effective form of analysis or proof of higher thought processes unless your mind is enlightened as you drive to do errands.

3) Being angry and frustrated doesn't make you right but it might make you look angry and frustrated and foolish if you reveal it over and over to the same people. See kindergarten,

4) Having one real fact (or even a very motivating factoid) and wrapping a lot of opinions and other irrelevant facts/factoids around it does not make it more powerful or even intelligible. Repetition works only for pets and fellow Republicans.

5) Superficially repeating slogans about complex things is what the Republican party does to create tools. Ask yourself if you are becoming a tool. It could be possible. It is only a problem in mixed company like you have here. Try Red State - they will understand everything you write.

6) There are medications that may support your future reintegration into mixed society. Your President has signed a bill that will make health care accessible even to the unemployed and unemployable like yourself. This could be a help real soon.

Good luck.

yahoo999
2nd Grade Teacher

Posted by: yahoo999 | June 22, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I didn't know we had an agreement to ignore 37. I'm up for it, though.

Seems like he's driven everyone away anyways.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 22, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

DDAWD I thought we had a pact to totally ignore
37th. Since Clliza seems quite comfortable
with his continuing to allow his racists rants,
its best that all of us including myself choose to totally ignore him. That
suggestion in itself will set him off but
we have absolutely no other way to deal
with him. And please smack me whenever I
make the mistake of trying to address his
insane posts. Its much like how we had to deal
with jake for months until his meltdown when we simpy chose to ignore him.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 22, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

37, why do you make stuff up? At least when addressing me. I'm sure you know by now that I know what I'm talking about.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 22, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Obama going off to smack down a General isn't going to change the fact that Obama's policies are leading to a horrible military situation in Afghanistan.


Obama's review of Afghan policy last year was a joke - and the resulting contradicting policy (Surge and pull-out) is the major problem.


Clearly Obama is incompetent and doesn't know what he is doing -


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McChrystal situation:


This is the Obama-Biden Doctrine:


One soldier at the outpost showed Hastings, who was traveling with the general, a written directive instructing troops to "patrol only in areas that you are reasonably certain that you will not have to defend yourself with lethal force."

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Mark

You were expressing dismay that the democrats apparently are falling-off in their support for health care.


Well - first of all the comment has already been made here that Obama's campaign was not widely viewed as pushing the kind of health care bill that later came out - and therefor the election really was NOT an endorsement of that policy.


Putting that aside - the analogy is simple - Policy requires commitment - and it takes YEARS to do something.

When the democrats voted FOR the war, that was a multi-year commitment - and a commitment to the people who were asked to die in the war.

For the democrats to start falling off in the middle the war is just wrong.

Now, you are complaining that in the middle of a policy, the democrats are falling off from Obama - and you feel that is wrong, when those democrats already voted for health care in the 2008 election (according to you.)


All this is just unrealistic.

I find the democrats who SOUGHT POLITICAL ADVANTAGE BY VOTING FOR THE IRAQI WAR


AND THEN THE DEMOCRATS WHO SOUGHT POLITICAL ADVANTAGE BY GOING AGAINST THE WAR


To be extremely irresponsible with this country - and with our military -

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Sad and scary to think so many working people are so full of self-hatred that they'll vote for Republicans.

Whatever. Better now than in 2012, when hopefully we can put Hillary Clinton or someone else with balls into the White House.

Posted by: roblimo | June 22, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Ddawd


There are subsidies in the new health care law - some of the subsidies apply to people making up to $90,000 per year.

I'm sure you say fine - you are OK with that.

But everyone else in America is asking themselves: Who is going to pay for that ?

It is a serious question - and valid.


AND what we really have is a system in which a growing number of people are on the public hand-out train


Which presents extremely serious problems.


1) Americans do NOT want a situation in which there is a constant transfer of wealth - which is where we are going.


2) Americans do NOT want a situation in which the democratic party is going to try to use that transfer of wealth - or the fear of stopping it - to be an election issue which would DIVIDE the nation.


3) Americans KNOW THAT THIS KIND OF SYSTEM WILL BE A DRAG ON THE ECONOMY - AND A DRAG ON HIRING. This kind of system messes up all the INCENTIVES in the economy -


And that is just the rub - the INCENTIVES are all wrong - companies have an incentive NOT to give health insurance - which will put MORE PEOPLE ON THE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS.


Americans want LESS PEOPLE TO BE ON THE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS.

The democratic party WANT MORE PEOPLE TO BE ON THE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS.


That is CLEARLY HOW AND WHY OBAMA IS COMPLETELY OUT OF STEP WITH AMERICA.


