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Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt raised $1.4 million for his Senate bid. Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post


1,440,000

That's the amount of money Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt (R) raised between April 1 and June 30 for his Senate bid, according to atweet posted by the Congressman this morning.

While Blunt's number is not highest take for a 2010 Senate candidate -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) is almost certain to claim that distinction -- it is the latest sign that what started out as an underwhelming effort by Blunt has turned around in recent months.

Blunt, who spent much of the early part of the decade in House leadership, struggled in the early days of his race to replace retiring Sen. Kit Bond (R) -- raising just $542,000 in the first three months of the year and watching as former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R) and Washington University law professor Thomas Schweich expressed their interest in bids.

Fast forward three months and the outlook for Blunt appears far brighter. Schweich has dropped out of the race and endorsed him, and Steelman appears to be more interested in running for Blunt's open House seat than in challenging him for the Senate nomination.

Blunt's fundraising quarter and last month's endorsement of his candidacy by the National Republican Senatorial Committee further increases the likelihood that he will have a clear primary field -- allowing him to focus full time on Secretary of State Robin Carnahan who is the near-certain Democratic nominee.

Missouri remains a prime pickup opportunity for Democrats -- we rank it as the fourth most likely Senate race to switch parties in the Line -- but Blunt's much-improved fundraising coupled with the likelihood of an uncluttered primary field gives Republicans reason for optimism in the Show Me State next fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 15, 2009; 12:58 PM ET
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I've had the lectures for years, though didn't make it all the way through. Surely You Just, however, is a favorite of mine.

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I like "The Character of Physical Law."

I started to read the Lectures a long time ago, but I didn't have the passion for physics that I have now. This is where I got it:

http://www.amazon.com/Three-Roads-Quantum-Gravity-Smolin/dp/0465078362/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247724664&sr=1-1

I can't recommend this guy highly enough. All three of his books. The topic is the unification of GR and QM but he manages to touch on pretty much everything. He's a theoretician in loop QG. I don't have enough years left to be one of the elite who grasps the final theory when it comes, but it's been a hell of a ride trying. Quark physics is what really rocks my world right now.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 16, 2009 2:13 AM | Report abuse

Clearly economics is above your pay grade, as with all libs.

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Economics is a waste of time

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 16, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Wave or particle

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stop talking like a child

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 15, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

I've had the lectures for years, though didn't make it all the way through. Surely You Just, however, is a favorite of mine.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 15, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

seriously doubt you could solve the boundary conditions. Perhaps the dr Seuss version.

Wave or particle? Pass the bong.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Clearly economics is above your pay grade, as with all libs.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

@chrisfox - For entertainment value, I'd recommend Feynmann.

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The Lectures rock, of course.

I read much more recent books on the actual physics but I've picked up a side-interest in the philosophy of science (Deutsch and Popper) and in the history. If I could go back in time, once I'd seen the Cretaceous I'd fast-forward to the Solvay conferences where QM was hashed out, imagine what glorious days they must have been!

But absent the ability to travel into the past, I settle for reading the papers and correspondences. And since I can read German I read the originals. It's surprising how unsettled some questions were and how late, like before the notion of the neutrino came along there was the problem of the energy spectrum in beta decay; the electron should have always had the same energy, since the mass difference is a constant, and since it didnt't there was actually speculation that the *Law of Conservation of Energy* only applied to *averages*. I kid you not.

Good recommendation though, and the fact is that I don't own the Lectures right now AND there is a new edition out. Hmmm, should I?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 15, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

@chrisfox - For entertainment value, I'd recommend Feynmann.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 15, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

When is the next poll due? Carnahan was 12 points ahead of Blunt a few months ago.

Posted by: Kili | July 15, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather read Bohr, Einstein, Pauli, and Heisenberg.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 15, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

@zouk - I'd rather read Sariciftci, List, or Leising.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 15, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Try reading something intellectual like Hayek, Freidman, or any austrian economist.

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hahahahahahaa

I'd rather have eye surgery

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 15, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

bb-
The AP also reports that Gillibrand has raised a bunch:

"Gillibrand's campaign said Wednesday she raised more than $1.5 million and has more than $3.2 million in cash."

No repub in that race yet; her potential primary challenger has about $1.5 mil on hand.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 15, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

The MOST important number in politics today is 3,400,000, not 1,440,000. The bigger number is the amount raised by Creigh Deeds in the last quarter.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 15, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

the downward push on wages

- Eleanor Clift

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>..

If you had a marketable skill this would not happen to you. Instead of educating yourself on something useful you spend your time on lefty blogs memorizing talking points from commie doctrine. you, like the CCCP will ultimately fail. your poor shrunken brain withering away as you feed it a diet of junk food.

Try reading something intellectual like Hayek, Freidman, or any austrian economist.

If you convert form leftism, someone might hire you and pay you a decent wage. but sitting in your cube blogging and pretending to write code is clearly not working out. Bang your head against the wall a little longer and you will be of the drivl mentality. I see the trajectory forming. you will end up in the dirt like an Obama pitch, or worse in the gutter like one of his bowling shots.

you may think you know what's best for everyone else but I suggest Physician, heal thyself.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Yes well this has been going on since wealth concentration began (Google: Religion in General). But it is so craven right now, it is so obvious! Can't anyone see what just happened? Bankers rich again for sure, nothing else is better and as a result the R&D argument goes on as before, the Marines are in harms way, I mean it just makes me ill there thats it I am done for the day.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 15, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere around the Reagan Era the wealthy decided that selling to 5% of the world was better than selling to 60% of the USA, and with that in mind decided that we really don't need a middle class anymore. We don't need to have a large portion of the American populace that can afford to buy expensive luxuries, nor own cars, houses, and land. So the downward push on wages began and has never let up.

Google Ian Angell, the "New Barbarians" author, an unabashed advocate of economic elitism, and of poverty as the rule for everyone else.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 15, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I have come to the conclusion that The Rulers do not care about unemployment. It is like a stock phrase, a stalking horse. As long as the equity markets and the banks are happy, no problem.

Many crony capitalist countries' ruling class have made this choice. Everybody having a meaningful life is too egalitarian. As long as wealth is concentrated, we can afford buying off the 10-20% unemployed with tricks.

We'll make it rain on this or that angry group of poor people now and then, a riot here, an assassination there, whatever works.

Goldman Sachs made billions off the BushObama solution to the recession the bankers created and the equity markets are celebrating.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 15, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

We know eleanor. anyone who doesn't swallow what you got whole is demented.

too predictable. Maybe you and drivl could get a job writing pre-teen humor for Letterman's crowd. It suits your intellect and emotional maturity.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for confirming the obvious: that "The Fix" is spammed 24/7 by apparent paid operatives on a disinformation mission.

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Yeah, and the disinformers go by king_of_zouk, JakeD, and armpeg.

I doubt anyone's paying them, though.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 15, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

TO: 'shrink2" @ 3:01 p.m.

Thanks for confirming the obvious: that "The Fix" is spammed 24/7 by apparent paid operatives on a disinformation mission.

Non-trolls, please read THIS...

...the article that apparently has led to a hack attack on my blog site, burying this article among months-old work as content is maliciously tampered with:

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA" (relegated by a malicious hacking "entity" to multiple clicks within the site article listings).


***

Secetary Napolitano: Do you REALLY know what your regional "fusion centers" are up to?

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-fusion-center-spying-pretext-harass-and-censor

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 15, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Of course Lib policies result in lots of unemployment. Let's hope some of their own Senators join those ranks.

all it takes is about 6 months for the reality of Dem rule to sink in before the enormous hangover begins.
It may take years to clean up this mess.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

News for Senate Republicans continuing to get brighter. Democrats began this election cycle with 7 major Republican targets in mind: Kentucky & North Carolina are targets in nature plus 5 retirements: Florida, New Hampshire, Ohio, Missouri & Kansas. Kansas is now off the list as Sebelius is Health & Human Services director & out of the race. Florida has popular Gov. Charlie Crist running to win the US Senate seat. In NC, Richard Burr is a strong candidate, popular & well funded. NH has Republican Atty. General Ayotee running and she is the neck & neck with US Rep. Hodes even before entering the race in polling. In Missouri things were bleak for the GOP, but now Blunt has the GOP nod to himself this one will be a tough & likely close race until the end. Kentucky is still a problem spot right now due to Bunning, but if he drops & lets Sec. of State Grayson run with the ball...prospects gets brighter there as well. Plus, R's have a chance to play offense in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York (if Pataki runs), Delaware (if Castle runs), Illinois, Arkansas, Colorodo, California & Wisconsin (if Thompson or US Rep. Ryan runs.) Suddenly, it doesn't appear the Republican party is so regional.