AND IT IS WHY PEOPLE CALL OBAMA UNAMERICAN.


I hope you understand that attempt at simplifying the problem for you.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Today's Bad News for Dems: Losing the Wal-Mart Moms! Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, Skating and Soccer and Tattooed Moms can't be far behind. BE SCARED DEMS!

Good news for DEMS: The Wal-Mart poll I'm featuring in today's Posting is again not done using any accepted method for accuracy...but you guys don't know how hard it is to keep the drum beat pounding...The Republican polls are partisan but where I am going to find a full posting of negative polls for the Dems without Chuck's help?????

...in more Republican news the Club for Growth just emailed me this...enjoy

...The DSCC beat the National Republican Senatorial Committee $5 million to $3.6 million in the chase for cash last month but the NRSC was more frugal.... and Dems should be doing better anyway...too bad for them...


...Two new GOP polls show Republican candidates leading House Democrats in Iowa and Virginia, adding to a growing number of internal polls purporting to show incumbent Democrats in dire political straits....wish I had more room to cover all the GOP internal polls I get overnight but it is going to a real party this fall for the REPUBLICANS. I am picking out my funny hat already!

Love,
Chris C.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 22, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Mark, why do you respond to people who call the new law socialized health care? It's just mindbogglingly idiotic. Government is going to cover poor people, old people, and itself. The same people it has always done.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 22, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Chris:

I suspect that the McChrystal situation has more to do with politics than anything else.

Didn't the political operation of Obama say in the past week or so that they had decided to de-focus on the the traditional democratic voters (which Obama has lost forever) - and try to appeal to the new voters - the "one-vote wonders" - the young.

Well the "one-vote wonders" - if that is Obama's new desperation strategy -

Doesn't that go RIGHT UP AGAINST THE READERSHIP OF ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE ???

Is it possible the the fact that it was ROLLING STONE which ran this article on McChrystal CAUSING THE PROBLEM ????

If this is the case, we have a SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH OBAMA, because he is allowing military policy to be affected by his partisan midterm election strategy, no matter how desperate it is.


Clearly, if Obama is fighting a war that way, and dressing down a General on that basis, Obama needs to RESIGN.


This would be the most outrageous and sick thing Obama has ever done.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Why are we discussing INTERNAL GOP polls when the valid polling reported at RCP is not even mentioned?

is this the Faux News Blog Site?


GOP thread no 6 in the last 24 hours and
counting.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 22, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Joelinpdx, did you overlook UHC in the D's quiver when you voted? Your general assumption that those who voted for BHO were distracted by soft generalities may be true. I just wonder whether you were.

For the record, I do not agree that what we now face is "socialized medicine". The VA is socialized medicine. Neither is it socialized insurance, like Medicare.

Street Corner, I do not see your analogy between D's failing support of the Iraq war and D's apparently failing support of universal health care, perhaps much as I never understand the supposed relevance of Chicago street crime. It's beyond my ken.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 22, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Obama going off to smack down a General isn't going to change the fact that Obama's policies are leading to a horrible military situation in Afghanistan.


Obama's review of Afghan policy last year was a joke - and the resulting contradicting policy (Surge and pull-out) is the major problem.

Clearly Obama is incompetent and doesn't know what he is doing -


_______________________


McChrystal situation:


This is the Obama-Biden Doctrine:


One soldier at the outpost showed Hastings, who was traveling with the general, a written directive instructing troops to "patrol only in areas that you are reasonably certain that you will not have to defend yourself with lethal force."


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

McChrystal situation:

This is the Obama-Biden Doctrine:

One soldier at the outpost showed Hastings, who was traveling with the general, a written directive instructing troops to "patrol only in areas that you are reasonably certain that you will not have to defend yourself with lethal force."

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That is clear and simple - a formula for not fighting and losing a war.

The Obama-Biden Doctrine.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Bondosan, about Scott Brown, I don't think there has been a single vote where he was the cause of a motion failing. Everything close, he has voted with the Democrats. When he votes with his party, the Dems aren't close to 60 anyways.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 22, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Leichtman, you mean you don't put much stock in a poll that was conducted over the internet for 16% of the population, for an election two and a half years away, with a poll result of "deeply conflicted"???

You crazy.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 22, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

What amuses me about the conventional wisdom punditocracy (and I include our beloved CC in that category, along with his two new sidekicks) is that everything is a snapshot in time and is often quite wrong.

Hillary Clinton is going to be the next president of the United States (all the local Dem bosses are behind her!).