Posted by: reason5 | July 15, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

The Marxist Obama--adorers like chrisfox8 just hate it when you tell them like it is, and what their true agenda is.
Not that I care what this obviously uneducated Communist-sympathiser chrisfox8, and other far lefties like him/her think of me, I served in the VN war, so that will give you about what my age is.

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You're probably about my age, but my affiliation with Việt Nam is a lot more recent and a lot less violent. The class that graduated before mine went, my class didn't.

If you're really in your 50s why do you write like a child? "Democrap" doesn't win you any points.

As for "telling it like it is" ... I guess that means screaming "socialist!!" in every other sentence.

Your posts are a slow-motion clip of a fist hitting a wall.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 15, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

the wimp:

Though it's not a widely appreciated fact, we right-winger sports nuts have long known that the sports press is among the media's leftiest precincts. So I suppose we shouldn't be surprised at how little was said (as in nothing at all) about the reception President Obama received last night when he came out on the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the baseball all-star game in St. Louis. It was a packed house (over 50,000 in attendance), and the jeers were easily discernible.

Put aside the unacknowledged booing for a moment. The other embarrassing fact is that my six-year-old throws a baseball better (far better, in fact) than Obama. Yet the media went out of its way to obscure that, too — no doubt wishing to avoid unfavorable comparisons to the strike President Bush famously fired from the mound at Yankee Stadium at the 2001 World Series. In its live broadcast, Fox (and remember, this is Fox Sports, not Fox News) covered Obama's first pitch at a very weird angle that conveyed his spastic motion but didn't do justice to how pathetic the toss was. But that's nothing compared to ESPN's laughable coverage.

. Besides reporting only that there was a "standing ovation for the commander-in-chief," the announcer made a point of noting that Obama's pitch "didn't bounce" before reaching home-plate (though the announcer did cop to the "horrible camera work that made the trajectory of the pitch impossible to see).

Now, take a look at this clip from MLB.com, about 24 seconds in. It's the only decent footage I've seen, and it shows that Obama's first pitch did bounce. In fact, the pitch did not even reach home-plate — and they evidently knew it wouldn't. The player who was sent out to catch Obama's pitch (more on that in a moment) was crouching on top of home plate, not behind it where catchers always set up. And even so, he had to reach out a couple of feet in order to short-hop the ball, which otherwise might have bounced all the way to the backstop.

I think Obama's people knew he would get a very mixed reaction last night. His entrance was shrewdly orchestrated. The cheers and boos started as soon as he came onto the field, but he was steered immediately over to shake hands with Stan Musial — the most beloved player in the history of the Cardinals. No true St. Louis fan would boo Satan if he was shaking hands with Stan the Man.
In the box score, as reported by the Obamedia/Sports Division, it will read like a standing-O for The One as he hurled a bull's-eye before strutting off to warm waves of adulation. If you were watching, though, Obama looked like the guy who bowled a 37.

Even baseball could use a teleprompter for messiah. Pitiful.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The Marxist Obama--adorers like chrisfox8 just hate it when you tell them like it is, and what their true agenda is.
Not that I care what this obviously uneducated Communist-sympathiser chrisfox8, and other far lefties like him/her think of me, I served in the VN war, so that will give you about what my age is.

Posted by: armpeg | July 15, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Uh-Oh! Another thread which has been taken over almost entirely by K_o_Z! Does this mean that all the 2nd class cabins and steerage are fully booked?

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It means that somewhere there's an Internet kiosk in a public library with a keyboard flecked with bloody drool

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 15, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Uh-Oh! Another thread which has been taken over almost entirely by K_o_Z! Does this mean that all the 2nd class cabins and steerage are fully booked?

Posted by: sverigegrabb | July 15, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

poor scrivener,

You are a tormented soul.

Trust me, 20mg bid is not enough.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 15, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

The money primarily comes from the NRA, and the credit card and insurance industries


Guns
Blunt has voted to prohibit lawsuits against gun manufacturers and dealers if the guns they manufacture or sell are later used in a crime. He has also voted to reduce the waiting period for purchasing a gun from 72 hours to 24 hours. He has received an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association.[\

Business
Blunt received a 97 percent rating from the United States Chamber of Commerce indicating a pro-business voting record. He supported banking industry-backed efforts to overhaul U.S. bankruptcy laws, requiring consumers who seek bankruptcy protection to repay more of their debts.

Health care
Blunt has opposed plans for health care reform supported by Democrats, including those for a "public option" of medical insurance offered by the government. In July 2009 he suggested that the government should not have created Medicare and Medicaid, saying:

The government did get into the health care business in a big way in 1965 with Medicare and later with Medicaid. And government already distorts the marketplace. A government competitor would drive all of the other competitors away. '

He knows that a public option would be more cost-effective and bring down medical costs,, so he's against it, naturally.

Posted by: drindl | July 15, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

When even a Democrap Socialist-zealot like James Carville says--as he did--that the Republicans could very well take back congress in the 2010 elections, then things are looking good for the GOP

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Do you really expect people to read your posts when you write juvie BS like this?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 15, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Close to 100 -- percentage of comments in this thread posted by those who appear to be paid trolls violating the federal anti-propaganda statutes.

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PANETTA'S BOX?


Is THIS the domestic "black op" program that government censors are trying to hide from Congress and the public?

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Please note: Hackers apparently have tampered with my web site pages to place the "Gestapo USA" article way down on the list of published stories. It should be there -- unless the malicious tampering being perpetrated upon my blog site has been superceded by outright censorship...

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Secetary Napolitano: Do YOU really know what your "fusion centers" are doing?

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-fusion-center-spying-pretext-harass-and-censor

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 15, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

bsimon: agreed, and I'm not comparing the two numbers to six significant digits. Just saying that as much stupifying black smoke as there is coming from Palin, $900K isn't diddly. All her supporters have to know she has a PAC. Blunt is actively fundraising. I understand that.

Ten people per state, donating to Palin what I *personally* donated to Obama, would equal her haul. Ten people per state.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 15, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Here's Roy Blunt, who most people don't know from the man in the moon, and he raises almost twice what Palin does.

chrissuxcox

you may not but the thinking world does. He is actually running for office and is in leadership.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

When even a Democrap Socialist-zealot like James Carville says--as he did--that the Republicans could very well take back congress in the 2010 elections, then things are looking good for the GOP. The very best campaign issue we Republicans will have in 2010 is Bozo Obama's incompetentcy and his Marxist agenda for America, and the Democrap Socialist--controlled Communist--inspired "Workers Paradise" programs that will cause massive tax-hikes on everything we use, buy, or work for. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that all the high taxes and extra costs that the Bozo Obama and the Democrap Socialists will put on private industries like the gas, oil, and energy companies, auto companies, manufacturing companies, etc, etc, will be passed on to the little guy working stiff in the form of higher prices that he/she will have to pay for. What these clowns will probably also do to "solve"(?) their problem of having to pay the piper, will probably include printing money, which will cause inflation and will make the dollar worth much less. This is what's called a hidden tax and will affect working people and senior citizens, especially retired ones, who will now have less purchasing power. With unemployment probably around the 12% level, working people making less real dollars because of inflation, banks afraid to give loans for manufacturing and small businesses expansion projects, and just about everything on hold exept for government jobs, which need to be paid for with ever new taxes, by the 2010 elections James Carville will probably be correct. Don't let the door hit your a**ses Democrap Socialists! Bye, bye.

Posted by: armpeg | July 15, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Chris Fox-
One important difference is that Rep Blunt is presumably spending time actively fundraising for his upcoming race, while Gov Palin is not actively holding fundraisers for donations to her PAC, which relies on suckers/donors to seek her out on their own initiative.

Comparing Blunt to Crist is more apples to apples. If you want to analyze Palin's pac haul, find other pacs for comparison.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 15, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Now, take a look at this clip from MLB.com, about 24 seconds in. It's the only decent footage I've seen, and it shows that Obama's first pitch did bounce. In fact, the pitch did not even reach home-plate — and they evidently knew it wouldn't. The player who was sent out to catch Obama's pitch (more on that in a moment) was crouching on top of home plate, not behind it where catchers always set up. And even so, he had to reach out a couple of feet in order to short-hop the ball, which otherwise might have bounced all the way to the backstop.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Someone has been hooting and crowing that Sarah Palin raised almost a million dollars for her PAC. Everyone knows who she is, she's in the god damn news every god damn day, pulling one stunt after another to stay above the fold, and she raises 900K.

Here's Roy Blunt, who most people don't know from the man in the moon, and he raises almost twice what Palin does.

We getting any perspective yet?