Fred Thompson is the latter-day Ronald Reagan (he's conservative and he has experience on the teevee!).

Martha Coakley is the next United States senator from Massachusetts (after all, it's Ted Kennedy's seat!).

Scott Brown's election means the end of Health Care Reform (the Dems don't have 60 votes in the Senate anymore!).

God loves Ronald Reagan so much that all the Democrats will be voted out of office during his first midterm so he can enact God's agenda! (Actually, the Republicans lost 26 House seats).

Yes, things look tough for the Democrats right now, and I'm sure they will lose seats in November. But the economy is improving in fits and starts, the oil gushing will be over (I hope) and the gulf will be in full clean-up mode. I'm thinking FinReg will have passed by then (I hope).

Republican hopes for a takeover of the House and Senate just ain't gonna happen.

Posted by: Bondosan | June 22, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Another GOP thread-#6 in the last 24 hours.

I don't take any political polls seriously
until after Labor Day, which is has always
been the kickoff for political campaigns.
Just look at the Sestak race. 30 days out he
was down by 15% points to Sen Specter. His campaign ran a killer campaign commercial
and after 30 days Sestak won his primary
convincingly. In politics fortunes change
literally overnight by gaffes, intl events,
and when voters tune in and realize which
candidate is a winner and which one can't keep
their head on straight. Its way too early with too many intervening events to call this race.
Who among us would have ever guessed back just
in April that the environment would become the focal issue political issue that it is today, drowning out all discussion of H.C.?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 22, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

katem1


What is your problem - trying to lead a gang of democrats?


Or are you trying to lead a clique of eight-year old girls ?

Not much difference, huh ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

So does the US have any chance of winning Group C? There seems to be a hell of a lot of difference between winning the group and placing second. (of course, coming in second isn't a given either)

Off the top of my head, if the US and England both win and if the US margin of victory is at least as good as England's then we win the group, I think.

But man, that right side of the bracket looks scary.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 22, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

re: "Rolling Stone" article, McChrystal & Co. loose lips:

OBAMA MUST FIRE GEN. McCHRYSTAL FOR INSUBORDINATION --
AND (FINALLY ) PUT DOWN PENTAGON-HOMELAND SILENT COUP

POTUS and VPOTUS have no choice. McChrystal has crossed the Rubicon -- again. It is time for Barack Obama's Harry S Truman moment. The General must be relieved of his command.

These were no inadvertent tongue-slips. The General knew that a reporter was present, and he and his courtesans freely spewed, accusing the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan of "covering his flanks for the history books," and joining in the laughs as an aide refers to the Vice President as "Bite me."

At the very least, McChrystal demonstrated an unwillingness to assert command and control over those closest to him. At worst, the comments were intended to advance what appears to this observer to be an ongoing silent coup intended to purposefully sabotage the President, his cabinet, his agenda.

As a former head of the U.S. Army Joint Special Operations Command, McChrystal has intimate knowledge of the military's use of silent, classified microwave weaponry to attack, impair and neutralize persons that JSOC command has deemed to be "dissidents" or undesirables. And it appears that the targets are not just on foreign soil -- but right here in the U.S.

POTUS should demand the full story on the covert domestic use of microwave weaponry -- a cell tower- based microwave laser radio frequency weapon system installed everywhere in America -- to commit what this veteran journalist has termed a silent, slow-kill genocidal purge of American society:

HOMELAND FUSION CENTERS SILENTLY ASSAULT, IMPAIR 'TARGETED' AMERICANS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVE RADIO FREQUENCY WEAPON SYSTEM, COMMUNITY VIGILANTISM, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE: VETERAN JOURNALIST

Are political leaders "targets" too?

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

POLITICAL POWER PLAY THE ULTERIOR MOTIVE IN GULF OIL SPILL DISASTER?

http://nowpublic.com/world/endless-gulf-oil-spill-purposeful-end-days-power-play

OR NowPublic.com/scrivener ("stories") or Facebook -- Vic Livingston ("Notes")

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 22, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Two things

Tim Scott is one of 32 black Republicans recruited by Steele. Will probably be the only one who ends up winning anything.

Tim Scott's challenger, Paul Thurmond, was born when his dad, was 73 years old.

Yeah

Posted by: DDAWD | June 22, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Chris


I am happy to see that you have stopped trying to name the primary election days.


Chuck Todd tried to give a name to today -

Most of the country prefers to call today "June 22"

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Herbert Hoover - that name has re-surfaced.


HOWEVER - apparently it is Obama who is using the idea of Hoover against the Europeans in the discussions in the runup to the G20 Summit this week.