For the record, if anyone would like to discuss this in a civil manner, let me know.

Whirrrrrrrr

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 15, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The latest Rasmussen daily Presidential tracking poll shows that only 28% of voters now strongly approve of Obama's performance as President, while 36% strongly disapprove, a negative 8% margin. Rasmussen focuses on those who strongly approve or disapprove because these are the people who have made a decision regarding Obama and his policies. Obama's numbers have been plummeting on this measure. Obama's overall approval rating is down to 53% in Rasmussen's polling, while 46% overall disapprove, a poor showing for so early in his term.

Rasmussen's polling also shows that only 30% now trust Obama on the economy, which 84% say is the most important issue. A large majority, 61%, believes America is on the wrong track. The GOP leads the generic Congressional Ballot by 3%, while only 18% rate the Democrat-controlled Congress as good or excellent. These numbers will only get worse for Democrats as Congress adopts mega tax increases and other ultraliberal policies, portending a GOP takeover of the House next year. A plurality of Americans also now oppose the Obama/Democrat takeover of health care 49% to 46%.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Global atmospheric temperatures are down over the last 11 years, and temperature trends during the 20th century were consistent with natural causes such as varying ocean current temperatures and solar activity, and not with the theory of manmade global warming and carbon dioxide emissions. Yet the left wing extremists that run Washington insist on adopting the largest tax increase in world history to reduce the use of oil, natural gas, and coal by 83%, which would effectively repeal the Industrial Revolution. Mandating high cost energy is only going to trash the economy for no good reason.

Meanwhile, Obama is explicitly pursuing nuclear disarmament with the full support of Congressional Democrats on the openly expressed, child-like theory that if we get rid of our nukes our enemies will get rid of theirs. While North Korea is conducting nuclear tests and shooting missiles in the direction of our homeland, and Iran is openly building nuclear weapons and threatening to wipe our allies off the face of the Earth, Obama and Congressional Democrats are cutting missile defense and planning to cancel the Airborne Laser system capable of shooting down enemy missiles from planes hundreds of miles away. These are not the policies of serious people committed to our national defense.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

After just 6 months in office, the flower children that rule Washington in overwhelming numbers are already smashing through all records regarding federal taxes, spending, deficits, and debt. Obama and his ultra-left Democrats adopted a so-called stimulus bill raising spending a trillion dollars that never had a prayer of actually creating jobs and promoting long-term economic growth, because it was based entirely on old-fashioned, brain dead, proven to fail, Keynesian economics. Though we would have to double federal taxes to finance the entitlement promises we have already made, the ruling Washington Democrats completely ignore that and focus instead on adopting yet another entitlement -- national health insurance -- that would be the biggest of all.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

We have a president, a state department, a U.N., and an Organization of American States (OAS) that is now backing the communists, Marxists, socialists, and tyrants that want to take over Honduras. This is a case study of how a radical socialist president, backed by Congressional majorities, and a mainstream media in the tank, can do the most outrageous things and get away with them.


Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook military orders have been revoked. According to reports, his plea to the courts that he couldn't be part of the new insurgency ordered by Obama was because he is not a legal president. (Snip) The two cited that because the military did not provide a live birth certificate means that the military indirectly responded to the situation as the president being "illegitimate" according to Cook and Taitz.

Seems the military agrees he'e illegitimate.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

St. Louis -- As you would expect, President Obama leaned to the left while making the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday's All-Star game in St. Louis. While he was lacking in style points on his short southpaw lob to the plate, (snip)Pujols deserved the hug, saving the president from embarrassment by moving on top of the plate to save the pitch from bouncing.

Translation from Lib speak:

He throws like a girl.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Signs indicate drivl is nearing a significant meltdown.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Voters continue to support obama by the same percentage they did in the election, despite the constant lies and propaganda of drooling neanderthals.

Posted by: drindl | July 15, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

chrissuxcox - then why the drop in Obimbo's ratings in OH, VA and NJ. sounds like the blame is landing right where it belongs. At the feet of the tax and spend Libs.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

With Jim Gerlach leaving the House to run for Governor of Pennsylvania, the Democrats will pick-up another seat in Congress.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 15, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Despite non-stop posting on WaPo blogs by three GOP trolls, voters continue to remember that the economic collapse happened during the Bush presidency as a result of Bush policies.

Those three posters better start repeating themselves a lot more!

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 15, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama's prime time press conferences on the economy. Where was the House minority whip? At a Britney Spears concert."
>>>>>>>>>>>>.

Pretty similar events. Packaged star does a choreographed dance and Lip syncs for an adoring crowd of unthinking ding a lings.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

"Congressional Quarterly is reporting that two Republican congressmen, Eric Cantor of Virginia and Mike Pence of Indiana, could be looking to make a presidential run.

One of our favorite Cantor memories was when he missed one of President Obama's prime time press conferences on the economy. Where was the House minority whip? At a Britney Spears concert."

File under Clown Shoes.

Posted by: drindl | July 15, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The implication of these results is that when it comes to opinions about the President, little has changed in the past eight months. Despite the continued weakness of the economy and the steady drumbeat of attacks on the President’s policies from the right, the coalition of groups that put him in office last November remains solidly behind him today."

Posted by: drindl | July 15, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how quickly Obama has lost his lead. His ratings had fallen steeply after his inauguration. Most polls had his job-approval dropping 13 points in his first three months. But then his numbers revived with the adulatory coverage at his first-100-days mark. Buoyed by hopes of a swift recovery, voters and the stock market gave him a break, and his ratings and the Dow rose sharply.

But since April, he has been dropping fast -- and his alarming losses on his central agenda issues portend further declines.

Congressional elections are still more than a year off, but Obama needs strong approval ratings to steer his legislative package through Congress. If he's sagging in the low 40s or high 30s by the fall, he probably won't be able to persuade moderate Democratic senators to walk the plank and vote for cap-and-trade, health-care reform, higher taxes or an immigration amnesty.

His chief legislative achievements, in other words, may already be behind him.

Poor moonbat drivl. completely out of this world of reality.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama's approval, in the Rasmussen Poll, has now dipped to 51 percent, one point less than his 2008 vote share of 52 percent. In past polls, most voters registering disapproval for the president had voted for Sen. John McCain. Now, Obama's starting to lose people who backed him last November.

Rasmussen asked voters to compare which party was best on 10 issues. While Obama's ratings are likely better than his party's, the Republicans can take heart in trumping their opposition in eight of the 10 categories.

The most significant topic was, of course, the economy. For the second straight month, Rasmussen shows a GOP lead over the Democrats, this time by 46 percent to 41 percent, indicating that the incessant bad news and the collapse of the false hopes the stock market entertained this spring have taken their toll.

And only 39 percent of voters say that Obama is doing an excellent or good job on the economy, 11 points lower than his overall job approval. Forty-three percent say he's doing fair or poor.

Rasmussen also found a Republican edge on many other issues. Democrats led Republicans 41 percent to 38 percent on education -- but the GOP led 49 percent to 40 percent on national security, 40 percent to 34 percent on immigration, 46 percent to 39 percent on abortion, 34 percent to 33 percent on ethics and corruption, and -- get this -- 42 percent to 37 percent on Social Security.

Poor loony drivl. allergic to Facts as always.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 15, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

More MN 2010 news:

State Sen Tarryl Clark joins the field for the 2010 race for MN 6. This seat is currently held by Rep Bachmann, whom the DFL would very much like to replace.

http://www.minnpost.com/ericblack/2009/07/15/10260/tarryl_clark_will_run_for_congress_in_the_6th_district

Rep Bachmann has been named by some as a potential Gubernatorial candidate, though that seems extremely unlikely.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 15, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The really important numbers...


"Political observers follow presidential approval ratings obsessively and often interpret them in terms of the daily drama of this or that issue or trend. But amidst much speculation about the stability of Barack Obama's base of support, it's useful to compare his approval ratings in various demographic groups with their support for him last November.

An examination of recent Gallup Poll data shows that Americans’ opinions about the job Barack Obama is doing as president closely mirror the results of the 2008 election. The President's 58% approval rating in the July 6-12 Gallup Poll is slightly higher than the 53% share of the vote that he received last November, but his approval rating among various demographic groups correlates almost perfectly with his vote share among the same groups.

The following figure shows the relationship between Obama’s 2008 vote share in 24 demographic groups and his current approval rating in the same groups: the correlation between the two is a near perfect .99.

The implication of these results is that when it comes to opinions about the President, little has changed in the past eight months. Despite the continued weakness of the economy and the steady drumbeat of attacks on the President’s policies from the right, the coalition of groups that put him in office last November remains solidly behind him today."

Posted by: drindl | July 15, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

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