Obama is trying to make the case that HIGHER TAXES ARE NOT THE RIGHT POLICY RIGHT NOW.

But Obama - WHAT ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE PROGRAM ???

Obama has already raised taxes - and raised a MASSIVE AMOUNT OF TAXES.

To be clear, many of these taxes are phased in over time - but they are STILL THERE.


The health care plan is FRONT LOAEDED ON TAXES - which is going to create a DRAG ON THE ECONOMY.

This is the EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT OBAMA IS TALKING TO THE EUROPEANS ABOUT.

OBAMA IS HOOVER - TELLING THE EUROPEANS NOT TO BE HOOVER.


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Granted, some taxes are phased in, but the psychological effects of these taxes on business is putting a DRAG ON HIRING, AND A DRAG ON THE ECONOMY.


Economics has a psychological aspect - especially when it comes to taxes and investment - and the atmosphere of hiring and investments for businesses.


Obama has hurt the economy dramatically - and this trillion dollar deficit - it is more like "democrats in a candy store unable to control themselves" than reasoned economic policy.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

they are GOP polls please remember. like the wapo poll that of the 1,009 respondents, 93% were white, and 74% were conservative. the '08 polls said that the Prez race was too close to call, and that certainly wasn't the case. CC always relies on polls, especially ones from Club for Growth.
and don't forget people, ignore the Corner. don't encourage him by responding, no matter how irritating his multiple postings,and double spacings are.

Posted by: katem1 | June 22, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Mark


You complaint about about the 2008 election - the public switching its position


What about all the democrats who voted FOR the Iraqi War - which everyone knew would take years

HOWEVER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WAR, AFTER MEN HAD ALREADY DIED ON THE BATTLEFIELD, the democrats switched sides, and went against the war.


Claiming all sorts of things - but the truth is that "Bush lied" doesn't cut it.


The democrats were FOR the war when they thought the politics was on their side.

THEN the democrats decided to make the war a political issue AFTER MEN HAD ALREADY DIED - AND WHILE MEN WERE STILL DYING ON THE BATTLEFIELD.

That is revolting.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

joelinpdx

Obama's platform of 2008 was one of BIPARTISANSHIP - which means that Obama would work to hammer out agreements with the Republicans - which WOULD YIELD CENTRIST SOLUTIONS.

On this point - the nation feels as though there has been a major deception.

IN ADDITION - Obama promised that he would not raise taxes on people earning less than $250,000 per year -

Well that did not happen - just the tanning tax violated that.


But there is a TRUTH HERE that Obama has opened up a massive deficit in the health care area - which has to be covered with new taxes.

AND the health care bill was the largest tax increase in American history - so for anyone to try to claim that people earning less than 250K are not getting hit with new taxes is just wrong.


The democrats do not want to talk about this - the nation gets handed a bunch of lies after THEY complained "Bush lied" - and the democrats do not care and do not want to talk about it.

Absolutely pathetic and irresponsible.

The democrats are not fit to govern.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Mark in Austin: You assume that the Obamanation was elected on a platform supporting socialized medicine. Wrong.

The Obamanation was elected on a platform of hope and change from GW Bush...noting more, nothing less. Socialized medicine may have been a part of the Obamanation's platform but it was widely overlooked.

Why are the liberals falling out of love with the Obamanation? For the same reason that moderates had already deserted the guy. Hope has become despair and change is nothing more than the two nickels and a penny in your pocket.

It turns out that hope and change were nothing more than campaign slogans. In other words, they were lies.

Americans, more often than not the liberals included, are fed up with the lies told by Obamanation, Emanuel, etc.

Like the guy in the movie said, "We're mad as Hell and we're not going to take it anymore." Not taking it anymore begins at the polls in November 2010 and will continue in November 2012 when the Obamanation learns the same lessons his sniveling predecessor Jimmy Carter learned.

Posted by: joelinpdx | June 22, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Thredjack warning. This WaPo story is bad news for the effort in Afg, but a recall of McCh will surely follow and that will be cannon fodder for neocons to attack the national security team and for antiwar liberals and libertarians to call for pullout now. Bad news for the country, I think.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/22/AR2010062200813.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 22, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

There seems to be unrelenting bad news for Ds. I have assumed that the midterm gains of Rs would be a function of the economy. We are now in late June, jobs are not going to come back quickly enough to save the Ds, and I am now willing to begin taking the polls seriously.

I am surprised that a nation that seemed to want universal health care enough to elect a D who campaigned on it, now rejects it.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 22, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

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